The Most Instagrammable Spots in Africa

14 Jan 2022

A jaunt to Africa is often synonymous with spotting an elusive lion on a sunrise safari. Indeed, it's an amazing experience. But from the souks of Morocco to the sands of Mauritius, there’s plenty more to this continent than deserts and big cats. Whether you're looking for warthogs, waterfalls, or wine, we've identified the 12 most Instagrammable spots in Africa so you can start exploring. Just don’t forget your camera…

Luxor, Egypt

Often referred to as the world's greatest open-air museum, Luxor is a positive treasure-trove of Insta-worthy attractions. For the best vantage point, take a trip down the Nile and marvel at the temples of Karnak and Luxor in the east, and the Valley of the Kings, tombs, and temples scattered across the west bank.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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While it isn't technically the highest or the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified the largest, based on a combined width of 1708 metres and height of 108 metres, resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water (think Niagara Falls, then double it). On the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, this jaw-dropping UNESCO World Heritage Site is prime Instagram fodder.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

This pretty city in northwest Morocco requires no filter. While home to an old medina, a bustling kasbah, and myriad labyrinthine cobbled streets, the thing that sets the city apart is the blue hue. Once you're done gazing at the blue-rinsed houses, embark on a hike through the surrounding Rif mountain range for the optimal view for your feed.

Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

This stunning spot on the Cape Town peninsula is like something straight out of a David Attenborough documentary. The picturesque national park is home to a colony of around 3000 African penguins who waddle freely across the beach. For a real adventure, hire a car and drive the Garden Route, sampling the plentiful vineyards, lagoons, and lakes dotted along the coast. Click here to see 13 incredible South Africa experiences for your bucket list.

The beaches of Mauritius

With sand the texture of talcum powder, azure waters, and clear skies, the beaches of Mauritius are picture-postcard perfect. While a sojourn here largely involves sunshine and cocktails over cultural enrichment, you'll feel a darn site more relaxed heading home after a week of sun lounging and snorkelling. Plus, no photoshopping required to get the perfect snap.

The Namib Desert, Namibia

At 55 million years old, the Namib Desert is the oldest desert on earth. Crossing Angola, Namibia, and South Africa, it spans 81,000 square kilometres, and is home to some of the tallest sand dunes and lowest rainfall on the globe. While there, be sure to also take a trip to Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft Park: the fierce red dunes there make for the perfect Instagram snap. Click here to see why Namibia made our 2019 list of bucket list destinations.

Bwindi National Park, Uganda 

Spotting gorillas in the wild often crops up on a bucket list, and there are sadly precious few spots to catch them in action. Bwindi's remote forest canopy is home to twelve groups of mountain gorillas, and a host of experienced guides to help you trek and track them, and get the optimal Insta-worthy snap. Just make sure you take any bananas out of your backpack.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest volcanic crater, a spectacular bowl with sides up to 600 metres deep that is home to around 30,000 animals year-round. Enjoy an amazing vantage point from the crater rim, and observe the migration on the crater floor, akin to a scene from "The Lion King".

Okavango Delta, Botswana 

'Kind of like Venice… but with wildlife" is possibly the most accurate overheard description of this sublime safari spot. Okavango Delta is a wetland wilderness rife with creatures from hippos to bell frogs, all lurking in its watery channels. One Travelzoo deal expert proclaimed it to be the "best safari in the world", so make sure your phone is fully charged for those once-in-a-lifetime snaps. 

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

While Zanzibar might be the honeymooners' go-to, the Insta-worthy beaches of the Bazaruto archipelago have all the super-soft sand and sunshine without the same crowds and costs. This perfectly preserved paradise comprises six islands just off the coast of Mozambique. Make sure to bring an underwater camera for the epic diving and snorkelling, with reefs teeming with clownfish, giant turtles, and devil rays.

Dakar, Senegal

This city of extremes has something for everyone: from culture lovers wanting to immerse themselves in the bustling markets of downtown, to sun worshippers hunting for a secluded beach on an off-shore island, and night owls seeking an opportunity to dance until dawn. One thing is for certain: there's an abundance of photo opportunities at every turn. 

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