Skip to Content

Bush Braais & Bush Breakfasts

Discuss activities available in the Kruger National Park, and follow all the sighting reports.
User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5483
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Braai

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:51 am

My bush braai experience was probably a once in a lifetime experience! Just a friend of mine and I attended one at Letaba. The other 6 foreign tourists pulled out at the last minute.

It is definitely something that you should do at least once. We went for a late afternoon/early evening drive and then just before we arrived at the braai venue in the bush we drove through +- 50 buffalo. They surrounded our braai area (protected by 2 electrical wires about a meter high) and kept us company the whole time we were there. We were also later on visited by hyeanas.

The cook and his assistant knocked up a dinner of substantial proportions, which was divine. A cash bar kept our worst thirst away and the stories we were told by the guide were some of the most interesting ones I've ever heard.

As we drove back we saw an African wild cat hunting next to the road. Can't remember what the exact price was. They also don't seem to price it on the new website. I think it is in the vicinity of R300 p/p. A bit on the hectic side maybe, but never the less a great experience. Not something everybody could do; except for illegal Mozambicans... Having a braai at night in the Kruger National Park!!

User avatar
Krokodile
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 265
Joined: Tue Dec 21, 2004 12:13 am
Location: Wondering if I'll ever get back to SA!
Contact:

Unread postby Krokodile » Fri Jan 21, 2005 8:59 pm

We did a potjie braai from Pretoriuskop. Great food, fantastic ambiance.

The site was a koppie about 5k outside the camp - no fences and an armed escort to the portaloo just over the track!

Next one I want to do is the Bush breakfast - that looks really cool!

User avatar
Laine
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 519
Joined: Mon Jan 24, 2005 4:12 pm
Location: what does spinning mean? :-|

Unread postby Laine » Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:23 am

@ Bee...

i have never been to the bushbraai at Satara but have been a number of times to the one at Letaba....

it really is a fantastic experience and the food is to die for!! everytime i have gone on one we have had a lovely group of people joining us.... @ letaba they have a lovely little lean to cash bar where the dinky red wine tastes like nectar from heaven.. :wink:

it encompasses a sunset drive with an outdoor meal and a night drive home.... all in one!!!

really if u have the opportunity i would say go for it...100%!! :D

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5483
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:24 am

Bee wrote:I am keen to know more about the goings on with these braai's. Everyone raves about them and I might consider it in December when I'm in Satara. Anyone wanna fill me in on the what, where, when and how cool is it really?????? :?:


I attended one in Letaba area. You go for a bit of a sunset/night drive and then proceed to a location in the veld protected by 2 knee high electrical wires powered by what someone else said a car battery.

U have a braai with a cook and the guide and have a cash bar to try and get that babalas the next morning. Afterwards you go on a bit of a nightdrive back to the camp.

see more here
668
Latest Lifer(s): Buff-spotted Flufftail, Tree Pipit, Dimorphic Egret, Lesser Jacana, Citrine Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
wildtuinman
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 5483
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jul 11, 2005 1:46 pm

chromic wrote:What kind of meat is usually served?

Boerewors and steak mostly. Sheep, lam and beef in other words.
668
Latest Lifer(s): Buff-spotted Flufftail, Tree Pipit, Dimorphic Egret, Lesser Jacana, Citrine Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
Wild@Heart
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2129
Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2004 6:51 am
Location: In a very busy place

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:25 am

Hi Richard ..

No doubt you can go wrong with a bush braai ... we have had nothing but good feedback from this ...

Just remember you have to be a minimum of 4 ...

There is also the odd chance you might encounter some of the Big 5

Incidently this photo was taken about 10 meter from the braai ... This rock is where Pretoriuskop have their bush braais .. we did check the "Long drop" to make sure no one was in there ... :twisted:

Reckon this guy got his "Bush Braai" times screwed up ..

Image
NO TO HOTEL DEVELOPMENT IN KRUGER

User avatar
bert
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 17185
Joined: Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:02 pm
Location: mind in SA, body in The Netherlands

Unread postby bert » Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:23 pm

Had a bushbraai at Berg en Dal
Was great and very special
First we had a drive for roughly 2 hours during which we saw
ellie, rhino, genet and other general game

Then we entered a ring of fire and had great food, while being guarded by two armed rangers.

Didnt hear much night sounds but saw the stars and for the first time in my life the scorpion (stars). Our guide was very knowledgeable . Not only one wildlife but new his way around our galaxy. Thanks Raymond and Josep .

For those in need of a toilet. There is a nice toilet shed and it will be inspected by a armed ranger before you can enter

User avatar
Bushbaby
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 90
Joined: Wed Dec 15, 2004 10:22 pm
Location: Shoulder to the wheel, nose to the grindstone...
Contact:

Unread postby Bushbaby » Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:31 pm

We had a family reunion at Letaba in July. All 19 of us climbed a lorry and had an experience that is diffucult to put into words. Children over six are welcome and well catered for. The guard with his gun proving a big hit. The chef, barman, guide and guard were terrific. Definitely the best service experience ever. The children where comforted and entertained and became more confident as the night progressed. The catering was superb and the discussions we had before hand with the very helpful resturant staff were very useful. The "loo with a view" was comfortable and very convenient, the imagined element of danger made the short walk exciting! The stars were so close we could have plucked them from the sky, the trumpeting ellies reminded us where we were and the smell of the bush and wind in the trees gave us alot to be grateful for that night. It was a multi generational group and everyone has a special moment but most of all it made a lasting impression on everyone. The bush braai bound us closer together as a family and was well worth the cost. I recommend it to anyone. Well done KNP!
Not all who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

