Updated: 29/03/2011 12:08 | By Hilary Armstrong, contributor, MSN Travel
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Braai, Cape Town, South Africa

Impala: on the menu at a South African braii (© David Davies/AP/PA)
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  • A local prepares chicha, a concoction of maize and saliva (© Martin Mejia/AP/PA)
  • Impala: on the menu at a South African braii (© David Davies/AP/PA)
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The Aussies and the Yanks don't own barbecue. South Africa, with its braai tradition - the word means "roasted meat" in Afrikaans - also lays claim to being the best country in the world for outdoor cooking. Why? Because it has game in such abundance - including kudu, impala and zebra - and such fantastic panoramas to act as backdrops to these admittedly often still beery and blokey - not to mention bloody - events. Cape Town's best braai spot is the Silvermine Reserve with views of Table Mountain.

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