There is something about the calendar being reset that makes event organisers and restaurant proprietors go absolutely crazy with their prices.
Despite that there are still a few fun activities in and around Cape Town for under R500. Naturally I didn’t take additional drinks and food into account when putting together this list.
Hop on the last cable car up the mountain at 23:00 and catch a ride down on the final descending car at 01:00. Don’t forget a warm top!
Cost: R105 – R215
This gets you: The best view in South Africa
For more information: 021 424 8181
The Rocky Horror Show – Fugard Theatre
Spend the last few hours of 2013 ogling Rocky’s gold hot pants…
Cost: R190 – R310
This gets you: the honour of being in the company of a sweet transvestite.
Wrongly Accused – Masambe Theatre at the Baxter Theatre Centre
A little food for thought and a lot of comedy. Highly recommended.
This gets you: A complimentary glass of sparkling wine or orange juice and a spectacular balloon drop.
Big Boys 2 – Kalk Bay Theatre
A dance spectacular with 2 lovely boys. This might be a good compromise of sorts if you have any religious family visiting during this time as Kalk Bay Theatre is housed is a converted church. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch but this is a good family fun at a reasonable price.
This gets you: Show, meal and a drink on arrival
Goldfish, Yoav and Tailor – Kirstenbosch
A picnic basket under the stars with music, sold!
If you don’t indulge in TOO many bad habits a festival is one of the safest places you can be New Years as you’re off the roads and amongst likeminded people.
Cost: R470 (online presale)
Studio 54 – The Orphanage
Dance the night away with cool beats from Nick Matthews, Matthew Loots and Roy Hendrickse. I put this one last on the list because it has the potential of becoming dangerously expensive if you indulge in their killer cocktails. The Orphanage makes the most interesting cocktails in the city, and the more you drink the more interesting they become.
This gets you: Entry, welcome drinks and canapés