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“From small towns to big cities millions of South Africans are preparing to braai for their country on Braai Day which is held annually on 24 September (National Heritage Day) under the Braai4Heritage banner and the patronage of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Braai Day is a celebration of our great country and its unique national pastime. It aims to unite all South Africans on 24 September by encouraging them to partake in a fun and tangible activity shared by all demographic groups, religious denominations and body types.
Braai4Heritage is a non-profit organisation solely committed to uniting South Africans all over the world through means of an activity enjoyed by all and for which we are world-famous.
There’s really no excuse not to gather your family and friends and whip up feast – it’s the start of summer and a public holiday.” http://www.sa-venues.com/events/southafrica/national-braai-day/
Yes it’s time to explore again, I am curious to see what Inhaca Island has to offer, so I have been trying to find out where to stay, how to get there from Johannesburg, and what there is to do (I guess I will find out).
The plan is do it rough, as I like to explore and see the view from ground up. It’s a nice way to get to know the locals and see how they live and to get a feel for the area.
We have decided to leave the Vehicle at home, and take the train from Jhb to Kommatipoort (board of South Africa & Mozambique) its and over night trip only, with NO SLEEPERS…. interesting concept, I suppose we could just fly there or take the bus. But I like a good train trip and I recon it will be kind of interesting, (remember to stock up on beers). Then from the border on the Mozambique side we have two choices Minibus taxi or train, I think the minibus taxi, as the price is cheaper and it will be quicker, not necessarily safer though.
So apparently we will arrive in Maputo around noon, wonderful, just enough time to explore the local market, see the famous train station and find our accommodation for the evening…(still deciding) however Maputo is not the cheapest city for accommodation, especially if you don’t want to hangout with the locals.
Next day we can cross the channel to Inhaca island by ferry, there are two ferry’s, a government ferry that is about R60 per person one way leaving at 07:00 or the Vodacome Ferry leaving at 08:00 for about R500 per person (and only operates on Saturdays and Sundays), okay as we are now travelling as locals do, we will take the Government Ferry.
Inhaca Island – I have made a couple of enquiries as to where best to stay, by the way we decided to camp for the entire week, and it seems there is only one place to camp, Manieco Camp… took a while for them to respond to our email, they came back with a reasonable price..
What is there to do on the Island, hmm, apparently there are places to go snorkeling, diving, fishing from shore as well as deep-sea fishing and then trips to Portuguese Island and Santa Maria….
I can’t Wait to catch a good size sea fish and grill it on a fire with lemon juice garlic served with fresh salad and garlic bread… When cooking fish KEEP it SIMPLE…
Anyway this is the end of Part 1… Part 2 will follow soon, after a concrete decision is made and everything is booked. At this stage only enquiries have been made….
Hmm what do I need to Pack…tips and tricks will also follow..
For those of you that are keen for a bit of a road trip and love to rough it on holiday – Contact me Robert@pardustours.com and join us, always good to have people along explore new routes!! It will be a week trip after Christmas..Over NEW YEAR!!
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Thank you and we look forward to helping to plan your African Experience!
5 months left to book for this trip leaving on the 6th March 2014, limited space available. Guaranteed departure date. 18 day Windhoek to Victoria Falls – Camping $3400 pp.
This wonderful tour show casing wildlife, culture and majestic landscapes has still got space available.
This tour is a combination of camping and lodge stays. View our featured itineraries for detailed information on this tour
Contact Robert@pardustours.com to book!
Old Fashioned Melktert – Milk Tart
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For the pastry:
2 table spoons butter
2 table spoons sugar
3/4 cup self raisning flour
2 cups milk
1/4 cup cake flour
1/4 cup corn flour
2 table spoons butter
1teaspoon vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
Blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor or with an electric beater until it all clumps together to form a dough.
Press into a lightly greased 24 cm tart dish. Chill in the fridge while preparing the filling.
Heat the milk in a medium pot(do not boil).
Beat the yolks and sugar until creamy and light then add the flours and salt – the mixture will be quite thick.
Add some warm milk to the egg mixture and then return all of it to the pot.
Bring to the boil and whisk constantly until thickened.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla.
Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until soft peaks form and fold into the custard.
Pour into the chilled pastry case and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake for +- 30 minutes.
*Try with frozen puff pastry.
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A great collection of images from Namibia. Recognizable are the Himba woman depicted in these images.
Join us on our 18 day Windhoek to Victoria falls to see this unique tribe.