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National Braai Tour Information

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Saturday 9 September – registration

Registration is at the Tsogo Sun Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town on Saturday 9 September. You can register at any time between 12:00 – 18:00. Registration is compulsory. You get everything you need and lots of cool stuff you don’t need at registration. We will all sleep at the Cullinan Hotel on Saturday night and your accommodation is included in your entry. Each team of four will get two double rooms. The #braaitour starts as soon as you are registered. At 18:00 we will have the official opening and welcoming event at the open pool area of the Cullinan Hotel. We have an official dress code for the launch party and it’s called the ‘South African Flag’. We would like you to wear any combination of colours from our beautiful South African flag. Bonus points for being creative, fun and extreme. This will be the first time you as a team will showcase how awesome you are and meet other participants.

Parking at the hotel

You can park on the grass area in front of the Cullinan Hotel. This grass pitch is known as the Garry Reed Oval. You enter the Garry Reed Oval by driving through the towering bright, yellow, National Braai Tour Arch, from the far end of the grass pitch. If you are late and it’s full, park anywhere else. Additional parking is also allocated to us at the basement parking lot of the hotel (B1). Go to registration in the hotel without your luggage as you first have to complete the tour registration before you can check in.

Security at the hotel

24 Hours security is offered on the outside and inside of the hotel. Should you leave your latest Nokia or Blackberry unattended it is at your own risk. This goes for the whole tour. It a public space, act responsibly and take responsibility as we take no responsibility.

Go register!

Hotel staff and a general flow of cool and exited people will direct you to the National Braai Tour registration in a conference room of the hotel. You can register any time during 12:00 and 18:00 on Saturday, 9 September. Registration and all tasks that form part of it will take you about 90 minutes. Once registered we will see you at 18:00 for the warm up party at the pool area. Anything you do before that is at your own leisure. For those wanting to watch the Springboks beat Australia, we suggest the Stella Bar of the Cullinan Hotel. We pay for your room but your bar tab at the bar is for your own account.

Check into the hotel rooms*

As soon as you are done with #BRAAITOUR registration you will receive your room vouchers. This is the last step of registration. We booked and paid for two twin rooms per team. If you have any issues, ask Braaitour Commander in Chief Adri Bootsma to assist you. *Please note that any room service, mini bar use and the like is for your own account.

Spur Meat & Greet

Spur Steak Ranches, the main sponsor of the 2017 National Braai Tour welcomes you with a Spur Burger served from their food truck on the Garry Reed Oval. Go and enjoy a Spur Burger at any time from 12:00 – 18:00 when you are feeling peckish. The official soft drink supplier of the National Braai Tour, Twizza, another South African favourite, will be on hand with a giant truck filled with their finest products. Feel free to help yourself to any Twizza products at any time during the course of the #BRAAITOUR week from the moment that you arrive.

Warm up and launch party

The party starts at the pool area of the Cullinan at 18:00 on Saturday right after registration closes. Please remember to wear something resembling one or more of the colours of the South African flag. All alcoholic and soft drinks served during this party at the official #BRAAITOUR bar at the outside pool area from 18:00 are on us. If you order anything from the normal hotel bar, that is for your own account, just like any other hotel guest. The guest chef of the day at the pool area of the Cullinan Hotel, Jan Braai and our official pantry sponsor Food Lover’s Market combine to serve you a classic South African dinner. This is free. If you order food at the normal hotel restaurant, you pay.

Breakfast and Checkout

Breakfast will be served from 6:30am – 08:30am Make sure that you hand in your room card and pay any additional charges made to your room. To recap, accommodation, everything served at the warm up & launch party and breakfast is on us.

The Start

On Sunday morning at 8:30am you need to be in front of the Tsogo Sun Hotel on the grass area (Garry Reed Oval) with your South African Flags and yellow #BRAAITOUR banners. You might be on television so wear your game face. At 09:00, we will depart Cape Town in a convoy led by led by the Cape Town City Traffic blue light brigade and the Harley Owners Group Tyger-Valley. Then follows all of us, the travelling circus, in no particular order. Once on the freeway you don’t have to drive in convoy, drive at a pace you are comfortable with. We will all drive straight to our our first braai at the Sea Shack in Struisbaai for a seafood feast!

Listed below are the cool items that each team will get for free and you can keep it after the tour. Don’t pack these things, we’re giving it to you! Each team of 4 gets:

  • 4 #BRAAITOUR hoodies by Jonnson Workwear
  • 4 #BRAAITOUR t-shirts by Jonnson Workwear
  • 4 #BRAAITOUR limited edition collectors item caps
  • Addis toolbox for your braai gear like tongs, knives, spices etc.
  • Addis large crate to pack everything else in
  • 26L Addis Cooler Box
  • JanBraai portable braai by HomeFires
  • braai gloves, braai tongs, braai grid & potjie pot
  • fire lighters & matches
  • meat thermometer
  • chopping board, chef’s knife, wooden spoon, mixing bowl & foil
  • plates, bowls, cups, knives, forks & spoons
  • dishwashing liquid, washing up basin, scourer, sponge, dishcloths & refuse bags
  • 2 x South African flags and 1 x #BRAAITOUR banner
  • Lots of Spur sauces. A true South African favourite.
  • Lots of Cerebos braai salt. It’s the official salt of the National Braai Tour and you’re getting lots of it!
  • Firewood will be provided to you on a daily basis ahead of each braai

