Nowadays it can be really overwhelming deciding which product is best suited to you, which is good value for money and whether or not its going to last. With marketing being so in our faces and everyone advertising as “simply the best, better than all the rest”, it’s daunting making a decision. Let’s face it, there are few things worse than spending those hard earned buckeroo’s only to feel disappointed, frustrated or blatantly robbed… which is why we have decided to start #FavoredByFishyTales.  We at Fishy Tales are firm believers in giving brands, products, destinations and the people behind them the recognition they deserve. All whilst providing you with an honest, unsponsored, tried & tested review. We would also love to hear your opinion on the products/destinations we review and other ones that you would recommend. 

On our recent trip to Henties Bay we were given a packet of BushBlok‘s to test out, by the Krugers! Initially we were not really convinced. However, after using it we are 100% sold! Not only is this a super product (with loads of pro’s) but the story behind the brand is what makes it even more appealing.

CCF BUSH Pty Ltd was developed through the combined efforts of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in order to restore cheetah habitat in an ecological and economic manner. BushBlok’s are wooden briquettes manufactured by CCF BUSH Pty Ltd using invasive bush. Cheetahs are known to inhabit open grasslands and savannahs. Overgrowth of invasive bush significantly reduces prey and the success of cheetah hunts. BushBlok is doing some amazing work and is approved by both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.    

Other than the ecological importance of BushBlok’s, this product has a number of pro’s working in its favour:

  • easy to pack!
  • not at all messy – no splinters or charcoal smudges
  • burns for a lot longer than normal wood 
  • creates coals which are ideal for braai’s
  • makes decent flames (better than charcoal)
  • produces very little smoke
  • good value for money (on par with any good wood or charcoal)

The only con we have is that we haven’t been able to find this product in PE. Does anyone know if BushBlok’s are available in South Africa or know of a similar product available to us locally?  

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