On AWOL overnight hiking and cycling tours in Cape Town and the Garden Route, you will experience the South African National pastime of a traditional ‘braai’.
South Africa is probably the only country in the world that has a public holiday dedicated to its national ‘dish’. Although officially it’s Heritage Day it is now better known as ‘National Braai Day’ (24th of September) as it’s the one past-time that all South Africans have in common regardless of ethnic backgrounds. To celebrate AWOL Tours offers a 10% discount on Township Tours in the month of September to honour the day.
The braai, also known as a barbecue to the rest of the world, is a way to grill any meat, fish, or veggies. The word originally is Afrikaans, but in fact unites the meat eating people of South Africa. From the heart of Zululand, to Masiphumelele Township, to the suburbs of Bloemfontein, Skukuza rest camp in Kruger Park, and to the rooftop of a fancy Camps Bay apartment – you get my point: everybody in South Africa loves a piece of grilled vleis! (Meaning meat).
On AWOL’s Hoerikwaggo hiking tours on Table Mountain we enjoy braai’s underneath the stars of the southern skies paired with either forest, mountains, or ocean depending on the camp.
Braais play a huge social role in South African society. People are invited for braai’s for any casual and laid-back event. For local slang it is called a ‘tjop and dop’ meaning chop and a drink. During a sports matches (especially when there’s a rugby match) in particular most neighbourhoods are covered with thick blue braai-smoke. Anything goes on the braai, but a staple food found at a braai is the ‘boerewors’ (or farmers sausage). This is usually served to get things going. Fillet, lambchops, crayfish, yellowtail, springbok, vegetables and even fried eggs – Just to name a few that can sizzle over the hot coals.
In African communities, like in AWOL’s Masiphumelele Township tour, the meat is served with pap (finely ground corn). But food like potato salads, garlic bread, salads, work well as side dishes. An ice-cold beer or a fruit driven local pinotage are the best drink partners at a braai.
In fact, AWOL Tours supports Sustainable livelihoods Foundation (SLF) in research of the township business of braaing to support local entrepreneurship.
AWOL Tours feels it has the responsibility to give our guests the most complete culture experience when visiting South Africa. Food, of course, plays a big role in this. Our overnight hiking or cycling tours and Township tour will let everyone enjoy – and have a taste of THE South African way of cooking. The braai. Book your township tour for September and receive a 10% discount to celebrate #Nationalbraai day.