Heritage Day – what it means and the best braai spots to enjoy it

Lekker chommies, biltong and dop – these are all terms synonymous with Heritage Day in South Africa. If you are planning a trip to our culturally rich country, you’ll quickly need to learn a bit more about our heritage.

On 24 September 1995, the new South African democracy declared Shaka Day (named after King Shaka Zulu) a public holiday called Heritage Day. President Nelson Mandela’s aim was to encourage people to celebrate their diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions. Now over 20 years later, locals are still celebrating the day in style.

Braaing (a local term for barbequing) isn’t just a hobby or a pastime in South Africa, it’s a way of life.  In 2005 Heritage Day became otherwise known as Braai Day, as it was something all South Africans, regardless of their culture or background were able to share. Whether it’s a spitbraai or a gas braai, who doesn’t enjoy great company paired with fantastic food? Now add a trip down the scenic coast and pack in a good bottle of wine and you have yourself a perfect day in the making.

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Source: Getaway Magazine

With Heritage Day only a few days away, we asked our founder Pieter Geldenhuys to share his five favourite spots to enjoy an authentic South African Braai. This is what he had to say:

Maidens Cove, Camps Bay

Nestled between Clifton and Glen beaches, you’ll find a picturesque cove you’ll never want to leave.  Popular for whale watching amongst both locals and tourists, this is the perfect spot for an afternoon braai paired with a G&T!  Sit back, relax and enjoy incredible views of Camps Bay, Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles mountain range.

Buffels Bay, Cape Point

Cape Point is worth putting on any travel bucket list, and it will be an even more memorable experience if standing around a fire. Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif have designated braai areas – both with individual braais and circular braai spots for bigger groups. The beach is within walking distance with a safe tidal pool for kids and the area has a rich array of flora. Our Luxury Safaris tour guides will pack the food and drinks, but don’t encourage any unwanted guests by feeding the baboons.

Oudtshoorn, Karoo

The Karoo may be dry and hot, but the friendly people and delicious food make up for it. Oudtshoorn sits in the heart of the Klein Karoo with the Outenquia mountains as it’s backdrop, and it’s by far one of our top spots to enjoy an authentic braai.  If you are an adventurous braaimasters, enjoy farm activities, hiking trips and end it off with a Klippies en Coke and wholesome braai.

Storms River Mouth, Garden Route

The Garden Route National Park is steeped in beauty and once paired with the smell of a braai fire and the sound of laughter with friends, it will become even more memorable. There are ten fantastic braai spots scattered around the area where you can hear the waves crashing and might even see Southern Right Whales. Gaze over the wild sea while your chops sizzle on the grill.

Tsisikamma, Nature’s Valley

Let us plan the ultimate nature loving trip for you at Nature’s Valley camps. Kick back and enjoy being immersed in the wilderness… and constant braais. When you’re surrounded by the bush, it makes sense to not use electricity. So we’ll pack all the braai bits for you and get to it. With beautiful beaches and a lush forest, you won’t want to leave.

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Source: Getaway Magazine

Braaing is the ultimate social activity, and it’s encouraged that you bring your sense of humour, interesting tales and snacks (biltong of course) to share around the fire. Let us plan an authentic South African safari holiday for you with plenty of braaing by taking our Cape Town, Garden Route and Shamwari tour.

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