With Cape Town’s position at the south-western tip of Africa, the Mother City and spectacular sunsets are synonymous. Consequently, we unveil to you five of the best sunset spots in Cape Town. So, get ready to return home from your bucket list trip with many memorable moments and brag-worthy photos.
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1. Table Mountain
As one of the new seven wonders of nature, the iconic Table Mountain is a recognisable landmark that draws visitors from every corner of the world. Climb it out or ascend to the top in a cable car for the most stupendous sunsets in Africa.
Table Mountain is the perfect sunset spot for families or mates to enjoy a bonding experience. Be sure to make your way up early enough to explore the top of the mountain and admire different views of the entire Cape Peninsula. Then, say goodbye to the daylight by turning to the west to watch a memorable sunset over the vast Atlantic Ocean.
2. Signal Hill
Signal Hill gets its name because it is home to Cape Town’s noon gun. The tradition sees the gun fired every day at noon.
Signal Hill connects Lion’s Head and Kloof Nek. It famously has the shape of a lion’s rump. The views from this 350m flat-topped hill are incredible. Look out over the Atlantic Ocean and spot Robben Island. Towards the East, you can see all the way to the Stellenbosch and Drakenstein mountains and beyond.
Signal Hill is particularly popular among couples looking for a romantic retreat, where Table Mountain provides a dreamy backdrop for selfies. Pack a picnic and some drinks to enjoy on the rump of this iconic sphinx during sunset.
3. Lion’s Head
Active travellers love to climb to the top of Lion’s Head. There is something special about working up a sweat to get a bird’s eye view of the sunset.
The peak’s elevation is 669m. The total length of the trail both ways is 5,5km. Depending on your fitness, you should make it up in an hour and a half.
Start your hike around 18:30 in summer to reach the summit in time. Sunset will be around 20:00. In autumn and winter, the sun sets between 18:00 or 19:00, so start your climb earlier.
4. Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay Beach is one of the world’s ultimate sunset beaches. Here, with sundowners in hand, the sunset enhances the groovy vibe.
Palm trees line the trendy Camps Bay strip and beachfront. The street follows the long beach with its broad sidewalk lawns. Across the road, Camps Bay’s famous beach restaurants provide nourishment for sun-kissed bodies.
When in Cape Town, Camps Bay is the best beach from which to watch the sunset.
Start your beach day early. Soak up the sun and enjoy a game of volleyball or touch rugby. Then go to one of the hotspots lining Victoria Road. Enjoy late afternoon drinks and watch the sun sink into the sea behind the sandy white beach.
5. Sunset Yacht Cruise
Set sail along the Atlantic Seaboard and cruise towards the sunset with your beloved, family or friends aboard a yacht.
Sunset champagne cruises depart from the V&A Waterfront. You can charter a private yacht cruise to suit your personal needs. Or, join a scheduled trip to watch the sun take a dip.
Upon your return, you’ll have a smorgasbord of fine dining restaurants waiting to serve you.
Planning tips for a memorable sunset
Consider the weather forecast
Cape Town’s weather has a role to play in your choice of the best sunset spots. If the South Easter wind is howling, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Camps Bay Beach become poor choices. On windy days, it is far better to seek the sails. Book a sunset cruise and make the best of the conditions nature provided. Alternatively, put on a jacket and go enjoy the view from Signal Hill despite the windy conditions.
Prepare for your sunset adventure
Pack some snacks and perhaps a bottle of good South African wine. Remember to take wine glasses, a blanket and warm clothes. It cools down once the sun had set. Carry your camera so that you can capture the moment. And, a headlight or torch can be useful to show the way when descending from Lion’s Head.
Plan beyond sunset
Continue the romance by booking a table at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa’s Azure Restaurant nearby Camps Bay. Or, go for a trendy beachfront spot in Camps Bay. A packed picnic to share on Camps Bay or Clifton 4th beach will also round off your perfect sunset nicely.
Sunset in Cape Town should be celebrated!
It does not matter where you choose to celebrate the sunset. There are plenty of sunset spots in Cape Town. Earmark your favourite place with your favourite people. You will be in for a memorable time.
Watch the sunset from your villa
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