Africa is one photogenic continent. From the lush jungles of Rwanda and Uganda, to Botswana’s cracked salt pans, to the apricot dunes of the Namib Desert to the icing-sugar sands of East Africa’s idyllic islands, to the rolling savanna of the Serengeti, Africa has spectacular landscapes a-plenty. To inspire you to plan your next trip to Africa, we’ve picked some of our favourite Instagrams that capture some of the beauty and magic of this continent.
1. Serengeti National Park
Grants gazelles defending their harems by locking horns in the beautiful golden light of sunset.
Photo by National Geographic photographer Michael Nick Nichols
2. Cape Town
A beautiful dusk view of Lion’s Head in Cape Town, which is a wonderful place to hike, especially in summer on full moon nights.
Photo by drawing_with_lights
3. Mafia Island
50 shades of turquoise in this stunning shot by a marine biologist.
Photo by simonjpierce
4. Hoanib River
“It is hard to describe how it felt to have a giant of the desert walk right underneath the ledge I was hiding on… Close enough to hear the clay crumbling under her soft pads…other than to say that of the month I spent in Namibia it was my favorite ten seconds.”
Photo by James Kydd
5. Camdeboo National Park
A stunning shot of the Valley of Desolation in South Africa’s Camdeboo National Park.
Photo by jeannylovestotravel
6. South Luangwa National Park
A pack of curious wild dogs in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
Photo by willbl
7. Mozambique’s underwater world
Free diver Hanli Prinsloo swimming with dolphins in Mozambique.
Photo by hanliprinsloo
The Karoo has some of South Africa’s best skyscapes – especially when there’s a spectacular thunderstorm!
Photo by stefan_dut
9. Etosha National Park
Giraffes on a misty morning in Namibia’s most famous park.
Photo by passthemap
10. Victoria Falls
“It’s easy to see why Victoria Falls is also known as Mosi Oa Tunya, translation ‘the smoke that thunders’. I was in awe by the size and sheer power of this natural wonder.”
Photo by glampackersyd
The Masai Mara are Africa’s most famous tribe, and with a strong cultural identity and fascinating traditions, it’s easy to see why.
Photo by 0grav1ty
12. Long Beach
Catching the surf at Noordhoek in Cape Town, a world-renowned surfer’s destination.
Photo by mrbenbrown