For the seventh year running Cape Town has been voted the best city in the world by more than 39 000 readers of The Telegraph who took part in the 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards.

Cape Town has been described as “a coastal gem, lying in the shadow of a cloud-hugged mountain” where “wine flows, penguins waddle and – not too far away – majestic beasts roam”.

The Mother City has retained its position despite major shifts in the top 20, such as Kyoto, a brand new entrant, ranking third.

What makes Cape Town the world’s most desirable city?

Geography, weather, Cape Point, Bo-Kaap, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and Table Mountain were some of the city’s highlights that were featured.

Cape Town managed to retain its top position despite the recent water crisis not having been forgotten, noted Member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, including Tourism, James Vos.

“We retained this position as the best city in the world despite The Telegraph also noting our ‘earnest notes to flush only when absolutely necessary’. While perhaps a bit of a tongue-in-cheek comment on their part, it is a reminder of the major challenges the City and our tourism sector faced. It is also a reminder of how Capetonians acted together to save  water and avert the taps running dry. While we are still in recovery mode, it is encouraging that we have retained our top position despite other major shifts in the rankings. This is something we can be proud of.”

MMC Vos added: “The priority for my team and I is to diversify tourism products so more people can  benefit from the millions of visitors we have every year. Combined with promoting the already impressive sites and attractions we have in Cape Town, I intend to make tourism a game-changer for our city.”

CEO of Cape Town Tourism Enver Duminy says, “Being voted the world’s best city for yet another year underscores Cape Town’s fantastic tourism offerings and that we remain an unparalleled destination and one whose multiple tourism initiatives have ensured that we can continue to attract visitors from all over the globe. We would like to acknowledge and thank our member products and experiences on delivering on and exceeding the expectations of visitors and locals alike without fail. As high-season approaches lets ensure that everyone experiences world-class tourism in and around Cape Town.”

The 2019 Telegraph Travel Awards list of 20 best cities in the world:

  1. Cape Town
  2. Vancouver
  3. Kyoto
  4. Sydney
  5. St Petersburg
  6. Singapore
  7. Venice
  8. Luang Prabang
  9. Seville
  10. New Orleans
  11. Havana
  12. New York
  13. Bagen
  14. Florence
  15. Istanbul
  16. Rome
  17. Dubrovnik
  18. Tokyo
  19. Krakow
  20. Buenos Aires

Source credit: capetown.travel

 

Planning a holiday can be a lot of fun, but there are some big decisions to make before you start. The biggest question: what time of year should you visit? Read on to find out the best time to visit Cape Town.

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

January is one of Cape Town’s busiest months, and for good reason. It’s usually hot and sunny, and there are loads of summer events to attend. Summer is in full swing. The daily temperatures average between 17°C (63°F) and 28°c (82°F), although it can reach as high as 40°C (104°F). Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, which means that it gets its rainfall in the winter months, so January and February are mostly dry. Expect long, warm days with blue skies, when the sun only sets after 8pm and there’s always something going on. It can be windy sometimes, and Cape Town is a fantastic windsurfing destination in January and February. Many people believe this is the best time to visit Cape Town, which means January is peak season. Flights and accommodation are a little more pricey, and attractions can be busy so it’s a good idea to plan your timing to get there before the crowds. Luckily you have over 14 hours of daylight to work with every day, so you’re in no rush. By February, things have calmed down a little, but it’s still quite busy.

Perfect for: beaches, water sports, views, outdoor activities, adventure
Pack: sandals, swimsuit, loads of sunscreen, shorts and dresses

 

 

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN MARCH AND APRIL

March is the beginning of the shoulder season, when the summer holiday crowds have left. During March and April, there are a number of very big events, including the Two Oceans Marathon, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and Easter Weekend, which bring in quite a few local and international tourists. These few weekends can be very busy, and flights and accommodation are booked up long in advance and can be a little more expensive than other times. If you’re not coming for those events specfically, plan around them for lower price. Temperatures in March and April are between 15°C (59°F) and 27°c (81°F). By April, the first cold fronts of the winter sometimes begin, bringing an average of six days of rain throughout the month, whereas March only has an average of two rainy days.