What you need to pack. This list is not extensive and everything is optional but we suggest you consider packing the following things:

  • Tent(s) that sleep(s) your team of four
  • Lock for tent (very optional)
  • Camping mattresses
  • Camping Chair (very optional)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toiletries
  • Medicines & Pills*
  • Sun Cream
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Torch
  • Towel
  • Clothes (enough warm stuff, we’re often camping next to water so it will get cold)
  • Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Car charger for your cellphone
  • Campsite Plug Adaptor
  • Electric lead
  • Multi Plug

*There will be no medical or first aid. We explicitly advise you not to cut, burn or injure yourself and not to break any bones. If you intentionally or unintentionally incur medical problems, it’s your own responsibility to seek treatment for that like any normal member of the public in a public area. If you need or want any general or specific medical stuff or first aid measures, bring that along. In case of medical emergencies, phone an ambulance and in case of other emergencies, phone the police.

Social media

The hashtag is #BRAAITOUR. On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter you can follow and engage with me @janbraai. Same handle on all three platforms. The @braaitour handle is @braaitour on all three and that’s where we will also post photos and regular updates.

2017 National Braai Tour Route

The route below is the one we intend to take but if factors within or beyond our control change, we might take a different route. We’ve chosen this route to take you through some of the most beautiful parts of the greatest country in the world. The distance from the point of registration to the last campsite is just over 1000 km, that is if you never take a wrong turn (though with some of the magnificent scenery along the way, you may want to).

Sunday 10 September, Cape Town – Cape Agulhas

At 08:30 on Sunday 10 September we line up in front of the Tsogo Sun Cullinan hotel under very festive conditions and depart in convoy to the the southern tip of Africa where we set up camp for the night. There will be some things happening in between Cape Town and Agulhas but that is not important for the purposes of what you need to know now.

Monday 11 September, Cape Agulhas – Kam’Bati River Lodge close to Swellendam

A short braai stop interrupted drive and we set up camp and overnight at the confluence of the Sonderend River and Breede River.

Tuesday 12 September – Kam’Bati River Lodge close to Swellendam – Calitzdorp Spa

The natural warm water of this spa is well known for its healing properties and people come from over the world to relax and braai. Naturally, there will be a bit of port to aid in the relaxation.

Wednesday 13 September – Calitzdorp Spa – SANPARKS Wilderness

From Calitzdorp Spa we will go via the Cango Caves and the Outeniqua mountain range and in the heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, a captivating world of lakes, rivers and beaches gently unfolds against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains for our overnight stop. These are all elements that characterise the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park.

Thursday 14 September, SANPARKS Wilderness – Forever Resort Keurbooms River

Keurboomstrand takes its name from the indigenous keurboom tree which is native to a small, narrow strip along the southeastern coast of South Africa particularly along the Keurbooms River. The keurboom has beautiful, pinkish-mauve to violet-pink, sweetly scented, pea-shaped flowers which are produced in profusion in spring to early summer – this is the reason why the National Braai Tour brings you to Keurboomstrand at exactly this time of the year.

Friday 15 September, Forever Resort Keurbooms River – Sanparks Storms River Mouth

“The place of much water”, is the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. The heartland of the park stretches some 5km to sea, protecting a wonderland of inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish. We camp and braai right next to the sea with breathtaking views.

Saturday 16 September, Sanparks Storms River Mouth – The Willows Resort, Port Elizabeth

Rugged, rocky outcrops right on the beach on the “wild side” of the Nelson Mandela Bay coastline.This is our last night of the tour and the central lapa area is where a memorable final night of braai, atmosfire, prize giving and festivities will transpire.

Sunday 17 September

The tour is now over and after one of the best weeks of your life you will now return home, be that by vehicle or after dropping off a rental and flying out from Port Elizabeth Airport.

Out of Office

Registration will take place from 12:00 (lunchtime) on Saturday 9 September 2017 at the Tsogo Sun Cullinan Hotel, right in the heart of Cape Town. (The Address is: 1 Cullinan St, Cape Town City Centre, Tel:  021 415 4000) From this moment onwards, until you wake up in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 17 September, you are effectively on tour, so please clear your schedule for the entire duration. Should you wish to explore the beautiful City of Cape Town, please do so before registration.

What don’t you need to bring?

On a holistic level, all you need to bring is a vehicle that fits four people plus baggage, a tent(s) that sleeps four, four camping mattresses & sleeping bags, four camping chairs and clothes & toiletries for the week. All food, braai equipment, cutlery, wood, firelighters, branding, toys and the like will be provided at registration or on a daily basis as relevant. Everything we give you becomes your property and you get to keep it all after the tour. Some non-perishable food items for the week will be handed out at registration while perishable items including meat, dairy products and the likes for specific meals and recipes will be handed out to you on a daily basis.

