Your New Year’s Eve survival guide

One of the highlights of the festive season is undoubtedly the New Year’s Eve celebrations, and what better place to welcome in the New Year than the sunny shores of the Mother City?

New Year’s Eve is a big occasion and the city does not disappoint in the number of festivities to choose from, however, before you get you put on your dancing shoes, here are a couple of tips on how to survive the party of all parties in Cape Town.

Pick your party

With a large selection of 2019/2020 New Year’s Eve parties in Cape Town, there’s something for everyone. Many of these events require revellers to purchase tickets beforehand, so have a look what’s to offer and pick the party that’s your kind of vibe. Running around trying to find a party on New Year’s Eve can put a serious damper on the festivities.

Whether you’re looking for a massive bender or something more chilled, Cape Town is sure to have the perfect party for you.

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Get a taxi

If you’re going to be drinking, do the responsible thing and get a taxi. Cape Town’s taxi services are well organised and catching a cab should not be a problem, but you might have to wait a little bit longer than usual due to the sheer number of party-goers. The increased demand for taxis might also cause the rates of services like Uber or Bolt to spike. There are plenty of transport options for New Year’s Eve in Cape Town. Just make sure you plan in advance to avoid long waits.

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Pace yourself

One of the best parts of New Year’s Eve parties is the count-down to midnight, and it’s something you don’t want to miss. If you’re going to take to the tipple, make sure you know your limits, and pace yourself. Ensure you eat something during the course of the evening. Drinking on an empty stomach is a serious fun-limiting move.

If you’re not sure where to go before the big party, take a look at these restaurants that locals love in Cape Town and make sure you book!

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Make plans for the morning after

There’s nothing worse than waking up on January 1st with nothing to eat and nowhere to go. Make plans to meet friends for brunch the next day. This will force you to get your weary bones out of bed and enjoy the calm of the first day of the New Year. A hearty breakfast will also help you recover from the night before. There is plenty to do on New Year’s Day in Cape Town, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Road closures

With numerous festivities being planned in and around the City Centre, some roads may be closed to traffic, so before you head into the city, be sure to check the City of Cape Town website for more information.

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