This weekend, people around the world will be counting down to 2018.
Do you know the best place to be in Africa when the clock strikes midnight on December 31? We’ve had a look at the best NYE 2017/2018 celebrations in Africa from Cape Town to Lagos and Kilifi.
1. Fireworks in Lagos, Nigeria
The biggest city in Africa, Lagos is one of the most attractive destinations for celebrating New Years’ Eve 2017/2018 on the African continent.
The Lagosians love a party, but come NYE they pull out all the stops. Depending on your crowd there are a number of clubs to choose from, all located on Victoria Island.
Quilox will usually host a Moet bottle filled extravaganza with top Nigerian hip-hop artists, while Bar Beach holds the annual Lagos Countdown. The countdown lasts for around twenty days and traditionally begins on the 7th or 8th of December and through January 1st of the New Year. Festivities for the countdown typically include fireworks, live music concerts and karaoke.
2. An explosion of music and arts in Kilifi, Kenya
Kilifi New Year has been said to be a radically creative, three-day explosion of music, arts and tropical coast culture set in the magical Kenyan coastal town of Kilifi.
Incredible performers from around Africa and the world come together to put on a unique, techni-colour show as the intersection between African and World Electronic Music is celebrated.
Every New Year, this beautiful location is transformed into a venue for the most pristine, wild and intimate New Year party in the region. With music from over four continents, including Africa of-course, party-goers will be jamming and feeling good for days into the New Year.
3. Head up the Mountain, to the Beach, or into the Winelands in Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is one of few cities in the world where you can celebrate the New Year on one of the most magnificent mountains, on the beach or in the beautiful winelands.
It’s important to note that Table Mountain Cable Way no longer allows party-goers all the way to the top of the mountain to ring in the New Year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate from one of the higher vantage points on Signal Hill and watch the V&A Waterfront firework display from a cozy picnic spot.
If you’re more of a beach bum than a mountain person, the local beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton feature some amazing candlelit parties. The Secrets of Summer New Year’s Eve Beach Party at Maiden’s Cove is definitely recommended.
Or, you can opt for a country-style celebration in the beautiful Cape Winelands. Enjoy good food and incredible wine in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl.
4. Enjoy an unforgettable beach party in Kokrobite, Ghana
If you want to welcome 2018 with your feet in the sand, Kokrobite in Ghana is the place to be. This little fishing village located 30 km from Accra, has been dubbed the ‘Ibiza of Africa’ by The Guardian.
The beach parties start early in the day and go on throughout the night. Expect to boogie with your feet in the sand to Afro-house, a mashup of house with African pop and reggae. When the sun sets, bonfires and fireworks will light your way.
Accra’s nightclub scene is also a good option if you would like to rather sip champagne in an elegant club instead of on the beach. You’ll be able to witness the entire Osu Oxford Street boulevard morphing into a giant carnival.
5. Get your adrenaline pumping at Victoria Falls
Once again, Victoria Falls will be hosting the famous Vic Falls Carnival to ring in the New Year in style.
This three-day party starts off with a traditional African dress train journey through the African bush veld with legendary DJ Francis onboard as travellers speed past lions and elephants.
On 31 December, party-goers can bring their own flags and paint their faces in their home colours. They can jam until the sun comes up with a host of amazing artists including Tresor, the music sensation from the heart of the Congo, the kings of energetic must-dance-to live performance The Kiffness, Zambian queen of dancehall Mampi, local Vic Falls Flying Bantu and many more. Count down with thousands of adventure-loving travellers from all over the world, fire breathers, traditional dancers and experience a once-in-a-lifetime New Year!
The best thing is that the excitement doesn’t stop at the festival grounds: travellers can spend their days white water rafting, bungee jumping, or sipping cocktails.
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