What to do on New Year’s Day in Cape Town

With our late summer sunsets, warm, clear evenings, and beautiful surrounds, there are few better places to spend New Year’s Eve. On  New Year’s Day, many people spend the day recovering from partying up a storm the night before. But if you’re here for a short time, you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of every day you spend here! Here are a few things to do to ease into 2019.

The beach

The beach is a bustling, social vibe on New Year’s Day, so don’t go if what you’re looking for is quiet relaxation. If you can handle a lively atmosphere, it’s a great way to spend the day. Arrive early, secure a spot, and spend the day enjoying the summer weather. A dip in the refreshingly cold water of Cape Town’s beaches will also go a long way to wake you up after a late night. Check out our list of beaches.

Hout Bay Beach

Have a great breakfast

Cape Town is home to some delicious brunch restaurants, and meeting friends for breakfast or brunch is a great way to spend a leisurely morning. It’s also a great way to recover from the night before. Cape Town is a foodie heaven, and there are plenty of places to choose from. Because New Year’s Day is a public holiday, some eateries might be closed, so just check before you head out, and book a table if you can.

Picnic under the trees

If a busy beach beneath the hot African sun is not for you, why not head out to one of the many public gardens, parks and forests in Cape Town and its surrounds? Take a picnic basket and spend the day in the cool shade of the great greenery that surrounds the city. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is a must-see, and its vast lawns make it a great place for the kids to play. If you’re up for a bit of a hike, head out to Crystal Pools in Gordon’s Bay and take a dip in the cool mountain pools.

Picnic at Groot Constantia

Visit a wine farm

While alcohol might not be at the top of your list after the night before, most wine farms have excellent restaurants and outside areas where you can kick back and relax, while enjoying a hearty breakfast or delicious lunch. Before you go, just check whether they are open for the day, as New Year’s Day is a public holiday, and some farms might be closed.

Enjoy the great outdoors

Cape Town has many beautiful spots to enjoy. Take a trip out to Cape Point and ride the funicular to the top for great views, or take one of the great scenic drives in and around the city. You could also spend the day in Kirstenbosch lounging around on the lawns, walking through the forests, picnicking, or just enjoying the incredible biodiversity.


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