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2013 is almost over and 2014 is looming on the horizon. Wondering where to party or what to do in South Africa this New Year’s Eve? We’ve picked out 25 of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties and events around Southern Africa for you. Choose from dance parties, rock concerts, a chilled picnic, gourmet dinner, a night at the theatre and a festival of lights to celebrate the end of another year and usher in a brand new one.


New Year’s Eve parties in the Eastern Cape


The 5FM Ruins New Year’s Eve Concert

The annual Ruins New Year’s Eve Concert is said to be the most colourful countdown in the country, as this year it takes the form of a colour party. The line-up this year includes Goldfish, Locnville, aKING, Lady Leah, P.H FAT and 5FM DJ’s.

When: 31 December 2013 from 22h00

Where: The Ruins, St Francis Bay

Cost: R250 -R550 per person

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New Year’s Festival of Lights in Nieu-Bethesda

A New Years Eve Lantern parade awaits you in this charming Karoo town. Make your own lantern and take a night walk through starry Nieu-Bethesda with locals and children.

When: 31 December 2013 at 20h00.

Where: Bethesda Arts Centre, Muller Street, Nieu Bethesda

Cost: R150 per person

More information: Tel 049-841-1729

New Year’s Eve parties in Gauteng


Diamonds in the Sky party at Randlords

Watch the last sunset of 2013 with spectacular views of Joburg City as you sip on cocktails at the Randlords Rooftop Bar and Lounge. DJs Shawny B, Mark Stent, Ami Letrix and Leo will play the soundtracks to fuel the mood. Late night snacks including chicken pregos, veggie wraps and beef burgers will be available for those who are still peckish.

When: 31 December 2013. Doors open at 16h00 for sundowners.

Where: Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Cost: R200 Sunset ticket (entry before 20h00) R350 Sunrise ticket (entry before 20h00). For a more exclusive party make a booth reservation for max 10 people for R10 000.

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New Year’s Eve Masked Ball

Hide behind a mask until midnight at Cantare’s Annual Masked Ball New Year’s Eve Bash. Expect a vintage Varga cabaret show, live band, DJ, 5 course meal, glass of bubbly at midnight, loads of prizes and much more.

When: 31 December 2013 at 20h00.

Where: Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways

Cost: R850 per person

More information: Tel 011-511-0505, email

All White Mile High Party

Ever dreamt of having a party in an airport? Well here’s your chance. It’s a beach bar… but it’s an airport. A bit like something out of Top Gun…

When: 31 December 2013 from 16h00.

Where: Flyboys Rand Airport, Germiston

Cost: R300, R500 (VIP)

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New Years Revolution

Calling all underground dance music fans! This two-day earth quaking, mind baking, soul shaking open-air music festival hosts an impressive entertainment line-up of artists.

When: 31 December 2013 to 1 January 2014

Where: Hornbill Lodge, Magliesburg

Cost: R260-R300 per person

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We Are The Champions Tribute Show

The Barnyard theatre takes you on a trip down memory-lane celebrating the musical talents of pop icons such as Michael Jackson, Elton John, Tina Turner, Pink & Freddie Mercury.

When: 31 December 2013 at 21h00.

Where: Rivonia

Cost: R354 per person

More information: Tel 011-467-6983 or email

The Roaring 20’s party

Revel in the rebellious life of Chicago’s in the 1920’s. Dress up in 1920s flare and join the Chicago’s Piano Bar for an evening of good food, dancing, balloon drop at midnight and party band.

When: 31 December 2013 at 19h00.

Where: Randpark Ridge

Cost: R150 per person, or R350 per person with dinner.

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New Year’s Eve parties in Kwazulu-Natal


Fact Durban Rocks New Year’s Eve Party

Join in on a midnight stadium firework display and New Year’s Eve Come Duze Live Broadcast with SABC1 leading to the countdown. Some of SA’s hottest artists will be performing including Black Coffee; Mafikizolo; Donald; Teargas; Big Nuz; DJ Tira and many more.

When: 31 December 2013 from 18h00 to 0600.

Where: People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Cost: R180 to R600 per person.

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Smoking Dragon New Year’s Festival

Celebrate the new year in the Drakensberg in an astoundingly beautiful setting surrounded by the Golden Circle of the Northern and Central Berg. Bands include Shortstraw, Bittereinder, Desmond & the Tutus, The Dollfins and more, along with various DJs to keep you entertained until the wee hours.

When: 29 December 2013 to 1 January 2014.

