New Year’s events for under R500pp

New Year’s parties can be quite expensive but we’ve scoured the web to find affordable bashes in South Africa’s major cities where you can party the night away and see in 2013 with gusto.

Have fun, but remember to drink responsibly and not drive if you are drinking alcohol. Appoint a designated driver, take public transport to the the events, or contact your insurance company to find out if they have a free taxi service or offer you discounts if you use certain taxi services. Plan your ride home ahead of the major event you are attending and you won’t need to deal with the unecessary hassle of fighting for a cab at the end of the night or taking any other risks.


The Country Club Johannesburg (Auckland Park) New Year’s Eve dinner dance
When: Monday 31 December 20:00
Revellers get to enjoy a gourmet banquet and professional live band. Champagne corks pop at midnight. The party continues into the wee hours.
Cost: R395 per person.
Tel: 011 710 6400
Click here for more information.

The Country Club Johannesburg Woodmead New Year ’s Eve family braai
When? Monday 31 December 20:00
Fun for the whole family to dance the night away with disco ‘Gemini’ featuring music for all ages at the Pool Pavilion, Woodmead.
Cost: R180 per person, R85 per child under 12 years old.
Tel: 011 710 6400 |
Click here for more information.

Cape Town

Kirstenbosch Drostdy-Hof New Year’s Eve Concert with Hugh Masekela and Hot Water
When? 31 December, 8:30pm-1 January 2013
Enjoy a picnic under the stars listening to jazzy music in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens. Bring your own snacks and blanket.
Cost: R270 per person
Click here for more information or approach the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office

Rezonance Trance Party
When: Gates open at 3pm on the 28 December but the entertainment only starts at 2pm on the 29 December.
Sun, bass and dancing. This is the perfect event if you are looking for a wild New Year’s experience.
Cost: R490pp at the gate
Phone: (021) 7944 032 | 082 741 8981 | 072 314 1942
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Clos Malverne
Where? Stellenbosch
When? 31 December
Enjoy an eight course meal and including the wine.
Cost: R468pp
Tel: (021) 865 2022
Click here for more information.

Baxter Theatre
Marc Lottering Comedy show – I don’t work on Sundays
When? The special New Year’s Eve performance starts at 10pm.
Cost: R150pp
Book on line here.


Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Party
Where:  Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, Drakensberg
Views of the Northern Drakensberg range, from the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak.
Cost:  Day pass (no camping) on the 31st December costs R300pp
For more information, click here.

Fact Durban Rocks
Where? People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium
When? Starts from 18:00. There will be ten live acts and 30 DJs! Food and drinks are available but cooler boxes are allowed.
Cost: R200 for regular access and R450 for VIP tickets.
For more information, click here.