Who doesn’t love a spectacular sunset? Nature’s paintings are never quite the same. Here’s a short list of spectacular sunset spots that SANParks Times staff have enjoyed, time and time again.
If you’re spending some well-deserved time off in one of South Africa’s incredible national parks, every day that comes to an end could easily be seen as a disappointment. Except, they often end in such spectacular ways. From mountain tops bathed in gold and pink painted skies to blood red horizons highlighting the black silhouette of a camel thorn tree — every day holds the promise of another breath-taking moment.
1. For a sea view:
- The Agulhas Look Out viewing deck halfway through the Loerie trail is truly a special spot. The walk there is not particularly taxing and the 180 degree view over the ocean is magnificent. The walk is located in the Storms River Mouth rest camp in the Garden Route National Park. Go there to share a special moment, or simply to enjoy the view yourself.
- The deck at the Two Oceans Restaurant at Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park has an awesome view over the famous blue waters. Plus, for this trip, you don’t even need to pack your own picnic basket, the snacks are delish.
2. River vistas:
- Spectacular views await from the Ararat and Oranjekom viewpoints at the Augrabies Falls National Park. The view of the Orange River gorge, down river from the famous falls is worth making the trip for. From here, you can watch as fish eagles soar below you.
- At the lookout deck over the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers at Mapungubwe National Park you can watch for animals and birds at the site where two rivers meet, and you’ll be looking over the area where three countries come together.
- If you ever get the chance, spend some time at Jo-Anne’s Cottage in the West Coast National Park, if only for the pure pleasure of soaking up the sunset over the Langebaan Lagoon from the porch.
- Tlopi tented camp at the Marakele National Park leans over the Apiesrivierpoort Dam. Here, you can sit and wait as the wildlife comes to you while you’re enjoying a sundowner from the deck. An added bonus is the view of the Waterberg Mountains looming in the background.
- Stopping at Hapoor Dam during a sunset drive at Addo Elephant National Park is a great pleasure. What a great spot to enjoy a sundowner and enjoy the view.
Information courtesy of SANParks Times: www.sanparkstimes.co.za
Photographs taken by Petro Kotze and René de Klerk