Braai4Heritage tour Day 8 – A real South African braai on the Orange River MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

Welcome to Day 8 of the Braai4Heritage Tour

Hey there! I’m currently in Upington, soaking up the South African vibes. This place is considered a heritage site, but to be honest, it doesn’t feel like it. Right now, I’m sitting here typing away while Jan, my buddy, is having a hilarious conversation with someone about the history of this town. Apparently, it was named after Sir Thomas Upington, the Attorney-General of the Cape colony, way back in 1884. But let me tell you, history doesn’t seem to matter much around here. The real focus is on something way more important: the authentic South African braai experience.

Picture this: families gathered all around the banks of the Orange River, each with their own little braai (that’s what we call a barbecue). The atmosphere is buzzing with laughter, the sound of kids playing, and the rattling of fishing lines in the water. And if that’s not enough to make you feel like you’re in the heart of South Africa, we’ve got jet skis and water skiers zooming by on the river, providing a thrilling backdrop to our braai festivities.

Hey, guess what? When I ran into Jan at the airport today, he couldn’t wait to tell me about the most incredible braai of the whole tour. Apparently, it was held at the most beautiful location he’s ever seen. Jan even went as far as to say that if he lived to be a hundred years old, he still wouldn’t find a better spot for a braai. Now, part of me thinks he was just trying to make me feel guilty for not being there, but I saw his pictures, and let me tell you, they don’t even come close to capturing the true beauty of the place. So yeah, it looks like I really missed out on something special.

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Today’s braai on the Orange River may not be as stunning as it is at Augrabies, but it still offers a typical South African braai experience. We’re having the braai on the upper deck of “Sakkie’s Arkie,” Oom Sakkie’s old, rusty booze cruiser. Oom Sakkie himself is off on his fancy ski-boat, towing a couple of local girls in bikinis along the river. The girls are screaming with excitement, and we’re all laughing from the shore.

I’m sitting here, surrounded by seven lively braais. Everyone seems to be having a great time. The sky is getting ominously dark to the east and south, and I heard from a local source that we’re in for some rain later today. People are chatting about taking a boat ride up the river around six, which actually sounds like a pleasant idea. It would be quite an experience being out on the water when the afternoon thunderstorm pours buckets on us.

Well, it’s been a few hours since I wrote those words. Surprisingly, the predicted rain never arrived. However, as I look outside, I can still see lightning brightly flickering across the grassy banks of the Sun River Kalahari Lodge. Those banks slope down right to the water’s edge, creating a picturesque view right from our cozy bungalow.

Today may not have been Augrabies, but let me tell you, it was a stunning spot for a good old-fashioned barbecue. We cruised up and down the wide river, watching as the sun dipped lower and lower in the sky. The dark clouds formed, foretelling a brewing storm. And throughout it all, the meat kept coming – one delicious wave after another – thanks to our hardworking grill masters.

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After about two and a half hours of floating on the river, we had our fill of barbecue. It was time to bring the “Sakkie se Arkie” back to shore. It has been an amazing way to kickstart this barbecue tour, and I can’t wait to cozy up in the luxurious bedding at Sun River tonight. Tomorrow, we set off for Kimberley, and I’m already excited for what’s in store.

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