Episode three of “Jan Braai vir Erfenis” aired on kykNET this past Friday. Catch it every Friday at 17:30 with reruns on Saturdays at 13:00, Sundays at 07:00 and Mondays at 03:00. We realise that you might want to do some of the things that we did on the show yourself. As such we will weekly post all the relevant info for each episode, here on www.braai.com
During our visit to Springbok we played Springbok Sevens, a must when in town. Here is how you do it.
- Wear a Springbok jersey
- Take a photo at the Springbok signpost at the entrance of town
- Eat Springbok biltong (There is a great biltong shop on Voortrekker street next door to the famous Springbok lodge).
- Listen to Springbok Nude Girls music
- Drink a Springbokkie
- Drink another Springbokkie
- Braai Springbok meat (possibly the most important step).
We successfully completed step 7 at the Okiep Country Lodge (027 744 1000) just outside Springbok. No offense to the rest of the region, but if you are in that area, this is the place to stay. The braai feast was laid on by Niel Volgraaf from Die Plaas Butchery (072 718 1496), ask for his skilpaadtjies, pofadders, lamb saddle chops and Springbok meat.
Segment 2: Augrabies
Our braai at Oranjekom was facilitated by SANparks.org. Special thanks to the park head Nardus Du Plessis who allowed us to braai past closing hours. If you want to go there, contact reception at Augrabies (054 452 9200). While here, you might as well have a look at the waterfalls. Make sure you take Mario Titus along as tour guide. To book him talk to reception.
Dundi Lodge organized the logistics of the braai and gave us luxury accommodation a stone’s throw from the park gate. It’s the most luxurious place to stay in the region and we really enjoyed it. I obviously recommend that you stay here when visiting Augrabies. The very professional manager is called Bertho and if you pay him enough, he might have a Klipdrift with you and share a few hunting stories. Ester Zandberg from De Hoek Butchery in Kakamas was our first female butcher on the show. I can recommend her ‘’beesrol’’. It’s a beef roll filled with blue cheese, onions, peppers, mushrooms and bacon. Phone the butchery 054 531 0958 to pre order and then you collect it when travelling down the N14.
Segment 3: Orange River
We braaied with Craig from Kalahari Outventures on the banks of the Orange River, talk to them if you want to sample the breakfast braai pizza, or if you want to do a river rafting trip down the Orange River.
Segment 4: Upington
Oppidraai Butchery (Kobus & Louis Engelbrecht, 084 581 3938, 36 Scott Street) gave us some of the best meat we had on the whole 40 day your. To make it extra special, see if you can organize a braai on Sakkie se Arkie, the local ‘booze cruise’ boat on the Orange river. You will need to convince Sakkie (082 575 7285) to have the braai. We managed, so you’re in with a chance. Alternatively, braai at the Sun River Lodge in Upington. Contact reception on 054 332 2210 and ask for Liezel. Braai wise this is the best guest house I’ve ever seen. They have multiple braai areas and a great stash of wood. Special thanks to the Upington cell of Round Table who organised the whole Upington braai.
Segment 5: Kimberley
To braai at the Big Hole like we did you’d need to pull a few strings. Start off by talking to Renee Richter at The Big Hole. Their number is 053 830 4423. But even if you don’t go there for a braai, a visit and tour of the Big Hole complex and museum is the thing to do when you are in Kimberley.
The Protea Hotel in Kimberley is right next to the big hole and without a doubt the place to sleep when in Kimberley. The Uruguay team stay there during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Around the corner from the hotel is “The Star of the West”, one of the oldest pubs in the country and soaked with character. Talk to Rudi at Koki Meat Market for your braai needs (62 Droogfontein street, 053 8377 7430) and try his Primerib steaks.
- The awesome Isuzu bakkies we drove in was supplied by Barloworld Bruma.
- Freddy Hirsch was responsible for liasing with all the local butcheries who provided us with meat.
- Klipdrift 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 traveler, or braaier.