Hot spots for Heritage Day
Rugby playing on the TV in the background, friends popping in and out, and some juicy vleis sizzling on the braai are all part of the package when it comes to being a true South African. Heritage day and National Braai Day happen to coincide, mainly because braaing is synonymous with our cultural heritage and patriotism… Braaing is an activity that does just that by bringing everyone from various backgrounds together. It’s about appreciating our rainbow nation.
Socializing with friends and family during this mid-week public holiday will be the perfect way to unwind and sip on a much needed beer or glass of wine. Enjoying a braai outside is a fantastic activity, however it can often be ruined for some by even just one guest smoking; so let’s make sure the only flames and smoke are coming from the fire this Braai Day. E-cigarettes are the perfect accessory to bring along to a braai – they don’t create smoke fumes for any of your other guests. The vapour from a Twisp is created by heating the flavour ingredients, which looks, tastes and feels just like smoke, but is virtually odourless. Because of this most venues are quite happy for you to use your Twisp. If you’re looking to stock up on Twisp liquids for your braai, check out our list of stores in your area here.
For the busy-bees among you – here are some top braai spots in SA and suggestions for what food you should bring along to the event.
Cape Town: Silvermine – nestled at the foot of the stunning Table Mountain Reserve is the outdoor lover’s dream location. With braai and picnic spots hidden in between rocks on the waters edge, it’s is one of the most scenic settings to have a braai. Make sure to bring along some binoculars and a swimming costume. Open from 7am – 6pm. Entrance is R20 for adults and R10 for children.
Johannesburg: Zoolake– this popular braai hotspot is the perfect space for the young and old to chill out and laze around on the grass, while the men (or women) braai up a storm. Situated next to the Johannesburg zoo, it is also a popular concert venue. On Heritage Day, along with most weekends, visitors bring the family, accompanied by bicycles and dogs. Entrance is free as it’s a public park.
Durban: Paradise Valley Nature Reserve– situated along the Umbilo River, in between trees and mangroves, is this hide out, just a few kilometres from Durban itself. The reserve is perfect for those who want to swim in the river and splash around under the waterfall. With large open areas, picnic benches and braais. There is a small entrance fee /donation of between R10 and R30.
Pretoria: Groenkloof Nature Reserve – situated in the midst of an urban environment, this nature reserve is perfect for those who want a quick escape to nature and wildlife. Offering game drives, hikes and mountain biking, it’s even better that they offer Pretoria residents the opportunity to pack the family/ friends in the car and come along to braai. They have braai facilities as well as a lapa you can hire out for the day. There is an entrance fee of R35 for adults and R20 for children.
What to pack in the cooler box: tomato and mozzarella skewers smothered in basil oil to snack on first, then lemon and herb glazed lamp chops, marinated baby back ribs with a basting sauce, garlic bread stuffed with bacon, apple & poppy seed coleslaw and to finish off some grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream and throw in some koeksisters into the mix. Most importantly plenty of fresh orange juice, beers, wine, and of course, your Twisp.