Ever wondered “where can I watch the sunset in Cape Town?” or “what time does the sunset in Cape Town?”
There’s no better way to end a day in the mother city than watching the sun melt into the Atlantic. + Cape Town sunsets are spectacular!
It’s not just the vivid sky that is breathtaking, but it’s the surrounding environment that creates a panoramic view that will enrapture you.
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Tips for Sunset Photography In Cape Town
Not only do sunsets offer incredible views of Cape Town. This also brings a sense of amazement, inspiration, contentment, and renewal. Here are some tips for capturing the moments:
- Clean your lense.
- Start taking photos during golden hour- roughly one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset.
- An incredible sunset photo has at least two layers: a beautiful sunset background and interesting foreground or silhouette.
- Crop out unnecessary backgrounds.
- Keep shooting (even after the sun is gone).
What Time Is Sunset in Cape Town?
Cape Town sunsets vary by season. In the warmer months, the coast has longer days while the winter months have about 11 hours of daylight.
In the summer, the sun sets at around 7 to 8 pm in Cape Town. In the winter, Cape Town sunsets at around 5 to 6 pm.
You can check Cape Town sunset and sunrise times before your trip.
Best Places to See the Sunset in Cape Town: City Views
There are so many great places to watch the sunset in Cape Town that it’s hard to pick just one!
Standing tall at 669 meters above sea level, Lions Head is a popular Cape Town sunset and hiking spot. It’s known for its views of both the city and the Atlantic Seaboard.
Lions Head forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and boasts a rich bio-diversity and diverse fauna and flora display.
The best time to go for sunset views in summer is after 5 pm as the sun usually sets at around 8 pm. In the colder months, it’s best to go before 6 pm.
Table Mountain is the most emblematic landmark of the city of Cape Town in South Africa. Millions of travelers from all over the world come to Cape Town every year to see and climb this flat-topped mountain overlooking the mother city. The highest point of Table Mountain is 1 086m (3 563 feet) above sea level.
Table Mountain has been eroded by the action of wind, fire, ice, and water and withstood six million years of erosion, and hosts the richest, yet it’s home to an amazing 8 200 plant species – of which around 80% are fynbos. Over 1,470 of the earth’s floral species are found on Table Mountain.
You can hike or use the cable car to get to the top of the mountain to see spectacular sunset views of Cape Town.
Best Places to See the Sunset in Cape Town: Beach Views
Seeing Cape Town from the water gives you a whole new perspective on the city.
Bloubergstrand means “blue mountain beach” in Afrikaans, and is derived from Blaauwberg mountain.
Located about 20 minutes from Cape Town CBD, Bloubergstrand Beach is one of the best places to watch the sunset in Cape Town.
Bloubergstrand is famous for its beautiful beach that offers postcard-perfect views of Table Mountain. Its popular sandy beaches are frequented by dog walkers, windsurfers, and kite flyers.
Camps Bay Strip
Camps Bay is known for its beautiful scenery, pristine white beaches, restaurants, clubs, and hotels.
This is one of the most beautiful places to watch the sunrise or sunset in Cape Town.
Chapman’s Peak offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and a layered sandstone mountain as the backdrop.
It’s one of the world’s most famous drives and one of the best places to watch the sunset in Cape Town.
Cape Towns Best Sundowner Spots
Whether a chic city rooftop or rustic beach bar, these are Cape Town’s best sundowner spots.
Cabo Beach Club
A staple on the Cape Town sundowner scene (previously known as Shimmy Beach Club), it’s set amongst the docks at the V&A Waterfront.
It oozes glamour with trendy velvet daybed and shaggy chairs, with a casual-chic dress code and chilled-out soundtrack to match.
As the sun sets and evening arrives, the atmosphere turns from relaxed and cool to vibrant and hot. A resident DJ plays throughout the summer season.
Situated in the heart of an old working fishing harbour (at V&A Waterfront) is Harbour House – a fine dining restaurant boasting seafood classics with a contemporary twist.
Imagine yourself in coastal Cape Cod as you sip sundowners overlooking the harbour, watching the yachts bob in the water as the sky turns from blue to orange to golden yellow. Window tables are a must, be sure to make a reservation.
On The Rocks
Shoreditch at The Winchester Hotel
With its seafront location and generous views of the waning sun, Shoreditch at Winchester Hotel in Sea Point offers the ultimate sundowners location.
Unique Sunset in Cape Town Experiences
While day sails or harbor cruises offer some of the best glimpses of our picturesque landscape and iconic landmarks in the light of day, there’s something special about being on the water at sunset.
Several companies offer harbor sunset sails, but here are a few we’ve experienced and can highly recommend.
The Cape Wheel
The Cape Wheel is an observation wheel that offers a spectacular 360 panoramic view of Cape Town.
Your viewing experience across the Mother City includes Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town City skyline, Paarl Mountains, and the Cape Town Stadium.
The Cape Wheel offers 30 fully enclosed airconditioned cabins that will take you 40 meters above the ground in safety and comfort on the four revolution ride. Two of the cabins are wheelchair friendly.
Cost in 2022: R85 for children, R160 per adult with an SA ID | R220 for Non-Nationals.
Is there a better way to soak up the world’s most beautiful city than soaring high above its remarkable buildings, landmarks, and skylines? Flying over the mother city is certainly one of the best ways to see the sunset in Cape Town.
A helicopter tour of Cape Town is one of the best and most exhilarating experiences you have on your visit to the city. You get a unique perspective of the city you simply can’t get any other way, and If you’ve never been in a helicopter, there aren’t many better places to start.