22 November 2010 by Kate Turkington

Fancy a sensational sundowner?

So you’re in South Africa for the Big 5, Cape Town, our stunning beaches and maybe a bit of stargazing or birding. Whatever the reason, and wherever you are, you’ll be bowled over by our sensational sundowners - the gorgeous sunsets.

Capetonians will argue that the best sunsets can be seen from the top of Table Mountain. As the sun sets over the Atlantic you’ll see the red sea shimmering to the horizon. Others will argue for the view from Noordhoek or Clifton beach or even Llandudno.

But I’m an Egoli (City of Gold) girl, so I think our Johannesburg sunsets are hard to beat. As the dust rises up from the mine dumps to the south of the city, the sky turns a fiery red and then into molten gold.

But bush sunsets are the best. It’s the custom on safari just before the sun goes down to stop the game drive vehicle at a scenic point. Your guide will produce your choice of drink and delicious snacks. When you watch the fiery sun set over the curved horizon as a lion roars in the distance, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that this is as good as it gets.

Later, as you drive back to camp, the spotlight will pick out the little critturs of the night - a civet cat, a bushbaby, a giant eagle owl, a scrub hare. If you’re lucky you’ll see a prowling leopard. Sabi Sands Reserve adjacent to the Kruger Park has the highest density of leopards in the world, and you’d be unlucky not to see one on a night drive in Kruger itself.

The game experience is unforgettable but so are our sunsets. They can still take the breath away of even a hardened bushwhacker like me.

Come and see for yourself.

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