Best Places To See The Sunset In South Africa

Best Places To See The Sunset In South Africa

“South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth. Admittedly, I am biased but when you combine the natural beauty, and the fact that the region is a haven for Africa’s most splendid wildlife, then I think we have been blessed with a truly wonderful land.” – Nelson Mandela

Often described as ‘a world in one country’, South Africa is the continent’s jack of all trades – It is one of those glorious countries that just ‘HAVE-IT-ALL’ – A total enigma, and we just can’t get enough – and neither can the rest of the world! Breathtaking, vibrant, captivating, and brimming with diverse cultures, languages, religions, ethnicities, and so much more, South Africa is a country unlike any other.

Boasting a vast, varied, and beyond astonishing array of diverse landscapes that range from the most beautiful beaches and coastlines in the world, expansive savannahs, majestic mountains (including the globally acclaimed Table Mountain – one of the ‘7 Natural Wonders of the World’) and magnificent mountain ranges, vibrant and colourful cities, the captivating Cape Winelands, sensational secret spots, spectacular hidden gems, and of course the unspoiled, untouched, and untamed African bushveld – there’s a little bit of everything on the southern tip of Africa.

Regarded as one of the most diverse countries in the world – it is the ‘Rainbow Nation’ after all – South Africa has no shortage of stunning destinations, landscapes, and regions to visit, discover, and explore – Each one as beautiful, unique, and exciting as the next.

With so many beautiful and diverse destinations, regions, and landscapes to visit, discover, and explore it’s no surprise that South Africa has managed to capture the hearts of tourists, travellers, globe-trotters, wanderlust wonderers, and sunset chasers from around the world.

Whether atop a mountain, beside a waterfall, or on a remote beach, the sunsets of South Africa are a testament to the country’s unparalleled beauty and the magic that occurs when the African sun bids farewell to another day.

Here are some of the best places to see the sunset in South Africa.

#Table Mountain | Cape Town | Western Cape

Are you ready to experience Mother Nature at her finest sunset hour? Add Table Mountain to your global sunset bucket list right away!

Best Places To See The Sunset In South Africa

You can’t beat watching the sunset from the top of the world, and Table Mountain is the closest you’ll get in Cape Town.

What would a compilation of the best sunset spots in South Africa be without the tall-standing mountainous giant dominating the Mother City skyline – Table Mountain? Standing tall at a staggering 1,086 meters above sea level, Table Mountain is not only one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, but a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. That’s certainly not all. In addition to all its accolades, Table Mountain is also known as the ultimate mecca for nature lovers, avid hikers, keen adventure seekers, and die-hard sunset chasers – to mention merely a few.

While admiring Table Mountain from below from various vantage and look-out points scattered across the city is every bit as beautiful, there are few things that compare to the view from the Table Mountain summit 3,563 ft above sea level. You’ll be utterly mesmerized by sweeping 360degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, Lions Head, Signal Hill, the Mother City in all her glory, and the entire Cape Peninsula. Add one of Cape Town’s magical sherbet-coloured sunsets to the equation and you may never want to come down – It really is that SPECTACULAR!

There are two main ways to reach the Table Mountain summit: by taking a ride on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway or by hiking your way to the top via one of Table Mountain’s countless hiking trails.

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers visitors and avid sunset seekers a truly stunning ascent to the top of the glorious flat-topped mountain. In addition to transporting you to sunset heaven 1,086 meters above sea level, going on an exciting Aerial Cableway ride is by far one of the most highly sought-after experiences and things to do in Cape Town. This is one not-to-be-missed bucket-list worthy adventure experience that will be thoroughly enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE – both the young and young at heart!

However, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, daring, and ready to take on the ultimate Cape Town hiking challenge, hiking up the all-mighty Table Mountain is the way to go! Hiking up Table Mountain for sunset adds an extra special touch to an already thrilling experience, offering incomparable views of the city, ocean, and beyond. Not to mention, hiking to the top of Table Mountain is an unbelievable bucket-list worthy adventure and unforgettable experience in every way. While it may seem rather daunting and intimidating at first sight, once you reach the top it will be oh so worth it – we promise!