Where: Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge

Cost: Access to the 3-day festival and free camping is included in the Standard festival tickets at R500 per person. There are also one and two-day pass options.

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Amafullthrottle New Year’s Festival

Amafullthrottle 2013 returns to Baynesfield Dam, an unspoilt secluded natural party paradise ideally located and only a mere 45 minute drive from Durban, and a 15 minute drive from Pietermaritzburg. Three days and three dancefloors with Psytrance, Techno, Indie Dance, DnB, Ambient, PsyDub, Deep House, Reggae and more. It’s outdoor IDM culture at its best set in a eco-friendly environment far from the maddening crowds.

When: 31 December 2013 to 2 January 2014 (gates open at 08h00).

Where: Baynesfield Dam

Cost: From R300 for 3 days (including camping), R150 for a day pass (1 January), available from or at the gate.

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New Year’s Eve parties in the Western Cape


New Year’s Eve on Table Mountain

If you are not in the mood to spend your New Year in a stuffy club or having to fight for parking, what better way to welcome in the New Year than on the airy Table Mountain. You can sip on champagne and nibble on picnic snacks while you watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

When: 31 December 2013. The last cablecar up is at 23h00, and the last cablecar down is at 01h00 on 1 January 2014.

Where: Table Mountain

Cost: R105 – R215 per person

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Fire and Ice Street Party

Fire and Ice Hotel is hosting a blazing street party with a line-up of top DJ’s like Lulo Cafe and DJ Naves from Metro FM. Join socialites and die-hard partygoers and paint the town red this New Year’s Eve.

When: 31 December 2013 from 20h00.

Where: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Cape Town

Cost: R150 – R1 500 per person

More information: Tel 021-488-2555 or email

Electric New Year’s Eve Ball with Carl Cox at the CTICC

British house music DJ and Producer, Carl Cox is performing at the CTICC on New Year’s Eve. If you are looking to party the night away to your favourite house music beats then this disk-scratcher is sure to please. Support DJ’s to be announced.

When: 31 December 2013 from 20h00

Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Cost: R470 – R2 550 per person

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New Year’s Eve Concert at Kirstenbosch

Open skies, a starry night, a picnic on soft green grass – what better way to spend the New Year than at a picnic-style concert with entertainment by Goldfish, acoustic guitarist Yoav, and local singer Tailor.

When: 31 December 2013 at 20h30 (ends 00h15)

Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Cost: R290 per person

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Boomerang New Year’s Eve Festival

A celebration of consciousness and love awaits you as Boomerang presents an outdoor three day trance festival. The festival includes drumming circles, a fufi slide, poi and hoop spinning, live art and an outdoor movie screening.

When: 31 December 2013 – 2 January 2014 from 08h00 to 18h00. Gate opens for camping on Monday, 30 December 2013.

Where: West Coast Ostrich Ranch

Cost: R150 – R700 per person

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Rezonance New Year’s Eve Festival

Rezonance welcomes intrepid travelers and space adventurers to a three day trance festival that promises to bring you the hottest local psytrance, progressive, techno, dub and electronic.

When: 31 December 2013 – 2 January 2014

Where: Contermanskloof Farm, Durbanville

Cost: R470 per person (excludes online booking fee)

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Surf’s Up at The Barnyard Theatre

Surf’s Up: The Ultimate Beach Party tribute show at The Barnyard Theatre will take you into the New Year to the sounds of UB40, The Beach Boys, Katy Perry, Santana, Mango Groove and many more.

When: 31 December 2013 at 21h00

Where: Barnyard Theatre at Willowbridge, Tygervalley

Cost: R350 per person

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New Year’s Eve Boat Party Cruise

Cruise into the New Year with this red-carpet romantic setting at an exclusive event that will bring together 36 VIP guests aboard the sexy new Peroni Catamaran. Cruise to Clifton and back and watch the Midnight Fireworks while enjoying complimentary
snacks while sipping on Peroni, Sarita, Brutal Fruit or Grapetiser, Coke or water (3 drinks per person). Cash Bar with discounted Champagne along with red and white wine.

When: 31 December 2013, departing at 21h30 and returning at 00h30.