What’s included in the tour fee?

There are no VIP lounges and no one will get coffee in bed. Freshly prepared breakfast and coffee are provided to you every morning from 07:00 – 08:45. We will have a daily on route stop around lunch time, what we refer to as a #primebraai. The food you receive there is also included in your entry fee.  All ingredients and equipment for your main braai of the day are handed out daily between 16:00 – 17:00 at the campsite where you camp on that day. All camping fees, entrance fees and parks fees are included. Any tour paraphernalia is included.

We reckon you can easily survive the week on the food we provide you with, in fact, you will more than likely have leftovers. However should you have a eating disorder and still feel peckish, we do pass towns and shops on all days. Support the local economy in the platteland, and in the unlikely event that you need to stock up, we encourage you to do so in the towns we pass through.

Typical day on #braaitour

Whilst we sometimes deviate for specific reasons of fun, the typical day starts at 07:00 when the campsite, better known as ‘#braaitour village’ comes to life. You have until 08:45 to have breakfast, break up camp and load your vehicles. At 08:45 we all gather in the central area of the #braaitour village for the daily briefing and at 09:00 we depart in convoy. This is the only time of the day that you are expected to drive in convoy. From the moment you pass the gates of the campsite at 09:00 you are free to drive at your own pace to the next destination, which will usually be a braai or heritage spot along the route to the next campsite. You are expected to be at the next campsite by no later than 16:00 and all routes and heritage tasks are designed to make this well within everyone’s abilities. The #braaitour is not a race or a rally, it’s an adventure. You are very welcome to arrive at the #braaitour village long before 16:00 and enjoy the atmosphere but there are no prizes for arriving early. Take your time and enjoy the heritage, braai opportunities and scenery along the way. From 16:00 until 17:00 you will need to go to the central #braaitour kitchen where you will collect your meat and other ingredients for the main braai of the day. Fires are expected to be lit by 17:30 in time for sunset and further instructions and expectations regarding the official braai of the day will be communicated to you in due course.

Central Atmosfire and Bar Area

The #braaitour bar will open from 16:00 every day with limited service. At 19:00, it will be even more operational with barmen and a wider choice of drinks. All drinks at the #braaitour bar are complimentary and we serve most things you can reasonably expect to find at the above average South African braai. Should you have a very specific acquired and expensive taste to certain alcoholic beverages or we don’t serve anything you like, you are welcome to bring your own.

Big campfires will be burning and live music will be playing. This is where you will then perform the most important part of the National Braai Tour, to unite around a fire with your fellow South Africans to celebrate and share our heritage. This task can be performed until you make your way to your tent and we see you again at 07:00 the next morning for breakfast.

One vehicle per team

You may tow a trailer or the like behind your vehicle but you cannot bring two vehicles per one team of four persons. In our experience it’s entirely possible to do the tour without the trailer if you pack clever and light but this is really up to you.

Can your team be branded or sponsored?

No. The structure and model of the National Braai Tour is that our official sponsors pay for large chunks of the awesome experience you will have during the tour. Unfortunately you cannot ambush that with your own team sponsor. All entries are sold to private persons and you are taking part as such. Should you wish to upgrade your private entry to that of an official sponsored team, please get in touch our able team at braaitour@braai.com and providing you can afford it, we will consider selling you the upgraded official sponsor package.

Can you book your own chalets or guest houses instead of camping?

Yes. This is for your own cost and your own responsibility. All camping fees for all nights are included in your entry fee, and your hotel stay at the Tsogo Sun Cullinan is also included in your entry fee. If you want to sleep in cottages or guesthouses along the way on any other night it is entirely your own issue. Please familiarize yourself with the exact location of the daily campsite if you decide to book other accommodation. Kambati for example is not in Swellendam but what will be a difficult 30km drive out of town after a braai and late night atmosfire session. You should want to camp every night but you definitely want to camp at Kambati.

Team Clothing

You are encouraged to wear your own team clothing or daily team costume throughout the course of the #braaitour, but it is not compulsory. You are allowed to apply printing or embroidery on your clothing with your team name and or logo. Please note that it is highly recommended that you wear the team outfits representing any colour or colours of the South African flag for the registration party at the Cullinan Hotel at 18:00 on Saturday, 9 September.

Any questions?

We look forward to welcome you on the National Braai Tour in September. Should you have any other questions, please feel free to direct them to braaitour@braai.com. We will regularly update this posting on this website will information that becomes available or to address any questions frequently asked by participants on points we forgot to touch upon yet.

Please note that entries for the 2017 National Braai Tour are sold out. If you would like to enter and get onto the waiting list, here is the link http://braai.com/braaitour/enter2017/

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Tour de Braai

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  • We are delighted to present you with a new concept: Tour de Braai – Travel on Gravel, the easiest and most relaxed multi-day cycling stage ride in South Africa. Tour de Braai aims to give cyclists a few great days of touring, holiday, braai and riding a bicycle through beautiful parts of South Africa. Our main goal is to have fun.
  • Below you will find a detailed description of what the Tour de Braai is.Please read everything with care, attention and a pinch of braai salt then decide whether this is for you and enter. This is a small, bespoke and personal attention event. Entries are extremely limited and should you make the decision to enter and get a spot, we look forward to sharing this unique experience with you!
  • Article on The Hub about Tour de Braai.

