The 50 Most Instagrammable Spots In South Africa
Our Big 7 Travel team recently announced the official list of the Top 50 Most Instagrammable Countries In The World 2019, and the beautiful South Africa came in 5th place.
South Africa has dramatic scenery, fantastic hiking trails and deserted beaches that boast spectacular ocean views. What more could you ask for? Cape Town is an Instagrammer’s dream location to visit: endless natural beauty and clifftop views, pastel pink neighbourhoods and turquoise waters.
These are the 50 Most Instagrammable Spots In South Africa:
The 50 Most Instagrammable Spots In South Africa
50. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve
A tranquil oasis of calm, where rock formations frame the horizon and you can escape the noise and lights of the city.
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49. Umhlanga Lighthouse
Completed in 1954 in just under five days, this lighthouse is still every bit as pretty as it was back then. Grab a cocktail in the hotel and get a perfect Insta snap.
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48. Nelson Mandela Bridge
This relatively new addition to the Johannesburg skyline has already become an iconic landmark. See it beautifully lit up at night time, and you’ll soon understand why.
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47. Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff
It’s recently had a $60 million renovation and the place absolutely oozes class. It also comes with lots of space, with the hotel grounds spread out over 3 hectares of wooded hillside overlooking Johannesburg Zoo. You’ll find them here.
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46. Knysna Elephant Park
No trip to Africa would be complete without an up-close encounter with the wildlife and this is the perfect spot to interact with rescued elephants in the Western Cape. You’ll find more info here.
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45. Boulders Beach, Cape Town
The place to come if you want a photo with the cheeky little penguin colony of Southern Africa. And believe us, you really do want that photo.
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Babylonstoren is a historic Cape Dutch farm that’s been elegantly transformed into a hotel with its own vineyard, spa and rustic gardens. Wander around and get snap happy among the vivid flowers.
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43. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
One of 10 botanical gardens around the country, this one gets special kudos for having a waterfall as the central attraction. Amazing fauna and colours throughout.
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42. Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban
Built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this striking stadium holds 85,000 people and is now used for everything from sport to concerts. The stadium is an architectural masterpiece.
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41. Hermanus Whale Watching
Drive down the SA coast and you’ll find this wonderful little town that is the perfect spot to watch the whales (June to December). Unusually, you don’t even have to get a boat as you can even see the whales from the shore.
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40. Muizenberg, Cape Town
A beach suburb of Cape Town, this sandy stretch is said to be the origin of surfing in South Africa. Make sure to get the beautiful coloured beach huts into shot.
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39. Namaqualand at spring-time
This area in the Western Cape comes into bloom in spring and is a kaleidoscope of colours – vibrant enough to light up any Instagram feed.
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38. The Richtersveld
This desert style landscape in the Northern Cape, with its jagged rocks and sandy tracks, provides a striking contrast to the rest of South Africa.
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37. The Silo Hotel
A slick brand new hotel in Cape Town by the waterfront that’s already captured the world’s attention and has multiple stunning Instagram spots.
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36. Elands River Falls
These falls stretch up to 230 foot high at their peak. Given the hot weather and steep climb, you’ll want to try and visit between April and October for the best views – and easiest trip.
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35. Inanda Mountain
About a 30 minute drive out of Durban, but worth the mini-road trip. When you get here you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views across the valley. Head for the Mzinyathi Fall signpost and follow them to ‘Matata Head.’
Just be careful….the road literally ends at the edge of the cliff face.
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34. Otter Trail
A five-day trail along the coast (you can do smaller sections of it if you can’t commit to that much walking), where you’ll be at one with nature and see the rugged shore.
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33. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
A vast wildlife preserve in the Kalahari Desert that actually stretches right up into Botswana. You’ll see wildebeest and springbok across the red dunes, with lions also calling this space home.
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32. Cape of Good Hope
A rocky headland that has been known by sailors navigating these waters for hundreds of years. These days the ships steer well clear, and people prefer to get their selfie with the distinctive sign instead.
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31. Hole in the Wall, Eastern Cape
Sit on the beach and watch the sunset through this small hole in the rocks that has formed over thousands of years.
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30. Father Coffee
A world class coffee shop and roastery in Braamfontein, Johannesburg that’s all about great coffee and world-class food. Their design aesthetic is up there with the best in the world.
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29. Drakensberg Mountains
The name given to the eastern part of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau and spreads into Lesotho. You could spend at least a week here checking out all the stunning vantage points.
