Is your choice of holiday destination being driven by how ‘Instagrammable’ it is? Recent research by Schofields Insurance suggests it could well be, over 40% of those surveyed putting a trip’s social shareability at the top of their reasons to travel.
If we’re talking about the continent’s coolest ‘eye candy’ locations, our tours really deliver when it comes to catching the attention of the travel savvy photo sharing network, so check out our list of Africa’s “most Instagrammable” destinations.
Top of the Acacia travel tree is Mozambique, and with the 30-day tourist visa now available at any border, the country is bound to be even more enticing if you’re after world class diving on a budget.
1. BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO, MOZAMBIQUE
The six islands in the Bazaruto archipelago are said to be among the most beautiful on earth, this perfectly preserved paradise known for its white sand beaches and epic diving and snorkelling opportunities – its reefs teeming with clown and butterfly fish, giant turtles, whale sharks and devil rays. Picture it on our 14-day Mozambique and Zimbabwe Explorer northbound camping overland tour.
2. MASAI MARA, KENYA
American singer, songwriter and actress, Demi Lavato is one of the latest celebrities to capture the magnificence of the Mara on film, her insta followers updated with posts from her spellbinding safari earlier this year. Book a seat on our 18-day Mountain Gorillas to the Mara overland trip – our tip, travel from July to September, and enjoy the delights of the annual migration!
3. MALEALEA, LESOTHO
Lesotho is Instagram envy all the way, our 12-day Coast Lesotho & Cape Town overland tour recently featured on Bravo’s list of “22 Essential Places to Take a Selfie Before You Die.” Take a guided pony trek to the beautiful Botsoela waterfall in Malealea and marvel at Mother Nature’s bounty.
4. OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Once described as Venice with wildlife, the Okavango Delta is Africa’s last untamed wetland wilderness. Hear the mocking shout of hippos and listen to the rhythmic sounds of the bell frogs as they serenade you on your sunset journey across its watery channels. The ideal time to shoot some stunning Instagram worthy images, travel on our 7-day Okavango Wilderness Trails accommodated small group safari from June through August (high-water season) – the best months for mokoro safaris.
5. SANI PASS, SOUTH AFRICA
Entering Lesotho via South Africa’s Sani Pass (the mother of all mountain passes) on our 40 day Southern African Adventurer is a wild ride, the road with all its twists, hairpin bends, plunging drops and breathtaking scenery famed for being one of the most stunning and treacherous drives in the world. Sure to be a hit on the photo sharing app, you’ll gain automatic travel kudos for simply hanging in there on the trip. According to Phil Marty, expert travel writer for the Chicago Tribune, our 40-day itinerary is an absolute bargain!
6. VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
The largest falling curtain of water in the world is camera-ready year round in Zimbabwe. The country features 16 amazing view points along its length taking you right to the lip of the falls. Bring a telephoto lens for dramatic effect and time your 23-day Kruger, Victoria Falls & Zanzibar trip to catch a falling lunar rainbow!
7. NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA
Visit the Ngorongoro Crater on our 41-day Cape Town to Kenya and imagine yourself at the opening scene of the Lion King where all the animals are walking towards Pride Rock to see Simba. Nothing quite beats that once-in-a-lifetime safari moment in Africa’s Garden of Eden and with 30,000 wildlife resident year round, this is a sensational safari set for avid instagrammers.
8. SOSSUSVLEI, NAMIBIA
Deep in the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park is Namibia’s crowning jewel: Sossusvlei. Visited on our 19-day Desert Tracker, these fiercely red dunes are definitely easy on the eye, so its no wonder this remote corner of Africa has already made its way onto Travelex’s list of the “World’s Most Instagrammable Destinations”.
9. BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA
Gorilla viewing often tops Big Five bucket lists. Bwindi’s remote and atmospheric forested canopy is home to 12 habituated groups of Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas and after the recent baby boom you can expect plenty of rough and tumble playful antics from the newest members of the band on our 6-day Troop to the Gorillas overland tour.
10. MLILWANE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, SWAZILAND
Swaziland’s 4,560-hectare sanctuary pioneer conservation area is comprised of rolling grassland plains and stunning granite peaks, its numerous trails enjoyed on foot, on horseback, by mountain bike and by 4X4. Aside from viewing the plentiful wildlife you won’t want to miss out on a colourful cultural encounter in the nearby Chief’s Village – just ask our own expert Africa adventurer Michelle Lewis! Snap up a seat on our 19-day Kruger to Cape Town.