25 Stunning Africa Instagram Spots to Fuel Your Wanderlust!

By on April 26, 2018 in Africa, Travel Tips with 2 Comments

25 Stunning Africa Instagram Spots

It’s a whole thing now isn’t it, travelling for Instagram!

Yup the social media that has inspired our wanderlust more than any other, is now causing more and more of us to hunt down those spots that have the WOW factor – a wow that we can *snap* and share!

Ha ha ha!

But if you’re bored of the Paris pictures, the Santorini shots and Cambodia captures, then I’ll let you in on a little secret.

Africa, perhaps the most off the beaten track travel continent, is just brimming with insta-worthy amazingness and, best of all, hardly anyone knows about it.

So, if making your friends super jealous is the aim of the game, why not head somewhere a bit different and try these 25 stunning spots for the best Africa Instagram shots… EVER!


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#1 Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa, Cape Town, Harbour

Perhaps the most beautiful city in Africa, it’s no wonder I’m kicking off this list with Cape Town.

With the meeting of 2 oceans and Table Mountain springing up in the background, it’s hard to beat this urban beauty of an Instagram spot.

 

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#2 Drakensberg, South Africa

South Africa, Drakensberg, Sunset

South Africa’s most famous mountain landscape, the Drakensberg are definitely one of the best Africa Instagram spots.

Grab your tent, your hiking boots, your camera and get out there!

#3 Sossusvlei, Namibia

Namibia, Sossusvlei, Desert Trees

Amazing desertscapes await you at this huge salt and clay pan which sits amidst towering red dunes in the South of Namibia.

While it remains one of the countries most visited locations, the vastness of this arid landscape will really make you feel like you have the place to yourself.

 

5 Essentials for a Snapping the Best of Africa

#1 Lightweight, Camera – I love my mirrorless Sony A6000. Light, compact, robust it’s perfect for Africa travels.

#2 Zoom Lens – Especially important for safari shots, my Sony E 55-210mm did a great job.

#3 Gorilla Tripod – The Gorillapod is the tripod you can take anywhere. This light, small and hugely versatile piece of travel kit is a most for Africa.

#4 Spare Battery – You never want to run of battery in Africa, ever!

#5 Large, Fast SD Memory Cards – Taking multiple memory cards with you to Africa is a must; the larger and the faster the better! Top notch memory cards will stop you having to delete pics, swap cards, or miss shots as fast-action processing for wildlife in particular is required.

 

#4 Tofo, Mozambique

Mozambique, Tofo, Boat

Indian Ocean paradise awaits you at Mozambique’s stunning coastline.

From diving with whale sharks to star gazing from your beachside camp, this beautifully carved bay shows off the African coastline at its best.

#5 Chobe River National Park, Botswana

Botswana, Chobe National Park, River Cruise

Less famous than neighbouring Okavango Delta National Park, Botswana’s Chobe River National Park nevertheless provides some stellar sunset water shots, with wildlife galore and half the people!

SEE MORE: Chobe River National Park : A Photo Essay

#6 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, Vic Falls, Lookout Pointjpg

One of the 7 natural wonders of the world, it’s a no-brainer that Vic Falls makes it onto my list of the most instagrammable spots in Africa.

Straddling 2 countries, you can choose to visit this huge spectacle from either Zambia or Zimbabwe, but personally I feel the later provides the best lookouts!

READ MORE: 8 Things to Do in Victoria Falls Guaranteed to Get Your Heart Racing

#7 Kande Beach, Malawi

Malawi, Lake Malawi, Hammock

Lake Malawi is one of the biggest lakes in the world and when you stand on the edge of it, it really does look and feel like an ocean!

Top of my list when it comes to spots to stay on this amazing body of water is Kande Beach, with few tourists and the picturesque Kande Island in the background, it’s a definite winner for your Africa Instagram shots.

READ MORE: Why I Never Managed to Scuba Dived Lake Malawi!

#8 South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Absolute Africa, Zambia, Leopard

My favourite park in Southern Africa – yes even beating those iconic ones like Kruger – South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is a treat for you and your camera!

As you spot big cats on safari drives and big elephants in your campground, venturing here is an experience you’ll never forget!

SEE MORE: South Luangwa National Park : A Photo Essay

#9 Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Stone Town, Jaws Corner Flags

I fell in love with Stone Town, the capital of the island of Zanzibar, from the moment I arrived here.

Like stepping into a lost world, the windy narrow streets, ancient wooden doorways and crumbling buildings feel utterly magical and certainly provided some of the best Africa Instagram shots I have!

READ MORE: The 21 Best Things to Do in Stone Town, Zanzibar

#10 Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater, Hippo

Standing at the top of the Ngorongoro Crater and peering down into the enormous bowl in the earth’s surface below was enough to make one of my travel companions cry!

And that’s before we even got down into the crater to see the amazing wealth of wildlife there!

Have I convinced you yet?

LEARN MORE: Why Tanzania’s Serengeti Will Blow Your Mind!

#11 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Uganda, Bwindi, Gorilla Eating

One word for you here people, gorillas!

Perhaps the ultimate Africa Instagram location when it comes to making your friends jealous!

