Not really a morning person?
Well, it’s never too late (or early) to start because once you know the best places to watch the sunrise, it’ll change the way you start your day forever.
According to research, waking up early has plenty of health benefits that can make a huge difference to your day. Research found by Huffington Post shows that brisk morning workouts, serene yoga sessions and a ban on technology before a healthy breakfast are great ways to improve focus, boost energy and put a positive spin on the day ahead − whether it’s the weekend or a work day.
So, skip the temptation to hit the snooze button and wake up to an awesome day full of potential at these fantastic sunrise spots across the country.
To get you off to a good start, we’ve put together a list of some of the best places to watch the sunrise across SA. Once you’ve seen some of these, you’ll never want to sleep in again!
BLUE WATER BAY
Bluewater Bay is known for its laid-back ambience and stunning views across Algoa Bay. Settle down on the white sandy shore and watch as the sun spreads its golden light across the water. As the beach starts to liven up, you’ll see plenty of surfers, swimmers and parasailers, plus you might even spot a dolphin or two!
Nearby hotel : Protea Hotel Marine
While many of us tend to start the day with a cup of java, Coffee Bay is inspiring enough to serve as your morning boost. Watch as the waves crash against the impressive Hole in the Wall with the rising sun as its backdrop. Then head back to the quaint beachcomber village of Coffee Bay for a cup of the real thing.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
You simply can’t beat the view of a golden sunrise over the bushveld. Wake up just as the crickets begin to quiet down and the birds take over with their cheerful chirping. Because of its location close to the equator, the sun appears even bigger in this area so you’re in for a really magnificent sight.
THE GOLDEN MILE
The glowing sand of Durban’s famous Golden Mile is easily one of the most spectacular beaches to watch the sunrise in KZN. Scattered rock pools and a long stretch of beautiful coastline set the scene, while the rising sun glitters on the waves. Take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean, jog along the beach or simply soak up some rays.
Nestled between coastal forest and the glittering Indian Ocean, Sodwana Bay is a sight to behold. Grab a flask of coffee and take a refreshing stroll along the 5km Mgobozeleni Trail. Spot turtles, dolphins whales and sharks as they glide through the clear water. If you’re on holiday in Sodwana Bay, there’s simply no excuse not to go scuba diving!
Just like the name suggests, Breakfast Bay is the perfect place to start your day. This secluded beach is tucked away between the Onrus River and Fisherhaven. Challenge yourself to a walk up the soaring sand dunes, watch the sun rise on the horizon and find your inner peace before the day begins.
Arabella Hotel & Spa
Walk along the shore to the serene river mouth on one of Plett’s most iconic beaches. Be the first to see the sun’s rays light up the sand and start its slow rise onto the horizon. Pack a picnic and stick around for breakfast or get energetic with some surfing or bodyboarding.
A firm favourite with surfers, sun lovers and water babies, Muizenberg Beach has it all. Wander along the long stretch of sandy beach, past the quaint colourful houses and find the perfect spot to settle down for sunrise. The water’s much warmer here, so dabble your toes or take a dip for a really refreshing start to your day.
SEA POINT PROMENADE
When it comes to early morning experiences, vibey breakfast spots and gorgeous views, Sea Point Promenade never disappoints. Watch the sunrise while you enjoy a refreshing morning jog as cyclists and roller skaters whizz by. Then pop into a juice bar for an energising super smoothie Pop into a juice bar for an energising super smoothie or simply soak up the ocean view. Oh, what a beautiful morning!
If Table Mountain is the star of the show, then Lions Head is a close second. This iconic mountain strikes an impressive pose on the Cape Town skyline and offers an exciting way to start your day with a hike to the top. Once there, take in the unforgettable views over Table Bay, the city and the rocky Atlantic Ocean coastline.
Standing proudly in the heart of Bloemfontein lies beautiful Naval Hill. Located in the Franklin Game Reserve, this viewpoint offers the unique opportunity to escape to nature without leaving the city. While the park only opens at 8am, you’ll have more than enough time to take in the extraordinary panoramic views over the City of Roses.
Hotels nearby: Protea Hotel Willow Lake
Watch the vibrant city of Jo’burg come to life from the top of Northcliff Hill. As the city’s second highest koppie, it offers an amazing vantage point with 360º views over both the bustling CBD and leafy northern suburbs. Take a flask of coffee and a short drive up to the ridge for a fresh perspective on city living.
Nearby hotel : Protea Hotel Roodepoort
Take a leisurely drive up to the steep roads of Houghton along Munro Drive. Pull over at the top and watch as the dawn begins to reveal the City of Gold in all its glory. At the top you’ll be treated to sweeping views over the lush and leafy northern suburbs all the way to bustling Sandton.
Hotel nearby : Protea Hotel Parktonian All Suite