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December 10, 2013

Top Braai Spots for Reconciliation Day

Photo courtesy Mallix

Editor's Note: This blog was first published on December 15,2011.

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 ), 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:

Wynberg Park

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

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

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

Website: www.helderbergfarm.co.za

Newlands Forest

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

Website: www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/all.php#picnics

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

Website: www.capepointroute.co.za/seeit-simonstown.php

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 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

Website: www.strandloper.com

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

Web-site: www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/Oude_Molen_Village/

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

Web-site: www.amadoda.co.za

FOR WATER LOVERS:

Oudekraal

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

Website: www.sanparks.org

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

Web-site: www.facebook.com/pages/Milnerton-Waterpark/

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

Website: www.bca.org.za

Soetwater, Kommetjie

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

Website: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/SportRecreation/Documents/Soetwater_resort_DL.pdf

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

Website: http://www.capenature.co.za/reserves.htm?reserve=Assegaaibosch+Nature+Reserve

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 

Website: http://bergriverresort.co.za

Antoniesvlei Wellington

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

FOR THE HOMEBODIES:

Cape Town has a delicious array of  bakeries, delis and food markets from which to shop for your Reconcillaition Day braai.

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