CK_080517_TourDeBraai_2225CK_080517_TourDeBraai_1856General Overview

  • With its trademark slogan Travel on Gravel, the Tour de Braai aims to take participants on gravel as much as possible. Where necessary or more scenic, we travel on something else, for example tar. Our first choice is to stick to publicly accessible gravel roads. We might occasionally deviate from this rule to braai, to have a casual drink, take a photo or to reach our overnight destinations. If during the Tour you find yourself on single track, you are either lost or walking from dinner to your cabin.
  • Tour de Braai and its participants will adhere to many cycling traditions but wearing a race number is not one of them. Nor is it a race in the sense that you will you wear a timing chip. Riders use Strava and that is how you will be timed on each stage. Way more importantly, you need to use Strava to log segments and hunt KOMs on the big climbs and on obscure and remote platteland stretches of gravel. If you’re not on Strava you are still quite welcome to enter and simply sign up for Strava before the tour, it’s free.
  • In essence, the function of the Tour de Braai organisers will be to facilitate  your guest house and hotel accommodation; transport your luggage between venues; provide you with at least three meals a day; braai catering on the route; and various ad hoc enjoyable and entertaining perks during each day.
  • To get yourself in the correct frame of mind you should view the organisers more as facilitators of you having fun on your bicycle holiday tour than thinking of us as cycling event operators. In the latter case you will be bitterly disappointed as there will be no medal at the finish and you get no world tour points for finishing.  

CK_080517_TourDeBraai_2372CK_080517_TourDeBraai_3790CK_080517_TourDeBraai_1576More specific itinerary details

  • Firstly, please keep in mind that the Tour de Braai is a fairly new concept and event, so think of it as a beta version. Some finer details might change for reasons unknown to us now but on the whole your experience will be as described below. If you don’t like small and unexpected changes, please do not enter Tour de Braai.
  • Tour de Braai is a fun and incredible cycling holiday with other cool people. Everyone loves it and nobody complains. If you like to complain please don’t enter the Tour de Braai.
  • Registration and rider briefing is on the first Sunday of November (and in May on the first Sunday in May). For the November 2017 Tour de Braai this means Sunday 5 November. Registration will take place in George during the late afternoon and this will involve a braai. Any serious stuff you actually need to know will be emailed to you beforehand and whether you choose to read it is entirely up to you. We will operate the Tour de Braai assuming you read it. Stupid questions on the Tour will be ignored.
  • We cycle for 5 days, Monday to Friday from George to Swellendam and on the Saturday morning we shuttle you to Cape Town. More detailed route description below.
  • The daily routine will follow a pattern like this: Breakfast at hotel or guesthouse and then get into your cycling kit. The ride starts at leisure after the sun is up. At roughly the point on the route where two water bottles should be empty there will be a water refill point and later on a braai and drinks on route at whatever point we consider extremely scenic and good for a braai. Once we reach our destination, an afternoon of leisure, including a sports massage, a swimming pool if weather is good or fireplace if weather is bad – possibly both. After that, it’s sundowners, dinner, being social and then off to bed.

_DSC0095CK_080517_TourDeBraai_2430CK_080517_TourDeBraai_2979The Stages

  • Stage 1 of Tour de Braai on the Monday will start with a lap around the traffic circle at the top of York Street, George. We got this idea from Tour de France riders going around Arc de Triomphe in Paris. From there we will go up Montagu Pass, braai in Herold, traverse Perdekloof and marvel at the changing landscape before reaching our overnight stop in Oudtshoorn.
  • Stage 2 starts where Stage 1 finished and from there we take the R328 via the entrance to the Cango Caves, past the bottom of the Swartberg Pass (we don’t go up the pass but if you are a pro on holiday with us you are welcome to). Next follows a true champagne part of the Tour as we ride through Kruisrivier, via Groenfontein and the banks of the Calitzdorp Dam into Calitzdorp. The stage finishes in Calitzdorp with a braai and port tasting. We overnight in Calitzdorp, walking distance from where we were having port all afternoon.
  • Stage 3 starts in Calitzdorp with the route going through ostrich farms with – for our international entrants – real live ostriches! The ascent of Rooiberg Pass promises to be a highlight for every rider on Tour and the braai at the top of Rooiberg Pass will be one of the most scenic braais of your life. Remember that the Rooiberg Pass Strava segment ends at the very top of the pass, a few metres further up the road than our braai stop so go there before you open your first drink. This will make an hour difference to your Strava segment time of the climb. The descent is probably the most technical part of the Tour (especially on a gravel bike) and after that it’s easy sailing to our overnight lodge at Van Wyksdorp.
  • Stage 4 rolls gently through Van Wyksdorp and then a changing Klein Karoo landscape all the way to the bottom of the Garcia Pass, where we hit tar. Lock and load for a serious Strava segment. Once over the summit and on the way down, we stop at the very scenic lookout point for a braai on the descent and enjoy a magnificent view of the Overberg. We then continue down past the outskirts of Riversdal to our lodgings for the night.
  • Stage 5 on the Friday is the last stage of the tour and we ride on the foothills of the Langeberg mountains. This section includes one fake serious and one very serious hill. Thereafter it’s the beautiful Duiwenhoks river crossing and a braai on the banks of the Buffeljags River in Suurbraak. Once in Swellendam it’s typical post stage activities, followed by prize giving and a farewell dinner party on the Friday night.
  • On Saturday morning we all depart (or you stay in Swellendam for a few extra days of holiday at your own leisure).

