Where are you taking your picnic basket this summer? Roodeberg Wines have given us a few ideas. Whether you enjoy the beach, hiking or the botanical gardens, the list of spots in and around Cape Town is endless. Long, relaxing summer days are perfect for getting outdoors.
This tiny, secluded beach, next door to Oudekraal beach, is made up predominantly of course beach sand and giant boulders. It lies in the heart of the Atlantic Seaboard’s Bakoven with some of the most enviable views of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head.
It is not the privately owned beach everyone thinks it is, despite lying at the feet of a series of privileged residences that look as though they open onto the beach; although there are certain unspoken rules that govern behaviour that include allowing people their privacy, and behaving as though it is, indeed, an exclusive beach.
Beta beach is a lot quieter than its neighbour, the Cliftons and Camps Bay. But be warned: it is virtually a hand towel’s worth of space, so get there early, for once the tide is in it can feel more than a little confined.
Because the beach is flanked by large boulders, wind is not a weighty factor and swimming verges on the sedate. Most of the people who head here come to sunbathe and read the Sunday papers.
To find it:
Follow Victoria Road through Camps Bay. Take a right into Beta Road, park (if you can find a parking, hence the need to go early) and then head down a walkway between the houses towards the beach.
Ideal for: couples and childless singles after undisturbed relaxation.
For a dinner with a difference, pack a picnic basket, grab a bottle of Roodeberg wine, a blanket and head to the look-out point at Signal Hill.
This well known spot in Cape Town is popular with tourists and locals alike as an ideal venue to appreciate the stunning views of the Atlantic Seaboard, and to watch the sunset.
Signal Hill used to be used as a post for communication with ships at sea, hence the name Signal Hill. The traditional firing of the noon gun cannon can be viewed Monday to Saturday at the end of Military Road. Get there early to avoid missing out.
With an abundance of open space for activities such as flying kites and playing lawn cricket or soccer, it is a perfect place to meet up with family and friends on sunny days to have a picnic. There are often horses in the paddocks for the kids to see and there is a little stream for exploring and catching tadpoles.
It is truly unique and thousands appreciate this fact each week as they wander amongst the 7 000 species or as they throw down their blanket, dip into some wine and savour their view over the Cape Floral Kingdom. During the summer months, Kirstenbosch Gardens becomes the traditional closing ceremony for the weekend as people migrate there to watch the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts as the sun sets on Sundays.
Picnics are allowed in but you are not permitted to take chairs, tables, umbrellas, tents etc. into the Garden. Braais/barbecues are not allowed. Picnic hampers and/or takeaways are available from the Kirstenbosch Tea Room and Moyo restaurant.
Kirstenbosch is a No Bins Garden, rubbish bins are not present in most parts of the Garden. Visitors are expected to take their refuse with them when they leave the Garden and dispose of it responsibly. This discourages scavengers like rats, and keeps the Garden cleaner.
What is your favourite picnic spot?