Earlier this year, Big 7 Travel, a digital travel guide, put together a list of the world’s most ‘instagrammable’ countries. It’s no surprise that beautiful South Africa ranks high, in fifth place!
Not too shabby considering the list comprises 190 countries …
The ranking is based on a comprehensive scoring system that evaluates hashtags per destination on social media and votes cast by a panel of travel experts. South Africa sits with a score of 80.94%, while Australia is the list’s winner with a score of 89.98%.
So where are the most instagrammable spots in South Africa to snap a photo? Here are the top 10 spots in the country, according to Big 7’s travel experts:
1. Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
With a long, sandy beach and a picturesque view of Table Mountain in the distance, it’s no surprise that Bloubergstrand is considered the most instagrammable spot in South Africa. If you’re visiting during the hot summer months, pack your swimming trunks and a picnic and laze on the family-friendly beach while enjoying the view. If it’s a chilly day, take a long stroll along the beach.
2. Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park
Adjacent to the Kruger National Park sits Sabi Sands, a game reserve where luxury and safari go hand-in-hand. There are no fences between Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park, so game (including the Big Five) roams freely. The park consists of multiple lodges and bush camps, each offering a luxurious getaway.
3. The flowering Jacaranda trees, Pretoria
The purple flowers the hundreds of jacaranda trees lay down on the streets of Pretoria every spring is a sight to behold. The trees line the streets of most of the older neighborhoods in the city, and are also a strong purple presence in suburbs of Johannesburg.
4. Nelson Mandela Capture Site, KwaZulu-Natal
The Nelson Mandela Capture Site is an exhibition and monument dedicated to the life of the former president and anti-apartheid hero. The sculpture consists of 50 steel columns that are between 6m and 9.5metres in height and cover a width of almost 30m. It is truly a humbling sight to behold!
5. Orlando Towers, Soweto
Once a coal-fired power station, today the Orlando Towers are a striking sight and a site of adventure. The towers have been transformed into bright, colourful murals, and if you’re looking for an extra kick you can bungee jump from between the towers or abseil from the side of a tower!
6. Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga
Officially known as the Motlatse Canyon, this incredible natural feature is sure to take your breath away. The canyon forms is about 25km in length, and on average 750m deep. The canyon is one of the largest on Earth and is regarded as one of the great natural wonders of the continent.
7. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Kruger National Park
Part of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge offers a boutique luxury safari experience. For something out of the ordinary, stay in one of the luxury treehouses, where you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views of the wild, as well as the stars above you at night.
8. Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Rolling hills, mountains and vineyards are a recipe for success when it comes to a beautiful destination. Get this and more in Stellenbosch. This historic town is beautiful, with oak trees lining the streets and surrounding world-class wine farms. If you’re an adventurer, there are multiple hiking and cycling routes to visit, too.
9. Lion’s Head, Cape Town
Listed by National Geographic in 2017 as one of the most thrilling hikes to make your heart race, Lion’s Head definitely has the creds to make this top instagrammable spots list. Getting to the top of Lion’s Head is a fairly short hike (about an hour and a half to the top) in the heart of Cape Town. As you climb to the top you will enjoy incredible views of the city below you, Table Mountain just across from you and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s definitely a hike worth sweating for!
10. Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal
Sani Pass is a mountain pass linking the west of KwaZulu-Natal to neighbouring country Lesotho. From its start, the route climbs 1 332 vertical metres to the top. The gravel road is incredibly steep, so be sure you are driving a vehicle that can master the rough terrain. The views along the route are nothing short of spectacular. If you plan to cross over to Lesotho and possibly visit the Highest Pub in Africa sitting at 2874 metres above sea level, don’t forget your passport!