It is late summer already, and next thing you know these gorgeous balmy evenings are going to disappear with the crisp coolness of autumn and its early sunsets.
Take advantage of what remains of our glorious African summer and spend an evening at one of these magnificent sunset viewing spots:
For a driving sunset, nothing can beat the Chapman’s Peak route. Running from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, it offers some of the best sunsets in the world, spanning over the vast Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of lookout spots along the route so you can stop and admire the views until the first stars come out.
Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay is ‘the’ popular sunset spot on the Atlantic Seaboard side. Either settle down on the beach with a picnic blanket and some drinks, or get a table at one of the many bars and restaurants on the strip.
If you are adventurous and fit, hike to the top of Lions Head and take in the breath-taking views of Cape Town and Table Bay from the top. If that sounds a little too daring for you, you can always just drive up and have a picnic on the lawns.
Northcliff Water Tower
The sunset view from this iconic Joburg spot is the perfect backdrop to a romantic evening. Pack a picnic basket, find a comfy blanket, head to Lucky Avenue in Northcliff, and set yourself up for a magnificent view.
Head to the very top of the 50-story Carlton Centre and take in a stunning 360 degree view of the city from one of the highest points in Joburg. From the observatory deck, you can see the whole of Joburg, from the FNB Stadium and Soweto in the south, Braamfontein and Hillbrow to the north and Gandhi Square to the west.
The Golden Mile
For a lovely sunset walk, the Golden mile in Durban can’t be beat. This long stretch of beautiful golden sand coast takes you past some of the best beaches, bars and viewing spots in Durban.
The uShaka Village Walk Pier offers spectacular panoramic views of the Durban skyline and is a show stopper at sunset. Take a walk or have a drink at the pier bar.
For a little ‘under the boardwalk’ experience, Port Elizabeth‘s Shark Rock Pier boasts beautiful views of the many points along the shore, the city itself and Nelson Mandela Bay.
If you are in Bloemfontein, head up to Naval Hill, situated in Franklin Nature Reserve. Here you’ll find not only the country’s tallest statue of former president Nelson Mandela, but also a breath taking 360 degree view of the city below you. Spectacular at sunset.