December 15, 2011
Top Braai Spots for Reconciliation Day
Marisah lives by a simple philosophy of eat, travel, read, write, laugh, listen and love.
Heartland is where she grew up in the Mother City, the Karoo and Overberg region and these are the places she returns to every time, boarding pass in hand. Passionate about travel, she’s working towards her Master’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management with a special interest in luxury travel, destination management and sustainable tourism development. Her calling in life is finding the perfect cheesecake recipe.
If there is one thing Capetonians are good at – other than socialising, of course – it’s braaing.
Whether it’s meat or fish, you can be sure that on a spectacular summer’s day (or even on a winter's day), you will find us gathered around the fire, enjoying each other’s company, the tantalising aroma of meat on the grill and our breathtaking city views.
Please remember to put your braai fire out completely and braai responsibly in the natural environment.
FOR THE OUTDOORSMAN/WOMAN:
Luscious lawns, a huge playground for the little ones and ample facilities to prove your braaing skills ... what’s not to love about Wynberg Park?
Location: Corner of Klaasens and Trovato Link Roads, Wynberg
Contact: +27 (0)21 710 9403
Helderberg Farm, Somerset West
Situated in the picturesque Helderberg region, this farm not only offers picnic and braai facilities but also a host of activities for the whole family. These include gravel karts, laser shooting, strawberry picking and mountain biking.
Location: Klein Helderberg Road, Somerset West
Contact: +27 (0)21 855 4308
Bring your own portable or gas braai to prepare lunch under the trees in designated braai areas between 08h00 and 18h00 from Monday to Sunday. There are several hiking trails in the forest which will help you to work up an appetite or walk off your meal.
Location: M3 near Rondebosch
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 1601
Miller’s Point, Simon’s Town
An excellent spot for the family. Portable and gas braais are welcome, and there's also a tidal pool for the children, excellent snorkeling and a boat launching slipway.
Location: Main Road, Simon’s Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 786 1142
FOR THE SOCIAL CARNIVORE:
Mzoli’s Place, Gugulethu
Great music, expertly braaied meat and a vibrant township vibe make Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu a Capetonian favourite.
Location: Shop 3, NY115 & NY108, Gugulethu
Contact: +27 (0)21 638 1355
Die Strandloper seafood restaurant, Langebaan
The aromatic fish braai at this coastal restaurant in Langebaan is worth the drive. Try the angel fish, snoek, crayfish, freshly baked bread and more. The moerkoffie (very strong traditional coffee) and company aren’t too bad either!
Location: On the Langebaan road just before Club Mykonos
Contact: +27 (0)22 772 2490
Oude Molen Eco Village, Pinelands
A working model of a sustainable eco-village is home to artists, woodworkers and music studios. There's also a recreational area with braai facilities and a swimming pool.
Location: Alexandra Street, Pinelands
Contact: +27 (0)21 447 9165
aMadoda Braai, Woodstock
A vibey urban destination with live music and an eclectic crowd, aMadoda is the City Bowl’s answer to township living.
Location: 1 – 4 Strand Street, Woodstock
Contact: +27 (0)21 447 2133
FOR WATER LOVERS:
Waves lapping gently on the sandy shore, a bevy of beauties on parade and several wonderfully maintained braai areas make Oudekraal a must.
Location: Between Camps Bay and Llandudno
Contact: +27 (0)21 438 9555
Milnerton Water Park
A delight for the whole family with braai facilities, swimming pools, water slides, mini-golf and giant chess.
Location: Pentz Drive, Milnerton
Contact: +27 (0)21 557 2958
Eerste Steen Resort, Bloubergstrand
Located in the Blaauwberg Conservation Area, visitors can enjoy views of pristine surroundings with Table Mountain in the distance, a swim in the ocean, surfing, windsurfing or birdwatching. Give your children a lesson on the environment and book a class to learn more about the geography, geology or plants and animals in the local ecosystem.
Location: Otto du Plessis Drive, Blouberg
Contact: +27 (0)21 554 2745
Soetwater gets its name from the many fresh water pools that form on the coastal terraces after good rains. Take in local fynbos, watch Grysbok antelope at play and swim in one of two tidal pools. Braai facilities are located in designated areas within the resort.
Location: Lighthouse Road, Kommetjie
Contact: +27 (0)21 783 1747
FOR A DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch
This tranquil nature reserves offer visitors a relaxing experience with braai and picnic facilities, two short hiking trails and swimming in the Eerste River.
Location: Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
Contact: +27 (0)861 227 362 8873
Berg River Resort, Paarl
Situated on the banks of the Berg River, this family resort offers something for the whole family. The donkeys and goats in the animal farmyard are always a big hit with the children. Other experiences include canoeing on the river, swimming, tractor rides and volleyball.
Location: R45 Franschhoek Road
Contact: +27 (0)21 863 1650
In tranquil surrounds at the foot of the mountain, Antoniesvlei is a rustic resort that offers visitors three swimming pools, a play park for children, braai facilities and lots of fresh air.
Location: Bain’s Kloof Pass, Wellington
Contact: +27 (0)21 873 3352