Where: V&A Waterfront

Cost: R750 per person

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

See the New Year in with style and indulge in a fancy feast with a seven-course set menu created by Executive Chef Sanel Esterhuyse at the elegant Savour Restaurant.  Think Citrus-cured Norwegian Salmon, Honey Chilli Prawns, Honey-glazed Duck Breast, Beef Fillet Mignon ‘Rossini’ with Seared Duck Liver and Pistachio-crusted Camembert…

When: 31 December 2013 at 18h00

Where: African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

Cost: R495 per person

More information: Tel 021-469-8000 or email

Ibiza Calling at The Bungalow

Danny Marquez returns to SA to bring in 2014 at GUESS and 5FM presents IBIZA CALLING in association with the Samsung Galaxy Experience. With three sensational dance floors and stunning décor influenced by the famous club ‘Space’ in Ibiza, the evening’s sure to take your breath away and make you feel like they are on the world famous party island. Top local DJ’s will also be in the mix, including 5FM’s top dawg DJ Fresh, Rob Vember and Stephanie B.

When: 31 December 2013 from 19h00 to 04h00.

Where: The Bungalow, Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Road, Clifton.

Cost: Tickets from R450 per person

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Hats Off New Year’s Celebration at Clos Malverne

Don a funky fedora or flip on your favourite Stetson and make your way to this family-owned wine farm for a stylish Hats Off New Year’s Celebration for you to salute the new year in good, gourmet company. This extravagant food and wine experience comprises of eight sumptuous dishes prepared by resident chef Nadia Louw Smith and matched with eight exceptional Clos Malverne cellar gems.

When: 31 December 2013 at 20h00.

Where: Clos Malverne, Devon Valley, Stellenbosch

Cost: R595 per person, which includes all the wines on the evening.

More information: Tel 021-865-2022, email,

Breede River rafting adventure with Felix Unite

Escape the city and see in the new year on the banks of the Breede River near Swellendam at either Round The Bend Lodge or at Up The Creek Camp.  Spend your days on the river, your nights around a fire and sleep in cozy A-frame chalets,with comfortable beds, duvets and linen, in a magnificent riverside setting.

When: 30 December 2014 – 1 January 2014 (Up The Creek Camp) / 2 January 2014 (Round The Bend Lodge)

Where: Breede River just outside Swellendam

Cost: From R1 995 per adult and R1 495 for under 12s.

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New Year on the Orange River in Nambia

Grab your passport and your sunblock and book your spot on the most sought after New Year Party in Southern Africa. Travel with Felix Unite from Cape Town to Provenance base camp on the Orange River in Namibia and spend your days paddling on the river and sleeping under the stars. Dance the night away on the 31st with a DJ who will ensure you see 2014 in with a bang.

When: 27 December 2013 – 1 January 2014 (other dates also available)

Where: Namibia (bus leaves from Cape Town)

Cost: From R4 495 per person (including transport, meals and canoeing) with various pricing options.

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New Year at the Vic Falls Carnival in Zimbabwe

Now in its second year and billed as the largest cultural infusion of Southern African talent, the Vic Falls Carnival is a three-day festival of music, performance, dance, adventure and fun that will hail in the New Year at the world-famous Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site. Artists included Flash Republic, Just Jinjer, Jeremy Loops and December Streets.

When: 29 – 31 December 2013

Where: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Cost: From R450 to R1 000 with various transport packages available.

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2012 New Year’s Parties

Western Cape

1. Kirstenbosch Amarula New Years Concert

Why?  Picnic under the stars while listening to the jazzy tunes from the legendary Hugh Masekela, supported by Hot Water.

When: 31 December

Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Cost: R270

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2. Rezonance Trance Party

Why? Beautiful hippies dancing in the sun, dirty base and a no-holds barred approach to fun. Why not?

When: 29 December to 1 January

Where: tba

Cost: tba

More info: Check out the listing on

3. Boomerang New Year’s Eve Festival

Why? This is an electric trance music festival including international artists, only a 25-minute drive from Cape Town.

When: 30 December to 2 January

Where: West Coast Ostrich Ranch

Cost: tba

More info: Boomerang Facebook page

4. V&A Waterfront New Year’s Eve Bash

Why? There’s tons to do for the whole family including music, show and the best fireworks show in the country.

When:  31 December

Where: V & A Waterfront

Cost:  free

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5. Nederberg New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Why?  This concert will bring you into the new year in a relaxed style. Featuring Cape Philharmonic Orchestra with celebrity conductor Richard Cock, the sensational jazz cross over singer Melanie Scholtz, classical trained tenor Derrick Ellis, classical cross over Selim Kagee and Heavenly Quartez from Khayelitsha.

When:  31 December

Where:  Nederburg Wine Estate, Paarl

Cost:  R200 a person

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6. Rock the River

Why?  This festival provides a crazy entertainment line-up at a convenient location close to Cape Town and for a reasonable price.