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28. Buffels Bay
In a country known for its long clean beaches, this one is the cream of the crop. A wonderful small town and great place to spend some time.
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27. Robben Island
The most sombre stop on the list as a former jail for political prisoners. In total, three former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become President of South Africa, including its most famous resident Nelson Mandela.
“Instagrammable” in that it’s important to continue to share this important history.
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26. Union Buildings
The seat of the South African Government and home to the offices of the President of South Africa. Steeped in recent history, this Pretoria spot is an iconic backdrop for an SA Instagram photo.
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25. Durban Natural Science Museum
A great place to come and learn about science, but also a wonderfully aesthetic place to grab that Instagram shot.
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You can get photos for the ‘gram and feel good about it at this stylish and sustainable cafe. Bonus points for the fact they send absolutely zero waste to landfill.
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23. Bloukrans Bridge
At 216m high you can choose to bungee jump from the very top, or if feeling a little less brave just take in the view from across the valley.
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22. Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge
One of the best places in the whole park Kruger National Park to see elephants, with the amazing beasts even coming up to the swimming pool to try sip a sneaky drink. High-end safari lodge that is simply picture perfect.
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21. Augrabies Falls National Park
You’ll find this scenic park located 120 km west of Upington in the Northern Cape Province. The rugged rocks and harsh landscape make it a photographer’s dream.
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20. Diving Board, Table Mountain
A ‘diving board’ rock high above the city of Cape Town is this incredibly iconic Instagram shot – just don’t try any daredevil poses on a windy day.
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19. Cape Vidal beach
A World Heritage site and one of the best beaches in the country. Also a great place for snorkelling and getting stunning underwater pictures.
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18. Chapman’s Peak Drive
This has gotta be up there with the most scenic driving routes in the world. The road snakes along steep cliffs and sandy beaches, offering great vantage points.
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17. Sodwana Bay
Located on the East coast of the country, this golden bay feels so unspoilt. One of the best diving sites in a country that’s blessed with so many of them.
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16. Tsitsikamma National Park
A national park that has everything, from deep gorges and huge Yellow Wood trees to numerous forms of wildlife, including wild pigs.
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15. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
An area of Cape Town that is so, so colourful and vivid – it could have been invented especially for Instagram.
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14. De Hoop Nature Reserve
You’ll find this whiter-than-white sand on a stretch of beach three hours from Cape Town in the Overberg region, near Cape Agulha.
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13. God’s Window
These majestic cliffs plunge over 900 meters, looking down across game reserves. A long hard walk to get to the top, but worth every single step when you see the view.
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12. Valley of Desolation, Camdeboo National Park
Sheer cliffs alongside large columns of rocks that rise 120 metres from the valley floor. You’re looking directly at 100 million years of history right here.
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A pre-colonial state in Southern Africa located where the Shashe and Limpopo rivers meet. This world heritage sight is known for its birds, serenity and sense of history.
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10. Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal
This mountain pass located in West of KwaZulu-Natal stretches up to close to 3000m. Not always an easy drive, but you’ll be rewarded with picturesque views.
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9. Lion’s Head, Cape Town
While taking a photo across the bay of Table Mountain is the most known photograph, the trek up here to capture the city from a unique perspective is totally worth it.
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Wine regions around the world do have a tendency to be pretty, but this town in the South African countryside beats them all. With its white buildings and rolling hills, it’s a clear Instagrammable spot.
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7. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
The pictures speak for themselves at this outdoor room where you’ll sleep at one with nature. Who knows what creature will pop up and say hello.
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6. Blyde River Canyon
Officially known as Motlatse Canyon, this can be found at the Northern end of the Drakensberg escarpment. A remarkable 25km in length.
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5. Orlando Towers
Once the site of a coal fired power station, these iconic towers have been transformed with brightly coloured murals. You can bungee jump from the towers, or abseil down them.
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4. Mandela Capture Site, KwaZulu-Natal
The exhibition tells a story of Nelson Mandela’s journey through life and how he built a new nation from within a conflicted South Africa. Historically important and so fascinating.
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3. Jacaranda Trees, Pretoria
These beauties come into flower in the spring and line the roads, especially in the Brooklyn area. Beyond pretty when at their full bloom in spring.
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2. Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
You’ll find this between the Hoedspruit and Acornhoek on the western edge of Kruger National Park. You’ll get to see some amazing big game here, but you’ll also be doing it in serious luxury.
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One of the most famous vantage points in the world, this is the image most people think of globally when they hear the word ‘South Africa’. Can you blame them?
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