Whether you like a veggie sosatie, a haloumi burger or a chop on the coals, here are some of the Best Braai Spots in Cape Town.
Sure, you may have your own Weber or wall-to-wall fireplace at home, but sometimes it’s really nice to pack the charcoal, fill the Tupperware, marinate the cauli-steaks and head out to a braai spot with a view. Whether it’s in a forest, on a mountain, or at the sea, here are some of our favourite spots:
Best Braai Spots in Cape Town
Bring your own portable braai or use one of the many fixed spots in this sheltered picnic site on the slopes of Table Mountain. While the fire is simmering, take one of the many shady trails that wind through the forest and beside dappled streams. After some exercise you’ll feel like you DESERVE that potato salad!
Tip: The picnic site is closed from the 1 June to 30 September every year. When it opens on 1 October it works on first-come, first-served basis. There is an entrance fee.
Where: M3, Newlands Forest entrance, SANP
Hidden below the highway that stretches between Camps Bay and Llandudno is the secluded Oudekraal picnic site. With calm rock pools to explore, clear water for snorkelling and beautiful boulders all around, it’s no wonder this spot is extremely popular, especially for families.
Tip: Oudekraal is closed during the week from 1 June to 30 September. However, the venue is open every weekend and on public holidays regardless of the season. There is an entrance fee. Beware, when the wind is howling it can be a little rough out there.
Where: Victoria Road between Camps Bay and Llandudno
Buffelsbaai and Bordjiesdrif, Cape Point Nature Reserve
For a big sky experience, the braai sites at Buffelsbaai and Bordjiesdrif are fantastic – you’re in a nature reserve, surrounded by fynbos and fine beach sand with views to the horizon. There’s grass to sit on, and a huge tidal pool for swimming.
Tip: When the south-easter blows it can get chilly. Also, keep an eye for baboons, they know what picnics and braais look like, and they’re not shy to steal a chop!
Where: Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Point Road
Although you can’t braai here during the summer months (logically, due to the risk of veldfires), the winter season has its own special appeal at Silvermine. Take a hike to Elephant’s Eye, ride a bike trail up the mountain or brave the chilly but bracing water in the dam for a swim before tucking into a warm-up feast.
Tip: The braai spots are scattered around the dam on the right hand side (when your back is to the car park). They’re all lovely! There is an entrance fee.
Where: Silvermine, Ou Kaapse Weg, Westlake
Churchhaven/Preekstoel, West Cast National Park
With its turquoise, warm waters and long curving beaches, Langebaan Lagoon is perfect for lolling about on a lilo, paddling your SUP, or simply tanning in the sun. Here you can find stand-alone braai sites overlooking the bay, on a first-come-first-braai basis!
Tip: Come early, as the space is popular but not that big. Bring shade, as you will need it.There is an entrance fee.
Where: West Coast National Park, R27, West Coast
What: Best Braai Spots in Cape Town