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Red Sunsets

The South African sunset is a colourful riot of blood-red, pink, gold, and auburn

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Red South African sunsets deserve the praise. It's quite a spectacle to see the calm neutral-coloured sky suddenly turn flaming red. Seascape, mountains, and plentiful natural reserves offer the perfect setting for such a sight. Some of the most iconic sunsets can be observed from Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Kalk Bay, and Swartberg Pass in Cape Town and its proximity.

Of course, Cape Town is not the only spot to relish the beauty. Other treasured spots for magical sunsets include Kruger National Park, Western Cape’s Garden Route, Madikwe Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, iMfolozi Game Reserve, and more. Game reserves are particularly good for combining gorgeous sunsets with wildlife watching.

Sunset in George, Western Cape, South Africa
Sunset in George, Western Cape, South Africa

The best season for red sunsets is either spring (September–November) or autumn (March–May) as these are the times of year when the rain is not yet frequent. At the same time, the sky is cloudy enough for the creation of such a beautiful palette. Summers and winters differ across the country—northern regions have rain mostly in summer, while the southern parts, particularly Western Cape, have more of a rainy climate in the winter.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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