Braai Spots in Cape Town, Secret Cape Town

Nothing says chill laid back summer vibes like the sound of a sizzling fire. Cooking meat over an open fire, drinking a cold beer, and relaxing with friends is the ideal South African feast. So, in the spirit of summer, we’ve listed some of the best braai spots around Cape Town. 

Silvermine Nature Reserve

Location: Silvermine, Ou Kaapse Weg, Westlake

Cost: TMNP conservation fee
R31 (adults)
R16 (children under 12)

Contact Details: 021 789 2404 | tablemountain@sanparks.org 

Nestled in the Table Mountain National Park, the Silvermine Nature Reserve is arguably one of the most beautiful sites in Western Cape Town. This serene place is open for picnics throughout the year. However, because the area is considered a fire zone, braaiing is only permitted starting June until the end of September.  The Silvermine Nature Reserve has over 40 sites that are scattered around the reservoir. Swimming is also allowed, so you can enjoy a quick dip in the lake with your family members and friends while taking in the gorgeous natural beauty. 

Newlands Forest

Location:  M3, Newlands Forest, Newlands

Cost: TMNP conservation fee for 2018 – 2019
R31 (adults)
R16 (children under 12)
R28 (vehicles)

Contact Details:  021 689 7438 | chamell.pluim@sanparks.org 

Surrounded by high pine trees, the Newlands Forest is recommended for hikers and nature lovers. The forest has a variety of trails you can explore, both relaxing and more challenging. There are also designated picnic spots with built-in fire pits. The Newlands Forest is ideal for those who want a relaxing time with friends and family. 

Important note: 

The picnic site at Newlands Forest is closed from June 1st until the 30th of September. This happens every year. It opens again on October 1st but works on a first come, first serve basis. However, when the area is closed off, the area can be booked for private functions and photo shoots. For more info on how you can reserve this place for events, you may contact the Filming and Events office on 021 712 0527. 

Tokai Forest 

Location: Tokai Forest, Tokai Road, Tokai

Cost: TMNP conservation fee
R31 (adults, 12 years and older)
R16 (children 0 – 12 years)
R28 (vehicles)

Contact Details: 021 712 0527 | elmonique.petersen@sanparks.org 

This beautiful forest is the perfect place for braaiing with friends and family. The wide open spaces is perfect for kids to run around and play, and to get your dose of nature within the city borders.

Important note: 

Occasionally, the delicious smell of food attracts baboons to the picnic area hoping to get lucky. SanParks warns visitors to avoid contact and not feed the baboons. 

Maiden’s Cove

Location: Maiden’s Cove, Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Cost: Free

Contact Details: 021 438 8212

Maiden’s Cove can be found between Clifton Fourth and Glen Beach. This serene area is a prime spot for watching the sunset. It’s also a great location for picnics and braaiing. The magnificent view of the Atlantic, Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles makes it a great place to enjoy a picnic with friends and family. There’s also a small tidal pool to refresh you from the heat. It’s a great snorkeling spot, and if you’re lucky you may even encounter a dolphin or whale. 

Wynberg Park

Location: Corner of Klaasens and Trovato Link Road, Wynberg 

Cost: Free

Contact Details: +27 (0)21 710-9403

With over 22 hectares of ground, the Wynberg park is a popular braai spot, especially during the summer. The park has numerous picnic and braai spots, as well as a fully equipped play areas for kids. The park is free, so you can enjoy a great braai all year round. 

Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif 

Location: Buffels Bay Beach, Cape Point

Cost: R76 for adults and R39 for children. 

Contact Details: +27 (0)21 780 9204

These epic braai spots are located within the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The area is surrounded by tidal pools and beaches, as well as grassy picnic and braai spaces. It’s a perfect space for relaxing and soaking up the sun. Take note that baboons are common visitors in this area, so make sure not to feed them or leave food unsupervised. 

Eerste Steen in Blaauwberg

Location: Blaauwberg Conservation Area, Cape Town

Cost: R16 per person, R9 for children, R24 per car

Contact Details: +27 (0)21 554 2745

The smell of roasted chops on the fire, accompanied by a gorgeous view of Table Mountain creates the perfect setting for a fun-filled braai outing. And you can dip in the ocean to cool off on a hot summer day. 

Braai Spots Outside The City

There are also a few great braai spots a few kilometers outside the city borders, ideal for a weekend getaway moment.

Perdekloof Picnic Area

Location: Cape Peninsula, near Scarborough

Cost:  R16 for adults and R8 for children

Contact Details: +27 (0)21 780 9204

Located just 45km outside of Cape Point, this quaint little picnic spot is a hidden gem. If you are looking for a quiet place to have a braai and soak up the beautiful Western Cape views, then this is it. The place is filled with braai spots and concrete tables. But visitors must bring their own braai grids, wood, and fire-starters. Take note that the picnic area does not allow portable braais, and it is not pet friendly. 

Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

Location: Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, Jonkershoek Road, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch

Cost: Conservation fee R50 (adults) | R30 (children)

Contact Details:  021 483 0190 | reservation.alert@capenature.co.za 

The Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve is situated in the Jonkershoek Valley, which is just outside Stellenbosch. This leafy haven was formerly a farm. It has two hiking trails that are open for visitors to explore. The reserve only allows a maximum of 80 people per day to help with preservation. You can also enjoy a dip in the Eerste River, if the water level allows it. 

Berg River Resort

Location: R45 Franschhoek Road, Paarl South

Cost: R100 per person and R100 per vehicle

Contact Details: +27 (0)21 863 1650

The Berg River Resort is great for a day trip. Add access to the swimming pools, trampoline, jungle gyms, and animal farmyard to your braai day. There is also a

volleyball net available, (own ball) and roller-skating area (own roller-skates). The spacious lawns available make for a great family gathering. If you want to make it a weekend getaway, you can book a chalet, or bring your caravan along.