Photo essay: The world’s best sunsets

Etosha sunset, Namibia

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.

Solitaire sunset, Namibia

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.

Okavango Delta sunset, Botswana

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.

Varanasi sunset, India

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.

Orccha temples sunset, India

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.

Havana sunset, Cuba

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.

Bosphorus Cruise sunset, Istanbul, Turkey

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.

Annapurna trek sunset, Nepal

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.

Santorini sunset, Greece

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…

Santorini sunset, Greece

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.

Ayers Rock sunset, Uluru

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.

12 Apostles sunset, Great Ocean Road

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

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About Natasha von Geldern

Natasha von Geldern is the World Wandering Kiwi, a freelance travel writer, editor and inveterate traveller who is passionate about making the pages of the atlas real one trip at a time.

Comments

  1. Beautiful. My favourite sunset so far was the one at Pura Tanah Lot, Bali
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  2. Sunsets are my favorite things to photograph. Mostly because of their vivid colors, but also because of the improbability of taking a bad shot. What an awesome collection you have here! No doubt you been to some interesting and beautiful places to see the sun set.
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    • Natasha von Geldern says:

      Yes it’s unusual to let a trip go by without at least one sunset shot, they are so mesmerising and romantic.

  3. have traveled all over the world and experienced many amazing sunsets but I must say that Herne Bay in Kent, UK is up there with the best. The most spectacular sunset occur in the mid summer when the tide is out, absolutely breath taking.
    Check out some photos here: http://bayguide.co.uk/wp/index.php/sunset-image/

  4. The pics with the sunset cast entirely in reflections are the most interesting, especially the Havana photo.
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  5. Wow.. just wow.. I always wanted to do something like this. I wish you could do more in future. Those pictures are really amazing and tell stories that I can perceive in my own way..

    Raj
    Adventure Bound Nepal
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