Sunsets are one of the most emotive and compelling aspects of a safari in Africa. Dust kicked up by the vast buffalo herds combined with smoke from wild fires is suspended in the heavy winter air. These seemingly insignificant molecules have the potential to transform the sky into an almost inconceivable array of colour, shapes and patterns. Each and everyday there is something new presented and it is for this reason that the breathtaking sunsets are one of my favourites aspects of winter. Take a look at some of the spectacular sunsets we have been offered lately…
Shades and shapes enhanced by sparse clouds. Clouds with little threat of rain, little purpose other than one of decoration, character that only they can add. Layer upon layer that hinder and harness rays of light, to capture and illuminate.
Colours that develop and mature with the somewhat subdued sinking sun. Blues give way to a calm orange that soon turns to deep red as the horizon approaches.
The colours don’t stop after the sun disappears, they continue until the very last of the light. The only constant is the speed at which the night takes its grip turning the colorful dusk into starry nights.
We would love to hear what your most awe-inspiring safari sunset has been and what made it so special. Let us know in the comments section below…
Written by: Simon Smit
Photographed by: Rich Laburn , Simon Smit, Simon Bannister, James Hobson, Adam Bannister