**The hike is free and takes about 2 hours for someone with moderate fitness.

In our humble opinion, the best time to head up Table Mountain is early evening to see the sun dipping into a sea of gold and the sky streaked with violet and maroon. Signal Hill and Lion’s Head, both of which are part of the Table Mountain National Park, are also worthy vantage points from which to watch the sunset in South Africa.

**Added Extra: While you’re up there, why not pair your sweep-you-off-your-feet Table Mountain sunset backdrop and magnificent view over the vast Atlantic, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Camps Bay, Clifton, glorious Mother City and beyond, with a lovely picnic and celebratory bottle of bubbly on one of the many benches, giant rocks, or beautiful spots scattered along the Table Mountain summit?

#Kruger National Park | Home of South Africa’s Big5 | Mpumalanga & Limpopo Province

South African tourism has a secret weapon – the Kruger National Park! Deemed one of the greatest National Parks in the world, the Kruger National Park is not only the second largest park in Africa, but South Africa’s flagship National Park. The pristine wilderness within the Kruger Park is spread across an impressive 2 million hectares of unspoiled African bushveld that stretches for 352 kilometres across the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the far north-eastern corner of South Africa.

As the oldest, largest, and most established park, the Kruger National Park is home to the highest population density of Big 5 in South Africa. It is one of the very few places in the world where you are able to see every member of the African Big 5 in one place in their natural habitat.

The Kruger National Park’s superior Big 5 status has undoubtedly made it a staple destination on any safari-goer’s bucket-list, whether they’re a beginner or a seasoned traveller to Africa.

Besides the highly sought-after African Big 5, the Kruger National Park is also known for its vast diversity of wildlife and birdlife species as well as its spectacular sightings of several endangered or ‘rarely seen’ wildlife species, including the sable, roan antelope, cheetah, and African wild dog. In fact, the Kruger Park’s African wild dogs are one of the few populations of this endangered species left in the world. Its unfenced neighbour, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, shares the park’s prolific abundance of wildlife.

Lying in the heart of the Lowveld, the Kruger Park offers an unparalleled African safari and wildlife experience that’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before. It’s no surprise that wildlife and nature lovers travel from all around the world to witness the unspoiled natural beauty and untamed wilderness of the Kruger National Park first-hand. If going on an authentic African safari in the Kruger National Park is not on your bucket-list, you better add it right away – trust us, you won’t be disappointed in the slightest!

**Sunset game drives are another draw; watch the resident wildlife carrying out their nighttime routines, as the sun melts into the horizon and the heavens are brushed with fiery strokes.

  • When is The Best Time to Visit the Kruger National Park: May to September (Dry Season in The Kruger Park)

**BONUS: Check out our ‘Kruger National Park’, ‘Why you should go on a Kruger Park Safari’, and ‘Best Time to go to the Kruger National Park’ blogs for absolutely everything you want, need, and absolutely must know about South Africa’s flagship National Park.

#50-Story Carlton Centre | Johannesburg | Gauteng

Find the Top of Africa at the top of the Carlton Centre in downtown Johannesburg!

The very top of the 50-story Carlton Centre in downtown Joburg is by far one of the best & most iconic sunset spots in South Africa! At 50 storeys, it is Africa’s tallest building and though it may not be as glitzy as New York’s Empire State Building, the views are down-right magnificent – especially on a clear day & particularly at sunset!

If you have a head for heights and want the best sunset view in Johannesburg, then be sure to visit the Top of Africa on the 50th floor of the 223m-high Carlton Centre, a building that just fails to make the list of the world’s top 100 skyscrapers by a mere 40m. This feat of architecture alone makes the Carlton Centre one of the top must-see attractions in Johannesburg.

The 50-story sky high masterpiece guarantees a prime seat to view the spectacular Joburg city sunset, paired with a stunning 360-degree view of the glorious Jozi skyline. In fact, from the observatory deck of the 50-story Carlton Centre, you can see the whole of Joburg – what more could you possibly ask for?

