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Dodging the mozzies while camping at Mieliepop 2017

Mieliepop 2017 Sign

The beauty of my job is that I get to travel a lot. Sometimes it’s in swanky hotels, but more often than not I’m tenting it in the middle of nowhere. Now, while I do enjoy tenting and the magic of a lekker bushveld braai, the downside of this little piece of heaven is the mozzies (and other bugs). From my trips through Africa with Put Foot Rally to weekend music festivals, the mozzies have a way of putting a damper on things.

Camping with bugs and mosquitoes
Camping With Bugs
Peaceful Sleep
Peaceful Sleep

I’ve tried arm bands and whizzing gadgets, and even heard rumours that drinking lots of beer will keep these guys at bay. Unfortunately there’s actually evidence that drinking beer makes you MORE susceptible to mozzie bites. G&T’s do work (somewhat)… it’s apparently the quinine in the tonic, but I like to add the gin… just in case 😉

The only thing that has proven to work for me is a good spray-on repellent like Peaceful Sleep. We’ve all been there… around about sunset on day 2 of a festival, the dudes with arm bands and other gadgets comes begging for some of your spray, and halfway through the trip you’re all out and getting chowed. Please stop being that dude! Stop believing all the myths and magic and bring your own Peaceful Sleep… THE STUFF WORKS!

We got to Mieliepop Festival late on Tuesday, had a braai for some for the staff and only had time/energy to locate and unpack our tents, leaving the actual unpacking for the next morning. True as nuts, we woke up on Wed. with a layer of mozzies INSIDE our tent. Fortunately for me, in addition to their original aerosol repellent, Peaceful Sleep hooked me up with some of their room spray, which I was going to try out in the tent for the first time.

Mieliepop Braai with Biffs and Jetmaster
Biff’s & Jetmaster Braai
Mieliepop Peaceful Sleep Spray
Free Peaceful Sleep

Biff’s Big 6 and Jetmaster were kind enough to hook us up with free braais and wood etc. which I set up in the camping grounds, so for the rest of the weekend festival goers were treated to the convenience of lit fires and a lekker vibey atmosphere right there in the camp grounds. Every evening though, as soon as the lights were switched on, the bugs came out. Fortunately, thanks to Peaceful Sleep there was now a free spray service on offer as well, and everyone had an epic 2017 Mieliepop Festival.

Mieliepop Raft Braai
Mieliepop Raft Braai

Last, but not least, the barge was turned into a twice-daily comedy stage this year (in addition to the regular booze cruises), and just like last year, we made a plan to braai on “The Lusty Oar” (The Fuzigish boys’ home-made raft)… and just like last year, we stayed out until after dark, but unfortunately we forgot the Peaceful Sleep on shore, and so the mozzies had a field day. So if you happen to find yourself joining us at Mieliepop 2018, please make sure to remind me to pack my spray 🙂

If you happen to have caught any pics of me at the braai, on the raft, or just chilling in front of the stages, please make sure to share them with me on twitter or facebook.

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Put Foot Rally Entries

These are the entries for the Put Foot Rally competition for a seat on this truly epic adventure… If you want more info about the competition itself, head on back to the Win a trip through Africa post for more about the competition.

To vote for who you think should get the seat, please mention the person’s name in the comments section of this post or browse on over to FaceBook and like the picture of your favourite entry.

Put Foot Rally Entries

skye put foot rally

Skye Says: Perceivably too high maintenance for this kind of thing. Prepared to forego 5-star hotels and floss; and rough it up all in the name of a good jol (and charity obviously). I’m a carnivore, have a self-deprecating sense of humour and I won’t drink your beer 🙂 What more do you need?

christo put foot rally

Christo says: I’m a slightly proud member of the human race. I have lots of reserves and could go hungry for days if needed, although I’d prefer if we could braai every day on the trip.

willie put foot rally

Willie says: I’m an inventor and an innovator. I’m the guy you need on any trip through Africa.

vincent put foot rally

Vincent says: Hi. I am Vincent. I live for braais and Africa. Its been a dream to travel through Africa and your votes can make this come true. Braai and Smile!

annamarie put foot rally

Annamarie says: We are very fortunate to visit this special people in Bushmanland in Namibia. They also forms part of our project of upliftment and responsible Tourism. Winning this will give me the opportunity to give someone less fortunate than myself the chance to experience the wonders of Africa.

frikkie put foot rally

Frikkie says: Ek hou van braai, en ek hou van Afrika. Sit my in die bos met ‘n vuurtjie en ek’s op my gelukkigste.

rikus put foot rally

Rikus says: Hi, I’m Rikus, and I’m a musician. That alone should tell you that I need your votes to travel. Do you know how many pizza’s a bassist has to deliver just to visit his parents, nevermind go on holiday? Well, I do… Furthermore, I LOVE The Braai, I always get photo-bombed, and I’ve never been North of South Africa. Oh, the girl is just there so more guys will like my pic 🙂

ronald put foot rally

Ronald says: Van Afrika tot Iraq, ‘n boer maak n plan met n braai – Ronald Andeson en Godfrey Anker – ons moes ma net die 2 en enigste speen varkies in Iraq braai die dag! En was hulle nie lekker so ver weg van huis nie!

brennan put foot rally

Larissa (on behalf of Brennan) says: He is an avid braaier in fact we braai a variety of things at least 3 times a week come rain or shine!!

If you’d like to enter… send me a picture of yourself in “Africa mode” and/or braaing, and I’ll put you up for voting.

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Put Foot Rally – Win a trip through Africa

I’m so super stoked and you should be too! We’ve managed to organise some wheels for a little adventure through Africa. The Put Foot Rally ( is going to take us through 7 countries in 17 days in what is being billed as the first ever social rally in Southern Africa. This no route, no rules, no holds barred trip through Africa will see us kicking off in South Africa with our first stop in Namibia. Then we’re off to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and wrapping it up in Swaziland. It’s Braai Time in Africa!

Keen to join Put Foot Rally?

OK, so it’s obvious why I should be so fired up, but why did I say that you should be too? Well, as luck would have it… there’s an open seat in our Landy, and it’s reserved for one of you guys… and it’s not gonna cost you!

So what do you need to do to get in on this action?
Pretty simple really:
1) Take a picture of yourself at a braai (or something Africa related… or both)
2) Email that picture to me (, accompanied by 2-3 sentences justifying why you should be chosen
3) I’ll upload that picture to both Braaiboy’s FaceBook page as well as on my website
4) Ask your friends to vote for your picture

The 3 pictures with the most website votes and Facebook likes will be entered into a lucky draw, and the winner will join us on the trip of a lifetime.

Update: To view the entries in the competition, please go to Put Foot Entries

Some Fine Print:

  • If you get eaten by a Lion or any other African fate befalls you, you will not hold BraaiBoy or any of his sponsors liable.
  • You need to sign and agree to the Putfoot Crew Entry Agreement – available
  • You need a valid passport, visas and inoculations
  • Your food, travel and accommodation will be taken care of, but you will be be liable for your own booze, items of a personal nature and “extra activities” we might come across along the way
  • Competition closes on Wed. 8th June @ 12h00 and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter
  • We kick off in Cape Town on the 22nd June and you will need to get yourself there, and get yourself back home on the 8th July
  • BraaiBoy reserves the right to amend or alter any clauses relating to the competition
  • Judge’s (BraaiBoy’s) decision is final