Perfect for: big events, shoulder season rates, outdoor activities, fewer crowds
Pack: summer gear, swimsuit, and one or two warmer items for the evenings

 

Table Mountain From Big Bay

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN MAY

By May Cape Town is starting to cool down significantly. This is when the first rains fall, and days are often chilly enough for a light jersey/sweater. Temperatures in May are between 13°C (55°F) and 22°c (72°F). There are very few tourists around, so there is easy access to all the major attractions, although you run the risk of rain putting a damper on things. May comes with it’s own advantages though. There is seldom any wind, so on clear days the beaches are beautiful. The sea is actually warmer in the winter months too, so the beach isn’t off the cards yet. Rain only falls an average of nine days in the month so there are many gorgeous sunny afternoons still to be had. May is also the month when the annual winter restaurant specials kick off, and you can enjoy some of the world’s best fine dining experiences at a fraction of the usual price. Accommodation providers also have winter specials. May is the perfect time to skip the crowds, save money, and still have a great time in this fantastic city.

Perfect for: saving money, wining and dining, road trips, quiet beach days
Pack: light jerseys or sweaters, a jacket, boots, but also clothes that suit warmer weather

 

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST

June, July, and August are mid-winter, so they’re the rainiest months as well as the coldest, but depending on your interests this can definitely be the best time to visit Cape Town. There are barely any crowds at the top attractions, for starters. Just make sure your trip doesn’t coincide with Table Mountain’s annual winter closure (usually for two weeks at the end of July). The restaurant and accommodation specials continue throughout these colder months, and flights are much cheaper than other times of year. It’s also worth mentioning that Capetonians have a very South African definition of cold. Temperatures are between 11°C (52°F) and 20°c (68°F), and most days are a crisp but bearable 13°C (55°F). Rain falls an average of 10-11 days in each month. There is occasional snow on the high-lying mountain regions outside of the city, and there are regular clear days in the Winelands where you can have lunch beside a fireplace with spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains and sprawling vines. It’s also the greenest time of year, and while days are shorter, there are still around 10 hours of daylight every day. On clear days, hiking is incredible. There are waterfalls tucked away in iridescent green forests, and mornings often bring moody fog in from the sea. July and August are also peak whale season, when southern right and humpback whales can be seen calving in the shallow waters just off shore.

Perfect for: off-peak rates, fewer crowds, wining and dining, amazing views and skies, hiking, whale watching
Pack: rain jackets, boots, layers (the weather can change over a few hours), scarf, coat

 

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

September marks the start of spring in Cape Town. You’ll catch the end of whale season, but this time of year is most famous for the wildflowers. All over the Western Cape, blooms take over vast fields and mountains and splash the region with bursts of colour. The rains ease up a little, falling only five to eight days each month. Temperatures are between 13°C (55°F) and 21°c (70°F), and most days are 14-16°C (57-61°F). The winter specials also end around this time, so the days of frugal travel are over, but it’s worth the extra few pennies for the longer, warmer days, drier weather, and outdoor adventure. There are some great music festivals to attend too. It’s also shoulder season, so prices are still lower and you’ll be able to miss the crowds that come with summer.

Perfect for: seeing wildflowers, whale watching, outdoor activities, hiking, outdoor events

JitterBug Tours

VISITING CAPE TOWN IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

During the summer months toward the end of the year, Cape Town really comes to life. The long, balmy days are a treat for locals and visitors alike, and people come out in droves to go to beaches, attractions, festivals, and events. There are food and wine festivals, outdoor music shows, beach parties, and all kinds of summer joys. This is the start of peak season, and there’s something cool going on every day and night. By December, things are in full swing and it’s the most festive time of year by far. The wind picks up in the summer months, but this is also the time you’ll find picture-perfect summer days. There’s hardly any rain, and temperatures are back up between 17°C (63°F) and 28°c (82°F). It’s a great time of year

Perfect for: parties, outdoor events and activities, beach days, hiking, adventure
Pack: sandals, swimsuit, loads of sunscreen, shorts and dresses, possibly a light warm top and jeans for the occasional evening chill

Neighbourhoods - Clifton and Camps Bay - 15-Camps-Bay-Sunset-Landscape

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When it comes to the Cape’s Spring wild flower season, there’s good news and there’s not-so-good news. The not-so-good news about flower season is it’s never guaranteed: it’s all tied to the amount of rain and winds. If it rains a lot, it flowers a lot.

