The 20 Best Picnics in Cape Town + The Winelands

The 20 Best Picnics in Cape Town + The Winelands Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery

There’s no shortage of magnificent places to eat out(side) in Cape Town.

Cape Town’s long, lazy, beautiful summer days make being outside irresistible. Throw down a blanket, unpack a hamper, and stretch out under a tree with a bunch of friends. You don’t even have to fill a picnic basket! Most wine farms have cottoned onto the idea of convenience so, after you’ve booked, simply arrive and a hamper of delicious goodies will be waiting for you. These are our favourite picnics in Cape Town and the Winelands…

Please note Picnics should be booked at least a day in advance.

Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Find a picnic spot in these areas

Picnics in Cape Town
Picnics in Stellenbosch
Picnics in Franschhoek
Picnics in Paarl + Somerset West
Picnics in Durbanville 

Picnics in Cape Town

The Cellars-Hohenort

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Cellars Hohenort

The setting In the five-star Cellars-Hohenort’s enchanted garden, you can spread out under the ancient (and gigantic!) camphors for a relaxed afternoon picnic, glass of champagne or a favourite from the winelist in hand. Everything in your freshly prepared basket is delicious, but the mini scones dripping in butter and strawberry jam are just perfect for the setting… Bonus? It’s really not far for most city dwellers.
What’s in the basket

  • tapas
  • olive and sundried tomato focaccia bread
  • lemon-and-rosemary-roasted chicken
  • artisanal house salads with vinaigrette
  • mini scones, strawberry jam and butter
  • orange, apple or vegetable juice

Wow factor You’ll feel like you’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city – but it’s so close!
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Good to know Booking a day in advance is essential.
Cost R365 (single basket)
R725 (double basket)
Contact 021 794 2137,
Where to find it 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights, Cape Town
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Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting With beautiful views of Noordhoek beach, hectares of fynbos and vineyards, the picnic site at this award-winning winery is hard to beat. There are three picnic spots to choose from: the secluded area next to the dam (no kids allowed), ideal for romantic picnics; the family area (plenty of shade, and easy access to the jungle gym); or the mid-level picnic lawns (ideal for larger groups, with unhindered ocean views). Vegetarian baskets are available and children can order off the kids’ menu. A porter will assist you with your basket and blankets, and you’ll need to order drinks from the deli. Extra deli items are available for purchase on the day, should you wish to add more goodies to your hamper!
What’s in the basket

  • freshly baked ciabatta with herb butter
  • cold meat
  • a trio of cheese
  • olives
  • onion marmalade
  • seasonal salad
  • Cape Point Hanepoot
  • picnic pillows and blanket

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm (all-year-round)
Cost R140 per person
Contact 027 789 0900,
Where to find it Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
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Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia
Wining and Dining

The setting Situated on the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa, Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia is ripe with breathtaking views of the valley, vineyards and False Bay. Picnics take place on the lawn between the historic manor house and vineyards, inviting picnickers to linger longer. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.
What’s in the Classic picnic basket

  • baguette from Woodstock Bakery with flavoured butter and spiked hummus
  • smoked snoek pâté and apricot relish
  • locally sourced cheese with house relish
  • cured local meat and pickles
  • roasted vegetable salad with quinoa and vinaigrette
  • chocolate brownie with dipping chocolate

Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8am – 6pm
Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Cost R450 (Classic basket for 2)
R490 (Breakfast basket for 2)
R600 (Estate basket for 2)
R100 (Kids’ basket)
Good to know The final cost is subject to an additional service fee of 12.5%.
Contact 021 794 6255,
Where to find it Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel

Mount Nelson: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town

The setting In the heart of Cape Town, this iconic five-star hotel is a tranquil oasis whose effortless elegance leaves an impression on all who visit it. And while the property is possibly best known for its sumptuous high teas, its beautifully maintained garden is a destination in itself (and never fails to elicit oohs and aahs from anyone who has spent time here). Choose between a poolside picnic (which includes access to the heated pool), or go the garden route and find a discreet, shaded spot on the lawns. Kiddies’ hampers are also available.
What’s in the basket

  • biltong
  • mixed nuts
  • spiced olives
  • charcuterie selection with pickles and chicken liver pâté
  • smoked trout with horseradish cream and smoked trout pâté
  • spiced fried chicken pieces with sweet chilli sauce
  • beef frikkadels with homemade chutney
  • crudités with falafel selection and hummus
  • Cape Winelands cheese selection with preserves and grapes
  • sliced baguettes and biscuits
  • mini quiche
  • petit fours
  • strawberries and cream
  • water

