By Rachel O’Conner
If you’re only visiting Africa for the Insta stories… well, you’re going to have a lot of opportunities. Much of Africa is an untouched paradise that seems to be begging to be part of your Instagram feed.
Actually, if you’re like most, your wanderlust was probably inspired by many pictures of this stunning continent. But before you get started, you should know that these won’t be your typical tourist shots. There’s no Eiffel Tower or Empire State Building around the places I am about to talk about. Instead, it’s just you and nature. And your camera, of course.
When you’re looking for an experience of a lifetime, head to the following 8 hidden gems in Africa that are so Instagram worthy.
Drakensberg, South Africa
Picture yourself in front of the most famous mountain landscape in South Africa. If you’re in the area, you simply must grab your hiking boots, and your camera, and head to Drakensberg.
Drakensberg is a World Heritage site and the highest peak in South Africa at 3,500 meters. When you get here, you’ll want to head to the Amphitheatre, which is a crescent of 1000m sheer basalt cliffs in the northern area of Drakensberg. Hike the mountains for panoramic views. You may even get the perfect shot on horseback.
Have you ever seen those amazing desert views with towering red dunes and wished you could be there? Well, you can. All you have to do is visit Sossusvlei, Namibia.
You won’t be alone here, as this is a popular destination, but the vast landscape leaves lots of room to get an original Instagram shot.
Your Insta story won’t be complete without a visit to this Indian Ocean paradise along Mozambique’s breathtaking coastline.
Dive with whale sharks and gaze upon an endless sea of stars from this beautiful bay that guarantees a great shot every time. Tofo is the name of this coastal town, and here, you’ll have many opportunities to get the most-liked photo.
Chobe River National Park, Botswana
Everyone will be rushing to Okavango Delta National Park for their sightseeing tours. But you can let them go. Instead, you’ll head to the neighbouring Chobe River National Park. You will not be disappointed with the water shots and wildlife. And you’ll love that you don’t have to fight with the crowds before you get the perfect shot.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Although we can’t call this one hidden per se, you can’t ignore Vic Falls when you make your trek to Africa. Your Instagram would be naked without a photo from Africa’s world wonder. It’s seriously one of the most instagrammable areas in the world.
Victoria Falls straddles two countries, so you can get your soon-to-be Insta-famous shot from Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Kande Beach, Malawi
Kande Beach sits on one of the largest lakes in the world. Sitting at the edge, you’ll feel the power and breadth of nature. It’s much like standing on the coast of a vast ocean.
You may have trouble getting a shot without a few tourists in the mix, but the views are worthwhile. Be sure to get a shot with Kande Island in the background.
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
From South Luangwa National Park, you’re going to have trouble narrowing down the shots you post. And to be honest, most people probably won’t fault you for posting them all. From big cats to massive elephants and natural landscapes, you’ll remember this experience for a lifetime. And if you forget, well, you have your Insta feed to remind you.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar Island, and you’ll see why it’s Insta-worthy at a glance. You’ll fall in love at first sight. Walking onto the island of Zanzibar, you may feel like you’re entering the land of the lost. This secluded paradise will provide enough shots for your Instagram account to last you a while.
How to get the best Insta shots
In order to get the best shots for your Instagram account, you’ll have to get to diverse areas of Africa that aren’t necessarily in the same geographical area. So you’ll need to get around. And since public transportation isn’t always advisable, it’s best to see Africa by (rented) car.
This is a major trip for most people, so you may want to consider buying a car instead of renting. This way, you don’t have to worry much about the time you’ll spend, countries you’ll span or mileage you’ll put on the car. Just be sure to check your car’s maintenance beforehand. You don’t want to run the risk of breaking down, especially in a rural area.
Your trip to Africa probably won’t be all about the Instagram shots, but that doesn’t mean they’re trivial. After all, these are the images that will spark memories after the years have passed.
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About the Author:
Rachel is a freelance content writer. She has written for a variety of industries including health, fitness, travel, and beauty. Her interest in holistic medicine began when she injured her back in college. Instead of turning to pain medication, she has implemented various aspects of holistic medicine into her daily life. Learn more at RachelOConner.me