If there’s an oostewind, a warm wind from the interior, it dries out the daisies, says Rupert Koopman, CapeNature’s Resource Ecologist of Flora. You can never really predict it.

But right now there’s great news: we’re on track for an excellent flower show. And even if the wind blows, there is so much flower abundance from the bulbs, succulents and other Strandveld vegetation, you’ll still be entranced.

More good news: if you’re a late sleeper, this is your ideal travel trip – flowers are best seen in the afternoon sun, when they unfold fully and soak up as much sun as they can get.

FOUR WAYS TO EXPERIENCE THE SPRING FLOWERS
The flowers are already in bloom: many are already out, and it will last until the end of October in some areas. There are many ways to experience them.

1. Every year thousands of people drive to see the flowers, but imagine tasting spring instead? You can learn about the medicinal properties of plants in a workshop, or taste fynbos on the tongue in the Company Gardens in Cape Town, and learn how to make flower tea. And doesn’t this sound magical? Making flower crowns and teas and cakes, then drinking botanical gins. Follow our link below for the full list. Why only witness spring when you can taste it.

2. There are flower festivals everywhere and this spring the flowers promise to be extra special. Every year Hopefield, Darling, Malmesbury, Elgin/Grabouw, Hermanus, Barrydale and more. The organisers and local farmers put a lot of effort and creativity into these annual shows. Pick one or two, and plan trips around them because every little town, every community has something to show.

3. You’ll find flowers blooming anywhere in the Greater Cape Floral Kingdom, which is from Port Elizabeth to Vanrhynsdorp. You don’t need to go far – Table Mountain National Park is a good site for flowers, as is Blaauwberg Nature Reserve – but you can also take a road trip up the West Coast to West Coast National Park and the Tankwa Karoo National Park or to the Namaqualand. We asked experts to guide us.

4. Seeing the flowers on foot with an expert guide or by yourself is probably the number one way to get the most out of flower season. We have one tour, plus two hikes to recommend. So why not try any one of these walking tours.

HERE ARE ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST FAQs REGARDING SOUTH AFRICA’S WILD FLOWER SEASON.

Where can I see spring flowers in the Cape Region?
Two of the best spring flower-viewing hotspots in the Cape Region are the Postberg section (only open from August to September) of the West Coast National Park and the western section of the Tankwa Karoo National Park.

When is the best time to view the spring flowers in the Cape Region?
Spring flower season in the Cape Region runs from the beginning of August to the end of September; though, both the West Coast and the Tankwa Karoo National Parks’ best viewing period is from the last two weeks of August until mid-September. Remember: don’t go bloom hunting on a cloudy afternoon, and wait until the sun’s high in the sky (between 10:30am and 3:30pm is best).

Can I join a spring flower tour or follow a spring flower trail?
While neither the West Coast National Park nor the Tankwa Karoo National Park offer formal tours, both have a number of self-drive routes available. It’s also possible to walk out in the veld in the Tankwa Karoo National Park, and in the West Coast National Park, there are two trails that give uber-passionate flower followers an opportunity to get an up-close look at the plant life (booking is essential for both hikes: +27 (0)22 707 9902). These are the Postberg two-day trail, and the Steenberg one-day trail.

Can I make a weekend of spring flower viewing?
Yes, do. Both parks have reasonably priced on-site accommodation. In particular, the Duinepos Chalets (+27(0)22 707 9900 or +27(0)83 704 7067) in the West Coast National Park – each has a fireplace to help weather the cool spring evenings – are perfectly situated to cater to those on the hunt for budding beauties. Similarly, Tankwa Karoo National Park’s units at Elandsberg Wilderness Camp (+27(0)27 341 1927) boast a crackling hearth as well as stunning views of the Karoo plains and the Roggeveld Escarpment. For something more curated, we recommend you book a weekend stay in a luxury West Coast guesthouse and spend the weekend learning about more than 1200 flower species in bloom.

 

Source credit: https://www.capetownmagazine.com

Let us set the scene. So you’re lucky enough to find yourself in magnificent Cape Town, and all you can think of is sea, and sand, and mountain, and greenery, right?