Opening times Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 1pm (basket collections)
Cost R395 (garden picnic for one)
R595 (pool picnic for one)
Contact 021 483 1000,
Where to find it 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Norval Foundation

Norval Foundation: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Amid sculptures and a natural wetland garden, picnics at Norval Foundation are as scenic as they are convenient (no need to schelp to the Winelands; it’s a 30-minute drive from the city centre). While enjoying your meal, the artful garden feels like your own, surrounded by vineyards and mountains. Before or after your picnic, browsing the current exhibitions in the world-class museum is highly recommended. Hampers and beverages should be collected from the kiosk adjacent to the restaurant’s terrace.
What’s on the build-your-own-basket menu

  • bread board
  • mixed salad
  • crispy chicken wrap
  • beef sliders
  • charcuterie
  • cheese selection
  • olives
  • nuts
  • seasonal sliced fruit
  • cake of the day
  • banana bread

Opening times Wednesday – Monday, 12pm – 5pm
Cost R150 minimum spend for free garden access (build your own picnic)
Free (kids’ access)
Contact 087 654 5902,
Where to find it Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road (opposite US Embassy), Tokai, Cape Town
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Picnics in Stellenbosch

Quoin Rock Wine Estate

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Quoin Rock

The setting On the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains, Quoin Rock Wine Estate is a serene sanctuary with lush gardens sprinkled with mystical sculptures. Eight custom-built picnic pods, spaced 10 metres apart, are where picnickers can enjoy excellent cheeses, game fish, Russian-style potato salad and beef fillet on proper crockery (vegan and vegetarian hampers are as well-stocked). Yes, everything in your basket is marvellously plastic-free. And, you can call your waitron on a walkie talkie if you need a top up!
What’s in the basket

  • freshly baked baguette with garlic butter
  • Namysto sweet wine butter
  • biltong pâté
  • citrus pesto
  • Dalewood camembert
  • Dalewood Huguenot
  • Jewell’s bresaola
  • Jewell’s Italian salami
  • springbok tartare with apricots, onion, and anchovy emulsion
  • Olivier salad
  • curried pasta salad
  • duck (Buffalo) wings with blue cheese cream
  • blueberry cheesecake with blueberry compote, pickled blueberries and vanilla strudel crumb
  • unlimited still and sparkling water

Good to know The vegan, vegetarian and kiddies’ baskets are as well-stocked, too. A deposit will secure your booking.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 2:30pm
Cost R400 per person
R180 (kids’ basket, children 3 – 12 years)
Contact 021 888 4740,
Where to find it Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch
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Hazendal Babushka Picnics

The setting In addition to its slew of culinary pursuits, Hazendal’s wonderfully relaxed Babushka picnics take place on the lawns of the estate. The feast is presented in beautiful bespoke wicker baskets, filled with alfresco eats crafted from fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Farm butter, snoek pâté, dukkah-spiced chicken kebabs or grilled aubergine (vegetarian): it’s easy-to-manage picnic fare, and the flavour combinations are great. Add an award-winning estate wine or botanical fruit cordials from the Babushka Deli to top it off!
What’s in the basket 

  • freshly baked artisanal breads
  • salted farm butter
  • hummus with rosemary-turmeric and garlic pickled mushrooms
  • potted snoek pâté
  • cold cut selection
  • dukkah-spiced chicken kebabs
  • crunchy Asian salad, mixed seeds, cashew nuts, and ginger-and-soy dressing
  • Olivier potato salad
  • local cheese and preserves
  • sweet dessert from Babushka Deli’s pastry kitchen

Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am or 1pm
Cost R300 per person
R140 (kids’ basket)
Please note Booking and deposits are essential. Vegetarian and vegan options are available on request.
Contact 021 205 5620,
Where to find it Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
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Warwick: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town
Villas Cape Town

The setting At this picturesque Stellenbosch winery, you can choose to picnic under an umbrella beside the dam – and be served the estate’s delicious nectar by your own waitron as you recline on beanbags! Or you can enjoy the fine contents of your gourmet basket in one of the specially designed picnic pods. The dressed up salads are on point; the breads and herbed butters, delicious. Summer’s here!