#Camps Bay | Cape Town | Western Cape

The Jewel of Cape Town’s Coastline

Beachy sunset lovers, this one is for you! Of course we had to include one of the most breathtaking beach stunners of them all – AKA: Camps Bay Beach – on our list of ‘The Best Places to see the Sunset in South Africa’. Located just down the road from Clifton Beach you’ll find the gently curving crescent and pure slice of beautiful beach paradise that is Camps Bay – one of the most (if not THE most) spectacular & highly sought-after beaches on the Cape Coast.

Boasting a stunning long stretch of white sand, clear turquoise ocean water, fringing palm trees, and a vibrant promenade – known as the ‘Camps Bay Sunset Strip’ – lined with an array of trendy restaurants, bars, clubs, and sundowner spots bordering the buttery blonde sand, Camps Bay is pure beach perfection. However, late-night revelries aren’t the only reason why people congregate here come evening, as the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range, Lions Head, and wide expanse of sand leading into the vast Atlantic offer the ideal backdrop for watching the sun descend and sherbet-coloured hues set the sky alight in a breathtaking celebration of colours. It is pure beach sunset bliss. *Some sunset chasers have even gone as far as to say that Camps Bay boasts the best sunset in the world, let alone South Africa. While it may well be a pretty bold statement, Camps Bay Beach has loudly & proudly claimed the title as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – so, why not add ‘best sunset spot in the world’ to its list of accolades?

As one of the most beautiful beaches & sunset spots in Cape Town, South Africa, and perhaps the world, it’s no surprise that the captivating Camps Bay has established itself as the ultimate beach & sundowner hotspot & destination in Cape Town amongst both locals & tourists alike, with everyone looking to experience just a second of that glorious Camps Bay beach magic!

  • Where to find it: 63 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
  • Best for: Family fun, sunbathing, beach volleyball, beach & water sports enthusiasts, sunset cocktails & experiencing Cape Town’s vibrant beach culture – it’s an easy transition from the broad beach to the buzzing cafes on the Camps Bay strip.
  • *Blue Flag Status*

#Lake Eland Game Reserve | KwaZulu-Natal

Okay, so this one isn’t quite in Durban- but it is still such an amazing spot that is often forgotten about. Situated just a short 2-hour drive from Durban is the Lake Eland Game Reserve. This is an amazing spot to spend a long weekend or just to pop out for a weekend adventure.

One of the amazing things about Lake Eland is the wide array of activities that the area has to offer. Lake Elands main attraction is the self-guided game drives and the viewing of abundant wild life and flora to be seen from the comfort of your car. For people who are more adventurous there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy.

The main attraction and best sunset spot definitely has to be the 80m suspension bridge. If you can stomach walking across the 80m bridge, the views of sunset from the lapa on the other side is amazing as the sun sets over the Lake Eland Gorge.

#Chapman’s Peak Drive | Cape Town | Western Cape

Named one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world, taking a drive along the picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Affectionately known as ‘Chappies, this captivating coastal road ribbons along the Atlantic Coast of South Africa between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Boasting breathtaking panoramic views over the vast Atlantic Ocean, the sea views from Chapman’s Peak are second to none at any hour. However,

If you’re looking to experience something extra special, a sunset drive, just before, along Chapman’s Peak promises to sweep you off your feet and capture your sunset-loving heart with rosy pink and rich ochre sunsets as the day dissolves into twilight. Chapman’s Peak isn’t known as one of the best and most beautiful sunset spots in Cape Town for nothing.

**If you’re eager to add some adventure and thrill to your Chapman’s Peak Drive experience, here are a few things to look out for:

**Tip: Chapman’s Peak Drive is known for its amazing hidden gems scattered along the route. Two of which include the waterfall walk and the secret Look-out Cave.

The waterfall walk is perfect for nature lovers and adventurers and is found just before you reach the toll gate on your way towards Noordhoek.

The Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave is not only one of its most beautiful hidden gems, but one of Cape Town’s top secret caves and best sunset spots too. Like all of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little off the beaten path to find it. Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point – This is where the real adventure begins!

Positioned just below the pass, you’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside to reach the Lookout Cave. Once you’ve reached this cool secret hideaway and stunning sunset spot, it’s time to sit back, relax and soak it all in. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view over Hout Bay and Atlantic Ocean. An extra bonus is that it has enough space to enjoy a picnic and a few sundowners paired with one hell of a view.

Besides these two must-visit secret spots, there are a variety of look-out points and picnic sites located at various points along the drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is also known as one of the best places to spot the beloved members of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5. Make sure to keep a look-out for Cape Fur Seals, Dolphins, Southern Right Whales, and African Penguins.

** Important note: Chapman’s Peak Drive may be closed during severe weather, or because of road maintenance. Contact the customer service line (021 791 8220) or visit their Facebook page or website to check the current status.

  • Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
  • Best time: Best during daylight hours | Particularly beautiful at sunset
  • Cost: Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road, and as such requires as toll tariff fee. Each category of vehicle pays a different tariff and the tariff is applicable in each direction.
  • Toll Details: Click here to find out more about the Chapman’s Peak Standard Toll Tariffs | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Day Passes | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Frequent User Benefits

#Madikwe Game Reserve | North West Province

Deemed as somewhat of an African safari hidden gem, the expansive Madikwe Game Reserve is the fifth largest game reserve in the country. Bordering Botswana and the Kalahari Desert, the magnificent Madikwe is tucked away in the North West Province of South Africa. With diverse landscapes, including bushveld, grasslands, and rocky slopes, the area is one of the most pristine locations in Africa for Big 5 safaris.

Boasting an extensive and gloriously diverse wildlife population, Madikwe Game Reserve is not only home to all the members of Africa’s highly sought-after Big 5, with encounters almost guaranteed on any visit, but also gives wildlife enthusiasts the incredible opportunity to witness several endangered animals, especially African wild dogs, as well as enjoy exceptional sightings of various wildlife species, including the elusive cheetah, brown hyena, aardwolf, elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, and zebras (to mention merely a few), all of which are a common sight within the reserve. In total, the reserve is said to shelter approximately 10,000 mammals and 350 bird species. *See as many as you can before the daylight diminishes, then watch as a spill of gold spreads across the sky and the sunset’s colours bleed into dusk’s blank canvas.

In addition to its wild, untamed, and unapologetic natural beauty, and abundance of wildlife species, Madikwe Game Reserve is regarded as one of Africa’s most sought-after wildlife and Big 5 safari destinations as well as one of the continents best conservation areas.

Beyond preserving wildlife, one of the many things that sets this remarkable game reserve apart is its unwavering dedication to community upliftment. Madikwe is not only a massive champion of social investment and responsible tourism in the region, but plays a major role in economically uplifting the various communities within the area.

  • When is The Best Time to Visit Madikwe Game Reserve: Plan your visit around May to September for the best wildlife viewing.

#The Garden Route | Eastern & Western Cape

The Garden Route is a glorious 300-kilometre / 190-mile stretch of coastline in South Africa. Secluded, wild, and unapologetically beautiful, the iconic Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most sought-after and sensational stretches of coastline.

While the Garden Route is known to start / run from the small town of Mossel Bay, the starting point of this extraordinary stretch of coastline is constantly contested as towns such as Witsand, Stilbaai, and Albertinia join the route that winds its way for some 200km through outstanding natural beauty via George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, and Knysna on to Plettenberg Bay culminating in the Tstisikamma Forest – a fairyland of giant trees, ferns and bird life. The Garden Route stretches on the southern coast from Heidelberg to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River. It’s a nook of the country that offers inspiration to writers and artists whose presence gives the Garden Route a trendy flavour. It is also a top priority of many a foreign visitor. The coastal drive links a series of charming towns interspersed with natural beauty.

