Scenic Routes for Photography Enthusiasts: Sunrise and Sunset Spots in KZN

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Capture the beauty of nature with your camera. KwaZulu-Natal is known as a paradise for photographers, especially at sunrise and sunset. So whether you’re a beginner or an expert, these hidden gems will inspire your next photo adventure.

Lake Eland Game Reserve

Located just two hours from Durban, Lake Eland Game Reserve is full of wildlife and plants, making it great for self-guided game drives. The 80-metre suspension bridge offers an incredible view of the sunset over Lake Eland Gorge. 


Nestled in the Valley of 1000 Hills, Monteseel is on the edge of a cliff with clear views of Durban and Cato Ridge. On clear days, you can see the ocean, ships, and snow-capped Drakensberg mountains. This spot is perfect for long-distance shots, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. 

Golden Mile

Durban’s famous Golden Mile beachfront is perfect for sunsets. As the sun sets, the sky turns beautiful colours. Take a stroll along the beach to find the best spots for photos. Early evening is the best time for capturing the changing sky.

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve has breathtaking scenery with different biomes. The Uve Road entrance is recommended for its beautiful grasslands along the Molweni River cliffs, perfect for sunset shots. Arrive an hour before sunset to find the best locations. 

Mkhomazi Wilderness

Explore the quiet areas of the Drakensberg Mountains in the Mkhomazi Wilderness. Hiking up to Sinclair’s Shelter offers great views over the Inzinga Valley. Early morning hikes provide the best light for capturing the rugged beauty. 

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Emalangeni Hill

Near Isithumba Adventure Centre, Emalangeni Hill offers views of snow-capped Drakensberg peaks on one side and the ocean and harbour on the other. This spot is ideal for panoramic shots. 

Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Climb Durban’s Berea Ridge to the Howard College campus for incredible views over Durban’s harbour, city centre, and the Indian Ocean. This spot offers a unique mix of urban and natural landscapes. 

The Cube, Innes Road

From here, you’ll have some of the best views across Moses Mabhida Stadium and Durban’s centre. This spot is perfect for capturing the stadium and skyline in the soft light of the early morning or late afternoon..

KwaZulu-Natal offers many hidden gems for photography enthusiasts, with each spot providing unique opportunities to capture the beauty of sunrises and sunsets. From the dramatic cliffs of Monteseel to the peaceful scenery of World’s View, these places are sure to make you want to go on your next photo trip.  Remember to bring your camera and explore these amazing locations. 

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