DISCOVER MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

#12 Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Kenya, Lake Naivasha, Trees

Not the grandest of Kenya’s National Parks, but a sunset cruise on this lake, and the amazing colours it reflected, captured my heart and that of my camera.

READ MORE: 14 Spellbinding Things to Do in Kenya

#13 Masai Mara, Kenya

Kenya, Masai Mara, Lioness

Ok, so this one definitely gets my award for the best safari in Africa!

You name it, the Masai Mara’s got it!

Big 5 = check

Stunning Landscape = check

Unique Culture = check

Africa Instagram Shots to Die For = check

#14 Diani Beach, Kenya

Kenya, Diani Beach, Sandy Shadows

Kenya is hogging the limelight a bit here, but I couldn’t go past this country without mentioning Diani Beach.

If you’re looking for quintessential coastline, with a turquoise Indian Ocean, fine white sand and the odd tropical palm tree thrown in, Diani’s your bag!

LEARN MORE: My Quick Guide to Kenya’s Coast

#15 Lalibela, Ethiopia

Ethiopia, Lalibela, Solo Man

Hold onto your hats people, we’ve reached Ethiopia and things are about to get even more magnificent!

Coming in first is the town of Lalibela with its UNESCO rock-hewn churches and fascinating religious practices that have continued, uninterrupted to this day, for over 1500 years.

READ MORE: Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Lalibela, Ethiopia.

#16 Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Ethiopia, Omo Valley, Daasanach Girl

Totally different from Lalibela and perfectly showcasing just how diverse and different Ethiopia is, the Omo Valley region in the country’s south gave me some of the best portraits I’ve captured, ever, full stop!

Filled with indigenous communities living very traditional lifestyles, this part of Ethiopia provides a cultural insight like never before.

LEARN MORE: Why Ethiopia’s Omo Valley is Like Nowhere Else in Earth!

#17 Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Ethiopia, Simien Mountains, Gelada Monkey

One of 9 UNESCO-listed sites in Ethiopia (yes the most of any African country currently), the Simien Mountains in the northern highlands provide extraordinary hiking opportunities and of course, views to die for.

Capturing them will undoubtedly produce some of the best African Instagram shots ever.

SEE MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Gonder & the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia

#18 Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

Ethiopia, Danakil Depression, Lake Asale Landscape

What can you say about a landscape that contains both volcanoes and salt lakes, desolute deserts and smouldering sulphur lakes?

Yes Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression – the hottest, driest place on earth – defies description.

It is mesmerising, unbelievable, spellbinding, scary and epic all at once.

READ MORE: Discovering the Most Dramatic Destination of Earth: Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression

#19 Karima, Sudan

Sudan, Karima, Pyramids at Sunset

Who knew Sudan was so full of ancient treasures?

I know right!

But if you want to see 3,000 year old pyramids without the crowds, lying semi-forgotten in the midst of the desert AND meet the friendliest people on earth, get Sudan on your Africa Instagram list now!

Check Out the Amazing Place I Stayed at in Karima, Sudan here.

#20 Chefchouen, Morocco

Morocco, Chefchouen, Street

The blue city of Morocco has wowed travellers for years and with its stunning streets, creaking doorways and mountain backdrop, it’s easy to see.

#21 Abu Simbel, Egypt

Egypt, Abu Simbel, Statues

When it comes to the ultimate wow factor for African Instagram shots, it’s hard to look past Egypt’s Abu Simbel Temple.

As you round the corner to see the 4 enormous statues of Ramses II, their gazed fixed for eternity on the horizon above the Nile, you can’t fail to squeak with delight… and fumble for your camera asap!

READ MORE: 10 Amazing Things to Do in Aswan, Egypt

#22 Luxor, Egypt

Egypt, Luxor, Temple at Night

From the massive Karnak Temple to the enormity of the Valley of the Kings, this ancient city is a non-stop Kodak destination, with the illumination of Luxor Temple at night probably the jewel in the crown.

DISCOVER MORE: The Perfect Luxor Itinerary on a Budget!

#23 Giza, Egypt

Egypt, Giza, Pyramid

5,000 year old pyramids jutting out from the Sahara, need I say more?!

READ MORE: Top 10 Things to Do in Cairo

#24 Kokrobite, Ghana

Ghana, Kokrobite, Beach

With some of the most beautiful coastline in West Africa, Ghana’s Kokrobite is about as picturesque as it gets with its traditional sea fishing vessels and the whitest of white sands.

#25 Lac Rose, Senegal

Just 30km north of the country’s capital, Lac Rose in Senegal (literally pink lake) is as vivid and otherworldly as the name suggests!

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So have my 25 most instagrammable spots in Africa inspired you yet?

Which is your favourite on the list?

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About the Author: Creator of Big World Small Pockets, Stephanie Parker is a budget travel addict! Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, Stephanie backpacks the world collecting tips, advice and stories, to share with a smile .

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  1. Cape Town Steph! Love it 😉 Friends of mine on the travel blogging circuit hail from South Africa. We did a Bali house sit with them. Always raving about Cape Town. I see why. Immense raw, natural beauty. IG worthy indeed, just like here on the South Island of New Zealand. Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

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