What better way to revel in the glory of an African sunset than on a game drive? Picture thrilling sightings, sundowners and colour-streaked skies. By Nell Hofmeyr

The big game seeker recommends

Kruger National Park

Nature moves to its own rhythms and usually demands that you wait a little while before revealing its creatures. Fortunately, the sunset game drives in Kruger are at least three hours long. Drives are available at most rest camps, so you’re spoilt for choice. We recommend Satara for its centrality, openness and reputation for excellent game viewing. You’ll depart just before dusk and return well after dark, guaranteeing an exquisite day-to-night outing.

Rate: R328 an adult and R162 an child

Contact: SANParks Central Reservations at 012-428-9111

The sun sets on Kruger. Picture courtesy of SANParks.

Also read: Kruger’s best rest stops for views

The photographer recommends

Mountain Zebra National Park

Understated beauty, cloudless skies and bountiful plains game are the order of the day at this little gem in the Karoo. Make the most of your visit with a late afternoon excursion along winding dust tracks. Don’t forget your camera as the silhouette of a kudu against the glowing red sky is a sight you’ll want to capture. Best of all, drinks and snacks are included. Sold!

Rate: R318 an adult, R157 an child under 12 years old. Includes drinks and snacks.

Contact: Mountain Zebra National Parks reception at 48-801-5700

Enjoying a cold one at Mountain Zebra. Picture by Alistair Daynes.

Also read: Tracking cheetahs in Mountain Zebra

The twitcher recommends

Hlane Royal National Park

Hlane, meaning ‘wilderness’, certainly lives up to its name, teeming with biodiversity and natural riches. Feel a million miles from home as you cruise for two-and-a-half hours through the lowveld in a classic open game viewer. Boasting over 250 bird species, Hlane is a bird lover’s paradise. Sunset drives depart at four from Ndlovu Camp. Guests staying at Bhubesi need to prearrange with management.

Rate: R395 a person. A drink is included.

Contact: Central Reservations at +268-2528-3943

Spotting some giraffes. Picture by Jacques Marais.

The desert devotee recommends

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

A burnished sunset over the Nossob riverbed is the stuff of dreams. As swathes of pinks and reds overwhelm the horizon, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera again and again. This is Africa at its finest, and it’s pure magic. With so much to absorb in the vast Kgalagadi, an expert guide with razor-sharp instincts will ensure that you make the most of the time. Sunset drives are also on offer at Twee Rivieren, Mata-Mata and the Kalahari Tented Camp.

Rate: R321.18 an adult; R158.57 a child

Contact: Kgalagadi main reception at 054-561-2000

Pink skies at the Kgalagadi. Picture by Rudolph de Girardier.

Also read: Walking in the Kgalagadi’s dunes