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5 of the best New Year’s Eve outdoor festivals in Southern Africa

So the end of the year is just around the corner and everyone is wondering what they are going to do for the end of the year festivities. South and Southern Africa has so many New Year’s parties to go to, but why not opt to get away for a few days or so with friends and family to revel into the New Year with everyone you love in a setting that is both picturesque and special. Many tourists will be spending their time in the Western Cape or Cape Town as this is a favorable tourist destination for South Africans and international travelers alike. Car rental Cape Town will help you and your friends get to all your favorite new year’s events easily.
Nieu Bethesda Festival of Lights – Eastern Cape

This enthralling event is designed for the inclusion of all members of the community of Nieu Bethesda and nearby Graaf Reniet and its run by the Bethesda Arts Centre. People wishing to attend are urged to assemble at the centre around 8pm and bring your lantern there are also workshops that take place around the same period. The town is also the location of the Owl House a famed Karoo monument that was the creation of eccentric artist Helen Martins. For more information visit this website.

Smoking Dragon New Year’s Festival- KwaZulu-Natal

Tickets: http://smokingdragon.org/tickets

Website: http://smokingdragon.org/

Location: Amphitheatre Backpackers, Nortern Drankensburg, KwaZulu-Natal. 

A scene from the popular Smoking Dragon festivals photo taken from - Youtube

This popular New Year’s festival takes place at the picturesque Amphitheatre Backpackers in the Drakensburg area.  Every year they pride themselves in providing great entertainment over a 3 day period where patrons can ease themselves into the New Year in style. What’s also nice is there are other facilities such as fixed toilets and cooking, braai and camping areas which are permanent structures adding to the comfort of the festival. Visit their Facebook page for updates and where one can get tickets.

Rezonance Festival- Western Cape

Tickets: Presale at selected outlets: R590, Presale online at Quicket: R620, Gate: R680. 

Website: https://www.facebook.com/rezonancefestival

Location: Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, Western Cape

One of Cape Town's best dance orientated New Years festivals photo taken from - pinsideguide.co.za

This is a New Year’s Festival for those looking to get away for roughly 4 days and is more into the electronic side of things when it comes it genre and sound. This is something to bear in mind if you’re into rock or instrumental music; Smoking Dragon would be a better option for you if that’s more what you’re into.  For more information visit their Facebook page.

Vic Falls Carnival – Zimbabwe

Tickets: 30 December: Train Party Only $60.00 - R927.00, 31 December: General Admission $65.00 - R1004.25, 29, 30 & 31 December: COMBO Ticket $90.00-R1390.50. 

Website: http://www.vicfallscarnival.com/

Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The crowd goes wild at the Vic Falls Carnival photo taken from - http://victoriafalls24.com/

The famed Victoria Falls is a great place in which to have a new year’s festival as you aren’t just being treated to amazing nature but also top performers from all over Southern Africa at this point headliners for this year’s event are Tresor, Goodluck, The Kiffness and Sketchy Bongo. For more information and more on how one can purchase tickets, visit their website.

Revolution New Year Open Air Music Festival – Gauteng

Tickets: R350 presale, R450 at the door. 

Website: https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionNYE/

Location: Hornbill Lodge - Cnr R24 Rustenburg Rd and T1 ( R563 Hekpoort rd ) Magaliesburg, Gauteng 1791. 

Revolution festival photo taken from - Youtube

This is one for the Gauteng locals who wish to stay close to home during the festive season instead of venturing to the coast as most do from the Highveld. This is also another event for those who like dance music and the event promises to bring patrons the best possible experience when it comes to electronic music. For more information visit their Facebook page.

Nieu Bethesda Festival of Lights – Eastern Cape

Tickets: Adults - R150 Children - R75 

Website: http://nieubethesda.org/festival-of-lights/

Location: Bethesda Arts Centre

Photo taken from - www.karoospace.co.za

This enthralling event is designed for the inclusion of all members of the community of Nieu Bethesda and nearby Graaf Reniet and it's run by the Bethesda Arts Centre. People wishing to attend are urged to assemble at the centre around 8pm and bring your lantern there are also workshops that take place around the same period. The town is also the location of the Owl House a famed Karoo monument that was the creation of eccentric artist Helen Martins. For more information visit this website.


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