Tomorrow, people around the world will be counting down to 2017. But where’s the best place to be in Africa when the clock strikes midnight on December 31? We’ve had a look at the best NYE 2016 celebrations in Africa from Cape Town to Lagos and Maputo.
1. Clubbing and street parties in Nigeria
Nigeria are big spenders when it comes to clubbing and nightlife, but come NYE party-goers in Lagos go all out!
The place to be for New Year in Lagos is the Bar Beach on Victoria Island, where the festivities already start on the 7th or the 8th of December. Expect fireworks, live music concerts and karaoke to keep you entertained until the big countdown.
For those who want to ring in the New Year in real style, the yacht parties on the Lagos lagoon are said to be phenomenal. A spot on a private yacht will definitely also give you a vintage point from where to watch the fireworks at midnight.
The Calabar Carnival, also dubbed ‘Africa’s Biggest Street Party’, is another great way to celebrate New Year in Nigeria. You’ll see multi-coloured attires and indigenous music. The festival starts on 1 December and comes to a spectacular finale on New Year’s Eve.
2. A high-adrenaline start to the year in Victoria Falls
Every year tourists from all over the globe descend upon the mighty Victoria Falls for a once in a lifetime New Year’s celebration, the 3-day Jameson Vic Falls Carnival.
Travellers and partygoers will be able to enjoy the music of some of Southern Africa’s biggest artists at various concerts over three days in this popular tourism town. There will be a ‘Train and Secret Bush Party’, as well as community parties and of course a New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Besides the music experience, travellers will also be able to embark upon high-adrenaline activities such as a swim in Devil’s Pool or a Gorge Swing amongst others.
Victoria Falls offers a New Year’s countdown like nowhere else on earth.
3. Spoilt for choice in Cape Town
Cape Town has been recognised in various international magazines and newspapers as one of the top places to ring in the New Year. Travellers are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to option for celebrating NYE in South Africa’s Mother City.
For those who want a quiet start to the New Year, watching the fireworks at the top of Table Mountain with a picnic blanket and a bottle of bubbly is a perfect choice. Kicking it up a notch is the New Year’s Eve Concert at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. You’ll be able to enjoy some contemporary classics in a majestic setting.
But also for the true partygoers, Cape Town has a lot to offer. Rezonance is without a doubt the biggest party in town on NYE and showcases both international and local acts on the dance scene. Expect anything from trance, to dubstep, to deep house at this huge party.
5. A tropical NYE in Mozambique
New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated times of the year in Mozambique with sparkling lights, decorated buildings, street parties, and fireworks at midnight. There are parties all along the coast as well as in Maputo, where the streets will be alive with the sounds of firework rockets going off and people singing.
Travellers can also opt for a more tropical New Year’s Eve party at Ponta Mamoli on the beach. White Pearl Resorts is known for its New Year’s Eve parties, where guests can expect a five-course dining feast, fine champagne, great entertainment and a brilliant display of fireworks.
5. Bid farewell to 2016 under the Kenyan stars
New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be about loud parties and fireworks. There is certainly no more beautiful way than to welcome the New Year under the stars in one of Kenya’s amazing Star Beds.
The Starbeds are an African adventure in themselves – handcrafted four-poster beds which sit on wheels, are rolled out onto raised wooden platforms so that guests can sleep under the endless African night sky. The biggest bedroom in the world, where the night sky is your ceiling and the hills in the distance are your walls.
Reflect on 2016 and make your plans and resolutions for 2017 under the African stars to the sounds of the African wildlife.