In ancient Egypt, the daily rhythm of sunrise-sunset was appreciated as a continuing life-death-rebirth cycle. Egyptians believed that the Sun God Ra  – the most powerful in the Egyptian pantheon – emerged from the East at daybreak and moved across the heavens by day, and then died at day’s end, returning to the underworld. However one understands the repetitive cycles of sunrise and sundown, we all tend to experience these times of day as special. Sunrise and sunset often hold a remarkable beauty and are charged with atmosphere and meaning. We offer you some special places in South Africa where sunsets can be particularly magical.

The wilderness is probably the the best place to watch the sun set. The horizon-line is without the clutter of man-made constructions; the tranquillity is mesmerizing; and the sky’s radiant colours at sunset are painted on a perfectly unimpeded canvas. On South African safaris, sunset is usually celebrated with a sundowner stop in the bush, giving guests the opportunity to appreciate majestic skies superbly crafted by nature.

NORTH-WEST: Madikwe Game Reserve

best places for sunsets in South Africa
Tangerine sky at sunset at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve

MPUMALANGA: Sabi Sand Game Reserve

best places for sunsets in South Africa
Sundowner stop at Notten’s Bush Camp in the Sabi Sands
best places for sunsets in South Africa
Strawberry skies and dinner at the lake at Chitwa Chitwa in Sabi Sands

South Africa’s mild weather allows for sunsets to be thoroughly maximised. Long summer days and balmy evenings lend themselves to savouring romantic sunsets and peachy skies outdoors. There are many ways of doing so: outdoor dinners, boat cruises, close-of-day beach walks, and big-view mountainside picnics. Summer holidays in South Africa are made of all these things, and more.

KWAZULU-NATAL

best places for sunsets in South Africa
On the waters of Jozini Dam at the fiery blaze of sunset at White Elephant Safari Lodge in Pongola
best places for sunsets in South Africa
The burning ball of the sun about to hide itself at Three Trees at Spioenkop Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal

EASTERN CAPE

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Mauve magic above the mountains in the Shamwari Private Game Reserve in Eastern Cape

WESTERN CAPE

best places for sunsets in South Africa
The glow of pastel skies at Bushmans Kloof in the Cederberg
best places for sunsets in South Africa
Glorious al fresco cocktails and sunset dining at Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa on the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town
best places for sunsets in South Africa
Cape Town’s Table Mountain at sunset, seen from Blouberg beachfront

There are many wonderful places in South Africa offering jaw-dropping sunsets. The wilderness areas, beaches, mountainsides and winelands are all great places for soaking up a sunset. Cape Town actually has a beach in Muizenberg called Sunrise Beach and a Sunset Beach in Milnerton.

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