June 26

The Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Africa

June 26, 2022

Africa should be on the top of every aspiring content creator's bucket list. Offering the most spectacular natural sights on the planet, the possibilities to capture brag-worthy content are endless! From beckoning white sandy beaches on Indian Ocean islands to spotting the Big 5 roaming wide-open plains, the chance to take breathtaking content exists all across our magnificent continent. So, pack your camera, tripod, and video equipment and ensure your phone is fully charged because you don't want to miss the chance to capture your memories in our top 10 most Instagrammable places in Africa!

Africa is home to some of the most Instagrammable places in the world

1. Cape Town, South Africa

Not just one of the most Instagrammable places in Africa, Cape Town is probably one of the most Instagrammable spots in the world. Home to Table Mountain, rolling Winelands and sandy beaches, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that South Africa's Mother City is number one! With captivating natural scenery and bustling aesthetic hotspots, your followers are in for a treat.

Swim at Boulders Beach, where adorable penguins waddle along the sand and paddle through the waves. Or hike to the top of Lion's Head for a panoramic timelapse of the most stunning sunsets. Adventurers can also paraglide off Signal Hill with your GoPro for impressive action shots of the city, beaches and the iconic Table Mountain! Therefore, Cape Town is a must for anyone seeking a leisure-filled Instagrammable holiday destination. 

Man standing at the edge of Lion's Head Mountain in Cape Town

Hike to the top of Lion's Head for the most exquisite views of Cape Town

2. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia

No list of the most Instagrammable places in Africa would be complete without including one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls. This largest sheet of falling water forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and offers plenty of fantastic opportunities to see, hear and capture this extraordinary spectacle. 

Cruise along the Zambezi River, drink in hand on a sunset boat trip. Or the brave can take a dip in Devil's Pool for an up-close view of the sheer drop over the side of the Falls. Adrenaline seekers will also enjoy zip-lining across the gorge, suspended above the breathtakingly beautiful Zambezi River, which is perfect for capturing unique Reels content! Therefore, the photo ops here are endless, with a plethora of activities for both adventure seekers and laidback guests.

Zip lining across the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls

Zip-lining across the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls

3. Amboseli National Park, Kenya

The Amboseli National Park boasts the magnificent backdrop of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. The park has a variety of wildlife, but its most celebrated resident is the African elephant. Despite being in Kenya, Amboseli offers some of the most exquisite views of Africa's tallest mountain, providing iconic scenery for your photos and videos.

Elephants are in abundance in Amboseli, frolicking in the marshes, strolling through the dusty plains, and posing for awe-struck, camera-wielding tourists, with Mount Kilimanjaro to set the scene. The photo opportunities are best first thing in the morning, so don't skip your morning game drives!

African elephant walking in shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park

African elephant walking in shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park

4. Sossusvlei, Namibia

The Namib Desert is a true canvas of beauty that allows you to reconnect with yourself and nature. Sossusvlei is one of Namibia's most well-known and photographed locations. With vast expanses of rust-red dunes, bleached-white pans and endless deep blue skies, could it get any better than this? 

Dead Camerlthorn trees in a salt pan in Sossusvlei

Dead Camelthorn trees in a salt pan in Sossusvlei

The sand in the Sossusvlei region is estimated to be around 5 million years old. And with its pronounced dune shadows, distinctive red-coloured sand and the exceptional clarity of light, this is an exceptionally photogenic location. Sossusvlei also has some of the darkest night skies on earth, making it the ultimate spot for stargazing and taking incredible photos of the star-studded sky.

Stargazing with a telescope in Sossusvlei

Telescope stargazing in Sossusvlei, Image Credit: &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

5. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Known as "the river that never finds the sea", Botswana's Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world. This expansive, largely undisturbed wetland of twisting oxbow streams is home to a diverse variety of wildlife, extensive floodplains and riverine woodland. And here, you'll find opportune moments to capture the best content around every corner of the Delta's islands and canals.

Grab your GoPro and take a ride in a traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) down the Okavango Delta's waterways. Or embark on a scenic helicopter flight for the opportunity to take unique birds-eye-view photos. If you're a keen photographer, a helicopter with no doors will allow for unrestricted panoramic views.

