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Celebrate the arrival of spring with these 12 picturesque picnics

by | 12 September 2022

Now that spring is finally on its way, it’s time to grab your favourite picnic blanket, your family and friends, and head out for some fun in the sun! 

We scoured our listings and rounded up all the fantastic picnic spots in and around Cape Town, Johannesburg, and the Garden Route, South Africa – all bookable via our app and website.

Cape Town and the Winelands


Allee Bleue Picnics

(Franschhoek, Western Cape)

What better way to enjoy summer in the Cape Winelands than to relax in the shade of old oak trees with a picnic at Allee Bleue. Book a “chicnic” basket for you and your party to enjoy at one of their shaded garden tables or get a “chicnic-on-the-go” hamper and find a comfortable spot on the lawns. A jungle gym, jumping castle, and sandpit will keep children amused for hours while you enjoy a leisurely lunch under the trees. A kiddies menu is also available.

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Boschendal Werf Picnics

(Franschhoek, Western Cape)

Boschendal wine farm boasts some of the most picturesque views in the Cape Winelands, with dramatic mountain vistas visible from their lush lawns. It is no surprise that the estate has become a popular picnic spot, as families and friends get together for a day out. The seasonal picnic menus change depending on the produce available as only naturally grown produce from the estate, as well as locally made artisanal goods, are used in their picnic baskets. Guests are welcome to bring their own blankets, chairs and tables to their Werf picnic reservation. 

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Casa Labia by Ideas Cartel

(Muizenberg, Cape Town)

Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Following a complete two-year restoration by the family, this much-loved national monument was opened to the public back in 2010 as an exquisite multi-functional cultural centre. Picnics can be pre-booked and enjoyed on the lawn where guests will have the most incredible views of the False Bay coastline.

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Hartenberg Wine Estate

(Stellenbosch, Western Cape)

With the warmer weather on its way and drier days ahead for the Cape, the famous Hartenberg picnics are set to return later this October. Book a picnic basket and get your loved ones together to enjoy an afternoon in their beautiful, spacious picnic garden. Sit at a table under the trees, or relax on a picnic blanket surrounded by large cushions. Each picnic box is packed with farm-baked breads, local cheeses, seasonal salads, dips, their famous snoek paté and much more. You will also get a sweet treat to finish your meal.

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Picnics at Hazendal

(Stellenbosch, Western Cape)

If you’re looking to pair the sun on your shoulders and grass beneath your feet with a day out in the Winelands, think no further than Hazendal and one of their picnic baskets. Beautiful, bespoke wicker baskets are filled with South African and Russian al fresco food – made from the highest quality local and seasonal ingredients. Pre-book a scenic picnic spot and find your basket waiting for you on arrival. Choose your wine and enjoy a day out with your family and friends.

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Quoin Rock Picnics

(Stellenbosch, Western Cape)

Nothing beats a stylish picnic enjoyed in one of the Cape’s many awe-inspiring natural environments. Quoin Rock’s picnics marry top-notch   service and high-end luxury with a gourmet food experience. Their picnic baskets include freshly baked bread, artisanal butters, dips and pâtés, fresh salads and fish dishes, a selection of local cheese and charcuterie, and a refreshing dessert. A kiddies basket is also available for the younger members of your group. 

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Spier Picnics

(Stellenbosch, Western Cape)

The Spier Farm Kitchen allows guests to customise their picnic with a wide range of freshly-prepared options – including rotisserie chicken, hand-crafted pies and gourmet sandwiches made with wood-fired Hoghouse bread. Guests can choose a freshly-made salad or make their own at the Salad Station. While Spier’s famous chocolate meringue and other decadent treats are on offer, Chef Lolli has also developed a range of healthier sweet options to choose from. To drink, there’s a selection of Spier’s award-winning wines, as well as juices, ciders, beers and coffee to go. 

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Picnics at Vergelegen Wine Estate

(Somerset West, Western Cape)

Vergelegen’s ancient and mystic camphor forest is the unique and picturesque setting for a luxury, “white tablecloth” picnic. Plan an intimate al fresco lunch or gather your family and friends together to enjoy a delicious picnic in the beautifully shaded and tranquil remnants of Van Der Stel’s camphor forest.

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Zorgvliet Wines

(Stellenbosch, Western Cape)

Book a picnic and enjoy a piece of heaven in the Banghoek Valley – with sunshine and fresh air in abundance. Zorgvliet’s vineyards form the perfect backdrop to the historic Cape Dutch architecture of the estate’s buildings. Simply pack a picnic blanket (or two), pick your spot under the oak trees and choose a picnic basket from the menu on offer. 

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Garden Route


Luka Vineyards

(Plettenberg Bay)

Visit Luka Vineyards and enjoy their slice of paradise nestled between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, along the famous Garden Route. Picnics can be booked and enjoyed in the green space in front of the restaurant or inside. Expect to be surprised – their menu is seasonal and no day is the same!

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Gauteng


Avianto Picnics

(Muldersdrift, Gauteng)

Avianto has various picnic areas set alongside the Crocodile River, making it the perfect spot for a romantic picnic with your loved one or an afternoon out with the whole family. A selection of bespoke picnic boxes are available, as well as kiddies “nosh boxes” to add on for your group. Each box promises to offer a taste explosion and keep you nibbling for hours!

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Ground the Venue

(Krugersdorp, Gauteng)

Ground is a veritable blank canvas when it comes to events! The flexible spaces give your ideas and creativity the perfect opportunity to come to life. If you’re looking to host a special birthday, a trail run, corporate get-togethers, team building, a quaint picnic amongst the vineyards, the Ground team can help make it nothing short of sensational.

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