What is a Braai?

If you are a South African citizen and you don’t know what a braai is, you should not have been given

that citizenship in the first place.


The word braaivleis is Afrikaans for “roasted meat” or barbeque, and is a social custom in South

Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe & Zambia. It originated with the Afikaner people.


While wood formally was the most wide widely used braai fuel, in modern times the use of charcoal

has increased due to its convenience and it is fairly uncommon to use gas.

The “Bring & Braai”

Similar to a putlock party, this is a grand social event. Meats are the star of the South African braai.

They typically include Boerewors, sosaties, kebabs, marinated chicken, pork & lamb chops, steaks &

spareribs. Fish & crayfish are also popular in coastal areas.

Sometimes this activity is also known as a “chop n dop” when more drinking than eating is done.


Social Norms.

Woman never braai, this is normally the preserve of men. The men gather round the braai while the

woman prepare the pap, salads & braaibroodtjies in the kitchen.

 One man normally takes charge and attends to the coals and braais the meat. If his skills are

recognised, could be invited to attend other braai occasions. If the steak is over cooked, the chicken

under cooked or caught using a fork with turning the boerewors, he will be pushed out of the inner

circle & might lose his girlfriend.



We are open 7 days a week from 9:00 - 17:00. Reservations can be made via email at admin@geelbek.info or via telephone at +27(0) 84 406 7434.

General Information

  • The restaurant is family friendly and has a children's playground and activities to keep the young ones entertained.

  • VISA/MasterCard/Diner's Club are accepted.

  • Group/Activity picnic options are available.

  • There is a curio shop with an interesting selection of local produce and crafts.