Hold on, there’s more, SO much more! Driving along the Garden Route is a true feast to the eye as you witness mountains crowd close to a shoreline dotted with beaches and bays, and vividly coloured wild flowers that delight the eye. Between Heidelberg and Storms River, the Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes, mountains, tall indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers, and golden beaches. It is nothing short of breathtaking!

The glorious Garden Route is a serendipitous combination of world-class beaches, iridescent lagoons, and indigenous forests interspersed with welcoming towns, and a simple, scenic, ocean-hugging highway.

Beyond all of its natural splendour, vast vistas, lush landscapes, and jaw-dropping surroundings, the Garden Route boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches and sherbet-coloured beach sunsets in the world, attracting head-over-heels beachy sunset lovers from all across the globe looking to experience the Garden Route beach sunset magic for themselves! There truly is nothing quite like it!

It is therefore IMPERRATIVE that you make a few stops – beaches being at the top of the list – when driving along this pristine coastline – especially at dusk! As this is when all the beach sunset magic happens!

#Motlatse Canyon | Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve | Mpumalanga

In South Africa’s Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Motlatse Canyon is captivating at sunset, sculpted by the Motlatse River. The canyon’s crevices and cliffs light up in the golden hour, and the Motlatse River mirrors the sunset. Each sunset is a natural display, with colours shifting from vibrant to soft. Whether seen from the canyon’s edge or during a river cruise, it connects you with the enduring beauty of South Africa’s wilderness.

In addition to Motlaste Canyon’s sunset splendour, the remarkable Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is undoubtedly one of the best sunset spots in South Africa. The iconic Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, with its red rocks standing 2,625 ft (800 m) above the river bed, sure is a sight for sore eyes. Watch the sun embrace the geographically diverse land from one of the many viewpoints on the edge of the canyon.

#Alto234 | Johannesburg | Gauteng

Africa’s Highest Urban Bar

The renowned Alto234 is located right at the apex of the exclusive and luxurious Leonardo Hotelthe 3rd tallest building in Africa – in the heart of Sandton. Loudly and proudly claiming the title of ‘Africa’s highest urban bar’, the spectacular open-air Alto234 Rooftop Bar sits at an astounding 234 metres (hence its name), above ground.

From its vantage point, the elusive rooftop bar boasts immersive 360-degree views of the breathtaking Joburg skyline. To the north, the Voortrekker Monument; to the east, the steel birds descending on OR Tambo International Airport; to the west, the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains and the splendour of the spectacular Johannesburg sunset; and to the south, the Soweto township. Thereby providing you with a complete bird’s eye view of ‘The City of Gold’ in all its glory.

Offering a truly elevated Johannesburg experience, this modern and minimalist open-air rooftop venue on the 57th floor of The Leonardo Hotel is the epitome of lavish luxury. As the daylight gently fades into twilight – a flickering fire, soft lighting, and plush seating set the tone for an unparalleled sunset experience, paired with an indulgent cocktail of course. Alto234 offers seven remarkable seating areas – featuring both interior and outdoor seating – and flutes of chilled champagne upon arrival.

Timing is absolutely essential to fully appreciate Alto234’s significance as a premier sunset spot. Arriving before the golden hour is key, just before the sun paints the sky with gold, amber, and rose hues, and the beautiful cityscape transforms from day to night.

#Swartberg Pass | Western Cape

To experience one of the most beautiful sunsets in South Africa, you should drive to the top of the Swartberg Pass – One of the most impressive and breathtaking mountain passes in South Africa. The pass is located on the R328, which runs through the Swartberg mountain range or Black Mountain in the Western Cape.

The Swartberg Pass is for many South Africans, the rubicon of gravel road passes. There is a certain allure and mystique around this old pass, coupled with its status as a national monument, which elevates the Swartberg Pass to the very top of the list.

As the sun starts to set, the rock face glows a deep and fiery red in the setting sun – ultimately earning itself the nickname “Wall of Fire”. It truly is a sight to behold! In addition to admiring the magnificent mountain pass sunset, along with its incredible surrounding vistas and views, be sure to keep your eyes peeled as chances are high that you’ll spot some playful baboons or graceful klipspringers effortlessly navigating the mountainside.

