We know you’re already busy stockpiling the charcoal, briquettes, and beers ahead of Heritage Month’s ‘Braai Day’ on the 24th of September, but we thought perhaps you should try something a little different this year by venturing out from behind your garden walls and finding some of the gorgeous braai spots we have around SA! Flight Centre has helped us put together a list of the top 5 braai spots around the country to fully appreciate the gees of the day with your fellow braai masters.
1. Western Cape
With plenty to choose from in terms of mountain and ocean views, there are few places in the world as beautiful to cook outdoors. Try Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif near Cape Point for a gorgeous touch of scenery amid the incredible wildlife in the reserve. There’s also the stunning stretch of coast between Llandudno and Camps Bay with over 40 picnic sites for a stunning beach braai.
2. North West
North West is home to some of the most beautiful game parks in SA like the Pilanesburg National Park which has a number of public braai facilities, so a bush braai is a perfect option if you find yourself in this sunny province. The popular Fish Eagle picnic spot looks out over the Mankwe Dam for a stunning vista while you dine al fresco. Whether post-game drive or upon a hilltop after a hike, a bush braai is a truly memorable experience.
3. Kwa-Zulu Natal
You couldn’t hope for a more beautiful place to have a beach braai than on one of KZN’s long stretches of white sandy beaches, replete warm waves, and tidal pools. One of the best-kept local secrets is the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, situated just past the Breakers Hotel and home to over 208 bird species, bushbuck, and duikers. Here you can enjoy the dune forests, swim in the lagoon and relax on the beach. The ideal braai spot!
Limpopo is home to a diverse landscape including rocky mountains, wide bush plains, and thick pine forests, so finding a scenic spot to set up camp is not a difficult task. The Polokwane Nature Reserve, home to zebra and antelope, is one such place great for viewing wildlife while enjoying your braai.
5. Eastern Cape
On the wonderfully green stretch of Wild Coast, 250km south of Durban, Coffee Bay is hugely popular for its long, sandy beaches, warm Indian Ocean and lush, green hills. It’s a great spot for a beach braai while you take in the vibe that makes up this charming seaside town.