1. Beach: If you’re looking for beach spots for picnicking in Cape Town, you won’t get better than this. At Water’s Edge Beach, just before Boulders in Seaforth, you get the advantage of picnicking on a soft sandy beach with penguins stumbling by or darting through the water of this protected cove that is mostly only known by locals. On a good day, it’s about the warmest seawater you will find in Cape Town.
2. Mountain: There are dedicated picnic spots or just clearings under the trees to lay a blanket all around Silvermine Dam at the top of Ou Kaapse Weg on the way to the south peninsula. It’s wonderfully tranquil and you can swim in the cool tannin water. There is a small entry fee or else it is free with a Wild Card. A boardwalk provides wheelchair access.
3. Scenic: Table Mountain of course! Buy your food at the top or take it with you and find your scenic picnic spot. Get 20% discount on the aerial cableway with your Wild Card and go free on your birthday, or take advantage of their half price sunset rates after 6pm until 29 February 2012, valid on return tickets only bought from the Lower Cable Station from 6pm onwards.
4. Sunset: It’s worth the climb up Lion’s Head to eat your picnic with a 360 degree view of ocean, mountain and the city winding down. Make sure there’s some moonlight to help you find the path back down.
5. Cultural: It’s a Cape Town tradition to picnic in Wynberg Park before a performance at Maynardville Open Air Theatre. This year’s performance is the farcical Comedy of Errors, playing until 18 February.
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