User avatar
Wild about cats
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2437
Joined: Fri May 12, 2006 4:10 pm
Location: SA
Contact:

Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:28 pm

The Letaba bush braai is very worth it. I must say it was one of the best experiences I have ever had.
Next SANPark: Mapungubwe 2015

Birding Weekend 2014 - Satara 3

Exploring Letaba - '13-'14

Letaba Ladies, 3rd Edition - '14 - '15

User avatar
WeeBirdy
Posts: 39
Joined: Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:15 am

Unread postby WeeBirdy » Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:09 pm

Hi Flaxy,

Welcome to the forum! I just got back from my first trip to Kruger and a bush breakfast was one of the highlights. We stayed at Satara for the first two nights, and did a Bush Brekkie at N'wanetsi picnic site on the 2nd morning. No one else had booked for that day, so it was just the two of us and 3 staff members. It was really fantastic--great food, a great location, and very friendly people. I felt a bit badly, because after we'd been there for a few minutes, other people began to arrive with their own breakfasts at the site, and were clearly wondering how we'd wound up with such a feast :)

Anyway, I didn't make any of the arrangements, but I mentioned your post to Portero (who did all the work), and he's going to post something about it. I know you'll be staying at different camps, but I'm guessing they would have similar prices and arrangements.

User avatar
Portero
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:16 pm

Bush breakfast

Unread postby Portero » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:27 pm

Hi Flaxy. As WeeBirdy said, one of the many highlights of our week in Kruger was the bush breakfast that we had at the N'wanetsi Dam picnic site. I don't think -- others may correct me -- that I could have arranged this through the normal channels of activity reservations. I called Satara Camp directly and got from them the number of their cafeteria manager, Frikki. I then called him directly and asked if he could arrange a b.b. for us. He was very nice and helped us plan just what we wanted. I paid for the breakfast ahead of time at the cafeteria check-out, rather than in the camp main office. So there's obviously an organizational distinction between the two, which is why the reservation needs to be made separately. We left camp at 6am, took our time driving along the S100 and and S41, and arrived at the picnic site at 7.30 to find the immaculately dressed staff waiting for us with a mouth-watering cooked breakfast ready to serve. I had a bowl of granola with fruit and yoghurt, three servings of omelette, various types of sausage, bacon, mushroom, tomato, etc., a quart of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and at least four excellent cups of coffee; but W.B. stuck to the baked goods (she's not called "wee" for nothing), including two croissants, perhaps because she has trouble pronouncing the word correctly. I think the price was something like 280 rand for the two of us, which seemed an amazingly good deal to us, given all the time and effort by the staff. When we finally waddled back to our bakkie -- no dishes to wash! -- we were only able to drive 20mins or so before we wanted to pull over to the side of the road for a short nap. I don't think we ate, or needed to eat, any more food until late in the evening. It all went wonderfully, and as W.B. says, it was a memorable experience.

User avatar
wildheart
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 469
Joined: Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:20 pm

Unread postby wildheart » Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:05 pm

Our bush braai was arranged with Shinwedzi. It was an excellent experience being in the middle of nowhere surrounded by whatever that was lurking in the dark. They placed brown paperbacks with candles inside, around our area. That really added to the wonderful atmosphere.

Our meal was define and there was enough food to feed the whole of Shinwedzi! :lol:
Image

It was quite an experience to sit down and eat because our table was moving with insects. All types of insects!
Image
So before each byte you had to check the fork first for a creepy crawly. I know we all probably ate more than just our food especially when you take a byte of the mielie pap and it had an unknown crunch to it. ImageI really loved every moment of it. Raw Nature at its best!
We didnt see any animals unfortunately but we did see a Red Roman Spider.
Image

User avatar
bert
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 17185
Joined: Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:02 pm
Location: mind in SA, body in The Netherlands

Unread postby bert » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:44 pm

The Satara bushbraai / breakfast normally takes place at the N'wanetsi picnic site so there are ablution facilities. It should be booked with the camp and then the question of venue can be double checked.

Regards.

René Travers
Marketing Manager
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Events Coordinator
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:29 am

Re: Bush Braais & Bush Breakfasts

Unread postby Events Coordinator » Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:36 pm

Apologies for "chipping in" . Mopani Restcamp also does bushbraais & breakfasts . We are fortunate to have 2 sights : Nzopforini for groups up to 30 and Mooiplaas Picnic Area is used for larger groups . We require a minimum of 4 persons as well .

I will try and post some photos of Nzopforini .

AlanInPhilly
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:36 pm
Location: Philadelphia, PA USA

Re: Bush Braais & Bush Breakfasts

Unread postby AlanInPhilly » Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:58 pm

Last August I went on a Bush Braai at Letaba with my wife, sons (18 & 20) and my brother. Since we came all the way from the U.S., I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity and I'm glad we did it. We had a great time. My family enjoyed having dinner with the guide to pepper him with questions about himself, Kruger, animals, and SA. The food was good and plentiful. Because the site was away from the camp, you get a sunset drive on the ride out and a night drive on the way back. It was a little pricey and with tables, chairs, linen, and servers, it was hardly rustic dining, but a fun adventure and a nice meal. I'd say a Bush Braai is well worth doing once.
Alan

Aug. 8 & 9 Bontebok
Aug. 12 & 13 Skukuza
Aug. 14 Lower Sabie
Aug. 15 Satara
Aug. 16 & 17 Letaba
Aug. 18 Tamboti


Return to “KNP Activities & Sightings”