Oudekraal braaiing, like when we were kids

Don’t ask me why, because I wouldn’t be able to tell you, but for some reason I have lived in Cape Town my whole life and never been to Oudekraal. I wish I had, because I’m sure it would have brought back even more of a flood of nostalgia if I had actually been there as a kid. Still, it did a fair job of reminding me how awesome it used to be to braai at the beach when I was no taller than a bar stool.

A view from the top - one of the secluded, flat beaches you get to make use of for the day

A view from the top – one of the secluded, flat beaches you get to make use of for the day

If you don’t quite know where Oudekraal is, or what it is exactly, let me try to help you with that. Oudekraal is one of Sanpark’s picnicking areas, situated between Camps Bay and Llandudno, about 2km before the latter. It’s a cosy little outreach area that sprawls its way down to two secluded beaches, dotting the way with braai areas and shady picnic spots. Ideally, it’s the kind of place you’d probably take your kids on a Sunday to have some laid back family time.

Breakfast on a skottel, always a winning formula.

Breakfast on a skottel, always a winning formula.

For us, it was more of a chance to get in a champagne breakfast, done on the skottel, and then even squeeze in a braai over some hot coals as the afternoon wore on – we really made a meal of it (two, actually, if you were counting)… It’s technically a no-alcohol zone, but we weren’t stepping in the technical realm, if you know what I mean. A good few beers were had fire-side but don’t let that be taken as encouragement to break the park rules, just a reminder that if you are brazen enough to do so, at least be respectful enough to be discreet about it 😉

There are cement-tabled sites all over but you can pick a rougher, prettier spot if you're keen on it.

There are cement-tabled sites all over but you can pick a rougher, prettier spot if you’re keen on it.

What a great day it was overall. The park is clean, with plenty place for all, as well as a designated picnic spot for permit holders. There’s a small tuckshop near the entrance but if you need major supplies, Hout Bay is just down the road. Remember to bring a grid, your meat, something cool to drink, your best buddies and your sunblock, cos it gets mighty hot, in a good way…

Appointing a braai master is always easiest but make sure he's a willing participant or you might end up with charred food!

Appointing a braai master is always easiest but make sure he’s a willing participant or you might end up with charred food!

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About Baywatch Bergemann

Baywatch Bergemann is a wayward, transient academic who would rather spend his time on the beach or on a hillside than in the classroom. We're thankful for that and that he chooses to spread his wisdom here rather than anywhere else.

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