Jan Braai vir Erfenis Episode 6

Jan Braai vir Erfenis

The Karoo and the Klein Karoo is a special place for Jan and this is where the team will be in this weeks episode of Jan Braai vir Erfenis.  Cape Route 62 is the tourist route in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway.  It is an area of varied but magnificent landscapes and you drive through some of South-Africa’s most diverse regions.
The easily accesible towns, nestled along the valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery. From visits to wineries and game reserves, tribal art, cultural tours, hiking trails and mountain climbing, 4×4 routes, even ostrich riding and caving.

We kicked off at Ladismith Cheese, situated in the picturesque town of Ladismith. Cheese has been manufactured in Ladismith since 1940. Under the leadership of Roy Taylor, Ladismith Cheese Company (Pty) Ltd was founded in June 1999. The products from Ladismith Cheese are available in supermarkets throughout the major centres of South Africa and after a tasting, Jan can highly recommend the Ladysmith Mature Cheddar for your braai broodjies.
Next stop via the scenic Route 62 is Calitzdorp, known as the port capitol of South-Africa.  We stopped at Boplaas to taste some of Cape Wine Master, Carel Nel’s award winning port…or should we rather say Cape Tawny.  Jan thinks it deserves yet another award!

In Outshoorn Jan visits Buffelskloof, a working ostrich farm and learn more about these versatile feathered creatures from the farmer, Manie.  According to him, every single part of the ostrich is utilized and not even the stones that they like to eat go to waste!  Jan prefers to stick to the better known ostrich mince meat and prepares a true klein Karoo feast of a burger with an ostrich meat patty, port sauce and basil and cheese pesto.  In the end, it all came together on the fire!
  • We stayed and braaied at the extremely scenic Matjiesvlei Cottages on the banks of the Gamka river, at the foot of the Swartberge between Ladysmith and Calitzdorp. You should do the same. Phone 0827334556 for bookings.
  • For the Klein Karoo Burger recipe, go here. Ja, it’s so good it was even featured in the August edition of Getaway Magazine!