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Entry fee for the Tour de Braai is R22 000 per person and includes:

  • Shuttle from George Airport to registration on Sunday 5 November
  • Shuttle from Swellendam to Cape Town airport on Saturday 11 November
  • 2 sets of Tour de Braai cycling kit
  • All event photographs
  • 30 minutes sports massage for each of the 5 days of riding
  • All hotel and guesthouse accommodation (6 nights) on a shared room basis from the Sunday night up to and including the Friday night.
  • Transport of 1 suitcase or bag weighing no more than 23kg per person from one overnight stop to the next.
  • All food – breakfast, lunch, dinner – including wine, beer and cider. If you have any special dietary requirements, firstly, reconsider entering Tour de Braai. Secondly, if you do enter, please tell us beforehand and we will quote you a reasonable surcharge for the additional ingredient and personal cost we will incur to look after your special needs.
  • All catering on route during the rides. Please note that there will not be extensive sugar and carb fuelled stops every few kilometres on route. Every hour or two there will be the opportunity to fill your water bottles and perhaps eat an apple. Ride at a pace you can handle and stay in your fat burning zone and you will be fine until the braai stop. As circumstances dictate, the braai stop can feature any combination of food, water, coffee, beer, cider & wine. The catering at Tour de Braai is expansive, you will be very well fed.

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Non rider / supporter packages

  • There are a limited number of non-rider entries available for non riding spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends or friends at R17 000 each. Non rider package include everything except the daily sports massages, cycling shirts and shuttle services. Non riders are expected to have their own transport and are welcome to join us for the en route scenic stops and braais. An SUV/bakkie type of vehicle with some gravel road credentials is advisable but not compulsory.

tdb8Bicycles that would work for Tour de Braai

  • In short, Gravel Bikes, Cross Bikes, Adventure Bikes, Mountain Bikes all work. For the May 2017 Tour de Braai many participants used gravel adventure bikes with 38′ or 40′ tubeless tires which seems to be the smart choice. Otherwise just use your mountain bike. 
  • On the flat sections of gravel the gravel bikes are much faster. On the downhills the mountain bikes are much faster. On the uphills speed approximately matches your relative abilities and fitness. On Tour de Braai there are no technical sections and no single track whatsoever but if you are technically challenged or worried about running out of gears on the hills, bring a mountain bike and you can grind it out in the granny gear on the uphills, freewheel on the downhills and focus all your energy on enjoying the scenery.
  • Going up Montagu Pass on Stage 1 as well as up and down Rooiberg Pass on Stage 3 are incredible experiences and will be highlights of the Tour for everyone. On a gravel bike these will be the moments where you will be tested, in a good and fun way. You will need to focus on managing your cadence, body position, weight distribution on the bike and choosing the right line. It is physically challenging and mentally engaging but one of the better and most pure experiences you will ever have on a bike.
  • If you are a fit and able cyclist and own a gravel, cross or adventure bike or you’re looking for the perfect excuse to buy one, Tour de Braai is your opportunity.

tdb11How fit do you need to be?

  • Tour de Braai – Travel on Gravel is not designed to be the toughest challenge of your life. It’s designed to be the most fun week of holiday on a bicycle of your life. Arriving fit is not only a good excuse to get in shape but means that you will enjoy the week as it’s designed to be enjoyed.
  • To put it in the most South African context possible, if you can ride a sub-3 hour Cape Town Cycle Tour (Argus) you are 100% there. If you can ride a 3:30 Cape Town Cycle Tour you are definitely there. If you can ride a sub-4 hour Cape Town Cycle Tour you will be absolutely fine. If a sub-4 sounds challenging to you, you will find Tour de Braai doable, but challenging. Not to worry, that is why a daily sports massage and the healing qualities of free wine and beer are included in your entry fee.

