Top 5 Spots for Safari Sundowners

Claire BirtwhistleSafari Tips

Sundowners are one of our favourite safari traditions and we believe that no afternoon game drive is complete without them.

Sunset is a particularly special time of day on safari. It’s as if Mother Nature gives us the perfect excuse to stop and take a moment to enjoy the scenery as the sun drops out of the sky. Why wouldn’t you grab that opportunity with both hands? Whether out at a scenic spot in the wilderness, or just relaxing back at camp, an ice-cold drink is the best way to begin winding down for the night after a day out in the African bush.

While sundowners can be quite a romantic affair, they are also great fun to enjoy with other guests. It’s the perfect time to swap safari stories while the kiddies make new friends and enjoy the novelty of a glass of kiddies ‘bubbly’.

Here are five of our favourite spots for safari sundowners:

1.Twyfelfontein, Namibia

Sundowners in Namibia

Photo by Mowani Mountain Camp

Nothing is quite as dramatic as a sunset in Namibia. Sitting on top of a giant rock, overlooking boulder-strewn valleys, as the sun sets behind the distant mountains, it’s hard not to feel a bit like a Flintstone when enjoying sundowners in Twyfelfontein

2.Okavango Delta, Botswana

Sundowners in the Okavango Delta

Photo by andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Sundowners in the Okavango Delta give a whole new meaning to ‘getting your feet wet’. During the summer months, sundowner outings in the delta are a great way to stretch your legs and cool down.

3. Masai Mara, Kenya

Masai Mara Sundowners

Photo by Cottar’s 1920s Camp

The expansive plains of the Masai Mara provide a breath-taking setting for safari sundowners. Surrounded by nature, with views extending miles to the horizon, ‘happy hour’ in the Masai Mara is a magical affair.

4. Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Sundowners

Photo by San Camp

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are thought to be one of the largest salt pans in the world. The vast and stark landscape, scattered with fantastical-looking baobab trees, provides a truly ‘out-of-this-world’ location to enjoy sundowners.

5. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Sunset

Photo by South Africa Tourism

While nothing could compete with an African sunset in the bush, there is something quite beautiful about an evening spent on the beach. Clifton Beach is one of the best places in Cape Town, South Africa for a sunset picnic at the beach. Plus, there’s the added bonus that you might even spot some whales!

Thirsty yet? We sure are! Here’s one of our favourite cocktail recipes to help bring that ‘safari sundowner feeling’ to you:

Clifton Sunset Sundowner:

25ml vodka
1 spoon blueberry jam
3 basil leaves
50ml cranberry juice
2 dashes bitters

To garnish:

Add vodka, blueberry jam, basil, cranberry juice and bitters to shaker. Add cubed ice, shake until chilled. Serve into a martini or whisky glass.

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Claire Birtwhistle

Born and raised in the bush in South Africa, Claire has grown up with a deep love for wildlife and enjoys nothing more than immersing herself in nature. When she's not barefoot outside, she can be found at her computer blogging about adventures and editing her photographs.