Cape Town is home to some seriously cool sunset spots. There is no denying the fact that the Mother City is pure sunset bliss! Known for her stunning sherbet coloured sunsets that set the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colours. Going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure has become one of the coolest things to do in Cape Town. But sometimes you need to wander a little off the beaten path to find the real sunset gems. Because that’s when the real sunset adventures begin. Here are our top 5 secret sunset spots in Cape Town that all deserve a prime spot on your sunset bucket-list.
#Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive
Named one of the most magnificent coastal drives in the world, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of Cape Town’s most sought-after attractions and stunning sunset sites. Besides its beauty, irresistible allure, and spectacular views, Chapman’s Peak is known for its amazing hidden gems scattered along the route. One of these hidden gems include one of the best secret sunset spots in Cape Town – The Look-out Cave.
Like all the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little off the beaten path to find it. Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point – This is where the real adventure begins!
Positioned just below the pass, you’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside to reach the Lookout Cave. Once you’ve reached this cool secret hideaway and stunning sunset spot, it’s time to sit back, relax and soak it all in. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view over Hout Bay and Atlantic Ocean. An extra bonus is that it has enough space to enjoy a picnic and a few sundowners paired with one hell of a view.
- Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
- Best time: Particularly beautiful at sunset
- Cost: Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road, and as such requires as toll tariff fee. Each category of vehicle pays a different tariff and the tariff is applicable in each direction.
- Toll Details: Click here to find out more about the Chapman’s Peak Standard Toll Tariffs | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Day Passes | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Frequent User Benefits
#The Clifton Ridge Rocks
The Clifton Ridge Rocks is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful secret sunset spots in Cape Town. While Cape Town locals may be reluctant to share this hidden sunset gem with the rest of the world, how can we possibly deny you the pleasure of watching the Mother City sun go down from this magical spot? Paired with a few sundowners, it’s pure beach sunset bliss!
At the end of The Ridge Road in Clifton, just before you think you’ve gone too far, you’ll stumble upon a small walkway that opens on a little rock ridge. This is the magic sunset spot! Once you’ve reached your secret sunset destination, find a spot, sit back, relax, and soak up all the magic that’s about to come your way. It promises to be one incredible sunset experience you won’t soon forget.
#Signal Hill, but with a twist!
We know what you’re thinking, Signal Hill is anything but a secret sunset spot. And you’re right! In fact, Signal Hill is undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s most popular sunset and sunrise spots. But, just before you jump ship, this top Cape Town sunset spot is not quite where you think it is.
By moving just a little bit away from the main area towards the Sea Point side, you’ll stumble upon one of the Mother City’s most beautiful sunset gems. Follow the gravel path towards Sea Point for about 4 minutes. You will then find a rooftop that is without a doubt the best secret spot for sunsets on Signal Hill.
#The ‘Sunset Rock’
Proudly crowned the ‘Sunset Rock’ by locals, this top Cape Town secret sunset spot is worth every bit of extra effort it takes to get there. Once you’re on Ocean View Drive, follow the road through the neighbourhood of Fresnaye. Continue all the way to the end of the road until you reach what appears to be a dead-end. You will pass several stunning high-end houses on your way. It will almost feel like you’re not allowed to be there at all. Completely ignore this weary feeling and park your car in the dead-end space.
As this is one of Cape Town’s best secret sunset spots, there is no clear path laid out to get there. You will have to bundu-bash your way through bushes and over a few rocks in order to reach this magical sunset gem.
Before you know it, you will find yourself on a giant flat granite boulder that looks out over the beautiful Camps Bay and Clifton. This is Cape Town’s beloved local ‘Sunset Rock’. Find a spot anywhere on the boulder or scout out the area and find the perfect vantage point lower down. It’s completely up to you. Whichever site you choose, the unobstructed views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range, Clifton, Camps Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and Lions Head promises to spectacular in every way.
Diaz Beach is not only one of the Mother City’s most beautiful hidden gems, but one of its top secret sunset spots too. Located in one of Cape Town’s most magnificent natural wonders, Cape Point, Diaz Beach remains largely untouched. This is mainly due to its secret location and the extra effort required to get there.
From the parking lot, you will embark on about a 20-minute hike. You will then reach a rather steep set of wooden stairs that will lead you to this picturesque beach escape.
Boasting a white sandy beach, turquoise water and towering cliff faces, the unspoiled shoreline of Diaz Beach is bound to render you speechless, with its unrivalled beauty only magnified at sunset. This is one Cape Town secret sunset spot that should undoubtedly be on everyone’s sunset bucket-list.