You want to experience the beauty of the city in a relaxed fashion, and you want to do it with a picnic or a braai. Sounds great does it not? Oh it is, but – as a real estate tycoon would say – it’s all about location location location!

Well luckily for you, we happen to know the very best locations for picnics and braais in Cape Town. With this guide, finding a picturesque spot will be a literal walk in the park.

Locations for both Braais and Picnics

Some of the places we’ve selected are both braai and picnic friendly, while others do not permit the latter. Below, find the locations where you can can either take along a picnic, or grill anything from a succulent steak to a delicious vegan substitute on the braai.

Newlands Forest

Image of a pond or dam encircled by rocks with greenery and trees in the background. It is sunset.

LIGHT UP THE BRAAI AT NEWLANDS FOREST

Image: @pedipedz

As part of the Table Mountain National Park, Newlands Forest is a beautiful escape from the city surrounds.

You have the option of exploring the varied, and sometimes secluded, pathways to find your own spot, or you can cook up a storm at the designated braai area.

Also great for a hike, Newlands Forest is a gem of a braai spot. There are braai facilities at the venue, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R25
  • Children: R15
  • Vehicles: R25
  • Parking spot in the separate braai area:
    • R10

Open Hours:

  • October – April:
    • 08:00 – 18:00
  • Winter:
    • Closed

    Location:

  • On the M3 expressway near UCT; Table Mountain National Park, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 712 0527
  • +27 (0)21 422 1601/2

Maiden’s Cove Braai Area

BRAAI ON THE ROCKS AT THE LOVELY MAIDEN’S COVE

Image: @the.travel.project

Nestled between Glen Beach and Clifton Beach, Maiden’s Cove is a hidden gem that is a braai master’s, as well as a photographer’s, paradise.

With vistas of Table Mountain, Camps Bay, and the exquisite Atlantic Ocean, Maiden’s Cove allows you to braai with a view.

During spring, pods of whales and dolphins can also be spotted from this scenic location. So splash around in a tidal pool, tan while the meat is cooking, or catch up with your loved ones.

Braai facilities are available.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Open Hours:

  • 24 hours

Location:

  • 44 Victoria Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +21 (0)21 438 8212

Mzoli’s Place

Close up of a table with a box of barbequed meat, bread, drinks, and pap

MUNCH ON MARVELLOUS MEAT AT MZOLI’S

Image: @chipi_and_chipeline

For a unique braai experience with a fantastic vibe, head out to Mzoli’s in Gugulethu.

A relaxed venue that’s always full of people, Mzoli’s allows you to enjoy a great braai without having to do any of the work yourself.

Simply select and purchase your meat, and then chill, dance, or socialise until it’s ready. All you need to take with you are your own eating utensils.

A mere twenty minutes from the city centre, neither locals nor tourists should pass up this novel braai experience.

Entrance Fees:

  • Entrance: R20 on Sat, Sun and Public Holidays.
  • Around R50 p/kg of meat, depending on meat type

Open Hours:

  • 09:00 – 18:00

Location:

  • Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7751
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 638 1355

Little Bay

photo of picnic in little bay

ENJOY A WARM SUNSET AT LITTLE BAY

Image: @uplaycpt

If you’d like a day out, but don’t want to travel too far, head to Little Bay in Blouberg.

Located right on the beach, you can enjoy either the sandy experience of the beach below, or more of a park vibe on the grassy area above.

Less than a thirty minutes drive from Cape Town’s city centre, Little Bay is great for a family day, as well as a vantage point for sights such as Table Mountain.

Since Blouberg can get windy, take advantage of the elements, and try out some kite flying or windsurfing.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Open Hours:

  • 24 hours

Location:

  • Along Blouberg Beach
  • Google Maps pin here

Helderberg Farm

Image of a lush, green mountain background with a ledge in the foreground with mugs, bottles, and flasks. There is also a box of rusks.

HEAD OUT TO HELDERBERG FOR A HEAVENLY BRAAI

Image: @warpeddragon

For a wonderful braai day out that offers a host of activities to enjoy, drive out to Helderberg Farm near Somerset West.

There’s tons to keep you busy, while the braai is getting started. Take a hike with the family, try your hand at strawberry picking, or battle it out on the laser-tag field.

Excellent braai facilities are available. Just bring your own wood/charcoal and braai grid, and you’re ready to go!

