Hikes – Picnics – Drives

Platteklip Gorge: This hike is very popular. It starts at the foot of Table Mountain on Tafelberg Road, just past the cable station. It’s a rocky path until you reach a waterfall on the right, rest here before going on for the tough climb. Steep, rocky steps that wind up through the gorge provide a tough but rewarding way to the top! A great experience! A must do. Take lots of water.

Table Mountain you can’t miss it

The Roundhouse: Nestled on the slopes of Lions Head, the views are magnificent stretching across Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles mountain range. It is the perfect spot for a picnic style lunch. Dating back 300 years, it was the hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset. Breathtakingly beautiful the Roundhouse is one of my favourite spots in Cape Town. Closed on Mondays and its best to book.

Kloof Road,
The Glen,
Camps Bay,
Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 438 4347

The Drive: Whenever I have house guests in Cape Town the drive starting from Chapmans Peak and into Noordehook, on through Misty cliffs and onto the Point is buzz worthy. Come back through Simons Town, Boulders beach, the Scratch Patch and have lunch in Kalk Bay. For the best mussles go to the Olympic Cafe or Cape to Cuba for a chilled cuban experience. It is such a good drive, just do it!

Spier: Picnics and sandwiches are available to be enjoyed with a bottle of Spier wine on the lawns of the farm. The picnic idea has been inspired and created by Lorianne Heyns, Spier chef, and Judy Badenhorst well known foodie. You can have a gourmet picnic, a relaxed picnic, a raw picnic, a vegetarian picnic or a children’s picnic. You must book two days in advance.

Tel: +27 (0)21 8091152
GPS Co-ordinates: S33° 52.379  E018°46.944

Alle Bleue: Sit under the oak trees where children can play in the picnic area secured by a Cape Dutch wall. Unfortunately and to my horror there are NO baskets as advertised. Instead they serve the picnic in silly blue bags. An ice bucket ensures your Allée Bleue wine is always chilled. The picnic is priced at R150 for adults. On Sundays, live music from 12:00 – 15:00, adds a welcome lively dimension. Book to B! safe

Tel: +27 (0) 21 874-1021/2/3  Call for directions or go to

Kirstenbosh Gardens: Southern Sun Newlands has put together awesome packages for the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts inclusive of concert tickets, accommodation, shuttle service and a picnic hamper.  No need to drive home after a relaxed evening in the gardens! The 2012/2013 season runs from 25 November 2012 until 07 April 2013, with concerts on Sundays from 17:30-19:00.

For reservations call 
Southern Sun Newlands
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 6562.

Zevenwacht Manor House Restaurant: A range of picnic baskets is served in a paradisiacal setting on tree-shaded lawns sloping down to the lake. Enjoy a tasteful selection of bread and biscuits, cold meats, cheeses, and salads or pre-book a braai basket and cook your own meal over vine wood fires. Available weekends only.

Tel: +27 (0)21 903 5123

The Holden Manz Estate: Picnic along the Franschhoek river with a packed basket of freshly baked bread, melba toast, Caprese salad in a jar, mixed olives, cheeses, charcuterie, smoked salmon roulade, chicken live pâté, green fig preserve, homemade chutney and jam, butter, fresh doughnuts and cheesecake – for just R160 per person. Also available is a gourmet Christmas picnic basket for R480 for a basket two.

Tel: +27 (0)21 876 2729

Vergelegen Picnic: A wonderful picnic setting amongst three hundred year old trees. Expect a table setting with umbrellas or with the option of a picnic blanket. This beautiful historical wine estate allows you to walk through the rose garden, on your way to the picnic. Green lawns and a river to get your toes wet. For the little ones, a treasure map is provided with the picnic basket which keeps them entertained whilst the adults drink wine, eat and get merry.

Lourensford Road  
Somerset West
Tel: +27 (0)21 847 1334 


Crystal Pools & Hike: Shhhhh! Cape Town’s best kept secret. Pack food and drinks for the day in your rucksack. Park your car at the bridge. It’s a 45minute hike along a stream; expect baboons DO NOT feed them. As you set your eyes upon your first pool! Welcome to Paradise, keep exploring further to find another two blissful pools and waterfalls on tiers. Sun, swimming, chilling! It’s nature at its best. Shhhh…..Our little secret


Lions Head: This has got to be one of the best hikes, you don’t want to miss. It is a hard trek up to the top, just before you reach the top there are chains to aid your climb. The views all the way up will blow your mind. Expect a lot of cool friendly smiling faces as you greet each other.  Don’t forget your camera and a bottle of bubbly for the sunset.

Alongside Table Mountain

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