At the end of hot, dry day on safari, African travelers pause to observe the delightful safari tradition of the Sundowner – the capping of a day’s adventures by enjoying a cold drink of choice (gin and tonic is the custom) and toasting the setting sun. Sunsets in Africa vary from a single orange red ball sinking majestically on the horizon to multi-color burst of pinks, yellows, blues and reds reflected by evening haze, distant mountains and vast savannas outside your door. Every night, they provide the perfect backdrop for Africa’s unique version of cocktail hour.
In addition to the classic gin and tonic, the best safari lodges offer a choice of chilled South African white wines, cold African beer, and other mixed and soft drinks – something for everyone. Here are five lodges that are devoted to making your sunsets as memorable as your safaris.