5 Best African Sunset Destinations

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Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” ― C. Joy Bell C


When it comes to sunsets, an African sunset is in a class of its own and has some of the best sunsets in the world.

Here are our 5 best destination to enjoy a magical African Sunset:

1. Masai Mara, Kenya

Sunset in the Masai Mara by Marcus Westberg

Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Africa. The endless grass plains boast an abundance of wildlife including the notorious Wildebeest Great Migration. Here you will find some of the best wildlife sightings topped off with the most beautiful sunsets.

The best way to enjoy an African sunset in the Masai Mara:
One of the most unique ways to enjoy an African sunset in the Masai Mara is while relaxing in a canvas bush bath while sipping on a glass of champagne.

Cottars 1920s Canvas Bush Bath

Where to stay in the Masai Mara:
Cottars 1920s Safari Camp is situated in a timelessly unspoiled setting with sunset views stretching to distant horizons of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti plains. Here you will experience complete privacy and luxury. Guests can also enjoy a safari bath or safari shower, specifically set up in the savannah where the breathtakingly beautiful views abound.

2. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Picture by Oliver Schapp while on safati at Under One Botswana Sky Pom Pom Camp

The Okavango Delta is also known as “the river that never finds the sea” and is the perfect safari destination. The Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, attracting huge concentrations of wildlife during the flood season. The sunsets there create a dramatic setting for incredible wildlife photos.

The best way to enjoy an African sunset in Botswana:
While on safari in Botswana a mokoro ride is an absolute must. A mokoro is a dugout canoe commonly used in the Okavango Delta to explore the wet marshy channels. Toast the African sunset while sitting back on a guided mokoro and absorb the magnificent setting around you.

Enjoying a sunset in Botswana on a mokoro. Picture by John Finch while on safari at Moremi Crossing

Where to stay in the Okavango Delta:
Under One Botswana Sky’s Moremi Crossing is a 16-tent camp built on a palm fringed island surrounded by game-rich seasonal floodplains overlooking Chief’s Island. Moremi Crossing is a new style safari camp combining luxury with simplicity. This luxury camp offers various activities including mokoro excursions.

3. Malawi

Dhow on Lake Malawi. Picture by Robin Pope Safaris

Malawi is known as “The Warm Heart of Africa” and is one of the unsung African safari destination heroes. Malawi is the ultimate beach and bush holiday location. But Malawi is best known for its magnificent lake- Lake Malawi or “The Lake of the stars”., as Dr David Livingstone called it.

The best way to enjoy an African sunset in Malawi:
Soak up the final rays with a view from an elevated infinity pool. Don’t forget to order that sundowner cocktail first.

Enjoying the sunset from Robin Pope Safaris Pumulani’s pool.

Where to stay in Malawi:
Robin Pope SafarisPumulani Lodge translates to “Rest Well” in the local Chichewa language, and that’s exactly what they offer – the chance to unwind in a beautiful and tranquil setting.

The ten villas provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy. Guests can relax on the white sandy beach or at the stylish infinity pool with a view.

4. Zambia, South Luangwa

Sunset in South Luangwa. Picture by Robin Pope Safaris

South Luangwa National Park is one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas in the world. It holds diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host a great variety of wildlife.

The best way to enjoy an African sunset in South Luangwa:
The region is the home of the walking safari and one of the few places where it is possible to walk amongst African wildlife. The sunsets in this setting are unparalleled with just your guide and the wild African bush for company.

Sunset in South Luangwa. Picture by Robin Pope Safaris

Where to stay in South Luangwa:
Robin Pope Safaris Luangwa River Camp. This luxurious camp sits nestled under an ancient ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the game rich area known as the Luangwa Wafwa.

The nature of the bush suites provides a gentle step into the African experience with the flexibility of choice as to how opened or closed you wish your bush suite to be.

5. Zanzibar

Sunset in Zanzibar

The tiny island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania is an island paradise rich in history. Also known as the “Spice island” this destination is loved for its crystal-clear water, white sandy beaches, historic Stone Town and unbelievably friendly people.

The best way to enjoy an African sunset in Zanzibar:
Without a doubt, a sunset dhow cruise! This activity should be on EVERY person’s bucket list. A wooden dhow is a traditional sail boat with one or more masts and lateen sails. Set off with the wind in your sails and a glass of bubbly in your hand while watching an indescribable African sunset.

Sunset in Zanzibar. Picture Credit Elrika Geyser

Where to stay in Zanzibar:
There are various hotels on the Western side of the island with great sunset views. The Z hotel is located in Nungwi where it has arguably one of the best “seats” from where to enjoy sunsets. There are 6 types of accommodation and all come with a private balcony for sunset views over the crystal-clear waters.

Magic happens in Africa every day something that can never be explained or where a picture will never be able to capture its true essence. – The Golden Hour.

Each African sunset is a celebration of another memorable day and a promise of more adventure to come with the following day.

Contact us to experience a magical African Sunset on safari.