No two sunsets are alike, but some are without doubt more spectacular than others. Here we take a look at some of the most epic spots to be when the day comes to an end, whether you’re on safari enjoying sundowners with a group of friends or by yourself.
If you want to feel like you’re in Disney’s The Lion King, then you’ll want to be here to catch the last rays of sunlight. With the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop, Tanzania is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
This is the world’s second-largest desert, which means there are loads of wide open spaces to spread a blanket, open an ice-cold beer and marvel in the silence and vastness of life. Our suggestion? Experience it alone with nothing but your own thoughts to distract you.
Imagine the Great Pyramids bathed in the golden glow of the setting sun. While massively impressive on any given day, seeing the sun set behind the pyramids will easily be one of the most mesmerising and memorable experiences of your life.
The vast landscapes and impressive sand dunes of Namibia will steal your heart in seconds. Watch the sun set from the top of one of the massive dunes in Sossusvlei, or observe wild animals gather around the watering holes at the Etosha pan. Or opt for the soothing sounds and smells of the ocean at Swakopmund, while sipping champagne and eating oysters to your heart’s content.
In Zimbabwe you can watch the sun from a houseboat or the safety of the roof of a 4×4 as it sets over the spectacular fourth-largest man-made lake, Lake Kariba. The lake is brimming with wildlife, and if watching Africa’s gentle giants cool down in the water is on your bucket list, then this is your go-to destination. A second spectacular option is without doubt the Victoria Falls, but be warned: whereas Lake Kariba is filled with wild animals, Victoria Falls is a popular tourist destination, so you won’t get the same solitude.
Watch the sun set over the ocean from Cape Town’s popular sunset-viewing spot on top of Signal Hill. For something completely different, and if you love trees (and more specifically baobabs), you can have an unforgettable sunset experience in among South Africa’s largest collection of baobabs in the far north near Musina.
We’d love to hear from you. Where have you seen the most impressive and memorable sunset in Africa?