To many South Africans, having a braai is akin to breathing fresh air. In fact, some people are so fond of their braai, they prefer breathing the comforting, delicious plumes of smoke wafting from a braaivleis fire. Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City are fortunate in that they have a choice of some of the most spectacular settings in the country to have a braai.
Here are some recommended braai spots. Don’t forget to take along your camping chairs, wood, firelighters, grid, tongs, and the meat of course.
Tokai Forest, Tokai
This braai area, as its name suggests, is situated on the edge of the lush and peaceful Tokai Forest, a favourite for family-friendly outdoor adventures, such as mountain biking and hiking. At the first sign of hunger pangs, head to the braai area, light your fire, then relax with a cool drink (no alcohol is permitted) and admire the tall pine trees that form the forest canopy. It would be wise to keep one eye on the meat though, as baboons sometimes “gate crash” the area in search of food.
Where do I find it? Tokai Road, Tokai.
For the latest entry fees, opening and closing times or other queries contact +27 (0)21 712 7471.
Newlands Forest, Newlands
If you’re searching for a cool, shady spot for a braai on a hot summer’s day, the Newlands Forest braai area will be a perfect spot for you, your family and friends, as it is surrounded by tall, shady pine trees. For the energetic and adventurous, there are several hiking trails to explore and for the kids there’s enough space to have heaps of fun and games. Please note that alcohol is prohibited and four-legged friends are not allowed in the braai and picnic areas.
Where do I find it? M3 freeway, Newlands.
For the latest entry fees, opening and closing times or other queries contact +27 (0)21 422 1601.
Maiden’s Cove, Clifton
The name Maiden’s Cove has a fairy-tale ring to it and rightly so, as you’ll see when you first enter. You will find a picturesque look-out point with a braai area that’s situated between Clifton and Glen Beach. It has breath-taking views over the ocean and one can hear the waves as they crash against the enormous boulders below. There is a tidal pool for you to cool off in once you have the fire going. Entrance is free, so get there early to find your perfect spot at this popular braai area.
Where do I find it? Victoria Road, between Clifton and Glen Beach.
Contact: +27 (0)21 438 8212 if your need further information.
You’ll come across the Oudekraal braai area in between the boulders that lay scattered in the sea and along the beach between Llandudno and Camps Bay. This scenic area has over 40 braai areas surrounded by grass and some seating. There is plenty to entertain all ages; the younger kids can paddle in rock pools and play in the sand along the shore while the older kids may prefer to swim and snorkel. Bring all your braai equipment with you and don’t forget to pack the camera. Please note that a strict no alcohol policy is enforced.
Where do I find it? On Victoria Road, a couple of kilometres past Camps Bay in the direction of Hout Bay.
Contact +27 (0)21 438 9555 for the latest entry fees, opening and closing times or other queries.
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