Cape Town is one of the most photogenic spots on the planet. Blessed with natural good looks thanks to its rugged coastline and extraordinary Table Mountain backdrop, budding photographers visiting the 12 Apostles Hotel should get ready to capture some incredible sunsets, particularly from the peerless vantage point of the Leopard Bar terrace. Here are a few other great locations to snap the sun as it vanishes from view.
One for those prepared to work for the perfect shot, the hike to the summit of Lion’s Head is well worth it for the staggering views it affords. The panorama includes the Cape Peninsula and Robben Island, and is only made lovelier at the rosy glow of dusk.
Just north of Cape Point, you’ll find Kommetjie Beach, a surfer’s paradise that’s equally beloved for its stellar sunset views as it is for its Atlantic Ocean waves. Rich in flora and fauna as well as birdlife, it’s a fantastic place to stop and reflect as the sky over the ocean turns into a riot of pink, purple and yellow.
Cape Point Lighthouse
Located within Table National Mountain Park, after an afternoon of exploring this World Heritage Site, head to the old lighthouse in time for sunset. Built in 1859, the original lighthouse (which is the major attraction) has been replaced by a newer lighthouse that’s closer to sea level, with a funicular to transport visitors to and from both stations. For even more photographic opportunities, take the Lighthouse Keeper’s Trail, which follows a route along a dramatic cliff face and is certain to make you feel as though you’re standing on the very edge of Africa.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Close by to Kommetjie but further towards the heart of Cape Town, Chapman’s Peak Drives is one of the best-known marine drives in the world. Fortunately, the fantastically scenic route has been thoughtfully constructed with keen photographers in mind, so there are plenty of photo worthy stopping points along the way.
A touching tribute to Stanley Tollman, husband of Red Carnation Hotels founder Bea Tollman, Stanley’s Rock in Table Mountain National Park is a truly peaceful and romantic spot. With wide ranging views of the Ocean and Lion’s head, it’s not uncommon to spot seals or dolphins here.
Sea Point Promenade
There are few better ways to enjoy Cape Town’s magnificent sunsets than a stroll down Sea Point Promenade. This popular path, running all the way from Mouille Point to Bantry Bay, is perfect for families, fitness enthusiasts and visiting travellers on account of its blissful views and Oceanside location. Look out for the public art displays exhibited on the promenade.
Next to Lion’s Head and Table Mountain, both locals and visitors flock to Signal Hill as the sun sets to soak up the views. This flat-topped hill is said to have got its name as it was used as the location for the signal flags which communicated weather conditions to ships at sea. Today, it’s an ideal place to capture some special sunset moments on camera.
Image Credits: Lead image © iStock/Barichivich. Lion’s Head © iStock/kntk. Lighthouse at Cape Point © Red Carnation Hotels. 12 Apostles Hotel © Red Carnation Hotels. Cape Town panorama at sunset © iStock.com/JohanSjolander.