Segment 1: Kruger National Park
We stayed and braaied in Pretoruiskop for this leg of the tour. Talk to the friendly people at Sanparks (www.sanparks.org) and make sure to book in advance as this is a very popular camp and a great braai site. The only problem with Pretoriuskop is that most of the wildlife has disappeared from the surrounding bush. We promise we did not braai it. But Jock of the Bushveld was born here which might explain it. You can pick up your meat from Nelspruit at the Vleismeester butchery (013 757-1381). They have lots of nice meat. Take what the butcher recommends.
Segment 2: Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle of Humankind is less than an hour from Johannesburg. If you have never been I recommend you put this on your list of things to do soon. How can you look your children in the eye and claim you have never been to the oldest recorded use of a controlled fire i.e. the first braai ever? This is at Swartkrans, which is part of the Cradle of Humankind.
The management and staff at the Maropeng Hotel and Maropeng Visitor Centre http://www.maropeng.co.za/ will be able to book everything for you. We got five-star treatment from them. They are knowledgeable, professional and take the management of this World Heritage Site very seriously. You can get your meat from Zimans Butchery in Randfontein (083 272 2244). We had their lamb lollipops which is deboned lamb rib and loin chops, rolled, sliced and on a skewer. It’s as good as it sounds.
Segment 3: Ellis Park
If you manage to organise a braai on the field at Ellis Park, we would be seriously impressed. After three months of dedicated work – phone calls, meetings, calling in favors – we only managed to secure an hour on field for that braai. At eight in the morning. To go on a visit of Ellis Park whilst the Lions rugby team is playing will be much easier. Just book a ticket at www.lionsrugby.co.za. There is a culture of braaing outside the stadium before the games, so go early and do that. One of our problems that morning was to find the exact spot where Joel kicked from. So award winning and internationally acclaimed sports journalist Kevin McCallum helped me out with a screen shot from this video:
· 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.