Have you planned where you are going to spend 2018 New Year’s Eve? Dancing at a party, a celebration or just chilling watching TV at home? Or somewhere more cozy – just you, a couple of friends, and a bottle of bubbly?
Here, in this piece of article, I have gathered a really amazing list of places to spend your New Year’s Eve in South Africa if you’ve left your New Year’s Eve plans for the last minute:
1. Cape Town
You can visit Cape Town as it is one of the few cities in the world where you can celebrate the new year up on one of the city’s splendid mountains.
Although Table Mountain Cable Way do not allow trevelers up now to the top in the New Year (last cable car service is 21.30), you can drive to one the higher vantage points on Signal Hill and Table Mountain and have a clear overview of the V&A Waterfront firework display from your car, or from your picnic spot as Signal Hill is known as one of the picnic spots.
Don’t cease the party there, as there are several local beaches, like Clifton and Camps Bay, where candlelit parties continue till the wee hours. The next morning’s Minstrel Carnival, where tastefully and colorfully dressed brass band enthused parades follow a 7km passage from Rose Street, District Six, to Greenpoint Stadium where the party begins.
You can stay at the Waterfront to enjoy and be in the heart of the festivities. Or else there are many other options too, like the City Bowl or Tamboerskloof.
When it comes to big bash parties, Jo’burg is known to have its own style. The city skyline, the pubs, clubs, the restaurants, and the vibe combine together to transform this time of year into the cosmopolitan city a great place to be, irrespective of what your kind of celebration needs.
From the outdoor tent parties like Madison Rivonia, and Afropunk’s Constitution Hill Weekend Music Bliss, to Soweto Cricket Oval traditional countdown through to more sedate parties like GiniJozi Long Table Dinner where you can have amazing food and gin pairing to get you in the mood the night before i.e. 30 December.
Just do try out staying options like, The Parks which includes Parktown North, Parkhurst, Parkwood, Parkview and Melville, Rosebank and Linden.
3. Sunshine Coast
There is nothing like late nights on eccentric beaches with warm waters to make you feel stress-free and open to new and fresh ideas.
A bottle of bubbly can do the wonders. There is nothing better than the beachside evenings in South Africa’s Sunshine Coast as it is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It covers a large part of the Eastern Cape’s coastline, including quintessential seaside towns of Jeffrey’s Bay and Port Alfred and Port Elizabeth.
Plan to stay at Richmond Hill and Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth, Port Alfred, Kenton On Sea or even Bathurst.
Winelands is situated within the easy reach of Cape Town and you can really enjoy every moment here a couple of days here are celebrated as a weekend in the country style New Year Eve. If you wish to have a gentle, yet no less inebriated New Year Eve, the Winelands is the best deal.
The downtime in Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Tulbagh will push ease into 2018 with loads of food, great company and of course wine especially if you are with a group of friends. Once found stay in the Winelands, you can plan your daily wine tastings session as per the wine routes of the town of your choice.
Plan to put up at Stellenbosch and Franschhoek as these have historic merit and grace and are also known as two of the Winelands’ most popular towns. But staying in Du Toitskloof, Groot Drakenstein, the little town of Klapmuts, Pniel, and Simondium is an equally suitable option.
5. Nieu Bethesda
Nieu Bethesda is snuggled in amidst of the Sneeuberg Mountains and it knows how to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here on New Year Eve, people reach from all over the country and further afield to celebrate this Festival of Lights where a procession goes through town up to Pienaarsig and back again, holding aloft burning paper lanterns.
The scene is elegant, calm and magical and perfect for those of you who want to welcome New Year’s in with a gentle out-breathe.
You can try the stay at Nieu Bethesda in a cottage-style accommodation. It is, in fact, close to Graaff-Reinet, the historical city surrounded by the Camdeboo National Park.