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Posted on: Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Best Places To Watch The Sunset In Cape Town

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The time just before the sun sets is my favourite time of the day. The rush of the day is drawing to a close and there is a peace in the air as if the city and its inhabitants are breathing a sigh of relief and beginning to rest as the sun’s tired glow is the only thing that remains. The fiery colours that light up the sky during sunset always leave me in awe of this maginicifcent earth we live in. Having grown up in Cape Town, I can safely say that sunsets are magical here. And this is where I suggest you go to chase the sun…


Cape Town Sunset

Noordhoek Beach

This is the beach where my husband proposed to me as the sun set, so you can understand why it tops my list. Diamond ring and dream man aside, I don’t recall ever seeing a better sunset. Pinks, reds, oranges and purple wisps of find clouds were streaked across the large expanse of baby blue sky and it literally took my breath away even before he popped the question. When the wind picks up in the evening, take your picnic basket into the ‘hook’ ( corner) of the beach where you’ll usually find the surfers and camp out on the rocks as the big red ball of the sun collapses into the ocean.

Atop Table Mountain

Hiking up or taking the cable car will get you to the table top where bunches of tourists can found picnicking amongst the rocks and fynbos. There is more than enough space up there to find your own piece of rock and capture the billowing clouds falling over the Twelve Apostle mountain range and the dark blue ocean curling around the Camps Bay land. City lights will begin to switch on and in summer the sun seems to stick around for the longest time wishing never to leave.  The horizon is a definite orange and blue line and you’ll be taking photos long after the sun has set.

Lion’s Head

With Lion’s Head to the right of Table Mountain when standing in the city bowl, there is no quick option of a cable car. But once you’ve hiked up and around the mountain, pulled yourself up by the metal railings on the side and made your way up ladders, your reward will feel much greater in the end.  Hikers pile themselves onto the peak in the evening waiting for the final curtain of the day.  All sweaty and fulfilled, they munch on their dinner and energisers before making their way down in the moonlight.

Llandudno Beach

Llandudno on the Atlantic seaboard side of Cape Town is also another goodie in the sunset picnic stakes. I have enjoyed countless picnics for romantic dinners and family gatherings whilst candles flickered in brown paper bags and surfers caught the last waves of the day. Children, dogs and giant boulders are silhouetted against the superb sun and there is a good chance that you will be sheltered from the wind on the left-hand side of the beach.

Book your Cape Holiday today or if you’d prefer book a Cape Town Hotel. Don’t forget there are plenty of Things To Do in Cape Town.

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Lauren Manuel McShane


Six continents later, Lauren Manuel McShane still has itchy feet and wanderlust for adventure in all corners of the earth. She recently married the love of her life and together they are traveling the world pausing only to find work, take photos and write. She is currently in Asia and sharing everything about her expat life on The Travel Manuel.

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2 comments about The Best Places To Watch The Sunset In Cape Town
  1. April 8th, 2013 at 11:55
    Retief says:

    Melkbaai beach in the Strand is also a stunning place to look at the sunset. The sun sets over the peninsula mountains on the horizon on the western side of False Bay, providing a stunning silhouette to frame the view.

  2. June 24th, 2013 at 21:42
    Stephen Smith says:

    I have visited Noordhoek Beach last summer and the sun set view here is amazing and this place is very good for newly weds and for families also. I will remember this place.