South Africa Nightlife

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South Africa Nightlife

  • Night Drives

    Kruger National Park Nightlife

    All of the major rest camps offer night and early morning game drives. For R100 per person (about $15 USD), you get a 3 hour tour of the surrounding park area back roads in an open-air bus, often spotting some wildlife that you might not see during the day. Things we saw on game drives that we didn't see on our own are: rhino, hyena and jackals. We...

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  • Banging the drums in Cape Town

    We were tipped about this place by a local guy we met in a bar on Long Street and decided we had to check it out. The deal here is that everybody rents a djembe drum, sit together in a big semi-circle and are taught how to play it. It doesn't take long to get the hang of it, and soon everybody was making music and having a great time. If you're...

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  • Huge club in Capetown

    Dockside Cape Town is the largest multi-purpose entertainment complex of its kind in Africa. Occupying 6000 squared meters of land, Dockside Cape Town is situated on the banks of the Century City water canal development. Aside from its phenomenal sound system, the main dance floor inside Dockside boasts an incredible 350 000 watt laser and lighting...

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  • Sweet African Rhythms

    When we first arrived, all was quiet and the place was empty but we'd come because the food was supposed to be good (it was). By the time we were done eating, the place was rocking to the sounds of a lively local band. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say the lead singer's voice was "operatic" - he simply sounded amazing but this was no opera,...

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  • Casual Drinks on the patio

    I think the Keg is really kind of a franchise of sorts, but they do offer some great beers including Castle Milk Stout which was my favorite dark beer I found in Africa. Since this tip is relating to nightlife, it was a nice place to go sit on the patio in Margate and watch people up and down the streets. It was also quite a surprise to hear hords...

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  • Night Animals

    I went all the way to South Africa not for a city nightlife but the nature nightlife. I was lucky to have few sessions at night to hang around and catch few nice animal shots.

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  • Night Safari

    The night safari should be an important part of your South African trip as there are many animals that you would have the chances to see in their nature only at night. However, a night safari is must be a guided tour in most places as self drive is not allow after the sun set.

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  • Nightlife by the fireplace

    South Africa has a night life like any western country with clubs and pubs. However, when I visited here I was for another reason, I was for the nature and such wild life. Being there in the Southern African winter was also meant it was very cold, and so, a drink by the fireplace was one of my favourite nightlife options :)

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  • THE SHEBEEN

    A Shebeen (pronounced ‘sha bean’) is a South African name for a local bar. Calling these bars might be misleading. Often these local bars are simply 1-2 people standing behind prison-like bars and handing over cold bottles of drink from coolers inside. The outside may be an odd collection of chairs, plastic crates and/or logs to sit on. Music is...

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  • Johannesburg Night Life

    We visited Moya Restaurant which I found most interesting. It has a real African theme in the motif as well as the waiters, waitresses, and bar people.It is a bustling place and reservations are necessary most times.There is a small bar overlooking a pit where a band was playing.A very entertaining place to go. I saw many in casual dress.

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  • As cool as they come!

    It has lots of different dance rooms - huge ones for dance and smaller ones for soul, R&B etc. Brilliant place to meet locals and others, and also has plenty of bars dotted around. A very, very lively and cool place. Smart/casual - men will not get in if wearing sandals.

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  • A Good Night Out

    Johannesburg has always offered the best entertainment and nightlife in South Africa. The city draws top performers from all over the world, and its well-integrated audiences are the most sophisticated around. The best way to find out what's on is to keep your ears open, listening to the local radio stations and keeping your eyes peeled for...

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  • Night time adventures...

    I took the chance to go to the movies, or rather I was taken to a movie theatre in Hillbrow by a Zairean friend... Well, I was told by the white that this was one of the most stupid things a white girl could ever do. But then, if you are affraid of everything, what are you going to see???

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  • Night out in Morningside

    This is a very trendy bar. Drinks are average priced (8-15 ZAR). Great place to meet people and have a wonderful time. There is a special room on the side that opens on the weekends with red velvet couches, disco balls, djs, two bars, outside dining, and flat screen tvs featuring runway shows throughout the night. I would recommend going on Friday...

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  • Casino's

    OK, the first time I went into a casino was in South Africa. But this place was the most amazing casino I have ever been in! It is completely decked out as a tuscan village (with even the washing strung out above your head as you pass through the streets!) I am not a gambling person, but even I had to have a shot on the slot machines! Inside you...

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  • The docks

    I hear the Cape Town docks have had a new lease of life, not for shipping but for tourists, my dad used to work there when it was dirty and full of workers.They have bars and restaurants there and seems to be one of the good tourist places to go now. Hav'nt heard of any, but best to go smart, casual.

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  • Braai's and Red Bull

    I loved that every single evening was another reason to fire up the braai and open a few bottles of wine. (Occasionally the red bull and vodka too! Yikes!!) I loved how social the South Africans were and the stories told over the braai or fire are amoung my best memories! Bug spray and a beer.

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  • CASINO`S

    THE CASINOS HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA ARE GREAT THE WORKMANSHIP THAT HAS GONE INTO ALL THE CASINOS IS GREAT THERE IS THE SUN CITY , CARNAVIL CITY , MONTI CASINO CEASERS PALACE, WILD COAST SUN TO NAME BUT A FEW ..........

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  • CAPETOWN NIGHTLIFE

    Long Street is the place to be if you want to party in Capetown. It has different pubs, discos and places to eat something quick. Just walk around and go inside the place you find the best for you. No coat required, but capetonians do like to dress to go out. A shirt and jeans it's ok. Don't even think of going out with shorts and tank tops....