tdb1Dress code off the bike

  • None

Dress code on the bike

  • For many participants of a classy, prestigious and bespoke event like Tour de Braai part of the fun is the fantastic photos you will have real time access to, free of charge; photos to use for memories, but also to make your friends and family jealous by posting them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp. A poorly dressed rider spoils the photo and the fun for everyone. As such, there are certain style guidelines that you are expected to adhere to out of respect for your fellow riders:
  • Cycling shorts – Under no circumstances are you allowed to wear branded cycling shorts that clash with your shirt of the day in colour, design or any other visual quality. It is advisable to stick with plain black cycling shorts and you may only deviate from this if your non plain black shorts are part of a sponsor, club or tribe kit and is part of a set that matches the shirt you are wearing on the day.
  • Socks – No long, knee-length socks of any colour and similarly no long ‘compression’ socks. Socks may reach no higher than the bottom of the calf muscle and can be any colour or colours that fits, accentuates or compliments the overall look of your kit on the day. Irrespective of length or any other criteria above or below, absolutely no red socks are allowed on Tour de Braai. It spoils the saturation of photos.
  • Buffs – Absolutely no ‘Buffs’ or similar neck or headscarf cloths. If you want to accessorise, wear a casquette.
  • Should you have any doubt regarding the suitability of the clothing you intend wearing on any particular day, simply tweet a photo of yourself wearing that kit to @njclelland who will advise whether it’s acceptable and whose decision is final and binding.
  • It is entirely acceptable, in fact advisable to settle on one look for the week. You do not need to look different every day. Two of the three riders on Tour de Braai 2016 managed the whole week with one set of kit by acting like professional tour riders of the 70s. Straight after each stage you take a complete shower with soap and shampoo whilst still wearing your kit. Then rinse your kit and then rinse yourself. It worked for the legends of the 70s and it will work for you. You will receive 2 pro cut very high quality Tour de Braai cycling jerseys at registration so you will be fine, really.

Roommates

  • Due to capacity constraints all accommodation is on a shared room basis. On the entry form you are very welcome to tell us which other participant (whether that participant is on the rider or supporter package) you would like to share a room with.

CK_080517_TourDeBraai_0054What next?

  • Firstly complete the entry from below. We will review it and give you feedback on your successful entry within hours or days. It’s first come first serve but please bear in mind we cannot review entries whilst we are braaing, only when we are back in office.
  • Please note that space is extremely limited and your spot on the Tour de Braai is not guaranteed until we’ve notified you of your successful entry.
  • Next you will be sent banking details via email and will have to pay the entry fee.
  • Once that is done you’re officially in. It’s time to dust of the bike or buy a bike, braai often to make sure you are braai fit and we will see you at Tour de Braai registration (the welcome braai) in George!

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Enter the National Braai Tour 2017

entry photo 2After the success and global appeal of the 2014, 2015 and runaway mayhem of the 2016 version of the National Braai Tour, we are very excited and looking forward to 2017. Our simple aim is to take a group of proud and passionate South Africans and other likeminded world citizens on a weeklong tour through beautiful parts of South Africa. During this week participants will join us to visit significant and interesting heritage sites, we’ll unite around fires, braai a few times per day and wave the South African flag.
There is a huge public demand for entries and participation in the tour and we literally have had 100’s of email and social media requests over the past few months from interested parties. The 2017 tour will again feature 40 teams thus space is limited and we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate all interested parties, both old and new. Please take your time to complete the application form and provide us with as much information as you can in order to increase your chances of a successful team entry.
If you need to know every minute detail of the tour before being able to enter, you’re probably not the right person for this adventure. Below however are the things we can share with you at this stage. If this looks like your cup of beer, complete the application form and good luck!

Saturday 9 September 2016 – Saturday 16 September 2017.

The tour will start in Cape Town on Saturday 9 September 2017.
The rest of route will be in South Africa. There will be reasonable distances of driving per day (our aim is 2 hours of actual drive time) and picturesque landscapes. The tour will finish somewhere in South Africa from where you can then make your own way back to anywhere else in the country in one day. If you need more specific information before you are willing to make the commitment to enter, you are probably not the right person to take part in the National Braai Tour. We might share the rest of the route with you later, we might keep it secret until the start of the actual tour. There is a good chance that the route will be very similar to 2016 as it was extremely popular with participants.

You can only enter as a team of four.

Entry fee is R24 000 per team of four and needs to be paid in full to reserve your entry.

Entry fee includes:

  • Camping fees and entrance fees
  • 2 Meals per day (usually breakfast and dinner, sometimes lunch and sometimes 3 meals per day)
  • Braai gear (grids, tongs, potjies) – you keep this after the tour
  • Wood and firelighters
  • Utensils (knives, bowls, crockery and cutlery) – you keep this after the tour
  • #braaitour goods which all your non #braaitour friends will be jealous of (e.g. caps, shirts, hoodies, vehicle stickers) – you keep this after the tour
  • One proper South African flag per person
  • Various other freebies and gifts
  • All alcoholic drinks and soft drinks at the bar when the bar is open. We serve all the classics you expect to see at a braai. We do not serve French champagne and we do not serve papsak. We serve normal high quality South African alcohol and it’s included for free.

Our aim to to organise a tour where you only need to bring yourself, clothes and toiletries. In addition you as a team need your own vehicle, tent(s), mattresses and sleeping bags and pay for your own fuel and toll fees. Broadly speaking, we are providing everything else.

One vehicle per team

Due to the pressure on the infrastructure of the beautiful heritage sites we visit during the tour, teams of four are limited to one vehicle per four persons. We think this means you as a team can spend more quality time together and will logically also save fuel and toll fees.

