National Braai Day on Heritage Day is on Monday 24 September 2012. Heritage Day is a celebration of all things South African and to foster a single identity of who we are, where we come from and where we are heading to as people.
Braaing is something that South Africans do best! It is not surprising that Heritage Day and Braai Day have become synonymous. A braai is integral in the lives of all South Africans – it’s a social occasion for all but there is usually a tradition or protocol with regards to braaing! Let’s face it someone always has an opinion on the heat of the coals, who is the braai master, the tong master, what should be braaied and when and in what order and even what wood is best to use!
For our non South African readers, we’re pretty sure you have heard of a braai but if not come on over to experience one (or read the urban dictionary definition below!)
South African variant of the barbeque. It is technically difference from barbecuing in that the wood is fed for several hours and then allowed to burn down. The food is then cooked over the red-hot embers. “Come to Jaapie’s place man, he’s having a braai”
- Verb: To grill or roast (meat ) over open coals. (braais, braaing, braaied)
- Noun: short for braaivleis
Here are some of the public spaces and braai areas in the south where you can braai.
Silvermine: Braai & Picnic area: Table Mountain National Park
Definitely among the most spectacular lunch venues in the Park the Silvermine picnic site is situated on the banks of the reservoir with spectacular views of the fynbos clad mountains. A universal boardwalk provides wheelchair access to a picturesque trail around the reservoir that takes about 25 minutes.
Marked braai spots are available around the reservoir on a 1st come 1st served basis, braai areas will be closed for open fires from end of October due to risk of wild fires.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 7am – 6pm (Sept to March)
Cost: Adults- R25; Children <12- R10 (Free with Wild Card)
Call: 021 780 9002
Perdekloof Picnic/Braai Site: Scarborough:
Just 45 minutes outside of Cape Town on the way to the Cape of Good Hope, basically in Scarborough – Perdekloof also offers good shade combined with a sense of “getting away from it all”. There are concrete tables and benches and ample braai facilities, but you need to bring your own wood and grids.
Cost: R6 adults and R3 children
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm
Tel: 021 780 9100 during office hours
Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif: Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Situated right on the beach in the Cape of Good Hope this is a very picturesque venue for a picnic or braai with safe bathing for kids in the tidal pool. However, troops of Chacma Baboons are regular visitors and are attracted by food and can be aggressive. Please try to avoid the baboons and do not feed them. Demarcated braai areas but own wood and grid required.
Cost: Cape Point Entrance Fee: R85 adults and R30 children (aged 2-11)
Winter Opening Hours: May- Sept: Monday – Sunday 7am – 5pm
Summer Opening Hours: October –April: Monday – Sunday 6am – 6pm
Tel: 021 780 9100 during office hours
Soetwater Recreational Area –Kommetjie
Soetwater means “sweet water” and is situated on a beautiful narrow strip of land between the sea and Slangkop mountain in Kommetjie. It’s a wild stretch of sand and sea with a safe tidal pool for swimming. The Day visitor braai area is adjacent to the tidal pool and there are demarcated braai facilities, but you need to bring your own wood and grids. Please note that no alcohol is permitted at Soetwater.
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm
Cost: Adults-R11 Children (age 6 -11) R5.50
Cost per group: If more than 30 people R5.50 for everyone
Tel: 021 783 1747
Millers Point Recreational area: Simon’s Town
This resort is approximately 5km south of Simon’s town on the road towards Cape Point. It is a spectacular setting with large boulders along the coastline, partly sandy beaches and in a sheltered cove. Braai spots are located at the entrance closest to Cape Point and a tidal pool is close buy. You need to bring your own wood and grid. Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm
Cost: Currently free
Tel: 021 786 1142
Noordhoek Common: Picnics ONLY!
This lovely area with trees, open space and footpaths is very popular for an outdoor gathering. This open space is almost directly opposite Noordhoek Farm Village and is absolutely gorgeous for a picnic. We have included Noordhoek Common in this blog post as we are frequently asked if you are allowed to braai on the common. Sadly the answer is no due to the risk of fire, but picnics are encouraged!
Contact Noordhoek Conservancy Tel: 27 21 7892072
- Tokai Forest: 021 7122844
- Newlands Forest: 021 422 1507
- Oudekraal: 021 422 1507
Happy Braai Day – send us your braai pictures!!
Other Great Events this Heritage Day Weekend…
- Noordhoek Farm Village Potjie Competition: Sunday 23 Sept 2012 Read More…
- Simon’s Town Spring Festival: 21 – 24 Sept 2012 Read More…
Cape Point Route offers day tours, packages, accommodation, activities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. Call 021 782 9356 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za
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