The Best African Destinations To Spend The New Year

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New Year celebrations kick off just after Christmas and taper off soon after January 1st as most people’s regular work schedule begins. With lots of “Happy New Year” screams and numbingly loud music, you could find yourself yearning for a change of scene or suddenly develop a curiosity to see how the other side is rocking it out.

Before you begin to make travel plans to infinity and beyond, consider these great African destinations from Jumia Travel to usher in the New Year.

Cape Town, South Africa

Mountains, beaches and vineyards plus New Year’s parties that will make your feet sore. The New Year rave in Cape Town is no child’s play with countless festivals and parties holding at every corner like the Rezonance New Year’s Eve Festival and the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival. Watch the beautiful city from atop the Table Mountain and mark time gasping at the V&A Fireworks until the very first second of 2015. Be sure to book your hotel stay in time to avoid the festive rush.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

With all the sights in Zimbabwe like the Hwange National Park, Zambezi River, and Victoria Falls, the Jameson Vic Carnival is what seems to draw most people to Zimbabwe at the end of the year. It is a combination of fun activities like the steam train party, bungee jumping and white water rafting with music from Africa’s greatest artistes. What more could you ask for? Take a trip to Victoria Falls for Africa’s most exciting New Year’s event.

Lagos, Nigeria

Soon after Christmas in Lagos, plans for the New Year start to take form. Decorations are redone and the streets are flooded with people looking to shop for the New Year celebrations. There’s so many things to see and do. You can dance the night away at a club or visit an art show opening just around the corner with fireworks and more. In Lagos, anything can happen. Visit the city in the last week of the year to take part in the Lagos Countdown Party, a series of exciting events culminating in a concert at the Eko Atlantic City.

Nakuru, Kenya

The Lake Nakuru shore is covered with millions of flamingos spread as far as the eyes can see. The lake is home to black rhinos, white rhinos, Rothschild’s giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and leopards which can be found in its dense woodlands. You can take a tour of the lake, Masai Mara and Nairobi all in one day due to their close proximity. Welcome the New Year with selfies from Baboon Cliff and photos of you with the world’s most exotic creatures.

Calabar, Nigeria

You haven’t spent time in Nigeria until you have been to the Calabar Carnival. It is a period of multi-coloured attires, with young girls swaying to the sweet tunes of indigenous music. The Calabar Carnival is such a big event, it has been tagged as Africa’s Biggest Street Party and Calabar named Nigeria’s number one tourist destination. Even though the event lasts only through December, the finale on December 31st leaves an astounding imprint that lasts through the New Year.

Saint-Louis, Senegal

Former capital of West Africa, the island of Saint-Louis stands guarded by the Senegal River. The city is filled with picturesque views of old French colonial architecture. Don’t be deceived by the quiet streets, West Africans know how to party and they let it all out at the annual Les Fanal Festival, a parade that takes place in the last week of December. Lanterns are lit and paraded on the streets with drumming and singing by eager young natives. If a street parade is a bit too much for you, you could relax at one of the sunny beaches in this historical city.

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Stretching between Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique, Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa and the second deepest. The Lake Malawi National Park encompasses the Malawian part of the lake from which you can catch a glimpse of Mozambique. This place could be your paradise if you just want a quiet time for leisure activities like scuba diving, snorkelling or water-skiing.

Gaborone, Botswana

Seasonal events take place in Gaborone around Christmas and New Year like carol concerts, street parties, and dances. For a more laid back experience, you can spend time at one of the game and nature reserves in Gaborone or visit the jewel of Botswana, The Okavango Delta, an oasis in the Kalahari, famous for its flora, fauna and wildlife.

Swakopmund, Namibia

Somewhere off the coast of the Atlantic lies the Swakopmund beach resort. In between the Sahara and the Atlantic Ocean. The cool desert climate allows temperatures that are just perfect for lounging at the beach or sightseeing at the Swakopmund Museum. As soon as it gets close to the New Year, thousands flock to Tiger Reef where there’s a big bonfire with amazing fireworks.

Marrakech, Morocco


Morocco may not be your choice destination for a Christmas holiday but the New Year in Marrakech is spectacular. You can explore the Atlas Mountains, take a peek at the Sahara Desert or taste the sweet ocean breeze by the beach. If shopping is your thing, you will be awestruck by the maze of colourful souks that decorate the market streets. It’s no wonder why celebrities have been flocking to Marrakech for New Year celebrations in recent years.

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