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Hot Cape Town Braai Spots

By J.F. Kloppers

Obviously this is not, and could never be, an exhaustive list. If you’ve got any great braai venues you’d like to share, feel free to add your favourites in the comments section below.

Buffels Bay, Cape Point

The braai spots at Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif, in the Cape Point section of Table Mountain National Park, are worth visiting for the views alone. Sometimes the baboons can be a nuisance, and you don’t want to be there in the teeth of the south-easter, but on a fine spring day the wind is usually light and the baboons are less of a nuisance with so many people about. The braai spots are open from 7am to 5pm (it’s 6am to 6pm in the summer months), and you’ll need to bring your own grid and wood, etc.

Klippies Bay & Sparks Bay, Kogelberg

Braai sites, great views, and the sound of the sea slapping over the stones just metres from the stands. If you’re coming along Clarence Drive from Gordon’s Bay towards Rooi Els, you can’t miss the main Kogel Bay beach and campsite about half way between the two. The Kogel Bay campsite is a beautiful braai spot in its own right, but you’ll have to pay camping fees to enter. A few hundred metres further towards Rooi Els, you’ll find the day camps and braai spots. Keep going past the tidal pool, which can get incredibly busy in summer, and the next right is Klippies Bay.

Take the next right (after Klippies) into the small car park at Sparks Bay. There’s a rough track that leads down to the braai sites and you can park right next to your stand. I often drive past this spot in winter and see just one or two cars and a single plume of braai smoke. It can get busy in good weather, but if you catch it at the right time this is one of most tranquil public braai spots in the Cape.

Tokai Forest Braai Area

Tall pine trees shade this popular braai spot in Tokai.

Oudekraal

On the Atlantic seaboard between Llandudno and Camp’s Bay, you’ll find small, protected coves and sandy beaches peaking out between massive boulders. The 40 or so braai sites don’t always have grids and the nearest shop for wood and meat is in Camp’s Bay, so be sure to bring everything with you.

The braai area at Oudekraal is busy in summer, but try it on a bright winter day and you could have the whole place to yourself.

Maiden’s Cove

Popular, often very busy braai spot on the coast between Clifton and Glen Beach.

Silvermine Nature Reserve

This picnic site in Table Mountain National Park could be the most relaxing braai spot in South Africa. Although more than 40 sites lie scattered around the Silvermine reservoir, they are so well positioned, nestled in discreet rocky hollows and tucked behind thriving fynbos, you’ll feel as if you have the place all to yourself. Keep in mind that because of concerns over run-away veld fires this is a winter-only braai venue, though the site remains open for picnics year round.

Wynberg Park

Shady trees and beautiful grassy slopes make Wynberg park a favourite local braai spot.


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