How the application and entry process works:

  • Your team completes an application to enter (the form below).
  • Please bear in mind that there are a vast number of applications that we need to review and you might not get any feedback from us for a few weeks.
  • Successful applicants are notified via email and we provide them with banking details. Once this R24,000 entry fee is paid that team’s entry to the 2016 National Braai Tour is official.

 

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Marina Braai Salt joins National Braai Tour

image (2)Marina Braai Salt, the original braai salt of South Africa will be the official braai salt of the National Braai Tour. The tour takes place from 13 – 20 September 2014 and will see participants travel through South Africa on a eight day celebration of South African heritage around camp fires, doing what we do best, braaing! With the iconic orange Marina Braai Salt bottle a regular face at many a braai throughout South Africa, it was decided to include Marina in the official line-up of associated brands for the tour. The tour is about celebrating heritage around a fire, and Marina is part of that braai heritage.
With South Africa’s premium supplier of high quality beef products (and most importantly steak!) Sparta Beef being the main sponsor of the tour, all participants will braai premium quality steak every day; and on some days more than once. Due to the fact that the natural taste of the steak is what we want the focus on, it was fitting to have a condiment sponsor for the tour that focuses on a natural product like salt. We do not want to mask the fantastic flavour of Sparta steaks with cheap sauces and artificial flavourings. Just add a bit of high quality salt, to bring out the flavour.

For more information and to enter the National Braai Tour 2014, click here.

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Braaitour: Roosterkoek every morning by Eureka Mills

For the greatest braai tour ever held, the greatest breakfast ever. The organisers of the National Braai Tour can today announce that fresh roosterkoek straight from the fire will be served to all participants of the tour, every morning.

For all other information on the tour, click here. To enter your team into the National Braai Tour, download this National Braai Tour entry form and email the completed one to braaitour@braai.com as soon as possible, space is limited.

But this will not just be any old roosterkoek. Late every evening, as most participants are still staring deeply into the orange flames of the communal camp fire, or staring deeply into a glass of red wine, or both; Team Eureka Mills will be hard at work, mixing dough. According to team leader Nico Steyn, mixing the dough the previous evening allows for overnight fermentation of the dough, and unparalleled results. There are quicker ways, but the end product will not be the same. Only the best for the best, and all roosterkoek will be made using organically grown stone ground flour. How do you bake bread made with such high quality flour, and fermented overnight for better results? The answer is simple, you bake roosterkoek over the coals of wood fires. Every morning these fresh roosterkoek will be served with a selection of freshly braaied meat, butter, jams and other assorted condiments. Many people believe that breaksfast is the most important meal of the day, and in case they are right, we as the organisers are not taking any chances.

According artisan baker Nico, or as we will all affectionately refer to him on tour, The Baker, participants in the tour can expect to pick up subtle changes in the taste of the roosterkoek as the tour makes it’s way from through South Africa from Johannesburg on 13 September to Cape Town on 20 September. Apparently the overnight temperature and humidity of different regions will lead to small changes in the overnight fermentation of the dough. All roosterkoek will also benefit from the smoky woody aromas of the wood fire and coals, and as we travel through the country and use local woods to braai, those taste notes will also be altered. This is uncharted waters, groundbreaking eating so as to speak.

South Africans from all walks of life will take part in this tour. The breaking of bread is a ancient gesture, deeply meaningful of the social cohesion and togetherness of South Africans that this tour stands for. And what better type of bread to share amongst participants every morning than the greatest bread there is, braaied roosterkoek straight off the coals!

For all other information on the tour, click here. To enter your team into the National Braai Tour, download this National Braai Tour entry form and email the completed one to braaitour@braai.com as soon as possible, space is limited.

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National Braai Tour – The Route

After months of research, driving and braaing around South Africa we are proud to announce the route for the inaugural National Braai Tour that takes place from 13 September – 20 September 2014. Participants in the tour will have the opportunity to join Jan Braai for a braai and camping adventure to some of the most beautiful and scenic parts of South African national heritage and natural beauty. All entrance fees, camping fees and other charges related to visiting these fantastic nature parks is included in the entry fee of the tour. All the meat and other foods that you will braai on the tour is included as well! For all other information on the tour, click here. To enter your team into the National Braai Tour, download this National Braai Tour entry form and email the completed one to braaitour@braai.com as soon as possible, space is limited.

  • Day 1: Johannesburg
  • Day 2: Golden Gate National Park
  • Day 3: Gariep Dam
  • Day 4: Mountain Zebra National Park
  • Day 5: Addo Elephant National Park
  • Day 6: Wilderness National Park
  • Day 7: Bontebok National Park
  • Day 8: Cape Town
8 days, 8 fantastic places, definitely more than 8 braais!
To enter your team into the National Braai Tour, download this National Braai Tour entry form and email the completed one to braaitour@braai.com as soon as possible, space is limited.
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National Braai Tour

To enter one team (4 persons), please download and complete the attached National Braai Tour entry form Complete one form per team and email the completed entry form to braaitour@braai.com. 

