Wynberg Park

Cape Townians are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor activities. Beaches, forests, mountains, as well as lush green parks. And all of these are tucked away within the city borders! Meet friends for a picnic, go for a walk with your four-footed friend, or simply pause to enjoy nature.

We’ve searched high and low to hunt down the bests parks for you to enjoy.

#1 The Company’s Garden

Size: 8.5 hectares

Queen Victoria Street (top end of Adderley Street) | City Centre

Opening hours: daily: summer 07:00 – 19:00, winter 07:00 – 18:00

This beautiful park in the city centre is a heritage site. It dates back to the 1650’s, when the European settlers needed to grow fruit and vegetables to stock up the ships that passed through on their travels. It’s close to the South African parliament and within the grounds there are various museums to visit including the National Art Gallery and SA Museum. There are historical gems scattered throughout such as a fish pond, aviary, and rose garden.

#2 De Waal Park

Size: 11.7 hectares

Upper Orange Road| Gardens

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

Another beautiful park in the heart of the city, located in the City Bowl. It’s a popular spot for dog owners and great for kids with a fun playground. The stylish Victorian fountain adds an old-world feel to the park. In the summertime music concerts are hosted on Sundays.

#3 The Green Point Urban Park

Size: 10.5 hectares

Cape Town Stadium | Green Point
(can be accessed either from Beach Road (M6) or Bay Road, Mouille Point)

Opening hours: daily 07:00 – 19:00

This amazing space was created in 2011, just after the Soccer World Cup. There are pathways meandering around the expansive green lawns and little biodiversity nurseries filled with interesting plants. Follow the routes to complete a walking, running or cycling circuit. Spot the kilometre markers to keep track of your progress. Little outdoor training and gym circuits are the perfect way to combine fresh air and exercise. Pop in at the tea garden or pack your own picnic. You can either sit on the lovely green grass or at a picnic bench.

#4 Zandvlei Recreational Park

Size: 159 hectares

Promenade Road | Muizenberg

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

This wetland is bordered by the Muizenberg, Lakeside, and Marina da Gama residential areas. It’s a stunning estuary with a river system meandering through it, located on the False Bay coast. The park is a popular recreational activities spot ideal for windsurfing, fishing, canoeing, and sailing. There are also braai and picnic spots located on the grassy areas next to the shores.

#5 Arderne Gardens

Size: 4 hectares

Main Street | Claremont

Opening hours: daily 09:00 – 16:00

This park includes a Japanese garden. The shady glades and romantic nooks make it a popular spot for wedding photographs. The park has a rich collection of exotic trees and shrubs. In 2003 over three hundred trees were labelled as part of the Cape Horticultural Society’s Centenary Project.

#6 Rondebosch Park

Size: 1.9 hectares

Corner Campground Road & Sandown Roads | Rondebosch

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

The park has lovely big trees creating green canopies over the pathways. The expansive lawns are perfect for picnics as well as open air events including craft markets and carols by candle light. Benches scattered next to the pathways are perfect to sit and take in the wide variety of flora in the park.

#7 Durbanville Rose Garden

Size: 1.5 hectares

Durban Road | Durbanville

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

Another historical site in the city, with farm graves on the property. There are 500 different types of rose bushes to sniff and enjoy the beauty of. An outing to the park’s Tea Room on Sundays is a must during flowering season.

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#8 Wynberg Park

Size: 22.5 hectares

Corner Klaassens & Trovato Link Roads | Wynberg

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

This park features the Krakeelwater river’s spring. It has a gorgeous conifer garden, a colourful delight in spring and summer. There is an impressive playground, as well as duck pond to amuse the kids for hours. The little pathways meandering through the park is perfect for a walk, jog or doggy outing. Picnic and braai areas are located throughout the park for a delightful outdoor lunch. In the summer the park hosts concerts and fun days.