What’s in the basket

  • Epi bread with garlic-infused herbed butter
  • summer crunch salad with fried Halloumi
  • chicken and roasted vegetable on truffle-infused cous-cous
  • salametti, beef carpaccio and Parma ham
  • fig Brie, wild mushroom Brie and Huguenot Cheese
  • roasted feta paté, topped with olive tapenade
  • red-pepper pesto jar
  • Warwick Rosé Rose Petal Jam
  • decadent chocolate brownie

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm (October – April)
Please note Picnic baskets can be collected from 11am. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Cost R550 (basket for 2)
R300 (basket for 1)
R150 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 884 4410,
Where to find it Warwick Wine Estate, R44 Stellenbosch
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Mooiplaas: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town
Tielman Roos jnr

The setting This family-owned wine estate and private nature reserve in Stellenbosch epitomises the Winelands picnic experience: expansive views (of vineyards and the Bottelary Hills beyond), gnarly old oaks, an elegant Cape Dutch manor house and, of course, modern, ecofriendly wines. The picnic is a no-fuss, fresh array of baguette, cheeses, salad, homemade quiche and other treats, with a bottle of Langtafel wine.
What’s in the basket

  • fresh baguette
  • cheese (Brie and mature cheddar)
  • salad
  • handmade crisps
  • hummus (or tzatziki)
  • preserve
  • fruit
  • homemade quiche
  • brownies
  • a bottle of Langtafel wine

Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Cost R385 (gourmet basket for 2)
R160 (cheese platter for 2 – 4)
Contact 021 200 7493,
Where to find it Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch


Hartenberg: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting With wafting willow trees (perfect for kiddies to climb and explore), and a small wooden bridge leading to more open fields of grass, this Stellenbosch estate feels as if it was made for picnics. It has many spots to throw down a picnic blanket, and kick back in the shade and, thanks to its environmental policies, sports loads of local bird and animal species. Some of the treats you’ll unwrap from your basket include spanakopita, charcuterie, Scotch eggs and caramel fudge.
What’s in the basket

  • baked bread and baguettes
  • snoek pâté and hummus
  • garden vegetables with dip
  • selection of Dalewood cheese
  • spanakopita
  • charcuterie
  • Scotch egg
  • Mediterranean salad
  • homemade salted-caramel fudge

Opening times Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 2pm (until April 2022)
Cost R295 per person
Contact 021 865 2541,
Where to find it Hartenberg Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
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Zorgvliet Wines

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: Zorgvliet Wines

The setting Just outside Stellenbosch in the Banhoek Valley, Zorgvliet’s picnic area is set among vineyards and boasts stunning views of the surrounding mountains. There’s a large lawn, with a jungle gym, sandpit and splash pad for children. In addition to the regular basket for two, there are vegetarian and kiddies’ hampers.
What’s in the Zorgvliet basket

  • freshly baked baguettes
  • sweet and savoury preserves
  • fresh wraps
  • duo of gourmet cheese
  • crackers
  • chicken drumsticks
  • fresh green salad
  • something sweet
  • a bottle of Silvermyn wine

Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm (September 2021 – April 2022)
Monday – Sunday,  11am – 5pm (school holidays)
Cost R605 (Zorgvliet basket for 2)
R135 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 885 1399,
Where to find it Zorgvliet Wines, Helshoogte Pass, Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch
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Spier Wine Farm

Spier: Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town

The setting Founded in 1692, this family-friendly farm, where rolling lawns surround a duck-filled stream, offers an array of child-friendly activities, making it an ideal spot to throw down your blanket. Seasonal and sustainably sourced produce is a given and there’s a plant-based option, too.
What’s in the Summer picnic basket

  • selection of cheeses with raisin chutney
  • Farmer Angus charcuterie and pickles
  • beef frikkadels with tzatziki
  • chicken drumstick with mustard and honey
  • Vadas baguette with white bean hummus and butter
  • roast cauliflower salad with turmeric, harissa, pickled sultana and coconut
  • new potato salad with chives, capers, dill, olives, and served with house vinaigrette
  • a slice of nutty caramel pie dressed with hazelnut and almond

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (including public holidays)
Cost R295 per person
R160 (kids’ basket)
Contact 021 809 1159,
Where to find it Spier Wine Estate, R310, Stellenbosch
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Picnics in Franschhoek

Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town

The setting Overlooking the Franschhoek Valley, this illustrious 40-hectare estate offers views of rolling meadows and vineyards stretching out towards the distant mountains. It’s enormously beautiful and the wine is superb. Pick up your laden basket from The Country Kitchen, Mont Rochelle’s casual lunch restaurant, and take a stroll down to the sparkling dam, where a scattering of garden cushions and concrete tables allow for comfortable feasting and tippling. (No fighting over the delicious pea and mint arancini with honey, or the malva truffles!)
What’s in the Miko Basket 

  • South African cheese and homemade preserves
  • charcuterie with homemade pickles and chutneys
  • sweet-and-sour-glazed pork and apple kebabs with lime tzatziki
  • pita pockets filled with a Mediterranean chicken salad
  • spiced lemongrass and tuna fish cakes served with tomato relish
  • smoked buttermilk potato salad with spring onions and sundried tomatoes
  • corn on the cob with basil butter and smoked sea salt
  • cold beef teriyaki stir-fry salad with egg noodles and candied cashew nuts
  • pea and mint arancini served with a harissa honey dip
  • dark chocolate-and-cranberry brownie with chocolate sauce
  • malva truffles with salted-caramel sauce

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Good to know Baskets must be booked 12 hours in advance, and prices exclude beverages.
Cost R490 (Chardonnay Basket for 2)
R590 (Miko Basket for 2)
R140 (Mini Basket)
Contact 021 876 2770,
Where to find it Mont Rochelle, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape
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Boschendal: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town
Claire Gunn

The setting Set under the trees of the pavilion lawn, with chairs, blankets and loads of space to enjoy a delicious alfresco feast, picnics at Boschendal epitomise exemplary Winelands entertainment. Expect delights such as roast beet and fennel salad, Angus beef meatballs, crispy baguette, and a moreish strawberry crumble, all made fresh on the farm by Boschendal’s team of bakers, butchers and chefs. The estate – which lies in whitewashed splendour between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch – is committed to sustainability; as such, glass jars and compostable, biodegradable packaging is used.
What’s in the basket 

  • farm-baked baguette with garden herb pesto and butter
  • Werf green salad with shaved parmesan and garden herb vinaigrette
  • roast beets and fennel salad with orange dressing, soy and cumin seeds
  • potato, mustard and spring onion salad
  • Angus beef and Duroc pork meatballs with hummus
  • Angus beef and sesame seed salad
  • smoked Angus beef from Boschendal’s butchery
  • Dalewood camembert and onion marmalade
  • strawberry crumble slice

Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm (September 2021 – April 2022)
Good to know Baskets can be collected between 12pm and 2pm. Vegetarian and kiddies’ baskets are available, too.
Cost R620 (basket for 2)
R150 (kids’ basket, children 3 – 10 years)
R680 (basket for 2 on weekends with live music)
Contact 021 870 4273,
Where to find it Boschendal, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
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Grande Provence

Grande Provence: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town
Claire Gunn

The setting Reminiscent of a French country escape, Grande Provence is an historic estate bundled in homespun comfort. Founded over three centuries ago by French Huguenots, the estate’s architecture reflects its rich mix of French and Cape Dutch heritage. Picnics (regular, vegetarian and kids) can be enjoyed under the oaks in view of sweeping vineyards and striking sculptures.
What’s in the standard basket

  • farm-baked ciabatta, hummus, marinated peppers and olives
  • salad of tender seasonal vegetables, spiced chickpeas, celery, rosa tomato, shaved Parmesan and herb dressing
  • roasted chicken and rosemary pie
  • baby potato with spring onion and aioli mayo
  • charcuterie
  • Forest Hill cheese, onion marmalade and figs
  • chocolate brownies

Good to know Costs exclude beverages and 10% gratuity. Picnics are weather-dependent and an indoor setting will be provided should it rain on the day.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 4pm
Cost R550 (basket for 2)
R125 (kids’ basket, children 3 – 10 years)
Contact 021 876 8600,
Where to find it Grande Provence, Main Road, Franschhoek
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La Bri

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: La Bri

The setting One of the oldest Huguenot-allocated farms in Franschhoek, La Bri is a secluded refuge in this fertile valley, dating back to the 17th century. Picnics are enjoyed in the estate’s private garden, offering spectacular views of the Franschhoek Mountains and vineyards. The fact that La Bri is one of the hop-off points on the Franschhoek Wine Tram’s route makes it a particularly convenient spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon picnic.
What’s in the basket

