30 May 2013 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Scenic South African sunsets

South Africa has the world’s best sunsets. You can choose a spot to see the sun set in the Western Cape’s winelands, from behind a thorn tree in the Kruger National Park or one of South Africa’s many reserves, or in a city ... among so many other options.

A rhino in the Madikwe Game Reserve in North West province. These herbivores can weigh 1 000kg or more. Photo courtesy Craig Pitchers

The Love South Africa group on Flickr is constantly updated with beautiful images taken all over the country by our Flickr group members. Why not share some of your pictures with us by joining the group here.

Each week we showcase some of the images from this group on our blog. This week, we're celebrating beautiful South African sunsets.

We begin our journey (below) in the Kruger National Park, one of the country's largest game reserves, where a Burchell's zebra enjoys the setting sun. The Kruger was established in 1898 and is home to a wide range of mammals, amphibians, birds, fish, reptiles and trees.

Photo courtesy Menka Belgal Photo courtesy Menka Belgal

Mpumalanga province, on the eastern side of the country, means 'place where the sun rises' – but it's also great for sunsets.

Photo courtesy Hannes Steyn Photo courtesy Hannes Steyn

Next we move into the colourful and diverse province of Gauteng, where we see the sun setting over the Johannesburg skyline. Johannesburg, or 'Jo'burg' to locals, is South Africa's largest city.

Photo courtesy  Mikker Photo Photo courtesy Mikker Photo

A beautiful sunset taken in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. KwaZulu-Natal is home to two Unesco World Heritage Sites – iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Park.

Photo by Rosanne Phelan Photo by Rosanne Phelan

Next up is a sunset captured in the Augrabies Falls National Park, situated on South Africa's longest river, the Orange River, and in South Africa's largest province, the sparsely populated Northern Cape. The indigenous Khoi people aptly named this place 'Aukoerebis' or 'place of great noise', named for the thundering falls.

Photo courtesy Martin Heigan Photo courtesy Martin Heigan

Another beautiful sunset in the Northern Cape...

Photo courtesy Falke =/\= Photo courtesy Falke =/\=

The Karoo, which makes up a large part of South Africa's dry interior, is also famous for spectacular sunsets.

Photo courtesy  Danie Steyn Photo courtesy Danie Steyn

We move into the Western Cape's Garden Route. This picture was taken near the popular tourist town of Knysna.

Photo courtesy Cameron B, aka Celtics24 Photo courtesy Cameron B, aka Celtics24

Our journey through South Africa's sunsets ends in the Eastern Cape province, birthplace to many famous South Africans, including former president Nelson Mandela, business leader Allan Gray, and Black Consciousness activist Steve Biko. This particular picture was taken in Amsterdamhoek. The Eastern Cape offers great experiences, ranging from a relaxed beach vacation to a more adventurous bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge.

Photo courtesy Graham Hobbs Photo courtesy Graham Hobbs

Do you have some pictures of your South African experiences? We'd love you to share your pictures with our Love South Africa Flickr group.

Category: Attractions

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