Best 10 Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa

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With every new year the last year comes to an end and the new year starts with bright hopes and aspirations for each one of us. Many of you might be looking forward to spending new year’s eve with parties, festivals, feasts and all the fun. Let’s find out the Places to Spend New Years Eve in SA.

The Best 10 Places to Spend New Years Eve in SA

Here are the 10 best places across South Africa that you will surely love to spend your new year’s Eve with lots of activities and entertainment. You can indulge yourself with rock concerts, river rafting, dance parties, orchestral evenings, beach dinners or a festival of lights to celebrate the end of another year and usher in a brand new one.

1. The V&A Waterfront- Cape Town

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10 Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in South Africa

The biggest New Year’s Eve party in South Africa is held at the V&A Waterfront. You will find a carnival atmosphere from 5 pm onward, where each zone will come alive with street performers, live music, buskers, Zip Zap Circus performers and a firework display.  While more than 80 restaurants, there are food trucks and caterers as well as all the usual restaurants, pubs and bars. You can either walk to the Waterfront if you are nearby or take a MyCiti bus there as traffic becomes gridlocked around the Waterfront on New Year’s Eve

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2. Kirstenbosch New Years Concert- Cape Town


If you love concerts then this is the best place where there are many picnic-style concerts that attract hundreds of South Africans who come with their blankets to stay warm as the concert starts around 7 pm and is on till the dawn of the new year.  New Year’s Eve concert features the hugely popular group and bands like Prime Circle Elvis Blue, Johnny and much new pop rock bands.

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3. Clifton Beach- Cape Town

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Visit the Clifton beaches to spend your New Year’s eve  Clifton is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is an exclusive residential area and is home to the most expensive real estate in South Africa, with dwellings nestled on cliffs that have sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can have a picnic, candlelight dinner or anything if you wish to have a quiet and more private new year’s eve to spend. Vendors ply the beaches selling snacks and drinks, so it is possible to spend a few hours on the beach without wandering far.

4. Table Mountain- Cape Town

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is the best place to visit on New Year’s eve.  You can watch the 2017 sunset over the ocean with panoramic views from Camps Bay and the harbour to the Tygerberg hills and the Cape Flats after 8 pm. Also, watch the fireworks, consider driving up to Signal Hill or Table Mountain where you can watch the display from even the comfort of your car. Make a night of it by packing a picnic basket, and be sure to get there early for a good spot. If you’d prefer to skip the city center altogether, you can also watch the fireworks from Milnerton Beach.

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5. Nederburg Wine Estate – Paarl


Celebrate New Year’s eve away from the madding crowds here at Nederburg. The traditional concert starts at 9.30 pm with laidback classics and old-style charm. Pack a picnic and get there early enough for a good spot. The estate produces the Ingenuity Range, Manor House Range, Nederburg s Winemaster Reserve Range and Foundation Range. Three limited edition wines include a Cabernet Sauvignon, a dry Rosé, and a Sauvignon Blanc which you can pair with their mezze platters, picnics or gourmet seven-course meal with each dish paired with some of Nederburg s finest wines.

6. Kinky Summer – Franschhoek

Kinky summer

Kinky Summer is brought to you by the minds behind We Love Summer and Kinky Disco.  New Year’s Eve celebrations are a sacred tradition here, carried forward for thousands of years. It’s a time to connect with your loved ones and friends to celebrate love and life together as the clocks turn back to zero and a new year is born. You can enjoy a carnival-themed party here with acrobatics, an open-air cinema, a huge pool and three dance floors featuring DJs from across the world. The La Paris, Franschhoek-based party promises a place where imagination and whimsical delight are cherished and nurtured and offers transport to and from the venue.

7. Open Air Music Festival, Magaliesberg

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This is a three-day open-air festival that hosts two outdoor stages- the main stage (psytrance, progressive, full-on), and an electronic stage – a bar and restaurant, swimming pool and Tent Nation Hotel. This celebration of unity, by Jo’burg’s ‘underground dance music community, happens in the Magliesberg at Hornbill Lodge. Revolution live band festival considers itself an international community of bands, organizers and audiences where live shows are what it’s all about.

8. The smoking dragon – Drakensberg

Smoking Dragon

Smoking Dragon provides a platform for musicians, performance artists and storytellers to celebrate New Year.  Hosted by Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge situated at the foothills of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, overlooking the Tugela Falls, enjoy 3 days of unbelievable music, non-stop adventure and a beautiful crowd of like-minded music-lovers.​ New Year’s Jol” began to attract more and more people from far and wide and the beast of a party asked to be named.

In winter the berg is brushed with a dusting of snow often foiling climber’s attempts to summit its peaks. At night local communities and hikers use fire for warmth and cooking, in the morning mists rise to become the dragon’s smoke.

9. Festival of Lights- Nieu Bethesda

Festival of Lights

Nieu Bethesda is home to a growing number of artists, crafters and other creatives seeking a more conducive way of life. An eternal spring bubbles on the plateau just above Nieu Bethesda. Its water rises up from the village to flow downhill and through the village’s network of furrows, one of the last working furrow systems still operating daily.

Nieu Bethesda is overlooked by Compassberg, the highest mountain in the Eastern Cape, and is lined on either side by hills. In this fertile valley lies a village waiting to enchant and beguile. Night skies are clear, velvety and unforgettable and the air is crisp and enlivening. Ancient pear trees and quince hedges edge the roads and fields. And even though the village has no streetlights, it is safe to walk at any time of the day or night.

Everyone makes a spectacular lantern at a workshop at the Art Centre, or they make one for you, and after a performance, there is an evening parade through town beneath the stars to celebrate New Year. Join locals for a braai afterwards at the Bethesda Arts Centre, accompanied by a live band and dancing.

10. Street Party – Ballito North Coast


Described as ‘South Africa’s most famous street party’, Ballito New Year’s Eve is the biggest and loudest New Year’s Eve party with five dance floors and a number of well-regarded DJs.  You can take your pick of who you will party with Pascal and Pearce, Veranda Panda, Jamie K, G-Funk, Bhashkar, Brent Crude and Woody and many others. Thousands of party-goers flock to Sandra Road from 6 pm and the crowd is full by 8 PM as the DJs welcome the New Year and knock it out of the park with their stream of crowd-pleasing hits.


Now choose the choice of your best place in South Africa to celebrate New Year with full enthusiasm with your family and friends. There are many to select from where you can have the best of entertainment, luxury and fun.

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Mamta Sharma