Braaing is as much a part of the South African Heritage as Rugby, Biltong and Pap en Wors. We are truly a meat eating nation and no fancy Baaarbeequeue is ever gonna live up to a solid good old South African BRAAI!
So when the sun is out and the wind plays along there’s nothing better than to pack the grid and the wood and head out to one of the Mother City’s beautiful spots to just chill out and relax with some friends and some food. Whether you like a shady forest or a beachy sunset, Cape Town has the right spot for you.
The list below includes some spots where you can get in with your Wild Card. Please confirm with the site before going if you can use it.
NB: Prices have changed since this post was first published.
West Coast Nature Reserve
This Beautiful lagoon must be one of the Cape’s best kept secrets. If you don’t mind driving 1,5 hours out of Cape Town, you will find this idyllic beach setting inside the West Coast Nature Reserve. PreekStoel is a popular spot for most day visitors. You can’t braai on the beach but there are designated areas where you can braai. Go early as it gets quite full on hot weekends.
Entrance is R45 per adult, per day, R22 per child, per day. Open in Summer 7am – 7pm, Winter 7am – 6pm
Contact 022 772 2144
Location The entrance to the park is 100km north of Cape Town, off the R27 highway. The Drive inside through to Preekstoel is another 20 minutes or so.
A shady forest is a great setting for a braai and the Newlands forest canopy of trees provides gorgeous shade in the summer months. Walks and trails are available too. Bring your portable braai or use one of the built in braai spots provided. The picnic area is closed during the winter months and usually opens on 1 October.
Entrance is R25 per adult, R15 per child and R25 per vehicle. Open Daily 8am – 6pm
Contact 021 422 1601
Location M3, Newlands Forest, Newlands
This popular beach spot lies between Clifton and Glen beaches and has great views of the ocean and Twelve Apostles. There’s a tidal pool for swimming and big boulders for sunbathing. There is also a grassy area to sit on and various braai places available to the public for free.
Entrance is Free, Open all year round
Contact 021 438 8 212
Location Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
This sheltered and incredibly scenic beach is tucked away between Camps Bay and Llandudno. There’s a bit of a walk down some steps to get to the picnic area. There are secluded braai areas halfway down the hill with seating and a view of the sea. The beach is good for swimming as the cove is sheltered from big waves, and there are a few small grassy areas where children can play as well as boulders for them to climb. It’s also a nice place for snorkeling as the water is calm.
Entrance is R35 per adult and R15 per child.
Contact 021 438 9555
Location Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay
Silvermine Nature Reserve
Located in Table Mountain National Park, this peaceful braai spot is open for picnics all year round, but because its a high-risk fire zone, braaiing is only permitted in winter. There are over 40 sites secluded sites scattered around the reservoir. Swimming in the reservoir is permitted.
Entrance is R45 for adults and R25 for children (ages 1 to 11). Open from 7am – 6pm (October to April) | 8am – 5pm (May to September)
Contact 021 789 2457.
Location The entrance to the Silvermine braai and picnic spots can be found on the Constantiaberg side of Ou Kaapse Weg.
Buffels Bay, Cape Point
Buffels Bay braai spots are within the Cape Point Nature Reserve. A bit of a drive out but worth going for the spectacular views. There are beaches as well as grassy picnic areas. Baboons can also be found roaming about so look out for your food. Bring your own grid and wood.
Entrance is R125 for adults, R60 for children and students. 6am – 6pm (October to March) and 7am – 5pm (April to September)
Contact 021 780 9204, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Cape Point Rd, Cape Town
Some might consider Wynberg Park a bit too local but it’s a popular spot throughout the year with plenty of lawn and a designated play area for the kids. The grounds have several braai and picnic spots and is a great family destination.
Entrance to the park is free. Times: 8am – 6pm, open all year round
Contact 021 444 8849
Location Corner of Klaasens and Trovato Link roads, Wynberg
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Assegaaibosch
Just outside Stellenbosch in the Jonkershoek Valley is Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve. Formerly a cultivated flower garden, the reserve has various hiking trails now open to the public. If you want to picnic at Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, you are no longer required to book. Entry is allocated on a strictly first come first served basis. Limitations of 60 people per day will be enforced. A dam, almost a third of the way up the valley, offers lovely bank-side picnic spots. Parking, braai area and toilet facilities are provided.
Entrance is R40 for adults and R20 for children between 6 and 16 years old – this can change. Open Monday to Sunday from 07:30-16:00.
Contact 021 483 0190
Location Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch
Do you have a favourite spot or know of one I should add to this list? Please let me know in the comments.
Updated 17 December 2016