There are few things in this world that feel quite as magical as watching a beautiful sunset. That moment when the sun dips behind the horizon and the sky is a kaleidoscope of warm oranges, pinks, reds, purples and blues before twilight settles in - it’s absolutely breathtaking! Cape Town is known for its wonderful sunsets and at this time of year, we are treated to some incredibly beautiful scenes.
Life tends to get busy so it is important that we take time to slow down and give ourselves the chance to completely relax and enjoy the moment. Watching the sunset is a stress-free way to do so! It should be something we all strive to slow down and enjoy whenever we can. To make it even easier to enjoy the activity, we have put together a list of seven of Cape Town’s most sublime sunset spots! These range from the well known to those slightly off the beaten path.
Toast to the end of another day and say hello to a new evening at these sunset spots around Cape Town:
1. Camps Bay Strip
The Camps Bay Strip is one of the most well-known and most popular places to watch the sunset in Cape Town. The palm tree-lined boulevard is buzzing with activity - especially during summer evenings!. People sit down at restaurants, cafes and bars to eat, drink and admire the views! Just across the road on the beaches, you’ll find people set up to watch the sunset from the sandy shorelines. Taking in the scenery, from the lapping blue waves to the Twelve Apostles mountain range (which often take on a golden glow as the sun sets!) is a truly memorable Cape Town experience.
2. Sunset Beach, Bloubergstrand
Sunset Beach is a 20 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town. This aptly named destination is an epic spot to watch the sunset from in Cape Town! Settle down in the late afternoon in anticipation of some epic views. Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the city bowl nestled below can be seen from Sunset Beach. Add in the calming colours of sunset and you’ve got some incredible scenery right before your eyes! Head down to the beach for a sunset picnic, to walk your dogs or even to enjoy some yoga at the end of the day.
The small seaside suburb of Llandudno is nestled on the Atlantic Seaboard. It is a few minutes drive from Hout Bay and is home to a beautiful beach. The soft, white sand and deep blue waters are perfect for beach activities like sunbathing, surfing, beach volleyball and picnics. Let’s not forget that it’s also a lovely Cape Town sunset spot! Make your way to Llandudno and find a place on the sand to take in the scenic views. Do note that parking can be limited in Llandudno so it is a good idea to go early or be prepared to do some walking!
Located a hop, skip and a jump from the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa near Camps Bay is Oudekraal. The beach is tucked between Llandudno and Bantry Bay and offers beautiful sandy areas, coves separated by huge boulders and spaces to braai.Oudekraal forms a part of the Table Mountain National Park so there are entrance fees and opening hours for the area that is part of the national park. Sunset seekers can enjoy the views from Victoria Road where there are several spots to pull over and park your car. If you are feeling adventurous, scramble up a boulder or two near the water and watch the sun make its way beyond the horizon!
5. Lion’s Head & Table Mountain
Photo courtesy of Luke Bolton
These are two more classic stops that should be on your Cape Town bucket list! Head up Lion’s Head for a sunset hike. Watching the moon and stars appear over Cape Town will stay with you long after you have made your way back down the mountain! The round-trip hike can take between 2 - 3 hours to complete and it will be dark for the descent so pack a headlamp or torch to help you on the way down. Table Mountain is an icon of Cape Town and her sunset viewpoints do not disappoint! Catch a cable car up in the late afternoon and enjoy the sights around the top. Find a spot to sit and take in the views of a glorious sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Important - do keep note of the time of the last cable car trip down!
6. Kloof Corner
Photo courtesy of Robyn Dyer
This is another great (and relatively easy) Cape Town hike that rewards you with some amazing sunset views! Kloof corner is a short, simple hike that ends with views of Lion’s Head, Table Bay and Camps Bay. The hike starts near the Table Mountain Cableway and is signposted. It's 20 - 30 minutes to the top and from there, you are free to enjoy the sweeping views!
7. Clifton Beaches & Sunset Rock
Finally, you’ll find the last of our sublime sunset spots in the Clifton/Fresnaye/Bantry Bay area. Clifton beaches are well-known and well-loved! The white sandy beaches and cool (chilly!) waters are popular with beach goers during the day and make an excellent spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset as the evening settles in. Find an area that gives you a good view and get ready to enjoy the beauty of the sky! Sunset Rock is slightly less easy to come across than the Clifton beaches but is a local favourite. Travel along Ocean View Drive in Fresnaye/bantry Bay until you reach a dead end. Park your car here and take a walk past bushes and boulders until you find a big flat rock that offers excellent views over Camps Bay and Clifton!
Top tip: The consumption of alcohol is not legal on beaches in South Africa. So enjoy your sunset before you make your way to a nearby bar or cafe for a few cocktails and sundowners afterwards!
Photo courtesy of Robyn Dyer