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Heritage Day 2016 – things to do

Heritage Day 2016. People standing by the braai, drinking wine, talking and laughing.

Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.

It is also commonly known as ‘Braai Day‘. We have scoured the internet to find the best things to do with your friends and family in Gauteng, Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.


Top Events

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On September 23, the African Market: Kara Heritage Village in Pretoria will offer African cuisine, a book exchange and live music, among other things. It will be held at 65 Kgosi Mampuru Street from 4pm until late. Entrance is R60 per person.

On Heritage Day, 24 September, Vosloorus is having a street cookout at 1533 Twala Road. For an entrance fee of R20, Sporo’s Street Cookout patrons will enjoy delicious food with craft beer and live music.

At Constitution Hill, also on Heritage Day, indigenous games, a crafts market, food and a comedy festival are on the cards at the Indigenous Food & Comedy Festival. Tickets cost R150 per person.


Top Braai Spots

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Zoo Lake – Parkhurst

Busy over the weekends, Zoo Lake is a popular hangout spot for young and old, offering you a great space to have a relaxed day out, lazing on the green grass, braaing up some lekker steaks for your picnic and watching the kids play on the jungle gyms. If you want to cool down, you can take a paddle in the man-made lake.

Details: Off Jan Smuts Avenue, across the road from the Johannesburg Zoo, Parkhurst.

Innesfree Park – Sandton

Join Innesfree Park for National Braai Day with Castle Lager in an attempt to break the world record for most people braaing at the same time! Rally up the friends and enjoy a great day of braaing, some of SA’s top acts and ice cold Castle Lager to keep you cool and refreshed. Braai drums will be provided at the venues. Tickets to this event cost R80 are available via Computicket.

To book your ticket, click here.

Wemmer Pan/Pioneer Park

This spot holds rowing competitions and flower shows during the summer, and is definitely a great place to kick back and relax outdoors! Wemmer Pan (or Pioneer Park) is the perfect place to have a picnic with friends and family. And if you wish to braai, be sure to bring your own portable braai stand, meat, tongs, herbs, the works. And the adventure park is ideal for kids.

Details: Corner Rosettenville Road and 11th Street, La Rochelle | Tel: (011) 712 6600

Gillooly’s – Bedfordview

Gillooly’s offers you great braai facilities, beautiful scenery and enough room for you to run around and play sports. Ladies, you can sunbathe on the soft grass while the men monkey around and show off their braaing skills this Heritage Day! Be sure to stock up on some refreshing beverages (alcohol is allowed) and pack a picnic basket with yummy treats. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

For more information, visit their website.

Rietvlei Farm – Between Alberton and Mulbarton

If you want to spend Heritage day with the family, Rietvlei Farm is offering you a great day of fun and sun and outdoor entertainment! From 10:00 to 17:00 this Heritage Day, enjoy carnival rides, tractor and pony rides for the kids, putt-putt and more! There will also be food, drink and market stalls for you to browse through. Entrance to the farm is R30 for adults, R20 for children and R10 for pensioners. Bring your own braai or hire a braai drum for R30.

For more information, visit their website.

Pines Resort – Krugersdorp

For a day out in the sun with family and friends, make your way to Pines Resort out in Krugersdorp for an afternoon of braaing and water slides! Relax and fire up some chops on the braai, find a great spot to have a picnic and keep cool with Pines Resort’s swimming pools and test out their three water slides for some fun. They are open Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 to 17:00, and entrance fee is R100 per adult, R50 per child under 1.2m and pensioners. There are braaing facilities available.

For more information, visit their website.

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve – Kromdraai

After an afternoon of game watching, sit back and relax with a picnic and braai at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. There are 30 shaded braai areas, a kids play area to keep them entertained and a swimming pool for you to cool off in. Entry is R130 per adult and R90 per child.

For more information, visit their website.

Golden Harvest Park – Northwold, Randburg 

One of the biggest public open spaces in the northern suburbs, Golden Harvest Park offers you great scenery and a big open space for you to do some walking, fishing, exploring, bird watching and mountain biking. There is a play area that will keep the kids entertained, and most importantly, in the name of National Braai Day, there are braai facilities available!

For more information, visit their website.

