It’s no secret that the sunsets in Africa are some of the very best in the world, and what better way to enjoy this glorious daily occurrence than on a boat cruise?
As the sky turns to shades of deep red, orange and purple, nocturnal wildlife can be heard noisily waking up to the promise of prey under the cover of nightfall.
A luxury sunset boat cruise is possibly the most perfect way to end off a long day in the bush. That’s why many safari-enthusiasts feel that to travel to Africa and not include a sunset cruise is to miss out on an unforgettable experience.
This list gives a small taster of what breath-taking sunset cruises Africa has in store for travellers journeying to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia:
South Africa – Table Bay, Cape Town
Sunset over Cape Town’s marina © Victoria and Alfred Hotel
As you bob along in the Atlantic Ocean with the iconic Table Mountain as your backdrop, a boat cruise in Cape Town not only offers you a stunning sunset but also the possibility of sighting curious Cape Fur Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins.
Cape Town is a truly cosmopolitan African destination, with a good mix of nature, cultural, historical and shopping tours to fit in your South African travel plans. When planning your trip to the southernmost tip of Africa, don’t forget to make time for a sunset boat cruise.
Where to do it: Newmark’s Victoria and Alfred Hotel is located on Cape Town’s popular V & A waterfront pierhead and is an ideal place to book one of the city’s opulent champagne cruises. On the premium cruises, you’ll be treated to the best in local and international cuisine along with the region’s most famous wines.
Botswana – Chobe River
Sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River © Under One Botswana Sky
There is something truly magical about cruising down the Chobe River as the sun sets on Botswana. Animals stop in for their last drink of the day, hippos wallow in the fresh water and birds sound their goodnight to the day.
Where to do it: Located in the Chobe National Park, Under One Botswana Sky’s Chobe Safari Lodge offers an indulgent safari experience that combines the best of Africa’s game-viewing, landscapes and premium service. Here, you can be spoilt in an evening boat cruise where you can expect to set sail into the sunset whilst enjoying world-class wines and fine dining.
As the stars make their first appearance of the night, look out for the Southern Cross whilst you wind down in comfort. The lodge’s river-facing rooms also afford you endless opportunities to watch the sun rise and set over the Chobe River.
Zambia – Zambezi River
Sundowners on the Zambezi River © Tongabezi
Drifting along the Zambezi River at sunset is worthy of inclusion in every traveller’s itinerary for a holiday to Zambia. Crocodiles, hippos and hundreds of fish species call Africa’s fourth-longest river home; the chances of spotting wildlife on the Zambezi River at dusk are fairly good.
Where to do it: Recently earning a spot on this year’s Conde Nast’s Traveller Gold List, Tongabezi is one of the most luxurious lodges to stay in when holidaying in Zambia. Guests take charge of their holiday’s schedule – it is a getaway of their own making, where they can move between periods of relaxation to more adventurous safari activities. Undoubtably one of the most intimate and romantic activities to be enjoyed at Tongabezi is drifting down the Zambezi River on a Sunset Cruise, or a romantic Sampan dinner floating out on the river. If you’re an early riser, the lodge also does a daily sunrise boat cruise where you can wake up with Zambia’s teeming wildlife.
There’s no question that a sunset boat cruise is an absolute must when on safari in Africa. Now it’s up to you to pick the destination that most catches your eye.