This Monday, 24 September, thousands of South Africans will head outdoors, get the fires going and celebrate the nation’s favourite pastime on Heritage Day, also well known as National Braai Day. This day has become something of an institution in South Africa, giving South Africans an opportunity to celebrate the country’s heritage and different traditions. South Africa is a diverse country, but what we all have in common is that we need no encouragement to braai, come rain or shine (preferably shine!).
Here are some of the braai spots in and around Cape Town:
Buffels Bay, Cape Point
If the outdoors and the scenic views are what you’re looking for this Heritage Day, we suggest you visit the most South Western corner of the African continent. Buffels Bay, in the Cape Point Nature Reserve. is worth visiting for its views alone.
On the Atlantic seaboard between Llandudno and Camp’s Bay, you’ll find small, protected coves and sandy beaches peeking out between massive boulders. The braai sites don’t always have grids and the nearest shop for wood and meat is in Camps Bay, so be sure to bring everything with you.
Braai sites, great views, and the sound of the sea slapping over the stones just metres from the stands. Coming along Clarence Drive from Gordon’s Bay towards Rooi Els, you can’t miss the main Kogel Bay beach and campsite about half-way between the two towns. The Kogel Bay campsite is a beautiful braai spot in its own right, but you’ll have to pay camping fees to enter. A few hundred metres further towards Rooi Els, you’ll find the day camps and braai spots
Silvermine Nature Reserve
This picnic site in Table Mountain National Park could be the most relaxing braai spot in South Africa. Although more than 40 sites lie scattered around the Silvermine reservoir, they are so well positioned, nestled in discreet rocky hollows and tucked behind thriving fynbos, you’ll feel as if you have the place all to yourself. Keep in mind that because it’s a high-risk fire zone, braaiing is only permitted from June until end-September.