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Braai, Banter and Beer – It’s Almost Time for the National Braai Tour with Jan Braai

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FireworksRed HotThe Democratic Republic of BraaiEight days on the road travelling through some of South Africa’s most stunning scenery; every morning, afternoon and night a braai and good banter with tasks centred around the glorious heritage of this beloved country, all wrapped in more braais than you can fit into a potjie and dipped in the mouth-watering sauces that flame-grilled meat leaves behind on a plate.

No, it’s not a dream, it’s Jan Braai’s second annual National Braai Tour and it all lights up on September 12 this year.

Jan developed the National Braai Tour idea as a way to show off parts of South Africa that are both culturally significant, off the beaten track and a joy to visit. “We have so many places to see in South Africa, but everyone can’t always get to them all,” says Braai. “The National Braai Tour attempts to solve that by connecting South Africans with some of our most interesting heritage sites over the course of a week.” The motto for the week is very simple “Unite around a fire, share our heritage and wave our flag”.

Last year participants visited the likes of Golden Gate National Park, the Gariep Dam, Addo Elephant National Park and Bontebok National Park before finishing in Cape Town. Along the way they were encouraged to complete tasks that opened their eyes to the cultural importance of the areas, all while carrying their giant South African flags. “I think we have the most beautiful flag in the world,” says Braai, “and I want to see South Africans having pride in it.” The first National Braai Tour was such a hit that entries for this year’s event were sold out in less than a week.

For the 2015 National Braai Tour, participants will start with a night under the stars in Bloemfontein, before moving on to Kimberley and a guided tour of the Big Hole. “Everyone in South Africa knows about the Big Hole, but how many people have actually been there?” says Braai.

From Kimberley the #braaitour moves to Upington, where participants will visit the Donkey Memorial at the Kalahari-Oranje Museum, a monument to the humble donkey and the role it played in the development of the area. Next it’s on to the Augrabies Falls National Park and a visit to the falls as well as the Oranjekom Lookout Point, where visitors can best view the massive gorge (“Our answer to the Grand Canyon!” says Braai) as well as the wildlife that inhabits that particular area.

After a day of rest in Augrabies, the Tour moves through the Namaqualand area of the Northern Cape to Springbok. Along the way participants – dressed, naturally, in their Springbok rugby jerseys on this day – will have to stop and take a selfie with the Pofadder town sign. “Pofadder is iconic for having such a unique and recognisable name,” says Braai. “On this day we will celebrate the rich heritage and colourful nature of South Africa’s 11 official languages. If you go all the way to Pofadder you have to take a photo of the town name.”

Moving towards the coast, the #braaitour then travels to Strandfontein at a time when the world famous spring flowers should be in bloom. “We hope to see carpets and carpets of the magnificent flowers,” says Braai. “SANParks, custodians of South Africa’s natural heritage, has been very welcoming and they will be opening their arms and the Namaqualand National Park to us.”

The National Braai Tour then comes to a conclusion at Tietiesbaai in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve near Paternoster. En route to Tietiesbaai a braaied seafood lunch will be hosted by the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) at Muisbosskerm in Lambert’s Bay, where participants will learn more about the fish in South Africa’s oceans and what should and shouldn’t be eaten in order to preserve ocean life for future generations.

Camp will be set up for two nights in Tietiesbaai with the final heritage task being all participants gathering in the camp site to watch South Africa’s opening game against Japan at the Rugby World Cup on giant screens. Beer will be served. Lots of it.

Press release issued by Tenfour

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