Make sure to book your braai in advance – Helderberg is very popular.

This beautiful and lush setting is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious braai with loved ones.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R50
  • Children: R25
  • Braai drum: R50

    Open Hours:

  • Daily: 08:00 – 18:00

Location:

  • Klein Helderbergpad Rd, Raithby, 7129, South Africa
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 855 4308
  • helderbergfarm@mweb.co.za

Tokai Forest Braai and Picnic Area

Image of a braai area at Tokai Forest. People sit and stand around it.

TREAD OVER TO TOKAI FOREST’S BRAAI AREA

Image: @dylantimmes

Another braai spot that falls within Table Mountain National Park, Tokai Forest is one of the best braai areas the Cape has to offer.

Comprising of both wooded areas as well as lush, green spaces, Tokai Forest gives you the best of both worlds.

Either bring your favourite meat to grill up on the braai, or pack a picnic blanket and find your ideal spot.

Park access is available from the Constantia area.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R20
  • Children: R10
  • Vehicles: R15

Open Hours:

  • April – September:
    • 08:00 – 17:00
  • October – March:
    • 07:00 – 18:00

    Location:

  • Table Mountain National Park, Tokai Rd, Porter Reform Estate, Cape Town
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 712 0527

Wynberg Park

Image of lush lawns and trees with a large duck pond full of ducks in the centre

WANDER THROUGH WYNBERG FOR THE PERFECT SPOT

Image: @_ronaldo_johnson_

Equipped with braai facilities and a substantial playground for the little ones, Wynberg Park makes for a lovely braai and picnic area.

The parks spans twenty-two hectares and is dotted with a variety of trees, that provide both shade and greenery.

A large duck pond adds to the picturesque environment, and one can enjoy watching the birds waddle around the park.

An ideal spot to enjoy a braai with the family, Wynberg Park is a must.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Open Hours:

  • Summer:
    • 08:00 – 19:00
  • Winter:
    • 08:00 – 18:00

    Location:

  • Wynberg, Cape Town, 7824
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 762-9180

Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif at Cape Point

Cape Point aerial surrounded by ocean

GET AN AMAZING VIEW WHILE YOU BRAAI AT CAPE POINT

Image: @sudafricaperte

Within the majestic Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, near Cape Point, lie two spectacular braai areas.

Let the children explore the tidal pool, while you cook up a storm, and enjoy the flora and fauna around you.

At Buffels Bay you’ll find individual braai spots, which you can use while taking in the pearly white beach around you.

If you visit Bordjiesdrif, you’ll have access to circular braai facilities, which are for larger groups. Here, you’ll experience grassier areas as opposed to Buffels Bay’s sandy atmosphere.

Be sure to bring your own braai grids and wood. Also, for both your and their safety, don’t approach or feed the baboons.

Entrance Fees:

  • Cape of Good Hope
    • Adults: R135
    • Kids: R70
  • My Green Card allows the owner free entry into the TMNP 12 times

Open Hours:

  • Cape of Good Hope Park
    • October – March:
      • 06:00 – 18:00
    • April – September:
      • 07:00 – 17:00

      Location:

  • Buffels Bay:
  • Bordjiesdrif:
    • Google Maps pin here

    Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 780 9010/11
  • info@capepoint.co.za

Silvermine Reserve

Image of a picnic table with cake, crackers, grapes, cheese, sparkling wine, sweets, and other refreshments. This overlooks the Silvermine reservoir

BRAAI ON THE BANKS OF SILVERMINE RESERVOIR

Image: @kerihalliday11

Another perfect braai area that is part of the Table Mountain National Park, Silvermine is ideal for those who want a slightly quieter or secluded experience.

Over forty braai spots dot the Silvermine Reservoir, but they are cleverly positioned, so that you have more privacy to enjoy the surrounds.

So enjoy the thriving fynbos, take in the views, and fire up the braai!

Note that the reserve is open all year for picnics, but braais are permitted only in winter.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R45
  • Children: R25

    Open Hours:

  • October – April:
    • 07:00 – 18:00
  • May – September:
    • 08:00 – 17:00

    Location:

  • Table Mountain National Park, Tokai, Cape Town
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 789 2457
  • tablemountain@sanparks.org

Oudekraal Beach

Image of a picnic basket with  cheese platter, sparkling wine, and two glasses. this overlooks the ocean Head and Lion's Head

TREAT TO YOURSELF TO EXCELLENT FOOD AND VIEWS

Image: @kat_1087

For an awesome beach braai, head over to Oudekraal Beach.

