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Picnic

South Africans are known for their braai. What is less known is their fondness for picnicking.

Below are a number of picnic spots in and around Cape Town.

1. Boschendal picnic
Perhaps the most famous: Boschendal wine state in Franschhoek. It is around 75 km from Cape Town. The winery is not only famous for its wines, but also because of the beautiful manor house, dating back to 1685. It was one of the first Cape Dutch mansions in the Drakenstein valley and was originally called "Forests Fall ". Today a picnic in the gardens of Boschendal is a must if you are visiting the Winelands. It is wonderful to enjoy a well-filled picnic in the beautiful garden with gazebo and fish pond.

During a rainy day a picnic often still goes on because there is a large open tent. If the weather is bad you get a phone call and you will be informed in time of the cancellation. If you want to come, it is advisable to book in advance in high season!

You can do this yourself, but if you have booked your trip with us, we can also do this for you free of charge. For reservations, please call +27 (0) 21 870 4272/3/4/5.

2. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are among the seven world gardens. Each year, thousands of visitors admire these beautiful gardens. In the summer months (December - March) there are Sunday afternoons concerts organized. You take your own picnic basket or purchase one on the spot. Experience an unforgettable evening.

National Geographic named Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens the best picnic spot in the world in 2011!

Info: tel: +27 (0) 21 799 8783 / ticket office: +27 (0) 21 799 8782

3. Vergelegen Wine Estate
Somerset West is only a half hour drive from Cape Town. Vergelegen wine estate originated in 1685 when the High Commissioner of the Dutch East India Company, Commander Simon van der Stel gave the command to set up an outpost in the then Hottentots Holland area. Today, this area is called: Helderberg.

Over the years several famous people visited and have been there: Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, in March 1998 Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton.

The domain is open daily, except on public holidays from 09:30 to 16:00. You can see the old stables and other buildings, but also walk around the gardens. Alternatively, of course wine tasting. The kamferbos offers delicious picnic baskets. It is also recommended booking early here. Telephone number: +27 (0) 21 847 1346.

4. Camps Bay
If you want to enjoy the most beautiful sunset in the Cape, go to Camps Bay. Under the swaying palm trees on the beach with your picnic basket you will experience a fantastic evening.

Camps Bay is the trendiest place in bistros, restaurants and cafés, but also because of its unique location. It has a beautiful white beach with palm trees along the promenade, overlooking the Twelve Apostles and the Atlantic Ocean. Let the sun set.... Take along something warm for when the sun has set, because it can be cold!

5. Table Mountain
A unique place to take a picnic basket is Table Mountain. At an altitude of 1086 meters, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city. Especially the Capetonians love Table Mountain as a place to picnic. From the top you have a 360 degree view of the Cape Peninsula, Table Bay, Robben Island and Cape Town. Wait for the sunset and be treated to a wonderful view.

If you take the cable car after 18:00, you pay only half the price until February 29, 2012. Want to celebrate New Year's on top of Table Mountain? Then you can still take advantage of this offer. The last cable car will go up at 23:00. The last back down is at 01:00. These special tickets can only be purchased at the cable car itself and not online!

6. Bloubergstrand
One of the favourite places to enjoy a sunset picnic and also Bloubergstrand. Here you will find the most beautiful view of Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben Island, combined with white beaches, dolphins and seals playing in the sea. The Atlantic Ocean, a rich picnic and good company ... success!

7. Breede River
Robertson is just 160 km from Cape Town and is easily accessible via the N1 / R60. It is located in the Robertson wine country and has many renowned wineries. Graham Beck, Clairvaux, Viljoensdrift, de Wetshof etc. Robertson is an excellent base to explore the Winelands in the area. A big advantage is that the wine tastings are often free! 14% of South African wines are produced in this region, accounting for 14 000 hectares of vineyards.

If you are here you cannot miss Robertson and then you will also see the Breede River. This is the only navigable river in South Africa. You can picnic here on the water! At Viljoensdrift you can board in the summer from noon with a picnic basket. The boat ride takes about an hour.

More information: tel: + 27 (0) 23 615 1017

8. Noordhoek Beach
Noordhoek is located on the Cape Peninsula at about 35 kilometres from Cape Town and is a haven of tranquillity. You'll especially see surfers and water skiers, as well as horse riders. It is one of the few beaches where dogs are allowed. Noordhoek beach stretches over a length of 12 kilometres. You can also go hiking at sunrise and sunset. Lying on the beach there are remains of the ship, the Kakapo, a steamer, which was shipwrecked in 1900, en route to New Zealand, literally on the beach during a storm.

Noordhoek can be considered a hidden gem of the Cape Peninsula. If you love sun, sea and rest, while you are here!

9. Cape of Good Hope
In school you learned it: Cape of Good Hope or Cape Point. It is the most south-westerly tip of Africa. It is said that two oceans come together here, but in fact the two currents, namely Benguela (cold water) and the Agulhas (hot water) flow here.

The southernmost tip of Africa is L 'Agulhas. Here the two oceans meet. But Cape Point is a unique place. The nature is breathtakingly beautiful and it is the perfect place to picnic. Watch out for the baboons! These are known to steal anything they regard food.

10. Cederberg
Cederberg Nature Reserve is located 250 kilometres north of Cape Town. The area extends from the Middelberg Pass at Citrusdal to the north of Clanwilliam in the Pakhuis Pass. It covers approximately 71 000 hectares of mountainous terrain. Cedar Mountains are a beautiful place to walk. There are many visitors who take a day tour.

Pay attention to the weather forecasts. Especially in summer as the temperatures can be extremely high. Make sure you have adequate water. In winter it can be extremely cold. April and May as well as August and October are the best months.

In the Cederberg you truly get away from city life. You only see unique mountain formations, bushman paintings and especially beautiful nature!