It’s no secret that the Mother City is one of South Africa’s most beautiful urban settings.
Flanked by both mountains and the ocean, Cape Town offers spectacular panoramic views of a cosmopolitan city transposed onto several natural wonders.
It’s no surprise, then, that it offers some of the most astonishing sunset-viewing opportunities in all of South Africa, if not the world.
We’ve compiled a short list bringing together three very different examples of its best sundowner spots – so next time you’re visiting the Cape, you’ll have the inside scoop!
1. Lion’s Head
This cone-shaped peak forms part of the quintessential Cape Town panorama, completed by Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak.
It’s popular among hikers and trail runners alike for its relatively easy climb, and that also makes it a popular spot for watching the sun go down over the Atlantic.
It’s 360-degree view means you’ll see the city bowl, Table Mountain and even the Atlantic Seaboard from a whole new – and raised – perspective.
The trek up and around the spiralling path can take a while on busy days, so get there early and plant yourself in a front-row seat to a golden Instagram opportunity!
2. Sunset Beach, West Coast
This list simply wouldn’t be complete without the beach named for its unbeatable views of the Cape Town sunset.
Hidden behind a snazzy residential area just before Blouberg, the beach is one of the Mother City’s lesser-known gems, even though it is essentially an extension of the popular Lagoon Beach in Milnerton.
It does get windy sometimes, but more likely than not, you’ll get there on a calm, quiet day with long stretches of cool, white sand all to yourself.
The view is a real treat, with the sun taking its bow to the east of that typical Cape Town silhouette we mentioned before. The blend of warm colours reflecting off the dark ocean from the sky look like a surreal work of art, and you’d be forgive for losing track of time!
3. Sunset cruises, V&A Waterfront
While the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is in itself a popular tourist attraction, it’s the vast selection of vessels docked in its harbour that you should be most interested in.
Varying from tiny, single-engine boats to immense luxury yachts, visitors can take to the open seas for a unique sunset experience.
Certain vessels, like the Mirage 720 catamaran, offer passengers live entertainment, drinks and canapés.
Boats head out of the harbour, hugging the coastline up towards the Cape Town Stadium and even as far as Camps Bay, before dropping anchor for a grand finale.
The waters around Cape Town are teaming with Cape fur seals, and if you’re especially lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of some dolphins!
There’s something very special about enjoying the view far from the comfort of dry land - it’s definitely a must-do activity when visiting the Cape.