But the magic doesn’t stop there! As you soak in the beauty, you’ll also be stepping back in time, exploring the rich history of this border area. Most of the historical points of interest are signposted along the pass. There are names like Die Stalletjie (Small Stall), Witdraai (White Corner), Fonteintjie (Small Fountain), Skelmdraai (Devious Corner), and of course Die Top. Each stop along the pass tells a story, giving you a deeper understanding of South Africa’s past and the importance of the Swartberg Pass to the history of South Africa.

Why not make a day of it? Combine a scenic road trip with a history lesson and create unforgettable memories against the backdrop of one of South Africa’s most stunning mountain passes and sunset spots!

The Swartberg Pass is +/- 23,8 km long and takes about an hour to drive, excluding stops. You will be treated to a wide variety of incredible scenery and stunning sweeping views as you make your way along the pass. The Swartberg Pass has almost too much to offer the traveller with a never ending changing set of views – each as awe inspiring as the one before.

  • Location: The Swartberg Pass on the R328 runs over the Swartberg mountain range (black mountain in English) which runs roughly east–west along the northern edge of the semi-arid area called the Little Karoo in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

#Spitzkop Viewpoint | Ysternek Nature Reserve | Garden Route | Western Cape

The Garden Route is full of gems – some are well known and frequented by tourists (such as the Bloukrans Bridge, Knysna Heads, and the Tsitsikamma), while others are secreted away for only the avid explorer to enjoy.

Spitskop is one of the latter. It is part of the Ysternek Nature Reserve, which is a forest reserve that covers almost 12 square kilometres and showcases some of the most stunning scenery in the country.

At a height of 933m, Spitzkop is the highest accessible peak in the region. On a clear day and if timed correctly, it offers truly magnificent sunrises and sunsets over much of the region; from the coastline to the forests and mountains that reach from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay.

#The Heads Lookout Point | Knysna | Western Cape

On the Eastern Head in Knysna, the Heads viewpoint consists of three decks that offer stunning views any time of the day, but specifically so at dawn and dusk. Looking towards the town of Knysna over the lagoon, the sun rises over your shoulders to herald a new day. You can watch it set behind the hills as another remarkable day ends in Knysna, and watch the sun as it rises or sets over the ocean from one of the viewing decks.

**The Heads Lookout Point is at the top of the Eastern Head. Travel along George Rex Drive to the Eastern Head and follow the signs up the hill.

#God’s Window | Mpumalanga

God’s Window in Mpumalanga, South Africa, is a perfect spot for a stunning sunset. Perched on the Drakensberg escarpment, it provides a beautiful view of the Lowveld with lush forests and distant mountains. As the sun sets, warm hues paint the sky, casting a lovely glow over the landscape. People gather to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the endless horizon.

#Lime Bay | Western Cape

On the southern peninsula of the Western Cape of South Africa, just a short drive from the center of Cape Town, lies Kalk Bay. The picturesque little harbor village offers a unique character and conjures up the perfect atmosphere to watch the sunset in many places.

The multitude of restaurants, cafes, bookstores and stores, provide charm and are perfect to admire the view of the mountains and the sea. An absolute recommendation to experience an unforgettable sunset in the Western Cape. Watch the various shades of pink and orange dance in the sky and illuminate the enchanting Kalk Bay area.

**Insider Tip: Arguably the best place to watch the sunset in Kalk Bay is the Brass Bell. This oceanfront eatery offers live music, delicious local dishes, and a breathtaking view of the evening sky.

