Episode five of “Jan Braai vir Erfenis” aired on kykNET channel 111 this past Friday. Catch it every Friday at 17:30 with reruns on Saturdays at 13:00, Sundays at 08:00 and Mondays at 03:00. We realize that you might want to do some of the things that we did on the show yourself. As such we will post all the relevant info for each episode weekly, right here on www.braai.com
Segment 1: Soutpansberge
As you could see on the show Leshiba Wilderness (011 726 6347) has a pretty spectacular braai spot in the Soutpansberge. Ask to stay in the Venda village and make sure Joyce Makadho is your host. She actually grew up in this village so this is no tourist replica. Joyce can give you an eyewitness account of the history of the area. We recommend the Thabo Mbeki room, in which our former president stayed for over a week braaing and smoking his pipe while on holiday a few years ago. If Lukas Makadho is your chef ask for his Lamb Shank potjie and bobotie spring rolls.
Segment 2: Mapungubwe
Mapungubwe is part of the SANparks family. I cannot stress enough how impressed I was on this whole tour with the service and facilities of all the SANparks locations we visited. Mapungubwe is a fascinating place and if you can, get Cedric Mpho Sethlako as a guide. With advance booking you might be able to go up the off-limits Mapungubwe hill.
The oxtail I braaied was sponsored by Vleis Lapa in Polokwane (015 291 1301), which is on my list of top butcheries in South Africa. The oxtail was marinated, pre-cooked and ready for a quick 15 minute tan on the braai before reaching perfection. (This item was actually chosen as the winner at the 2010 Jacaranda FM braai competition by a panel of judges and myself). We had about nine other cuts of meat that evening and everybody was very happy when resting down in the main camp area of Mapungubwe. It’s one of the nicer rest camps in all of SANparks and there is even is type of rim-flow rock swimming pool. Remember that cell phones don’t work in Mapungubwe. We used a Zippisat satellite phone to make important calls, like the phone-call the one cameraman Timmy Henny made to his girlfriend whom he affectionately calls “Tats”.
Segment 3: Pilgrims Rest
Johnny Reinders of both The Vine and Johnny’s Pub (013 768 1080, http://www.pilgrimsrest.org.za/) hosted us for the day. Johnny senior was a butcher before he got into the pub/restaurant game and if you ask him I’m sure he will braai for you; and maybe even teach you a thing or two. Like how to wind-dry boerewors, or how to braai steak in a shovel. Johnny Jnr is an expert at pouring beer and shots. Sit down at the bar counter with him and the stories will flow.
We stayed at African Silk Farm and enough adjectives have not been invented to describe the hospitality we experienced there. Leave enough time in your schedule to take a tour of the silk farming operation, it’s pretty interesting but we unfortunately did not film it for the show.
- The awesome Isuzu bakkies we drove in was supplied by Barloworld Bruma.
- Freddy Hirsch was responsible for liaising with all the local butcheries that provided us with meat.
- Klipdrift.co.za is the official drink of any real man at a braai and made sure that we could always make ourselves at home, and keep our throats wet.
- All of the clothes worn by me (Jan Braai) on the show can be purchased at Cape Union Mart, and is good quality for money for any traveller, or braaier.