5 South African sundowner spots

South Africa is a country famous for its dramatic landscapes, made only more exquisite during a characteristically beautiful sunset – and what better way to enjoy this than with a refreshing sundowner in hand? The notion of a sundowner, supposedly invented in the 1950s, is to enjoy a drink after completing a day’s work, usually as the sun begins to set. Nowadays it’s common for tourists to indulge in a sundowner whilst on an evening safari or after a tiring day of sightseeing.

We’ve drawn up a list of the best sundowner spots in South Africa, so you won’t have to waste a moment in finding the perfect place to celebrate another of the country’s beautiful sunsets.

Camps Bay

Camps Bay, an affluent suburb of Cape Town, is a glorious mixture of lush mountains and calm ocean waters, making it the ideal place for a sundowner. Whether you fancy enjoying a sunset drink on one of the gorgeous beaches or at one of the restaurants and bars lining the strip, the surrounding views guarantee to put you at ease.

Camps Bay sunset

Oyster Box Hotel

Located in Durban, the Oyster Box Hotel is famed for its serene views of the coast as well as its unadulterated luxury. What could be more ideal than settling down with a breezy cocktail as the sun gently sets over the horizon? At the Oyster Box, you have a wealth of places in which to do this, including the hotel’s Ocean Terrace. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Ocean Terrace boasts authentic Tandoori and pizza ovens, as well as a menu of locally sourced wines and dazzling cocktails; the perfect sundowner combo.

Oyster Box Hotel

Kruger

What could be more perfect than enjoying a refreshing glass of champagne after witnessing South African wildlife in their natural habitat? Many game lodges offer evening safari opportunities, which often include sundowners amidst views of the South African bush. As you gaze out at your surroundings, champagne glass in hand, you can’t help but marvel at the natural beauty of this incredible landscape.

Lion’s Head

Work up a thirst as you scale Lion’s Head, a mountain in Cape Town that is sandwiched between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The hour long hike is well worth it, especially as you reach its peak and are confronted with views of the ocean and Cape Town – there’s no other view like it. Although not strictly a sundowner, one of the best times to climb Lion’s Head is during the full moon, when Cape Town is bathed in silver light; there’s nothing more romantic as you sip champagne with a loved one during this time.

Holiday Inn Sandton

If you’re looking for somewhere chic and exciting to enjoy a sundowner, then look no further than the Holiday Inn Sandton. Ascend to the hotel’s ninth floor, where the Skye Bar awaits. Affording dazzling panoramic views of Johannesburg, you’ll be able to enjoy the drink of your choice whilst soaking up the scenery.

Matthew Coe is Online Marketing Manager for Wanderforth.

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