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  • Pretoria Nightlife

    This place is quite small, but it has good music. It's next to a bar, wher you can go to have a bite and a few beers. Quite close to the Menlyn Mall, it's worth going. Try a shirt and jeans. You'll never get it wrong this way!

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  • THE BLINKING OWL

    GREAT CROWD OF PEOPLE PORT ELIZABETH IS BY FAR THE FRIENDLIST OF PLACES WHEN I WAS THERE , YOU MEET SO MANY PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE ,AND ONE HAS TO GET THERE EARLY AS IT FILLS UP RATHER QUICKLY AND THEY CAN TALK .............................. NONE WHAT SO EVER

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  • Making New Friends

    Long Street has lots of interesting bars and restaurants. The most popular bar is called Jo'burg ( beer R9.00) with very eclectic music and dance floor. We also loved the famous Lola's Cafe with great African curry dish and stoned waiters ( always high when serving customers!).However, we spent most of our evenings at our hostel chatting with our...

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  • Buzzin with cheap beer!

    If you dont feel safe going out at night, most hostels have at least a bar(some just have a fridge with beer) and a common room so you can have fun in the hostel. Cape Town has awesome nightlife! South africans are very relaxed with their dress codes, no need to pack your best clubbing gear. Trainers, jeans and a t-shirt is fine!

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  • Peace on Signal hill

    If you want to see the town by the night go to Signal hill and bring with you a jacket and relax with your friends.

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  • Movies to V&A Waterfront

    Inside of the V&A Waterfront, there is a cinema. Tuesday it's half price then almost all people go there to see a good movie. and It's very comfortable.

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  • I cannot remember now, but go...

    I cannot remember now, but go see Robin Auld somewhere between Muizenburg and Fishhoek. This guy is a very talented musician/song writer. You will see his name on a sign stating, 'Robin Auld'If you like music, song writing, and live music Robin Auld is a must. He will capture you with his lyrics. Surf trunks a t-shirt and money for some beer and...

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  • I've heard that there are very...

    I've heard that there are very good clubs where local groups play good jazz. Most of them are black (yes, there is still segregation in South Africa), so go with your black South African friends, otherwise you may have problems. I regret having had to leave the day before I could be taken to one of those clubs.

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  • In Central Cape Town its Long...

    In Central Cape Town its Long Street - anything outside this is COMPLETELY deserted after dark. Think of your home city after an outbreak of smallpox, followed by a sarin gas attack to finish off the survivors. Even the homeless people disappear when the sun goes downMix of people and cultures makes it unique Casual

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  • African night

    The Drum Cafe is great for the people who like to play drum (live). There is a professionnal who play sometimes.Le Drum Cafe est bien pour les gens qui aime jouer du drum (sur place). Il y a un professionnel qui joue quelques fois aussi.

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  • LOLNightlife is VERY limited....

    LOLNightlife is VERY limited. Evening safari leaves camp aroung 3PM and returns around 8PM. Dinner is served between 8-10PM in the outdoor Boma (dining area) and then its off to bed (wake up is 5:30AM ).

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  • Cinemas! Cheap price,...

    Cinemas! Cheap price, wonderful theatres! (I haven't been back for a while, if this has changed, someone please send me a message and correct me, thanx!)Movie theatres in Pretoria, or Cape Town have the best theatres I have ever been to... Huge screens, comfy seats... !! As long as you are comfortable!

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  • Not something you would...

    Not something you would expect, but the night we have spend at Kagga Kamma ,we considered as the most beautifull way to spend the night.The environment overthere, between the animals, and the fact that we were the only 2 people that night, made it very special for us. Shorts and t-shirt.

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  • Climb Lionhead or Signal hill...

    Climb Lionhead or Signal hill or Table Mountain in Cape Town and watch the sunset from up there. Of course, you can take a car or cable car up Signal and Table, but not Lion Head. I think it's called Lion Head. Nice view. Check it out.If you see this guy- his name is Nick- and if you mention my name he'll take you around and tell you loads of...

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  • At almost all our lodgings...

    At almost all our lodgings there was a braai (southafrican for barbeque) available. So most of the time we had a 'braai'.Sometimes together with our temporary neighbours sometimes just among us, with a good glass of wine (the south-african wines are good !!!).

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  • There are many clubs in all...

    There are many clubs in all the major cities. I would suggest to avoid Johannesburg central city. The surrounding suburbs such as Bruma, Northcliff, Randburg, Sandton, Melville, to name just a few , are hives of nightlife. 'The Waterfront' just off Republic Rd in Randburg has about eighty odd resturants/pubs/clubs situated around a lake. Usually...

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  • Near a waterhole

    I will start with telling you that this is a postcard and not a picture of myself. But I thought it was such a great view, that I wanted to share it with all my VT-friends.

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  • filipdebont's Nightlife Tip

    Another postcard of two drinking Rhino's. I am not sure, but I think you can't make pictures like this in Kruger Park, for the simple reason that the park closes at sunset. In Etosha (Namibia) you can do this, because there are lighted waterholes next to the rest camps (see my Namibia page).

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  • Joe Kools, Durban, North Beach

    Joe Kools, Durban, North BeachIt's a pub/retaurant on the beach in Durban. It has a dancefloor and it also has an open roof for people to go to. It's great, any time of year, but can get really hot inside during summer (Nov-March) It really buzzes on a Sunday night. Anything goes, except going barefoot. It's a beachy place

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