Lion Park – Lanseria

Why not celebrate Heritage day with an ideal family outing with close viewings of majestic lions, cheetah walks or cub cuddling? The Lion Park offers you experiences that you certainly will never forget. And after all the excitement, settle down and relax with a braai, as braai facilities are available. And the kids can run wild in the play area. Booking is essential.

For more information, visit their website.

Western Cape

Top Events

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Visit the prestigious Iziko Museums across Cape Town for free this Heritage Week and learn all about the history of the Western Cape and South Africa. You could visit a different museum each day of the week! Take a trip to the South African National Gallery, the South African Museum, the Slave Lodge, Koopmans-De Wet House or the Bo-Kaap Museum. There will be a variety of events taking place at these stunning museums for the whole family to enjoy.
COST: Entry to any Iziko Museum is free for the whole week. For more information call +27 (0)21 481 3800 or email The museums are open from 10am to 5pm.
Picture this: a farm over three centuries old with activities suited for every age. From incredible wines to spa treatments and mind-blowing accommodation, you’ll love what Boschendal has to offer. This picturesque Winelands retreat awaits and on Heritage Day, up to 220 guests will sit down to a veritable feast, with live music provided by indie-folk artist Blair Taberer. This Franschhoek-based wine farm is offering guests an intensely delicious ‘nose-to-tail’ menu. With slow-cooked spit-braai nosh, live music and all-round family fun on the cards, this afternoon at one of the Cape’s picturesque farms is just the thing to get into the swing of spring.
COST: R325 for adults, R95 for kids under 10 years of age. Email or call +27 21 870 4274 for bookings. Visit for further details.


Celebrate Mzansi’s rich culture at the 2016 Artscape Heritage Festival that takes place from Saturday, 24 September to Friday, 30 September 2016. This mixed bag of dance, theatre and musical performances aims to not only pay homage to our diverse nation, but also to highlight the country’s journey to democracy and its subsequent successes and failures. Alongside various headline and award-winning productions – 1976 Spirits and Hinterland – there will be a number of powerful community pieces on the bill.
COST: Tickets are available via or by calling Dial-A-Seat on +27 (0) 21 421 7695. Tickets are priced individually per performance and cost between R30 to R80p/p.
The Bay Harbour Market is keeping things local this Heritage Day with a spit braai and saucy swing music. Manouche will be playing some of their jazzy hits live at the market on Saturday, 24 September amidst the 80 stalls selling tasty treats and crafty goods. Have a bite to eat at The Lamb Man, which will be serving karoo lamb on the spit, and check out the pop-up gin bar hosted by Musgrave Gin. The Bay Habour Market is a perfect venue to see local art, cuisine and entertainment on a day that celebrates every good thing about our country.
COST: Entry to the market is free of charge. The Bay Harbour Market will be open from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday. For more information call +27 (0)83 275 5586 or send an email to

Bay Harbour Market

Bay Harbour Market

Are you a lover of local beer? Whether you’re brewing or buying, the SouthYeasters Homebrewers Club Spring Fest is the best place to be if you want to enjoy some proudly South African beer. The club is hosting a Beer Judge Certification Program competition on Heritage Day with a South African theme – brew up your best wit, weiss or saison beer and find a unique way to give it a lekker local twist. There will also be a brew-off between SouthYeasters and Helderberg Brewers where you get to choose the best beer to enjoy at a braai. There will be food trucks at the venue so you can grab a bite to eat between beers.
COST: Entry to Spring Fest is FREE of charge. The event starts at 11am. For more information contact


Top Braai Spots

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Wynberg Park

Luscious lawns, a huge playground for the little ones and ample facilities to prove your braaing skills … what’s not to love about Wynberg Park?


Helderberg Farm, Somerset West

Situated in the picturesque Helderberg region, this farm not only offers picnic and braai facilities but also a host of activities for the whole family. These include gravel karts, laser shooting, strawberry picking and mountain biking.


meat on the braai

Miller’s Point, Simon’s Town

An excellent spot for the family. Portable and gas braais are welcome, and there’s also a tidal pool for the children, excellent snorkeling and a boat launching slipway.


Mzoli’s Place, Gugulethu

Great music, expertly braaied meat and a vibrant township vibe make Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu a Capetonian favourite.

