What is your favourite sunset?

What is the most beutiful sunset you have ever seen? Share it with me and we will choose the 10 best places to enjoy the sunset!!!!

Travelling is not only a way to see places and meet people, but also a way to exeperience the shows of mother nature in a differet way. In the past decades I have travelled quite a lot, especially to Sub Saharan Africa, which is my favourite destination, thus I had the chance to feel the power of nature in a way that those who have never been there cannot understand and which is pretty impossible to verbalise.

I have been to several Countries in Africa including the tourism superstars such as Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Ethiopia and I have been there more than once, not only to see the wildlife and get to experience the best photographic safaris, but also to enjoy the colors of Africa which are different from those of Europe, especially at sunset.

Here below you get a list of sunsets I captured personally with my camera, in Africa and other places. If you managed to capture a beautiful sunset send me the picture so we will choose altogether the best place to visit to enjoy the sundown.

I took personally all the pictures of this post with a Canon G7X Mark II camera, which is not professional but has the ability to capture the real colours of the subjects.

These first two picture have been taken at a 2 years distance from each other, althoguh they do show the exact same place: the Magkadikadi Pans in Botswana. The difference in between is that the first time I have been there, the pans were still covered with water, thus they looked like a big lake. Two years later Botswana and the whole group of Countries along the Zambesi river basin were hit by a severe drought, thus the pans were completely dry.

Sunset at Makgadikadi Pans, Botswana 2016. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
Sunset at Makgadikadi Pans, Botswana 2019. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata

These next pictures were taken during a sunset cruise along the Zambesi River, sailing along the borders between Namibia and Zambia. To be honest with you I had been very lucky on this trip as my family and I had a private boat while the rest of the people were boarded on a bigger one. We didn’t pay any extra but the hotel was so nice to provide us with free drinks and snacks just for us and a private guide. The cruise had a duration of 2 hours as we boarded at 6.00 pm and docked back at 08.00 pm, thus we enjoyed the sunset from A to Z in the most relaxing way. The show was simply fantastic.

Sunset on the Zambesi River, Namibia 2019. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
Sunset on the Zambesi river, Namibia 2019. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata

I have been several times to Tanzania which is home to some of the biggest national parks of Africa. I visited all those located in the northern circuit such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro crater and especially the Serengeti. Spending the night at one of the lodges inside the park is too expensive for me and my family thus I picked a small lodge just outside the western gate (I really mean just outside), located on the route of the great migration, thus our room was surrounded by zebras day and night moving at such a close distance from us that I really could touch them if I wanted, but I didn’t. People do normally stay just one or 2 nights here and we stayed 3, thus the hotel manager decided to offer us an extra excursion at sundown. It was very impressive because he told us to follow him on foot while he was heading towards the bush. We were pretty scared as wild animals may appear all of a sudden. Fear disappeared as soon as we saw a set of of 4 chairs for me and my family, placed on the grass, with a portable table filled with drinks and snacks (wine for me and beers for my family members – and I still wonder how did they know that I do not drink beer!!!!). That was the place where we enjoyed one of the most breathtaking sunset ever!!!!.

Sunset at Serengeti. Tanzania 2018. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata
Sunset at Serengeti, Tanzania 2018. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata

Out of Africa I also experienced some of the most beautiful sunsets I can remember. This next one was in Bikaner, India. I toured the Rajastan during Christmas break in 2017 and I decided to also visit Bikaner, which is a city not very often included in the tourists’ itineraries being somehow out of the common route. But I always want to see what’s next, thus I included it. I slept at the palace of the former Maharaja of Bikaner. His ancestors kept a portion of the palace for themselves and turned the rest into a hotel. It is pretty nice, especially because it still keeps the furnitures of the Belle Epoque period, which provide and old fashion atmosphere that matches well the environment. I have been lucky here also as they gave me one of the two rooftop suites. From my balcony I enjoyed this view:

Sunset in Bikaner, India 2017. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata

In 2018 I also visited Oman, a very beautiful and relaxing Country in the Arabic Peninsula. Beside the old and the modern city of Muscat which offer the most beautifyl Mosques and an amazing market respectively, the Old Capital of Nizwa and the beaches of Salalah, Oman is also home to an extensive sand desert that is really worth to visit and spend the night into. I entered the desert from Bidiyah were we met a local guide who invited us to board a jeep which we could not drive ourselves: it is too difficult to drive on the sands of the desert. The drive was 22 miles long, up and down the dunes and the driver was pretty fast… Once at the camp we enjoyed climbing the dunes (which is pretty fatiguing by the way) and once above we enjoyed one of the most beautiful sunsets.

Sunset in Oman, 2018. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata

Because I am Italian I can’t refrain from also posting a sunset from my own Country. Two weeks ago I had the chance of spending the weekend in Volterra. I booked a bed and breakfast at the bottom of the hill where city is located and had dinner there. This was the view from the terrace where we ate. It’s not as colorful as the African ones but still unique, isn’t it?

Sunset in Volterra, Tuscany 2020. Photo by Matteo Gazzarata

So what is your favourite place to enjoy the sunset? Send me your pictures so we can choose the 10 best places for a sunset. Email me at yourtravelrecipe@libero.it or use the free we-transfer service if you have ore than one.

4 thoughts on “What is your favourite sunset?

  1. Such beautiful sunsets; quite the photographic eye! Although Africa and its environs have never called to me, these photos does give one pause to reconsider. Thanks, as always, for sharing Matteo.

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    • Than you Sue. Before my first trip to Africa I had the same feeling about it, but once there all my concerns disappeared. Africa sticks to your body in a way you can’t imagine. You just have to adapt yourself to the fact that unless you can afford to spend serious money on accommodation, you will sleep at comfortable lodges whose standards are not the same as ours: Internet connection if pretty often not available, being in the middle of dusty areas or in the middle of forest you can’t expect your room to be completely dust free, roads are pretty oftne non tarred thus a bit bumpy. But all the rest is simply incredible.


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