Segment 1 : Johannesburg & Vereeniging
Our first stop was the Market on Main in Newtown for some braai supplies. There wasn’t a lot of meat but we got some nice fresh vegetables. After the market we drove to the Klip River Country Estate www.klipriverguesthouse.co.za in Vereeiniging for our braaibroodtjie braai, the only true vegetarian braai we had on the whole tour.
We made traditional braaibroodtjies (bread, butter, chutney, cheese, tomato, onion) as well as a new recipe that I wanted to try out (bread, butter, mozzarella cheese, green pepper, red pepper, onions, olives). The new style ones tasted very much like pizza, as you might imagine when you read the list of ingredients. They even had the wood-fire taste, obviously.
Segment 2: Clarens, Golden Gate and Harrismith
The road from Vereeniging to Clarens was dotted with the beautiful sunflowers you saw on the show. From there we drove through the Golden Gate National Park (www.sanparks.org) to our final destination of the day, Harrismith. Here we were hosted by, and braaied with, one of the finest gentleman that I’ve met in my life. Thank you again Jan Harm.
Segment 3: Spioenkop
Our braai on top of Spioenkop was organized by the local Round Table chapter (thanks Simon). Talk to KZN Wildlife to organize entry into the Spioenkop park. The park itself is amazing, we recommend you spend some time here and take a tour. Talk to http://www.campaigntrails.co.za/to organise tours. The petrol bomb in the segment was courtesy of a man called Wayno. If you are ever at a braai and a bugger by that name rocks up. Stand well clear.
The meat for the evening was sponsored by Greg de Franca from De Franca SPAR (036 631 09670) in Ladysmith. The steak we braaied that evening was some of the best we had on the whole tour, so if you are eveer in Ladysmith (the one in Natal), go to the Spar, speak to Greg, and tell him Jan sent you to come and get some espetadas. For accommodation I can highly recommend the Tugela River Lodge which sits on, you guessed it, the Tugela River. The setting is magnificent. Take your own towels though; I had to dry myself with an old t-shirt after taking a shower.
Segment 4: Nongoma
Local businessman Mlungisi Percy Nzuza (082 852 3061), who owns Nongoma Lodge (where we slept) is a driving force behind local tourism in the town and arranged our braai the evening. This is where I met the King’s brother, prince Mbonisi Zulu and members of the local Rotary Club. We had various important conversations about Zulu braai traditions and preferences. During the visit to Nongoma I felt that it was important to present the king with a gift as a sign of respect, and the next morning I was honoured when Prince Mbonisi received my gift of a cow on behalf of the King.
- 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 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.