When: 28 December to 1 January

Where:  tba

Cost:  tba

More info: Rock the River Facebook page

7. New Year’s Eve dinner at Clos Malverne

Why?  Your taste buds will thank you after they experience the extravagant eight course food and wine menu.

When:  31 December

Where:  Clos Malverne Wine Estate

Cost:  R 468 a person, includes all wines

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8. Mount Nelson New Year’s Eve Celebration

Why?  It’s the perfect excuse to get all dressed up and act like Cape Town royalty.

When:  31 December

Where:  Oasis and Cape Colony restaurants, Mount Nelson Hotel

Cost:  R1950 a person

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9. Marc Lottering New Year’s Eve performance

Why?  Start 2013 laughing with a special edition of Marc Lottering’s I don’t work on Sundays comedy show.

When:  31 December

Where:  Baxter Theatre Centre, Rondebosch

Cost:  R150 a person

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10. Matjiesfontein New Year’s Celebration

Why?  Live entertainment, dinner, fireworks and dancing, all in a quaint Victorian town.

When:  31 December

Where: The Lord Milner Hotel, Matjiesfontein


More info: tel: 023-561-3011


11. Cantare Supper Club New Year’s Eve Masked Ball

Why?  A classy way to bring in the new year with live entertainment and a five course meal.

When: 31 December

Where:  Cantare Dinner and Dance, Montecasino

Cost:  R850 a person

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12. Alex Jay’s flashback

Why?  Alex Jay will be playing the best music of the 80s, 90s and “naughties”.

When:  31 December

Where: The Venue, Melrose arch

Cost:  R500 a person

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13. New Year’s Eve dinner dance at the Country Club, Johannesburg

Why?  Dine and dance your way into the new year in the company of Joburg’s social elite.

When:  31 December

Where:  Country Club, Johannesburg

Cost: tba

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14. Midnight in Paris at the Brooklyn Theatre

Why?  Fleur du Cap winner and three time nominee, Godfrey Johnson and SAMA award nominee and multiple award winner Emile Minnie will be performing a special New Year’s Eve show.

When:  31 December

Where:  Brooklyn Theatre, Pretoria

Cost:  R600 a person

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15. New Year’s Eve with Alter Irving

Why?  If you’re a fan of Country and Folk music, celebrate the New Year with a three course buffet and live entertainment by Alter Irving.

When:  31 December

Where:  Ramkietjie Country Estate

Cost:  R250 a person

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16. MSC Opera Cruise

Why?  Escape the busy city on this 12 day cruise to Mauritius aboard a luxury ship including everything you need

When: 27 December to7 January

Where:  Departing from Durban Harbour

Cost:  Contact MSC Cruises for cabin prices

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17. Royal Durban Golf Club New Years Party

Why?  plenty of good food and good cheer and the Captain will see the New Year in with a long straight drive down the first

When:  31 December

Where:  Royal Durban Golf Club

Cost:  tba

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18. Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Party

Why?  Take in the view of the entire Northern Drakensberg range, from the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak. The lodge is a great base from which to explore different sections of the park each day if you are not just here to party.

When:  31 December

Where:  Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, Drakensberg

Cost:  R300 a person

More info: visit the Facebook page

Eastern Cape

19. Bethesda Arts Centre’s Festival of Lights

Why?  This festival sees the coming together of people from all walks of life in a celebration of light. Make your own lantern at one of the workshops and join the parade through the starlit streets of charming Nieu Bethesda.

When: 31 December

Where:  Bethesda Arts Centre, Muller Street, Nieu Bethesda

Cost:  R150 a person

More info: email:

20. The Ruins, 5FM New Years Eve Concert

Why?   5fm gets behind SA’s premier new year’s eve concert this year with Goldfish as the headline act.

When: 31 December

Where:  The Ruins, St Francis Drive,  St Francis Bay

Cost:  tba

More info: The Ruins Facebook page


3 Responses to “25 of the best New Year's Eve parties in South Africa”

  1. Sylvia Vollenhoven

    The best kept secret in Cape Town is the Baxter bash. And currently for those of you headed to the Mother City the best piece of Tourist Theatre is a celebration of District Six and the rollicking Xmases before the bulldozers came. Catch Basil Appollis in MY WORD, REDESIGNING BUCKINGHAM PALACE at the Baxter nightly from Tues to Sat at 7 pm. Four stars in the Tonight


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