Durban Sunset

Breathtaking Durban Sunset Activity

Durban is breathtaking at Sunset and well worth planning ahead for. We are blessed with the most stunning location and enjoy a pallet of colours when the sunsets on the Durban Point Waterfront Canal.

What time is golden hour in Durban?

Durban being a city in Africa, boasts some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Africa itself is rich in natural beauty which we can enjoy from the comfort of our gondolas. The Golden hour in Durban is actually plural and describes the hour during sunrise and sunset. The word golden refers to the magnificent colours displayed during these hours.



Sunset in Durban today

The time of sunset varies with the season and is ever changing, Suset is generally around6pm in the summer months and an hour earlier at 5pm in winter. As an example : This blog post was written on 7th May 2022 and Sunset on this day is at 17h15. It is still actually quite light at the exact time of sunset.

How Long Does it Take to Get Dark After Sunset?

When will it be dark? We often get asked. So here is a guide to help you plan your best trip with us.

You need to know that at the time of sunset it is still quite light and it takes approximately 70 minutes for it to get properly dark. Dark enough for you to see the stars. This is helpful for you to decide the best time to book your gondola boat ride or whatever activity you are looking to enjoy.

You will need to know a few things.

  1. The exact time of sunset on the day of your booking.
  2. The time it will get dark after that.
  3. What type of pictures you want to capture.Do you want to do the entire boat cruise when it is completely dark and the beautiful canal lights are on. Or would you like some time during the boat ride when it is light and to experience the changing levels until it is dark. Based on the sunset schedule below and working on the ride durations you can determine the best time to make that booking.

Table showing Sunrise and Sunset in Durban for each day of each month in 2022

Sunrise Durban

To get the time of the sunrise in Durban you can consult the link above. It is a magical time, especially on the Durban Beaches. At Zulumoon Gondolas we start operations at 10h30 so for now at least we are not offering a sunrise boat cruise…. but stay posted … anything is possible in this world.

First light Durban

Dawn is the first light that appears about half an hour before the sun rises. It is also known as daybreak or glow of dawn. During sunrise, sunlight scatters in the upper atmosphere before it rises to the horizon.

Durban sunset cruise

By knowing the time of sunset you will be able to book any of our gondola boat rides – cruises and enjoy the sunset time on the Durban Point Waterfront Canal. You should know that e are located on the canal and do not have a view of the sun setting on the horizon. However, it is one of the most beautiful times to do your boat ride because the lighting effects make for both a magical experience as well as stunning pictures.

Sunsets in South Africa

As the sun sinks lower in the sky during sunset, the light must travel through more atmosphere and, in turn, through more particles in the air before reaching your eyes. Since the wavelengths of red, orange, and yellow are longer, they are less affected by particles.



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Sunset Durban tomorrow is not actually the same as today – it changes that fast!.

Just for fun lets have a look at sunset in Durban on a few different days so you can see the variation.

Durban Sunset Today (7th May 2022) = 17h16

Durban Sunset Tomorrow (8th May 2022) =17h15

Sunrise in Durban tomorrow = 6h29 (Eish! Early)

Durban Sunset  in 1 week (14th May 2022) = 17h11

Durban Sunset on Christmas Day 25th December = 18h57

Sunrise Durban December = on 1st December sunrise in Durban is at 4h47 and on the las day it is 10 minutes later at 4h57.

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