Straying into the realms of self indulgent travel blogging … with unabashed pleasure I’ve explored my travel archives to share my favourite sunset moments from travelling around the world:
Starting off in Africa, the best sunsets were definitely in Namibia. In the heart of Etosha National Park the campgrounds have fenced waterholes where you can spend long evenings watching the animals coming to drink at dusk – the photo above shows one of those waterholes and my best Africa sunset.
Also in Namibia, in the middle of the Namib Nakluft desert, there’s a tiny place called Solitaire. Nothing more than a general store and a few other buildings, the emptiness and dryness of the desert is palpable here. But the sunset, and the apple pie, were wonderful.
On a mokoro tour in the Okavango Delta we camped on an island among the reeds. After a walking tour spotting wildlife we returned to camp as the thunderclouds rolled in. A storm was about to bring the rains for which Botswana had been waiting for weeks. The sunset and the approaching storm was powerful.
Now for Asia and India in particular. Varanasi has of course a deeply weird atmosphere but the sunset over Mother Ganga is as beautiful as any I’ve seen.
In central India the ruined temples and palaces of Orccha are highly mysterious in their jungly environment. This photo of the temple domes was taken from the rooftops of the palace.
In Cuba, strolling along the Malecon in Havana after a delicious lobster dinner (with mojitos on the side), looking back is the tower of El Moro, looking forward the sunset turns the broken paving stones into a sea of clouds.
Returning up the Bosphorus on the ferry heading towards Istanbul the sun was setting behind one of the mighty bridges just as the domes and minarets of the Golden Horn came into view.
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp we stayed in the village of Ghorepani, from where you can see the misty peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. Endless shades of blue receded into the distance.
The Greek Island of Santorini must have one of the most famous sunsets in the world and the evening light at Oia is very beautiful…
Although you should remember that at different times of year the sunset can be better in other parts of the island, like Fira or the lighthouse at Akotheri.
Finally to Australia, my current resting place. Here are perhaps the two most famous sunsets in Australia: at Uluru (Ayers Rock) where the setting sun bathes the great monolith with intense colours.
And then the 12 Apostles rock stacks near Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road. The sun doesn’t cast its setting light on the cliffs but the long shadows of the rocks and the softness of the glow is very atmospheric.
By Natasha von Geldern