#The Roof Bryanston | Johannesburg | Gauteng

Amid Joburg’s vibrant urban landscape, The Roof Bryanston Rooftop Cocktail Bar has garnered the reputation as one of the top MUST-VISIT rooftop sundowner spots in the city. Boasting one of the most sensational views of Joburg, Sandton City, and all of the stunning surrounding city landscapes and skyline, Jozi’s coolest Rooftop Bar in Bryanston – AKA: The Roof Bryanston, sets the stage for a truly unforgettable evening against the backdrop of the setting sun. This undoubtedly makes The Roof Bryanston the ultimate rooftop sundowner spot to savour and enjoy Joburg’s beautiful warm summer sunsets & sensational selection of cocktails.

From indulgent signature cocktails to a delightful tapas menu that showcases an unexpectantly wide diversity of both non-vegetarian and vegetarian options – including all their famous The Roof Bryanston dishes & top secret culinary delights that will leave you salivating & coming back for more – this not-to-be-missed rooftop venue transforms from being the top spot in the city for savouring sundowners and watching sweep-you-off-your-feet sunsets, to a truly memorable event and unforgettable experience.

From this vantage point, the rooftop offers an exclusive view that fully captures the city’s dynamism: the glass and concrete spires of the CBD, surrounded by the emerald tops of wooded suburbs.

#Pilanesberg National Park | Northwest Province

In South Africa’s Northwest Province, Pilanesberg National Park is a volcanic crater home to diverse wildlife, including the Big Five. Its unique history and closeness to Johannesburg make it a popular safari spot. At sunset, Pilanesberg transforms with a golden glow, showcasing the peaceful beauty of the savannah in this remarkable game reserve.

#The Augrabies Falls | Northern Cape

In South Africa’s Northern Cape, Augrabies Falls is stunning at sunset, bathed in golden light that creates a serene atmosphere over the rugged landscape. Augrabies Falls National Park has perfect spots to see this, with falling waters becoming a majestic focus against the changing evening sky.

#The Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve | Western Cape

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains is a stunning place to witness a mesmerizing sunset. The unique rock formations light up with warm colours, creating a one-of-a-kind experience whether you’re at the accommodations or on a nature walk. The changing colours reflect off the ancient rocks, making Kagga Kamma’s sunset a memorable part of South Africa’s wild beauty as day turns into night.

#The Baviaanskloof | Eastern Cape

Located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, the Baviaanskloof is a special wilderness area with rugged landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and ancient rocks. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a haven for nature lovers. When the sun sets, the Baviaanskloof transforms, painting warm hues over its unique terrain and creating a breathtaking end to the day.

#Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park | The Gateway to KwaZulu Natal’s Wild Wonders

It’s well documented that South Africa’s coastline excels when it comes to sunsets. But what about if you’re visiting the ‘Rainbow Nation’ for its safari expertise? Luckily, the country’s game reserves, and safari parks also put on spectacular celestial shows, with the sky set ablaze with a melting pot of colours.

For a stellar safari sunset in South Africa, look no further than Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in the heart of Zululand on South Africa’s east coast. Surrounded by bright sugarcane fields and pineapple plantations, the village is located near the banks of the Hluhluwe River and acts as the gateway to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Covering approximately 96,000 hectares of forested, mountainous, and rippling savannah landscapes.

After a day spent ticking off incredible up-close sightings of the iconic Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos) as well as an array of other wildlife species, there is no better way to unwind than enjoying sundowner drinks with a sunset side order – it is truly unmatched!

While many know Hluhluwe to be a one of the top Big 5 safari destinations in Africa, few people are aware that Hluhluwe is, in fact, a small town located in the north of Durban in central Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Its prime location acts as a gateway to several great areas and destinations, such as Lake St. Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, various private game reserves, and of course Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

The unspoilt beaches of St Lucia, Cape Vidal, and Sodwana Bay are all easily accessed from Hluhluwe. The surf is popular for diving, snorkelling, canoeing, surfing, body boarding, and fishing. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the bays and can be seen frolicking in the waves while the humpback whales make their slow, annual migration to the warm Mozambique waters. It’s all this and so much more that makes the impeccable Hluhluwe a destination that should be at the top of every traveller and wildlife enthusiast’s bucket-list.

  • When is The Best Time to Visit Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park: May to September is a great time to visit Hluhluwe iMfolozi-Park.