New Year is the time to celebrate and start afresh. Across the globe, folks follow different indigenous ways to welcome the year and is often marked as a national holiday. As per the Gregorian calendar, the most popularly used calendar system of the modern times, New Year occurs on January 1. One of the most renowned new year celebrations around the globe is atrophied by South Africa. So consider yourself lucky if you are celebrating New Year in South Africa.
10 Things To Do During New Year In South Africa
Following are some things to do to welcome New Year in South Africa with a blast. These things will surely make your new year vacation in South Africa, a grand gala.
1. Orange River Rafting
Welcome the brand-new year in a unique south African style on the banks of the Orange River, amidst the scenic beauty of the mountainous, semi-desert region in the Northern Cape. A perfect new year for the adventurous traveler in you, you canoe down the river, give your body warm sun bathe and narrate stories at a campfire.
Fee: 3,190 Rand per adult for a three-day trip
Address: South Namibia, Namibia., Namibia
Phone: +27 21 559 1573
2. Victoria And Alfred Waterfront
The Waterfront hosts one of the populous and fun New Year’s Eve party in South Africa. They have introduced various entertainment zones for outdoor sport loving people and a variety of one of a kind carnival performance, ending majestically with a magnificent firework display at midnight. At around 5 p.m. onwards, every zone one by one with circus performances, roaming musicians, bands, dancers, floats and carnival characters. Hundreds of restaurants and food trucks serve delicious delicacies for the guests and participants.
Address: 19 Dock Rd, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Hours: Closes 9PM
Phone: +27 21 408 7600
3. Revolution New Year Open Air Music Festival
Revolution is an outdoor fest that’s hosted at Gauteng very year, a total quaking, pumping three-day open-air extravaganza. Party freaks should totally check out the details of this event and venue and can definitely look forward to two epic stages, two international artists, + 40 DJs and live shows, with mind boggling UV decor and appealing sound and lighting. There will also be a tent zones, spaces for hot showers, pools and a licensed restrobars.
Fee: From R380
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4. NYE Cruise
Cruise along the Table Bay Harbor and enjoy the balmy mood while you sip on to some sparkling wine and experience the vibes on board in a traditional catamaran and witness the spectacular midnight fireworks display.
Fee: From 750 per person
5. Hot Air Balloon Safari
Witness the first sunrise of the new year in the skies floating above the spectacular Magalies River Valley. Post the scenic 60-minute flight, land down to a delicious champagne-breakfast at Bill Harrop’s balloon base in the Cradle of Nature.
Fee: 2570 Rand per person
Address: Skeerpoort, 2146, South Africa
Hours: Closes -8PM ⋅ Opens 6AM
Phone: +27 11 705 3201
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6. Rezonance New Year’s Eve Trance Party
If you want to escape the city lights and yet have a rocking new year party, keep no doubts and head straight to the Pat Busch Mountain Reserve in Robertson. Resonance is a mind rocking party hosted by them every year on the eve of new year. The event is of four days and filled with, crazy beats and a stellar lineup featuring international psytrance, dub, techno and electronica DJs. Guests are even at the option of pitching tents or renting one of the pre-pitched tents for the long weekend.
Fee: From 500 Rand -680 Rand per person
7. The Barnyard Theatre 99 Hits Party
The Barnyard Theatre at the Emperor’s Palace hosts a retro style 90s Mania New Year’s Eve party. It’s basically a celebration of the 90s and with a variety of cool music such as pop, rock, alternative and the time lapses back into that decade. If you want to rewind yourselves to a decade back this new year this is the place you should not miss.
Fee: 395 Rand
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8. New Year’s Festival Of Light
The lantern parade is a heart delighting and inspiring community event organized by the Bethesda Arts Center in the small Eastern Cape town of Niue Bethesda. You can join this magical parade at sharp 8 p.m. This parade takes you through the town under a starlit sky and ends at the Arts Center where feasting takes place. You can even create your own lantern at one of the workshops or have the community artists make one for you and float them off.
Fee: Contact Bethesda Arts Center to book tickets.
9. The Smoking Dragon New Year Festival
Drakensberg is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Celebrate this new year at the star attraction of Drakensberg with the Amphitheater as its centerpiece This fest, hosted at the Amphitheater Backpackers Lodge, features four stages-40 acts package. Other features offered by the hosts include a campsite complimenting hot showers, a jacuzzi, sauna, rock pool and much more.
Fee: 695 Rand
Phone: +27(0)768227508, +27(0)828559767
10. Makakatana Bay Lodge
Have a serene and relaxed New Year’s in the lap of nature and wildlife at its best, at the Makakatana Lodge, located in the magnificent iSiMangaliso Wetlands Park on Lake St Lucia. The park is a declared World Heritage Site harboring unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands and game reserves. The lodge offers game drives, safari tours etc.
Fee: From 7,900 Rand for two people sharing per night
Address: iSi Mangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia, 3935, South Africa
Phone: +27 31 940 8555
Indulging in these exciting things to do on a new year will for sure not disappoint you. If you don’t want to miss the best New Year experiences of your life, plan a trip to South Africa now and welcome the year with wide open arms.