My Fellow South Africans
Today we’re excited to share some additional information with you, including the #braaitour route, on which truly breathtaking scenery awaits.
Typical morning on the #braaitour
Noise starts at 07:00 when the campsite, better known as ‘#braaitour village’ comes to life. You have until 08:45 to drink coffee (provided by us) eat breakfast (provided by us) break camp and load your vehicles.
At 08:45 we all gather in a central area for the daily briefing. 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 drive through the #braaitour arch at 09:00 you are free to drive at your own leisure to the next destination, which will usually be a heritage site en route to the next campsite.
You need to be at the next campsite by 16:00
You are expected to be at the next campsite by no later than 16:00 and all routes and suggested heritage stopover points are designed to make this well within everyone’s abilities. The #braaitour is not a race or a rally, it’s an adventure to really explore our beautiful country, and to braai at unbelievable places.
You are also very welcome to arrive at the #braaitour village well before 16:00, pitch your tent and enjoy the scenery and atmosphere of the nature there. No prizes for arriving early though, and if you miss out on the great things along the route that is your own decision.
From 16:00 until 17:00 you will need to go to the central #braaitour kitchen where you will collect all your meat, recipe ingredients, wood and the like for the main braai of the day. All ingredients not collected by 17:00 will be donated to a local charity in each respective area we travel through. You are encouraged to prepare your food and braai earlier rather than later, whilst there is a bit of residual sunlight left.
The Atmosfire and Bar area
As the sun sets, big campfires will be burning and live music will play at the daily central bar area. We call this the “Atmosfire”. This is where you will then perform the other important part of the National Braai Tour, to unite around a fire with fellow South Africans 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. The bar is ‘open’ meaning everything at the bar is free to all participants of the #braaitour.
And now, the route!
A route which we believe showcases some of the most beautiful parts of the most beautiful country in the world.
Registration is at Tsogo Sun Cullinan Hotel on Friday 9 September
You can register at any time between 09:00 and 21:00. Registration is compulsory. You get everything you need and lots of cool stuff at registration. After registration you go and have a free beer and burger at the pool area of the hotel. Where you sleep on Friday night is up to you. You can sleep anywhere, the tour has not started yet. There are special rates at the hotel for members of the tour if you wish to sleep there.
Saturday 10 September - Cape Agulhas
At 08:00 on Saturday 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.
Sunday 11 September - Kam’Bati River Lodge Swellendam
Overnight on the banks of the Breede River at the confluence of the Sonderend River and Breede River.
Monday 12 September - 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.
Tuesday 13 September - SANPARKS Wilderness
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. These are all elements that characterise the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park.
Wednesday 14 September - 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.
Thursday 15 September - The Willows Resort
Rugged, rocky outcrops right on the beach on the “wild side” of the Nelson Mandela Bay coastline.
Friday 16 September - Addo Elephant National Park
The third biggest national park in South Africa where you are guaranteed to spot a member of the big five. 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.