Located between Llandudno and Camps Bay, Oudekraal contains at least 40 braai spots to use.

The beach comprises of huge boulders, pockets of soft sand, and hidden coves nestled in between the rocks. Sometimes grids and wood are available, but rather take your own to be safe.

Explore this beautiful braai venue and take in the views, while indulging in a delicious braai!

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R35
  • Children: R15

    Open Hours:

  • Weekends and public holidays: 08:00 – 18:00

Location:

  • Lies between Camps Bay and Llandudno
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 438 9555
  • tablemountain@sanparks.org

Locations for Picnics only

Pack a blanket and your favourite snacks and head to these scenic picnic spots for a lovely day out.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Image of a grassy lawn with trees, bushes, greenery and the mountain in the background. a few people sit under a tree with a picnic.

RELAX ON THE IDYLLIC LAWNS OF KIRSTENBOSCH

Image: @ildi_nagy

Ever wanted to emulate Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, and run down a lush hill while skirting your work duties and operatically declaring your love for nature? We have just the place.

As one of the (if not the) most revered picnic spots in Cape Town, Kirstenbosch, is nothing short of spectacular.

Find a spot on the expansive, rolling lawns, gaze at the magnificent views of Table Mountain, take in the varied fynbos and plant species, go bird watching or cool down in the refreshing streams.

The list of potential activities is inexhaustible, as is the splendour of the park.

Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: R60
  • SA Students: R30
    • Student card required
  • Children: R15
    • Ages 6 – 17
  • Children: Free
    • Until age 6
  • BOTSOC members: Free
  • SA Senior Citizens:
    • Free on Tuesdays, except on public holidays
    • ID required

    Opening Hours:

  • September – March:
    • 08:00 – 19:00
  • April – August:
    • 08:00 – 18:00

    Location:

  • Table Mountain National Park, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

Table Mountain via the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Image of a picnic on top f some rocks at the top of Table Mountain. There is chicken, vegetables, dip, and an array of drinks. A hand holds a full glass. In the background there is ocean and more mountain

DELIGHT IN A PICNIC AND TABLE MOUNTAIN’S SURROUNDS

Image: @activeafrica

As the crown jewel of the Table Mountain National Park, Table Mountain is a wonderful picnic spot to enjoy.

Either hike up (Take a look at our Hiking Trails Guide), or use the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, which will have you at the top in literally five minutes.

Once there, treat Table Mountain as your table, and indulge in a picnic with a breathtaking view.

Entrance Fees:

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
    • Adults:
      • Return: R255
      • One-way: R135
    • Kids:
      • Return: R125
      • One-way: R65
    • SA senior citizens:
      • Return: R100
      • One-way: R53
    • Students:
      • Return: R130
      • One-way: R70
  • Tickets can be bought online here, where you may also check if the cable-car will be running, as it operates subject to the weather.

Open Hours:

  • Cable-car hours change regularly. Check the times here.
  • The cableway closes for about ten days annually, for maintenance. Check this year’s dates on the Table Mountain website.

Location:

  • Table Mountain National Park, Tafelberg Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
  • Google Maps pin here.

Contact:

Green Point Urban Park

Image of a stream with greenery on either side with Signal Hill and Lion's Head in the background.

ESCAPE THE CONCRETE JUNGLE AT GREEN POINT

Image: @thelightyeartraveller

Want to feel like you’re in the heart of Mother Nature’s creations, but don’t have the time for a long drive?

The aptly named Green Point Urban Park is centrally positioned, but once inside the quiet haven, you feel far away from the stresses of the city.

With magnificent mountain views, diverse flora and birdlife, lots of room on the lawn for picnics, and a mere street separating you from the ocean, the Urban Park is the ideal place to relax with a delicious picnic.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Opening Hours:

  • 07:00 – 19:00

Location:

  • 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 417 0120
  • lameez.salie@capetown.gov.za

Company’s Garden

Green lawns separated by a pathway with a statue of a man and a horse in the middle. I the backgrounds there are trees and Table Mountain

CAVORT AROUND THE PEACEFUL COMPANY’S GARDEN

Image: @prancingllama

Located bang in the middle of the city, and boasting gorgeous mountain vistas, Company’s Garden was established in the 1650s by some of the earliest settlers at the Cape.