National Heritage Day is the public holiday that falls on 24 September every year where all South Africans are encouraged to gather around fires and actively celebrate their heritage by: dressing in traditional attire; preparing traditional food; be entertained by traditional music; and exchange cultures and stories. This year, we are inviting members of the public to apply for entries to join us on a tour through South Africa in the build-up to that big day. This is a social rally and tour to premier destinations traversing South Africa; gearing up for National Braai Day™ on 24 September; visiting heritage sites of significance and natural beauty; braaing a variety of meals. In short, a structured self drive adventure for passionate and patriotic South Africans (and those who wish they were South African).

Quick Facts

  • You will eat steak every day
  • 8 days, 8 locations, 8 braais
  • Saturday 13/9/2014 (Johannesburg) – Saturday 20/9/2014 (Cape Town)
  • approximately 2200km total distance
  • 4 entrants per team, limited number of teams
  • camping accommodation
  • one official braai per day
  • additional casual braai opportunities
  • a ‘normal’ vehicle is sufficient

The Route

Starting in the City of Gold and ending in the Mother City, the National Braai Day Warm Up Tour will take participants through some of the most beautiful parts of natural South African heritage. SANParks, the custodians of Africa’s Premier Wildlife Tourism Destinations is an official supporter of this tour and the route takes us past Golden Gate National Park, Mountain Zebra National Park,  Addo Elephant National Park, Wilderness National Park, Bontebok National Park and Table Mountain National Park. A detailed route map will be made available to all participants at registration.

Some logistics and questions you might have

  • Each team responsible for their own camping equipment. Some pre-specified braai equipment and camp equipement will be distributed to each team at registration in Johannesburg on 13/9/2014.
  • Teams will transport and set up their own camp equipment and tents in pre-assigned areas within the #braaitour village every day.
  • Using the ingredients and recipe provided teams prepare their own fires and teams braai their own food at designated times for the official braai of the day.
  • Teams drive themselves in their own vehicles and at their own risk. The organizers take no responsibility.
  • This is not a race, there will be no incentive whatsoever to arrive at the stopovers first.
  • There will be incentives for visiting and observing all heritage sites of whatever nature on the route and taking part in all activities on the route that will form part of the tour. All of these will be pointed out in the comprehensive briefing document and map you receive at registration.
  • Zero drinking & driving. Specified and spot checks of drivers, positive test will lead to immediate disqualification of team with no refund, no glory and no more #braaitour for you. All participants to sign both an indemnity and a #braaitour code of conduct.
  • Official daily braai at village, no driving after that.
  • Medical and security officer at #braaitour villages.
  • No under 18’s.

What is included?

  • A comprehensive briefing document and route map. Official stickers for your vehicle and flags and other paraphernalia for your campsite.
  • Official t-shirt & cap per entrant. We will probably give you more, watch this space.
  • All braai equipment you need to perform the daily official braai (grid, stand, tongs, etc) which teams get to keep after the tour.
  • All cutlery needed for preparing and enjoying your meals. Chopping boards, chef’s knifes, plates, cups, knives, forks, etc. Teams get to keep this after tour.
  • Campsites and braai areas.
  • Everything you need for the daily official braai: Wood, firelighters, meat, JanBraai™ recipe and all other ingredients and spices for braaing the meat as well as preparation of side dishes.
  • Campfires, music and entertainment (you will be the entertainment).
  • Cash bar with daily specials (your first drink is on us, i.e. included).
  • Facilities to wash your dishes and braai equipment
  • Facilities to wash yourself
  • Morning coffee and basic breakfast. Basic breakfast means something like a boerewors roll.
  • A finisher’s medal (to official finishers). The greatest bragging right that will ever adorn your braai mantelpiece.

What is not included?

Please assume that anything not stated in the previous section is not included but specifically:

  • You need to get yourself to the start in Johannesburg and/or back from the finish in Cape Town. Also get your own travel and medical insurance.
  • You drive in your own vehicle and pay your own fuel, tollgates, etc. Most roads will be tar with a bit of gravel road here and there. A normal car is sufficient. Just arrive in a car big enough to carry your team of four and your camping and braai equipment.
  • You bring your own camping equipment. As a minimum we believe you should bring one 4 person tent and 4 sleeping bags. Whether you bring things like camping mattresses, cushions and blankets for the cold are optional and up to you.
  • All other meals and snacks (apart from the morning coffee, breakfast and official braai per day)
  • Team outfits and uniforms. You are expected to dress up for the occasion.
  • Options: There will not be options as our budget does not allow for it. You will braai and eat lots of red-meat on a daily basis, many times steak. If this idea does not appeal to you, please do not enter.

Cost

The cost per team of four is R10,000.

How to enter?

To enter one team (4 persons), please download and complete the attached National Braai Tour entry form Complete one form per team and email the completed entry form to braaitour@braai.com.

Do not have four people or want to do a single entry?

Whilst entries for the National Braai Tour is actually in teams of four, we realise that some individuals would like to enter. If you want to take part, and do not have a full team of four, please send an email to braaitour@braai.com and tell us about it. We will endeavour to make a plan.

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