New Year's Eve 2018: Where to shut it down with a bang across Mzansi

2017-12-11 21:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - As 2017 draws to an end, it's time to make sure you shut it down with a bang.

It's no secret that Saffas love a great vibe and New Year's is the perfect opportunity to let loose and celebrate. From 30 December 2017 until 5 January 2018, the country will be blazing with events in each and every corner, many beaches buzzing with locals and visitors who want to start the year off with a dip in the salty water and a day spent with friends and family on the sand. 

So if you find yourself along Mzansi's shores, get ready to experience the best local talent and flair. 

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Where will you find your end of year escape?

New Year’s Eve parties in the Western Cape and surrounds 

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Kaya FM New Year's Eve

Celebrate and welcome 2018 in style with an exclusive New Year’s Eve trip to Cape Town from 31 December to 3 January brought to you by Liberty Awards Commercial Station of the Year, Kaya FM 95.9 and luxury experience event company, The Equus Collection.
This first-class package is on offer to Kaya FM listeners for only R16 700 per person sharing and inclusive of return flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, five-star accommodation at The Pepperclub Hotel & Spa and a decadent lunch at Bistro Sixteen82 at the beautiful Steenberg Vineyards.  

When: 30 December - 3 January 

Where: From Pepperclub Hotel & Spa to Steenberg Vineyards

Cost: R16 700 per person

Contact: Peter on or 011 918 9736 for bookings.

New Year's at Table Mountain 

Make your way to one of the seven wonders of the world - Table Mountain - for a final 2017 glass of bubbly at their Terrace Bar, enjoy the last meal of the year at their self-service Table Mountain Café and upload your New Year’s Eve selfie to your social media platforms for free at our Cableway WiFi Lounge.

However, the last car down on the evening will be at 21:30, the Cableway will not be open for New Year’s Eve celebrations at midnight.

Where: Table Mountain 

When: 31 December

Cost: From R100

Contact: +27(0)21 424 0015 or emailing us at

Kirstenbosch New Year’s Eve Concert

This year sees South Africa’s best-known Goldfish and Hot Waters as the headline acts at the New Year's concert.

This is a picnic-style concert, so don’t forget to take a blanket and a picnic basket.

When: 31 December 2017 -  1 January 2018

Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town

Cost: R385 per person


New Year’s Eve parties in the Eastern Cape and surrounds

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Nieu Bethesda Festival of Lights

The Bethesda Arts Centre, First People Centre, will be celebrating the arrival of the New Year with its annual Festival of Lights. 

This is a joyful alcohol-free family celebration, where everyone walks in a singing procession carrying their lanterns through Hightown (the local township) and then back to the centre for a braai and dance with a live band. Those who would like to make a lantern can join a workshop during the two weeks before the festival.

When: 31 December

Where: Nieu Bethesda

Cost: R150

Contact: Tel 0498411731, email,

4th Annual Countdown Music Festival

The Countdown Music Festival is a musical celebration that will showcase the young and upcoming talent of the Eastern Cape. 

The event is hosted by Buffalo City Municipality Metro. The event starts at 17:00 and drinks will be available at the stadium.

When: 31 December

Where: Buffalo City Stadium, East London

Cost: From R200

Contact: Computicket for ticket purchases

New Year’s Eve parties in Gauteng and surrounds

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Revolution New Year Open Air Music Festival

Join the tribes of Johannesburg’s underground dance at this earthquaking, mind-baking, soul-shaking three-day open-air festival, featuring international acts and over 40 of South Africa’s top trance, techno and drum & bass DJ’s with live acts on two stages.

When: 30 December 2017 to 01 January 2018

Where: Hornbill Lodge, Magaliesberg

Cost: R400


AfroPunk Johannesburg

For over 15 years, AFROPUNK has been defining culture in the music world, a triumph of multiculturalism and diversity for people of all races, genders, colours, creeds and tastes. 

For the first time ever,  it is coming to Joburg, at the amazing Constitution Hill on 30 - 31 December 30-31, mixing homegrown and global talent from the worlds of music, art, culture, food and style.
Where: Constitution Hill

When: 30 - 31 December 

Cost: From 600

Rooftop New Year's Eve After-Party

Mingle and dance off 2017 at the Mesh Club in Rosebank on New Year's Eve. Everyone who's anyone will be at this rooftop party, toasting to everything that was in 2018.

Some of the country's biggest DJs will keep you on your feet to a stunning Joburg skyline backdrop. Don your best threads for the 'Jozi-Swank' theme.
Where: Trumpet Buiding, Keyes Art Mile

When: 31 December 2017 - 01 January 2018

Cost: R1,350 per person

Contact: / 010 594 5545

New Year’s Eve parties in KwaZulu-Natal and surrounds

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Durban Vibes New Years Eve

If you on your way to Durbs for New Years Eve then there is a new event for you to check out. #DurbanVibesNYE will be going down at Durban's Kings Park Stadium outer fields. The first event is headlined by International sensation Jay Sean.

Supporting him on the night will be SA big acts like Sketchy Bongo, Da Les, Kyle Deutch, DJ Ready D and East Coast Radio’s Deon Govender with Shashi Naidoo as one of the MCs for the night.
Where: GrowthPoint Kings Park Stadium

When: 31 December

Cost: From R285 person 

Ballito New Year’s Eve Street Party

The biggest and loudest New Year’s Eve street party hits Durban’s North Coast with four dance floors and cutting-edge design and production. This year brings an incredible live component planned that you won’t want to miss.

When: 31 December 2017

Where: Ballito Street Party and Crush Night Club, Ballito

Tickets: From R 250 per person


Unyaka NYE Festival 2018

UNYAKA is a brand new music festival held annually each New Year's.

Representing both a futuristic and heritage attitude, UNYAKA blends blistering music, epic headliners, future technology and psychedelic decor inside a scenic setting - to provide an outdoor experience that's an escape from the real world whilst being connected to nature.

Where: Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park

When:  31 December 

Cost: From R250

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