5 ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Africa amid the Covid19 pandemic

The new year is right around the corner, and 2020 has been an unusual year with a global pandemic upending almost every holiday plan.

In a bid to ensure its citizens’ safety, many governments worldwide have placed a ban on huge public gatherings and what this means is that a lot of the usual events will be unable to hold. Even as COVID-19 vaccines roll out globally, health officials are still urging everyone to take precautions. So how can we still celebrate New Year’s Day amid COVID-19 pandemic?

Not to worry, this article has you covered!

Let’s explore five new ways to celebrate the New Year without breaking any government regulations and staying safe.

Plan a movie night

Due to the pandemic, people have been forced to stay indoors. While it appears like the New Year will be devoid of fun, that is not the case. You do not have to be in a large gathering before having fun.

You can have much fun by doing something as simple as planning a special movie night with your loved ones. This is an ideal way to have fun if you already made plans to go see some movies at the cinema with your family.

To plan a special movie night, you do not have to leave your house. Also, you do not need a lot of people. All you need is a list of the top African movies you want to see, and you will be fine. If you are not sure the movies to see, you can binge on Netflix and Showmax to see movies like Chief Daddy, Lion Heart, 93 Days, Up North, etc.

Host a virtual party

Were you planning on attending lots of parties this period? If yes, this is a good entertainment alternative for you.

The emergence of the coronavirus altered lots of entertainment plans in 2020. However, it seems lots of people have adapted just well. Unlike a few months ago, when people had to be physically present at events, most events now occur virtually. This year, there were virtual concerts and virtual birthday parties.

The implication of this is you do not have to have less fun because of the coronavirus. You can host a virtual party and still have all the fun you planned on having this period.

Attend a socially distanced outdoor event

While it appears like most events for the New Year have been cancelled, some events will still hold. For an event to hold, it has to be a socially distanced outdoor event. So, if you fall into the category of people that think they must have some fun without being restricted to the house, simply locate a socially distanced event and attend.

Go game fishing

Game fishing is not an activity you can do in every part of Africa. However, if you will be visiting a game fishing destination or live in one, game fishing is an activity you can try out on New Year’s Day.

If you are looking for a coastline that is ideal for game fishing, you just might want to get to the Mozambique coastline as this coastline is reputable for sports fishing. The Indian Ocean along this coastline has not been explored, and it is home to the Quirimbas Archipelagos and the Bazaruto which are some of the most fantastic sportfishing destinations in Mozambique and all over the world.

Travelers arriving in Mozambique will be required to provide proof of negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based COVID-19 test results administered in their country of origin within 72 hours of departure. Children up to age 11 are exempt from this requirement.

For purposes of land border crossings, COVID-19 tests remain valid for 14 days for those requiring multiple entries over a short period of time or leaving Mozambique for a short duration.

If you do not want to visit Mozambique, you can try Mauritius as it is a perfect destination for deep-sea fishing. Additionally, you might want to get to Desroches Island in Seychelles. This island is famous as one of the most visited fishing destinations the planet. The reason for this is it is a blend of great island accommodations and rich marine life.

Embark on a Golf holiday

The world is currently experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus. Due to this, it will be unwise for people to spend time around a crowd just because they want to have fun. Although having fun during festive periods seems a lot easier when you are around people, you can still have fun all by yourself. One way to make this happen is to go on a golf holiday.

From the phrase, ‘golf holiday’, you already know what this holiday is about. There are lots of golf resorts scattered all across Africa and the festive period can be a perfect time to enjoy all that these golf courses have to offer.

When looking to embark on a golf holiday, you can always visit a golf course in your country of residence. However, there are no rules that state you can’t travel out of your country to embark on a golf holiday. If you have any plans to travel out of your country on a golf holiday, one place you should consider visiting is Mauritius. This country houses some of the earliest golf courses in the world. As a matter of fact, it was the third country to have a golf course and currently houses five 9-hole golf courses and eight 18-hole golf courses.

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