Sunset Lovers Here are the Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town

Cape Town boasts some of the most magical sunsets in the world, set in the most picturesque locations. These postcard-perfect sunsets are scattered throughout the city and are best enjoyed with company.

We’ve compiled a list of locations in and around the Mother City where you can chase sunsets. Add these viewing locations to your sunset bucket list:

Lion’s Head

Lion’s Head is a popular hike in the Mother City, offering panoramic views of the city, Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Signal Hill and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. This hike may require a little effort, but the views from the top are worth the trek. Lion’s Head provides some of the most picturesque viewing spots, perfect for a sunset picnic or a selfie. If you are planning a visit, especially for the trek down, ensure that you travel with a group, remain vigilant, and do not carry many valuables.

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Location: Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill
Price: Free

Table Mountain

This iconic Cape Town attraction needs no introduction. Take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway up (the earlier you go, the more time you have to explore) and stroll to the many vantage points on offer. For a sundowner, head to KLOUD Bar or enjoy wine tasting at VIEWS by De Grendel Wines. If you don’t feel like going up the mountain, Tap Bar, located at the bottom of Table Mountain near the Lower Cableway Station, also offers magical sunsets.

Location: Lower Cableway Station, Tafelberg Road

Price: If you are heading up Table Mountain, you will require a Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ticket. You can get a free ticket on your birthday month and qualify for pensioner discounts. The normal ticket price starts from R120.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Signal Hil

Pack a picnic and head up to Signal Hill for an afternoon of sunsets and selfies. Known for boasting some of the city’s best sunsets, travellers from far and wide drive up this scenic route for a glimpse of the action. If you’re lucky, you may spot a few eager paragliders jumping off the mountain. Don’t forget to carry a jacket as it can get chilly at the top in the evenings.

Location: Signal Hill Road, Signal Hill
Price: Free. Arrive early to secure a nice spot.

Sea Point Promenade

The Sea Point Promenade comes alive at sunset, bustling with runners, joggers, dog walkers, ocean enthusiasts and the occasional cyclist. Stay a while and witness the sky transforming into shades of pink, orange, and purple, creating the perfect backdrop for candid moments or simply to soak in the beauty. Afterward, indulge in a delightful meal at one of the nearby restaurants.

Location: Sea Point Promenade
Price:  Free

SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl

Situated on the corner of Buitengracht and Strand, the SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl hotel showcases some of the most incredible sunsets from its 14Stories Rooftop Bar. Grab a drink and marvel at the picturesque views stretching from Table Mountain to the V&A while the sun descends for the day.

Location: 23 Buitengracht St, Cape Town City Centre
Price: Entry is free, but you can support by buying a meal or drink at the rooftop bar.

Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak, or ‘Chappies’ to locals, winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast at the southwestern tip of South Africa. This award-winning route is also hailed as one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world and perfect to catch the sunset. Along the route, stop at the many lookout spots where you can stop to admire the grand views.

Price: Tariffs for entry via toll start from R40.

Sunset Beach

Expect some of the most picture-perfect sunsets at Sunset Beach in Milnerton. Visitors flock to this long sandy beach to enjoy the gorgeous views of Table Mountain and its striking pink/purple skyline. This dog-friendly beach is also perfect for kite surfing and picnics.

Location: Sunset Beach, Cape Town
Price: Free

Maiden’s Cove

 Maiden’s Cove, nestled between Clifton’s beaches and Glen Beach, offers dramatic views of the Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. This piece of heaven is perfect for a day out, with special braai facilities available, as well as opportunities for dolphin and whale watching. Cool off in the tidal pool, ideal for capturing those sunset selfies.

Location: Maidens Cove, Clifton
Price: Free

Sunset Rock

For those who don’t mind venturing off the beaten track, Sunset Rock, as it is known to locals, is worth visiting. It may take some effort to get there, as some paths are not clearly marked. However, you will undoubtedly be rewarded with one of the most gorgeous vantage points of the Mother City. Pack a sunset picnic and revel in this paradise.

Location: The Rock, located at Ocean View Drive, Bantry Bay
Price: Free

Clifton Beaches

Clifton Beaches comprises of four pristine, white-sand beaches known for their unparalleled beauty and incredible sunsets. Separated by giant granite boulders, these beaches are aptly named Clifton First, Second, Third, and Fourth. The vibrant atmosphere at these beaches allows visitors to enjoy sunset picnics, beach volleyball, and chill sessions against the backdrop of the majestic Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. You may want to take out your camera as the views are spectacular.

Location: Clifton, Cape Town
Price: Free

Boat Cruise at the V&A Waterfront

Set sail on a daily sunset cruise from the V&A Waterfront.  The cruises depart daily, showcasing the backdrop of the iconic Cape Town skyline. Take in the city’s landmarks and Table Mountain from the boat as you sip on some sparkling wine and dance to the rhythm of the waves. With various operators like Wild Horizons Waterfront Adventures and Yacoob Yachts, you can tailor your experience.

Location: V&A Waterfront,
Price: Rates start from R500 per person.

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