Cloudy South Africa: A photo essay
The West Coast's Darling (below) is a great getaway if you're looking for something away from the electric energy of a city. Here, you can enjoy a picnic on a local farm (where you can also take some time to enjoy beautiful cloud formations), view restored Victorian homes, or browse local arts and craft and antique shops.
The Klein Karoo offers some great holiday destinations. In Oudsthoorn you can enjoy views of the majestic Outeniqua mountains, explore the Cango Caves, or ride an ostrich at a local ostrich farm. After a long day of exploring, why not stop for some sundowners and enjoy the beautiful colours and cloud formations at sunset – like Lyn (the photographer of the photo below) chose to do on her vacation.
Though the Klein Karoo is semi-arid with high temperatures, it still experiences rain. One of the best parts of cloud watching is observing the skies change ahead of rain.
If you'd like to move away from the quiet of South Africa's rural regions, you can head to one of our many vibrant cities. Cape Town is a popular tourist spot, with attractions like Table Mountain, Long Street and the Cape Floral Region – one of South Africa's eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can enjoy a meal or a drink at sunset while gazing up at the skies as they darken for the night.
We love this fantastic sunset photo taken in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. Attractions in Empangeni include the Empangeni Art and Cultural History Museum, which includes a Zulu heritage collection.
Another time to enjoy cloud formations is at dawn. You can do this at Kube Yini private game reserve, located in the Umbombo Mountains and in close proximity to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, another of South Africa's World Heritage sites. You can also enjoy great birding opportunities at Kube Yini.
We would love to see some photos of your time in South Africa. Share them with our Love South Africa Flickr group and you could see your photos in our of our blogs.