Die Strandloper Restaurant, Langebaan

The aromatic fish braai at this coastal restaurant in Langebaan is worth the drive. Try the angel fish, snoek, crayfish, freshly baked bread and more. The moerkoffie (very strong traditional coffee) and company aren’t too bad either!


Oude Molen Eco Village, Pinelands

A working model of a sustainable eco-village is home to artists, woodworkers and music studios. There’s also a recreational area with braai facilities and a swimming pool.


aMadoda Braai, Woodstock

A vibey urban destination with live music and an eclectic crowd, aMadoda is the City Bowl’s answer to township living.



Waves lapping gently on the sandy shore, a bevy of beauties on parade and several wonderfully maintained braai areas make Oudekraal a must.


Milnerton Water Park

A delight for the whole family with braai facilities, swimming pools, water slides, mini-golf and giant chess.


Eerste Steen Resort, Bloubergstrand

Located in the Blaauwberg Conservation Area, visitors can enjoy views of pristine surroundings with Table Mountain in the distance, a swim in the ocean, surfing, windsurfing or birdwatching. Give your children a lesson on the environment and book a class to learn more about the geography, geology or plants and animals in the local ecosystem.


guys at a braai in Cape Town

Soetwater, Kommetjie

Soetwater gets its name from the many fresh water pools that form on the coastal terraces after good rains. Take in local fynbos, watch Grysbok antelope at play and swim in one of two tidal pools. Braai facilities are located in designated areas within the resort.



Silvermine Nature Reserve, a majestic part of the Table Mountain National Park, is a great place to visit as it offers bike trails, hikes and birdwatching, as well as picnic facilities. In summer, the braai facilities aren’t as many as in winter so get there early to grab a spot! It’s a sublime and family friendly adventure into nature.

Newlands Forest

Forest scents and marinated chops on the braai! It’s a perfect combination for salivation. The natural beauty of Newlands is a restful and surprisingly nearby escape from suburbia – explore this gift on the doorstep of the city.


Maiden’s Cove

Between Clifton’s Fourth Beach and Glen Beach, are these astonishingly beautiful vistas of Camps Bay, Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles mountain range. Braai and picnic facilities are available, and you can also catch a tan while chilling on the boulders around the cove whilst the kids splash around in the shallows.

Cape Point National Park

Get your Capetonian fix of sunshine, sea and mountainscapes at Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif in the Cape Point National Park Reserve. Boasting beautiful beaches, tidal pools safe for swimming and grassy braai and picnic spots, then this is the spot if you like a great view while you enjoy your meal. Watch out for the Chacma baboons and whatever you do don’t feed them!


Kogel Bay Resort

Located between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els, Kogel Bay Resort is a great beach-side braai spot. The area is surrounded by fynbos and getting there is half the fun as the journey takes you along Clarence Drive which provides amazing views of the False Bay coastline. You can even camp here for the night.



Top Events

Mzansi Festival

19 – 24 Sept

A series of family events will be taking place near the Sunken Gardens, the Amphitheater as well as the old Beach Party site on Durban North Beach.

On 19 Sept: Scavenger Hunt – North Beach;

20 Sept: Comedy Night in the Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre;
21 Sept: Durban Fashion Fair After Party in the Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre;
22 Sept: Hip Hop night North Beach;
23 Sept YO TV World on North Beach; and
24 Sept there will be a beach party on North Beach.

Flavours of Durban

22/ 23 / 24 Sept

Durban Exhibition Centre

This exciting annual event features chefs and culinary specialists from Durban’s various sister cities with signature dishes from their respective places of origin during regular food demos at the Flavours stand, complemented by chefs from top local restaurants.

Contact: Gary Clayton – 073 237 9507  /
Entry: free

Durban Design a Drink

22/ 23 / 24 Sept

Durban Exhibition Centre

The Independent On Saturday Design Durban’s Drink is an annual event which strives to find a drink which is synonymous with Durban. There are two categories – alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Durban’s barmen and restaurants compete to design the ultimate cocktail of Durban. The public areinvited to watch the panel of judges select the best from the six finalists who create their designed drink on stage. Patrons will have a chance to vote for their favourites at the participating bars and restaurants – and win prizes.

