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SA spots make must-see list

An influential American travel list has named three Cape destinations on its Best-of-the-Best places to visit this year.
The Bascule Bar at the Cape Grace Hotel was voted the best bar to visit. Image: Smashing Cape Town
The Cape Grace Hotel's Bascule Bar, Groot Constantia wine estate and the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, near Grahamstown, were picked by The Daily Beast, a popular news and opinion website affiliated to Newsweek.

The list was compiled by a team at luxury travel company Andrew Harper.

Charles Collins, the floor manager at Groot Constantia, said: "It is phenomenal news because we aim to be a world-class international destination and it means a lot to us."

Andrew Harper wrote of the estate, situated on a heritage site in the suburb of Constantia, Cape Town: "In a handsome facility that would put many Napa wineries to shame, we enjoyed notable bottling such as the 2012 Blanc de Noir and the 2010 Gouverneurs Reserve, a fine red blend."

Whisky-tastings at the Bascule Bar were highly recommended by the Andrew Harper team, which named it the best bar.

"Here, a trove of more than 500 whiskies, said to be the largest in the southern hemisphere, awaits patrons," they wrote.

Bar manager George Novitskas said: "We are excited and the team is pleased to be recognised for its constant effort."

Whisky-tasting at the bar costs from R195 to R500 a person.

For the best wildlife experience, you could visit Kwandwe Game Reserve, in Eastern Cape.

Its general manager, Graeme Mann, said: "We are delighted because we have always put the wildlife experience at the forefront."

Source: The Times via I-Net Bridge


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