South African Events Guide

2016 is almost over and 2017 is emerging on the horizon. Wondering where to party or what to do in South Africa this December? We’ve picked the hottest New Year’s Eve parties and events around South Africa for you. Choose from rock concerts, river rafting, dance parties, orchestral evenings, beach dinners or a festival of lights to celebrate the end of another year and usher in a brand new one. However, Renting a Car in Cape Town to accommodate your travel is a big bonus.

Western Cape

Alien Safari 21 Anniversary

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Venue: Cape Town
When: 2 – 4 December 2016
Tickets: R340 Presale Outlet | R350 Presale Online

Alien Safari – 21 Years Of Magic, the 21st anniversary of Alien Safari, happening this December! three days at a beautiful new forest venue with a dancefloor on the river.

Vortex Open Source Festival 2016


Venue: Cape Town
When: 8 – 12 December 2016

It will be within this safe and magical place that you will be able to expand your consciousness, express your innermost emotions and uplift nourish.

Love & Light

Venue: Cape Town
When: 23 – 24 December 2016
Tickets: R50 – R100

This summer, 23 December 2016, be at The Mountain Shadows in Paarl for another Love & Light Day Party. Featuring a line up of the absolute finest in international and local progressive psy-trance DJ’s, including Astrix, Morten Granau & Protonica.

Rezonance NYE Festival 2016 / 2017

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When: 30 December 2016 – 02 January 2017
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Venue: Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, Roberson
Tickets: R590 per person – R680 per person
Phone: +27 (0)21 794 4032

As always, this NYE festival lures the hottest local and international psytrance, progressive, techno, dub and electronica overlords, and revellers can expect to embark on a spiritual journey through light and sound. Four stages and an idyllic dam set the scene for the debauchery that is sure to go down.

River Republic


When: 02 – 04 December 2016
Time: 12 until late
Venue: Round The Bend Lodge
Tickets: R700 per person – R7500 per person
Phone: +27 (0)21 510 0547

Summer in Cape Town is characterised by warm wind and perfect beach days under the African sun, so what better way to revel in the delightful weather than a music festival on a river? River Republic is the perfect weekend getaway for the young-at-heart who enjoy the festival vibes and a cool place to chill in the heat of the day.

Diskotopia – Summer Paradise


When: 03 – 04 December 2016
Venue: Lat Wai Farm, Cape Town, South Africa
Tickets: R200 SOLD OUT | Phase 1 – R220 | Phase 2 – R250 | VIP – R300

How does an awesome outdoor festival in the warm weather, sipping on some refreshing drinks, listening to the hottest sounds and dancing up a storm grab you? Well then be sure to grab your tickets to this explosive outdoor festival that will have you and your friends rock on. Get ready for live performances by international and local artists including Yeti, Rob Sloan Music, Ctrl Room, Bander and Dean Fuel. It’s a summer paradise you don’t want to miss!


Revolution NYE Festival 2016/2017


Where: Johannesburg
When: 30 December 2016 – 01 January 2017
Tickets: PHASE 1 – R320 (Earlybird) – SOLD OUT | PHASE 2 – R340 (Limited) – SOLD OUT |
PHASE 3 – R380 (Normal) | PHASE 4 – R400 (Latebird)

Johannesburg’s underground dance music come together to present this earth quaking, mind baking, soul shaking 3-day open air festival!

Featuring: International acts and over 40 of South African top Psy Trance, Techno and Drum & Bass DJs – live acts on 2 stages at the amazing Hornbill lodge in Magaliesburg.

Neural Network

When: 03 – 04 December 2016
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Rochedale Farm, Springs
Tickets: Early Birds – R200 (Limited to 50) | Pre-sale R250 | Door R300

Expect two full days jam-packed with a premium and diverse selection of cutting edge tunage from around the world. Set at a beautiful and historic venue outside Joburg, your neural upgrade will be delivered through the courtesy of an impeccable Martin Audio sound system. Experience the traditional Jozi-style underground psychedelic event with a warm atmosphere, comfortable amenities and lack of musical boundaries.

Eastern Cape

New Year’s Festival of Lights

Where: Nieu-Bethesda
When: 31 December 2016
Tickets: R150

The New Year’s Eve Lantern parade is a truly inspiring community event run every year by the Centre. A powerful symbol of hope and beauty, the parade crosses cultural and religious barriers in a joyous celebration.

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 dancing to a live band. Those who would like to make a lantern can join a workshop during the two weeks before the Festival.

New Year’s Eve Bash with Dynamic Sounds

Where: Morgan Bay Hotel
When: 31 December 2016
Tickets: R420 per person
Phone: 0438411064

This year’s festivities at the Morgan Bay Hotel include a Mexican theme with a buffet meal, that will be served with a free margarita when you arrive and live musical accompaniment. There will be a firework display at the stroke of midnight at The Deck Restaurant and Bar at the hotel.


A Night at the Taj Mahal New Year’s Eve Dinner

Where: Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks
When: 31 December 2016
Tickets: R2500 per person
Start: 7pm – 11pm

Step into a world of beauty at the Taj Mahal –  at the dazzling Oyster Box. The menu is inspired by Indian cuisine with Henna artists and Indian dancing. The dinner will consist of a three-course meal followed by a New Year’s celebration where DJ Daniel Israel will get you into the year 2017.

The Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival

Where: Amphitheatre Backpackers
When: 29 December 2016 to 1 January 2017

A three-day event with a variety of bands to appeal to a wide range of music lovers. Bands this year include The Kiffness, The Rudimentals, Sublime Tribute Show, Grassy Spark, The Dandies and more. There are also a variety of activities on offer suitable for families with small children, older folk and adrenaline junkies. All tickets allow you to camp on the festival grounds, including the one-day passes.

Ballito New Year’s Eve Street Party

Where: Ballito Street Party and Crush Nightclub, Ballito
When: 31 December 2016 – 1 January 2017
Tickets: R400 per person

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!


Ubaniinkunzi Culture & Sports Festival

Where: Piet Retief
When: 28 – 30 December 2016
Tickets: R400 per person

Ubaniinkunzi Culture & Sports Festival is a premier event, it is the mirror of Southern African performing artists especially those who are still upcoming and were previously disadvantaged or neglected. However, This event as it grows is geared to attract tourists and people of different colours from all over the world to come and learn about our cultures as South Africans and yet display theirs. That’s what the festival is about – world in harmony.