For a very long time I’ve heard about Oudekraal and about the outdoor parties that they used to have there back in the day. Every time I drive from Houtbay to Camps Bay, I love to look at the boulder lined beach on the Atlantic seaboard. With few houses scattered upon the hill, the road deeply sloping towards the ocean, it really is one of Cape Town’s most spectacular drives.
Where is Oudekraal?
The Oudekraal braai area is a little hidden bay near the 12 Apostles Hotel. It forms part of San Parks, Table Mountain National Park to be more specific. Located on the western side of Table Mountain, Oudekraal and the 12 Apostles offer some of the best sunset views in Cape Town. (The picture below has not been edited in any way.)
Braaiing at Oudekraal – A Must Do!
On Saturday afternoon, when I got home from work, I popped onto Facebook and saw that some friends were braaiing at Oudekraal. We couldn’t resist joining them and shot off over the hill to visit the beautiful location.
Upon arrival, the staff were SUPER friendly and helpful so it was a complete joy to visit. Because we arrived much later in the day, we were able to find parking within their limited car park and we weren’t charged for the 1 hour visit. Generally, entrance is R31 for adults with SA IDs, R16 for children (2018 per day rates).
Oudekraal Opening Times
Oudekraal is not open during the week, but rather on weekends and public holidays only. There is NO lifeguard at this beach, so please be prepared to watch your children should they swim.
Oudekraal is closed between the 1st of June and the 30th of September and open between the 1st of October and 31st May. For further information, call 021 712 7471, Monday to Friday. For corporate functions, please call 021 712 0527 for bookings.
Drones are not allowed to be flown over a National Park.
Oudekraal Facilities & What to Bring
While secure parking is available, it is extremely limited (think about a dozen parkings). There are ablution blocks as well as built in braai facilities. There are several dustbins for your trash. Game rangers can be seen monitoring the location as it’s part of the San Parks range.
Please bring your own braai grid, water (to watch your hands, etc.), umbrellas and chairs (although you can sit on the lawn, rocks and cement tables are provided). There are dustbins, but bring a black bag to stop smaller packets (chips, meat packets, etc.) don’t blow away in the wind. Bring your own towels, sunscreen, hats and ball games. Something warm to wear is also alway a good idea.
Oudekraal Opening Times
Winter: April – September 08:00 – 18:00
Summer: October – March 08:00 – 18:00
I highly recommend getting a group of your friends and enjoying braaiing, swimming in the sea or just hanging out at Oudekraal. It really is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets and one of my favourite places in the city.
PS Please don’t contact me requesting information to host your company event there! I have received several of these since publishing this post, but I don’t work for Oudekraal. Please contact SanParks directly for any further info. Thanks 🙂