Words by Jess Fogarty. Photographs by Rob Till .
With a buffet serving of braaied lamb, chargrilled fillet steak, roast potatoes, and crackling galore, there’s little chance of a modest portion size. However, it’s not easy to be graceful while trying to eat the above-mentioned meal off a paper plate while sitting crossed-legged on a grassy lawn, and it’s made even less easy by a film crew zooming in for the action shot. Hosted by bush-chef guru, Justin Bonello, the Ultimate Braai Master (UBM) series is SA’s first original reality-based TV show. Along with judges and executive chefs Bertus Basson and Petrus Madutlela, SA’s toughest outdoorcooking competition is back: 15 teams, 70 days, 9 000 km and just one winner.
To discover whether this third season lives up to its Time for Tough title, Renault invited us to join UBM on their Namibian leg of the competition. Sponsored by Pick ‘n Pay, and supported by Coca-Cola, Renault, Total, and Robertsons Herbs and Spices, the UBM adventure started in Cape Town in April. The teams travelled up SA’s West Coast, crossed the border into Namibia, and returned home for the final stretch to the finish line. To test their adventuring abilities through southern Africa’s outlandish, rugged and breathtaking territory, the contestants were challenged to drive some seriously tough terrain; and they did this in none other than the fearless Renault Duster! While the UBM crew was cooking away, we spent most of our time in the Duster, exploring southern Namibia.