  • cheese board (selection of local cheese, onion marmalade, olives from the estate and freshly baked bread)
  • chargrilled mini chicken fillets
  • smoked speck
  • salad of the day
  • dessert box (seasonal fruit and something sweet)

Opening times Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday + public holidays, 10am – 4pm
Cost R650 (basket for 2)
Contact 021 876 2593,
Where to find it La Bri Estate, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek
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Picnics in Paarl + Somerset West


Vergelegen: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town
Lizelle Lötter

The setting Vergelegen’s mystical camphor forest is the setting for a luxury white-linen picnic, ideal for intimate tête-à-têtes as well as large gatherings in beautifully shaded and tranquil surrounds.
What’s in the basket

  • artisanal bread with truffle-and-thyme-flavoured butter
  • homemade duck-liver pâté
  • hummus
  • chilli-tomato and aubergine chutney
  • zucchini pickles
  • gin-cured salmon, roasted beetroot and chive crème fraîche
  • traditional tabbouleh salad
  • selection of home-styled cured meats
  • citrus chicken
  • traditional spanakopita
  • selection of local cheese served with homemade biscuits
  • dessert of the day
  • aromatic filter coffee

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12.15pm – 4.30pm (22 October 2021 – 30 April 2022)
Please note Baskets should be collected between 12.15pm and 1.30pm. Cost excludes R10 entrance fee and gratuity.
Cost R325 per person
R125 (kids’ basket, 3 – 10 years)
Contact 021 847 2131,
Where to find it Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West
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The Manor at Nederburg

The Best Picnic Spots in Cape Town: The Manor at Nederburg

The setting Just outside Paarl, Nederburg Wine Estate is home to a slew of wonderful experiences set against a backdrop of the Drakenstein Mountains and the farm’s vineyards and gardens beyond. The Manor restaurant, which celebrates the estate’s rich heritage through innovative food-and-wine events, offers lovely garden picnics served under the shade of towering oaks.
What’s in the basket

  • a selection of local cheese, sliced salami and ham
  • biltong, fresh grapes, olives, pickles, nuts, hummus and freshly baked bread
  • roasted and spiced baby chicken with sautéed caramelised new potatoes, lemon beurre blanc and chef’s garden salad and vinaigrette
  • cinnamon coffee doughnuts and fresh fruit skewers
  • a bottle of Nederburg Première Cuvée Brut
  • tea, coffee, water, nonalcoholic ciders and soft drinks are available to order

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm (except Tuesday)
Cost R485 (basket for 2)
R120 (kids’ basket, children under 12 years)
Contact 021 862 3104,
Where to find it Nederburg Wine Estate, Sonstraal Road, Dal Josafat, Paarl
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Picnics in Durbanville

Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery

Klein Roosboom: Best Picnic Spots Cape Town

Setting Against the backdrop of vineyards and rolling hills, the intimate atmosphere of this family-run farm is what days in the Winelands are made of. Build your own hamper with the goodies stocked at Jéan Deli (every month it’s a new cuisine), and then head to the vineyards and throw down a blanket.
Opening times Deli: Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm
Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday, 8am – 5pm
Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Cost Individual items priced from R98
Contact 079 693 9646,
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville

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Time of publication: 22 September 2021

8 Responses to “The 20 Best Picnics in Cape Town + The Winelands”

  1. Bradley Broadway

    Would love to experience an outing at your beautiful picnic facilities.

  2. Tim Parsons

    We went to Vergelegen having had this article. It’s a favourite destination as we adore Camphors, their fine dining restaurant. The picnic experience is a joy, a kind of afternoon tea hybrid. You walk through the immaculately manicured herb garden, a canopy of bamboo trees, a sea of hydrangeas and the beautiful aromatic rose garden to be shown to your table beneath the camphors seedlings, creating dappled sunlight. Unlike afternoon tea, it’s more savoury than sweet, three separate servings that give you soup, bread, biscuits, dips, pates, salads….. you could easily say it’s too much! Time slips away, we were there for over two hours. ridiculous value, extraordinary quality and an escape from the world in to decadent self indulgence. Go on, you’re worth it!

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  5. edwina cruywagen

    picnic for 5 grownups and 2 kids on Christmas day

  6. Joanie Kingwill

    Hi there!
    We are a small group of people (6 or 8) who would like to have a picnic at either Warwick, Boschendal or Mont Rochelle on Christmas day (25 Dec 2021).
    Is this possible?

    Thank you.
    Joanie Kingwill