While appreciating the beauty of the garden, it is important to understand and acknowledge the colonial heritage of the area.

This is made possible by the presence of copious historic buildings nearby, including the Slave Lodge, the Iziko South African Museum, the Houses of Parliament and many more.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Opening Hours:

  • 07:00 – 19:00

Location:

  • 19 Queen Victoria St, CBD, Cape Town, 8000
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 426 1357
  • +27 (0)21 400 2521

De Waal Park

Green lawns with a pathway in the middle. There are benches and trees in the background.

SPREAD OUT ON THE GRASS WITH SOME GRUB AT DE WAAL

Image: @bongeka.n

Another gem of a picnic spot located in the city centre is De Waal Park.

Perfect for family picnics, and complete with a children’s playground, De Waal is also home to a variety of free music concerts in the summer months.

De Waal is also a lovely place to bring the dogs for a walk, since the park is fenced off from the busy surrounding streets.

Enjoy some tranquility at this sweet spot that’s a stone-throw away from the city.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Opening Hours:

  • 07:00 – 19:00

Location:

  • Molteno Rd, CBD, Cape Town, 8000
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • 084 8888 033
  • valentino.jeftha@capetown.gov.za

Sea Point Promenade

Large lawn with a sculpture of giant sunglasses. In the background there is ocean and sky.

SOAK IN THE SUN AT THE SEA POINT PROMENADE

Image: @alisonludick

Bordering the swirling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sea Point Promenade promises breathtaking views of the horizon.

The walkway starts in Mouille Point near the V&A Waterfront, and extends right to the end of Sea Point, near the President Hotel.

With loads of places to recline on the lawn with a book and some mouthwatering snacks, you’ll be able to take in the fresh sea air, while listening to the crashing waves.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free

Opening Hours:

  • 24 hours

Location:

  • Beach Road, Sea Point
  • Google Maps pin here

Clifton Beach

aerial shot of Clifton beach with yachts and boats  in the water and sunbathers on the beach.

KEEP COOL AT CLIFTON BEACH

Image: @jpljason

Celebrated as one of the most beautiful places in the region, Clifton is divided into four different beaches (First, Second, Third and Fourth).

Each has its own charm, but Fourth Beach is the most popular, perhaps because it is the largest.

With the tropical-esque ocean in front of you, and a view of the mountain behind you, it doesn’t get better.

So, stretch out on the Blue Flag certified sand with a scrumptious sandwich, and bask in the paradisiac surroundings around you.

Location:

  • 22 Victoria Road, Clifton
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 439 4332

Lion’s Head

Image of a man sitting on the edge of Lion's Head. His back is to us. The view ahead is of the ocean and the city

LUNCH WITH A VIEW AT LION’S HEAD

Image: @marcel_far_away

If you’re the type who likes to work up an appetite, then we have the perfect picnic activity for you.

Why not pack a meal, hike up the picturesque Lion’s Head, and enjoy your grub at the top? The one-of-a-kind views are sure to make the food taste that much better.

Come prepared though! The hike will take around three hours, so don’t forget to pack water and ample sunscreen.

See our Cape Town Hiking Trails Article for more information.

Location:

  • Signal Hill Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa.
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (021) 712 0527

Signal Hill

A group of people sitting atop Signal Hill with picnics overlooking the ocean and the Atlantic Seaboard

SAY HELLO TO THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SIGNAL HILL

Image: @craighowes

Found near Lion’s Head, Signal Hill provides yet another opportunity to enjoy some tasty treats, while enjoying the spectacular sights of the Cape.

Drive to the highest point, and choose a spot to set up your picnic while gazing out at the Atlantic Seaboard and Robben Island.

If you’d like to take the romantic route, embark in the afternoon and watch the sunset from a truly dazzling location.

Location:

  • Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

  • +27 (0)21 487 6800

Arderne Gardens

View of a lawn with an array of very tall trees against blue sky. Some people walk on the pathway i the shade of the trees

TRAVERSE THE GORGEOUS GROUNDS OF ARDERNE

Image: @tamthijs

Spanning five hectares and boasting four hundred trees, the Arderne Gardens were started in 1845 by Ralph Henry Arderne.