Just around the corner: Maynardville Park

An alternative park in the area, with rolling green lawns and trees, plus a great eco-system of birds. Visit the Maynardville open-air theatre in the summertime for a fun cultural outing. The park also includes a playground and water feature for the kids.

Size: 11 hectares

Corner Church & Wolfe Street | Wynberg

Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

#9 Khayelitsha Wetlands Park

Size: 3.3 hectares

Makhaza (between Lansdowne & Hlanga Roads) | Khayelitsha

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

Perfect for a fun waterfilled outing. The eco-system is growing, with more and more birds calling it home. To create a more people-friendly area, the city has built a stunning playground for kids to enjoy, and creative African mosaic murals to entertain the adults.

#10 Westridge Park

Size: 15.8 hectares

Corner Morgenster & De Duin Avenue | Westridge | Mitchells Plain

Opening hours: daily 08:00 – 18:00

Tucked away in the suburb, the park has a variety of flora to enjoy including the famous indigenous Cape fynbos. Pathways meander through the park with expansive lawns inviting you to pause for a picnic. It’s an ideal location for fabulous wedding photographs. A unique feature of the park is the skateboard ramp. Community concerts and festive events are hosted during the year.

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The first South African National Parks Week was hosted in 2006. Originally the initiative wanted to link the South African national parks system with the bigger global national movement. It creates awareness of the wide range of national parks in South Africa.

This year South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrate its 13th annual South African National Parks Week, hosted from 10 to 14 September 2018. Total South Africa and FNB are official partners, helping SANParks achieve its vision to create a sustainable National Park System that connects society.

The SA National Parks Week

During the week, 21 national parks offer free access to the day visitors, encouraging specifically the local communities to visit the parks. The free access does exclude access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities. A few of the parks has decided to extend the free access to include the weekend. The following are the national parks with easy access from Cape Town, all with a two-hour drive from the city.

Agulhas National Park

Dates: 10 – 15 September 2018

This park is an open-access park, with no pay points.

Activities include interpretation walks. A walk from the lighthouse to the Southernmost Tip. It’s a circular walk including a new stretch along the ridge above the Southern Tip, plus the Southern Tip Icon. The Soetendalsvlei Western Shore walk also includes birding opportunities.

Click here for more information on the park.

Table Mountain National Park

Dates: 10 – 15 September 2018

Please note: the free entry does not apply to the Boulders Penguin Colony and Table Mountain Cableway. Read our post about the Table Mountain national park

Click here for more information on the park.

West Coast National Park

Dates: 10 – 14 September 2018

Click here for more information on the park.

Read our post about the West Coast National Park

South African National Parks week excludes Boulders Beach, The Table Mountain Cableway and The Namaqualand National Park in the Western Cape.

 

Wynberg Park

The park is located in the lovely leafy Southern suburbs of Cape Town. It stretches over 22 hectares and boasts with authentic Western Cape vegetation. Inside the park you can find the spring of the Krakeelwater River.

Other great features include a beautiful conifer garden and abundant hydrangeas, creating a beautiful colourful carpet in summer. Hunt down the elusive Silvertree, which once grew abundantly in the area, but now only one solitary tree remains.

The park has stunning little pathways crisscrossing through it, with immaculate lawns, perfect for picnics. Or look out for the braai facilities for an authentically South African lunch. It is a kids’ paradise with a great playground, as well as a duck pond to entertain your kids for hours. Bring your dog and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the beautiful surroundings. You can also bring your bicycle and explore all the paths through the lush green park.

Wynberg Park occasionally hosts fun days as well as live concerts. Keep an eye on their social media pages to stay in the loop. The city’s Come and Play teams also host extreme sports demonstrations, and fun activities for kids. Contact the park for more information.

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Location: cnr Klaassens and Trovato Link Roads, Wynberg

Opening hours: 7am – 6pm (daily)

Cost: Free

Tel: 021 444 8849 | 086 576 1243

Website:  wynbergpark.co.za

Facebook: Wynberg Park

Twitter: @wynberg_park

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