South Africa has enjoyed something of a renaissance in the past few decades and, post hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2010, has established a reputation as a major destination for revellers and the global night life elite. With an ever growing and trendy nightlife scene, we take a look at five of the best nights out to be enjoyed in the rainbow nation.
Set right in the heart of Sandton, the richest square mile on the African continent, is the high end, glamorous nightclub, Taboo. It’s a nightclub that is filled with richest people in town and a good place to spot celebrities and other members of the Johannesburg elite. It’s a must for South African socialites who use the venue to see and be seen all the while escaping from everyday life. As well as the high end regulars, the club offers DJs, both local and international, as well as global icons of the music scene. Inside the club, you’ll be greeted by two floors and four stylishly distinctive and decadent spaces. These include the hip hop dance floor Luxe Taboo, the Greygoose (vodka) VIP lounge and, upstairs, the Plush Taboo dance floor, which beats and vibrates only to the very best and biggest house music around. There’s also a great chill out garden outside where you can catch your breath and enjoy the stunning night time views of Sandton’s breath taking skylines or, if you prefer, you can always take a quick swim in one or both of the two pools. With options like this, it’s easy to see why it has become such a popular place for the elite and why it has set a precedent for entertainment throughout the entire continent.
Emnotweni Casino, Nelspruit
Nelspruit, in South Africa’s north east, is often referred to as the gateway to the world famous Kruger national park. This beautiful town is located on the Crocodile River and is the capital of the Mpumalanga region, filled with spectacular hills and deep bush filled valleys, all bathed in year round African sunshine. It’s an extremely popular destination for holiday makers that flock to the town all year long in order to snap pictures of the local wildlife that includes Africa’s big five. Other attractions include the Sudwala caves, cultural centre and a dinosaur park, which all add to the entertainment. Of an evening, one place that has proved hugely popular is Emnotweni Casino where, after a long day in the bush on photo safari, many visitors choose to relax, unwind and enjoy a bit of luxury. The casino itself is filled with 425 slot machines that include reel slots and video slots. The casino also offers video poker, alongside the regular table game and, with Blackjack and roulette, this casino really has something for everybody.
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Rosebank’s Kong nightclub is one the country’s hottest places to party the night away and has even hosted mega stars like boxer Floyd “the money” Mayweather and Justin Bieber. Featuring two bars, a Jameson Lounge and Grey Goose Lounge, named after the drink brands naturally, it opens for business at the weekend and public holidays, playing urban music on Fridays and electro and dance music on Saturday nights. Owned by nightclub mogul Stephane Cohen, who has been providing locals with upper quality nightclubs for years, Kong is a major feature of Jo’burg nightlife and is located in the heart of the metropolitan area, Rosebank. The club boasts a cutting edge sound system which, they claim, is the best in the country, while the club itself draws in a young, successful and sexy clientele meaning it is frequented by South Africa’s hottest party goers living it up, well into the early hours of the morning.
Cape Town Comedy Club
Located on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is the city’s premier comedy venue which provides a reputable stand up stage for the joke hungry populous. It opened for business in 2005 following a successful pop up festival and has since established itself as an edgy, boundary pushing theatre of laughs and, the only place in the Mother City providing comedy five nights a week. This showcase venue lives in a refurbished and gentrified former pump house which dates back to 1882, and lets the exposed brick work create great acoustics for live stand-up comedy. Back in the 90’s, The Pumphouse was also a regular music venue and, in keeping with tradition, the CTCC still provides live musical entertainment to this day. This is why it has become one of the best nights out in Cape Town, showcasing the South Africa’s best jokers and bringing comedy to Waterfront visitors all year round. With a full service restaurant and bar, locals and tourists mix together enjoying great food, relaxing and laughing in a safe, upmarket environment