Contact: Gary Clayton – 073 237 9507 /
Entry: free

Top Braai Spots

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False Bay Park is situated along the western shore of False Bay, Lake St Lucia. It lies within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s third-largest protected area, spanning an incredible 280 km stretch of coastline.
  • Entrance fee is R25 for a, Children (under the age of 12) R18
  • Opening and closing times is 06:00 to 18:00

Animal Farmyard and Tea Garden – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

The Animal Farmyard and Tea Garden is ideal for a family braai day. While you’re getting the braai started, there’s lots to keep the kids busy. Activities include petting the farm animals, tractor rides and for the older ones, there’s a zipline to provide an adrenaline rush.
  • Entrance fee is R15 per person.
  • Opening and closing times is 09:00 to 16:30.

Cumberland Nature Reserve – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

The 300 hectare Cumberland Nature Reserve tucked away in the Table Mountain area in Kwa-Zulu Natal has great braai facilities. Bird watching is superb here, 227 species have been recorded here to date.
  • Entrance fee is R10 per person. (Cover charge payable into an honesty box at the gate)
  • Opening and closing times is sunrise to sunset.

Inanda Dam – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

Inanda Dam (Inanda Resources Reserve) is located within the Valley of a Thousand Hills near Hillcrest. It has great braai facilities and is ideal for water sports and fishing.
  • Nominal entrance fee is payable. Fishing requires a permit obtainable at the office.
  • Opening and closing times is 05:00 to 19:00 (summer) & 06:30 to 18:00 (winter).

Ithala Game Reserve – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

Itala is one of South Africa’s oldest game reserves and also one of it’s best. The landscape varies greatly from the thornveld of the Ngotshe Mountains, through lowveld grasslands down to the dense vegetation of the gorges and river valleys found nearly 1,000m below.
  • Entrance is free.
  • Opening and closing times is 05:00 to 19:00 (summer) & 06:00 to 18:00 (winter)

Karkloof Nature Reserve – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

The Karkloof nature reserve is situated on the eastern side of the Midlands Meander 15 Km north of Howick in KZN. The beautiful Karkloof Falls in the Reserve, has picnic, swimming and braai (barbeque) facilities.
  • Entrance is free.

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

Situated in the Yellow Wood Park in Durban South, the 253 hectare Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve has great braai facilities as well as cycling trails and a disabled trail.
  • Entrance is free.
  • Opening and closing times is 06:00 to 18:00.

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve is an excellent Kwa-Zulu Natal braai spot. Relax and enjoy the natural surroundings while the kids explore the nearby streams.
  • Entrance fee is R20 for adults & R10 for children under 12.
  • Opening and closing times is 06:00 to 18:00.

Laguna Beach – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

Situated between Sun Coast Casino and Blue Lagoon, this is a popular spot for sports enthusiasts. Activities include Jetskiing, jogging, walking, kite-flying and fishing with swimming only allowed during the December holidays.
  • Entrance is free.
  • Opening and closing times is 07:00 to 17:00.

Nkutu Picnic Site – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

The Nkutu Picnic Site is situated inside Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. When you’ve finished braaing, be sure to explore one of the marked trails to view Nkutu Falls.
  • Entrance fee is R20 for adults & R10 for children under 12.
  • Opening and closing times is 06:00 to 18:00.

Palmiet Nature Reserve – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

The 90 hectare Palmiet Nature Reserve in Westville is an ideal braai spot if you’re keen to see some wildlife as well. It’s home to banded mongooses, blue duikers, dassies, vervet monkeys & a variety of bird species.
  • Entrance is free.
  • Opening and closing times is 07:00 to 18:00.

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve comprises about 100 hectares of coastal fores. This reserve is known for its well maintained picnic sites and easy walk to a waterfall. Some of the mammals to be found along the trails are dassies, bushbuck and blue duiker.
  • Nominal fee is payable.
  • open 7:30am to 5pm Opening and closing times is 07:30 to 17:00.

Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve – Kwa-Zulu-Natal

Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve is home to a rare species of giant earthworm, endangered beetles and there’s even an ancient gold mine hidden in the hills. There’s a picnic site for day visitors among coral trees near the entrance. Braai areas, complete with tables and benches, are deeper in the reserve.
  • Entrance fee is R20 for adults & R10 for children.
  • Opening and closing times is 06:00 to 18:00.


Hope you have a fantastic Heritage Day 2016!

Elize Rowe

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