Today, visitors frequent the walkways, watch the ducks (please do not feed them!), and spend time exploring the glorious green scenery of the gardens.

A visit to the lush Arderne gardens guarantees a tranquil experience, in which you can munch your lunch while traversing the park.

Entrance Fees:

  • Free
  • Donation box at the gate

Opening Hours:

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Location:

  • 222 Main Rd, Claremont, 7708
  • Google Maps pin here

Contact:

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As you all know the Western Cape is facing extreme water restrictions and need to save as much water as we can.  This is something that affects each and everyone of us, but we also believe that we should not only be water safe in times of needs, but this is something we can add to our everyday lives and make it part of our lifestyle.

 

20 Ways to Save Water in an Emergency

19 Mei 2019 blog

During droughts, water supplies often become critically low. In some cases, whole communities are either without water or have very limited supplies. Water-use restrictions are often imposed on the residents of these communities. Priority is given to water needed for drinking and sanitation, while certain luxury uses of water, such as lawn watering and car washing, are not permitted.

The following is a brief listing of ways you can conserve water by modifying your everyday living habits.
  1. Where possible and economically justifiable, install water-saving plumbing fixtures in the home.
  2. Flush the toilet less often. In most cases, several uses can be made of the toilet for liquid wastes before flushing is required.
  3. Do not use the toilet for disposing of trash, waste paper, and the like.
  4. Make sure that your toilet does not leak. Place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the colored water appears in the toilet bowl without flushing, your toilet is leaking—have it fixed immediately.
  5. Fix leaking faucets.
  6. Do not let faucets run for washing or rinsing. Always fill a container with water for this purpose or use the sink by stopping the drain.
  7. Do not water lawns or wash cars when water is in short supply. Also, try to water lawns and landscapes during evening or early morning to reduce evaporation from the sun.
  8. Brush your teeth before shaving in the morning so the cold water in the supply line is used instead of running to waste while you wait for hot water with which to shave.
  9. After brushing your teeth, use a glass of water to rinse your mouth rather than running water over the toothbrush and then using the toothbrush to rinse your mouth.
  10. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to avoid letting water run to obtain a cold drink.
  11. Do not prewash dishes for automatic dishwashers unless necessary.
  12. Do not use the garbage disposal. Compost vegetable peelings on your garden or put them in the garbage can.
  13. Take shorter showers. Remember, the longer you are in the shower, the more water you use.
  14. Collect water from roof gutters to use for lawn and plant watering.
  15. If your shower is equipped with a mixing faucet that can be set with a dial to the desired temperature, turn the shower off while soaping up. When you have finished soaping up, turn the shower back on to rinse off. If your shower is not equipped with a temperature dial, you may end up using more water as you adjust the water temperature again; consequently, this practice is not recommended for showers without automatic temperature adjustment or a shut-off valve in the shower head.
  16. When shaving, use water in the washbowl to clean your razor between strokes, or use an electric razor.
  17. Always use a brush, wash cloth, or your hand to dislodge particles of dirt when washing anything rather than relying on the force of the water to do the job.
  18. Allow small children to bathe in the tub at the same time.
  19. Use disposable diapers to avoid a toilet flush when rinsing a dirty diaper and to cut down on the amount of soiled laundry to be washed.
  20. Reuse kitchen drain water by collecting it in a container and using it to water plants, lawns, and gardens or to recharge the toilet reservoir for toilet flushing (be sure it contains no large solids such as vegetable peelings).

You may not find all of these water-saving tips valuable, but some will be worthwhile. You may already be doing many of these things as part of your daily routine. However, since most of these methods of saving water involve major changes in the way you do things around the house, they are suggested for use only in emergency situations. If you feel some of these suggestions could be applied to your ordinary routines, then by all means try them.

It should be pointed out that tips concerning the proper maintenance of plumbing fixtures to eliminate leaks are applicable under any circumstances. Studies have shown that many homes have leaking toilets and faucets. The first thing you should do after reading this fact sheet is check your plumbing for leaks and have them fixed.

 

Credit: PennState Extention

 

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