Sunset mokoro ride over the Okavango Delta

Sunset mokoro ride in the Okavango Delta

6. Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Kruger National Park needs no upselling, as it's always dressed to impress. Rated consistently as one of Africa's most exceptional safari experiences, Kruger is home to South Africa's leading private luxury lodges. It also promises some of the world's best wildlife viewing, easily making this one of the most Instagrammable places in Africa for creating surreal wildlife content.

If you ever wanted the chance to capture picture-perfect photos of the Big 5 in their natural environment, the national park is the destination for you. But safari excursions don't have to mean roughing it, as silver-plated service and swimming pools are on the menu making for magnificent safari Reels!

Elephant in the Kruger National Park

There are few better places on Earth to see big game than in the Kruger National Park

7. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Is your Instagram feed lacking some greenery? Volcanoes National Park protects the thickly forested slopes of the spectacular Virunga Mountain Range in Rwanda's far northwestern region. Not only is it breathtaking, but the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range are home to roughly half of the world's wild population of endangered mountain gorillas. 

The magical Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

The magical Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Image Credit: Bisate Lodge

Make sure you've packed your tripod, extra memory cards and power banks because there's something for everyone to enjoy here. From hiking to mountain biking, canoeing to village visits – your photo library will be overflowing! Furthermore, the volcanoes provide the most luscious jungle scenery for gorilla trekking. And these intimate, up-close interactions will make for the most memorable photos.

A young gorilla eating his greens

A young gorilla eating his greens, Image Credit: Porco Rosso

8. Mahé, Seychelles

Don't forget to add Seychelles to your bucket list of Instagrammable places in Africa, as this beautiful continent has so much more to offer than safaris. The Indian Ocean archipelago of Seychelles has picturesque white, sandy beaches and azure waters, all teeming with extraordinary bird, plant and marine life, making for the most striking underwater photos.

Home to dozens of pristine beaches, this is a fantastic location for beautiful beach photoshoots, sipping cocktails out of coconuts and exploring untouched stretches of soft white sand. In other words, it's perfect for all kinds of selfies! Mahé is a destination for thrill-seekers, explorers, and adventurers, so make sure you have a few extra memory cards on hand!

A pristine secluded beach in Mahé

A pristine secluded beach in Mahé

9. Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is located in the middle of dry northeastern Botswana. All of our most Instagrammable places in Africa have something special about them, and the Makgadikgadi Pans is no exception. This collection of salt flats is one of the biggest in the world, and used to be a huge lake that has since evaporated.

Sunset at Nata Bird Sanctuary in the Makgadikgadi Pans

Sunset in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Image Credit: Brad Mitchell

The Makgadikgadi Pans provide one-of-a-kind safari experiences, including walking and driving safaris, birdwatching, quad biking and meerkat encounters. One can also participate in excursions to historical sights to learn about the connection between the natural environment and the ancient culture that once existed there. Sunsets and spending time with meerkats make the Makgadikagadi Pans one of Africa's most Instagrammable places.

Meerkat experience in the Makgadikagadi Pans

Meerkat experience in the Makgadikagadi Pans

10. Maasai Mara, Kenya

What would your travel profile be without a few snaps of the famous Great Migration? The Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is a vast expanse of gently rolling African plains with stunning views and spectacularly diverse wildlife. This reserve is home to several luxury lodges and camps where guests can immerse themselves in an authentic East African safari experience – in style.

This reserve is a photographer and naturalist's dream, offering many exciting activities, from year-round game viewing to witnessing the famous Great Migration. However, a hot air balloon safari is one of our favourite experiences you can partake in here! Imagine gliding gracefully over the African plains, watching elephants, buffalo and cheetahs roaming freely among migratory wildebeest and zebra below. 

Hot air balloon safari in Maasai Mara National Park

A hot air balloon safari is one of the most unique experiences in the Maasai Mara

Create Picture-Perfect Memories in the Most Instagrammable Places in Africa

Africa has no shortage of photogenic spots to visit. With so many natural beauties to see, we're confident you will transform your Instagram feed while you have the time of your life in the most Instagrammable places in Africa!

Our Rhino Africa Travel Experts specialise in making your dream African holidays a reality. So, go forth and capture these natural wonders – oh, and don't forget your selfie stick!

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About the author 

Savannah St Claire

Born in the picturesque City of Cape Town, Savannah is no stranger to the beauty and adventure Africa has to offer. With a bachelor's degree in Digital Marketing under her belt and a passion for travelling in her heart, she is taking to her new path in life like a moth to a flame. When not chasing sunsets, you'll find her enjoying the fine things in life and South African wines are no exception!

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