17 Instagram-worthy Spots in South Africa

The Augrabies Falls | ©South African Tourism/Flickr
The Augrabies Falls | ©South African Tourism/Flickr
Photo of Carina Claassens
7 April 2017

From seaside vistas and winding rivers to vast landscapes and imposing mountains, South Africa has much to offer photography enthusiasts. Here are 17 locations where you can capture the beauty.

Kenton on Sea, Eastern Cape

Kenton on Sea is a popular holiday destination on the Sunshine Coast. Interesting rock formations scatter the shoreline and what’s more, the warm Mozambique current flows down the coastline, ensuring comfortable swimming temperatures.

Rock formation | ©Vincent van Oosten/Pixabay

The Panorama Route, Mpumalanga

Every viewpoint along The Panorama Route offers breathtaking views, including that of the Blyde River Canyon which is known as the world’s largest “green canyon”. The famous route is also home to many waterfalls and is a birders’ paradise.

A bird’s eye view of the Map of Africa | ©Lina Loos/Unsplash

Bloukrans, Western Cape

Bloukrans is Africa’s highest bridge and visitors travel from all over the globe to bungee jump off it. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or not, the view of the Bloukrans River valley is spectacular.

Sit at the viewing deck and take in the scenery | ©Lookas PHT/Flickr

Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape

Named after the Khoi word ‘Aukoerebis’, or place of great noise, the powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterised by the 18-kilometre abyss of the Orange River Gorge.

The Augrabies Falls | ©South African Tourism/Flickr

Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal

Sani Pass is located in the West of KwaZulu-Natal, on the road between Underberg and Mokhotlong, Lesotho. The route starts at 1544 metres and climbs another 1332 vertical metres to an altitude of 2876 metres, ensuring amazing panoramic views.

One of many Sani Pass vistas | ©Vaiz Ha /Flickr

Suspension bridge, Tsitsikamma National Park

The park includes a marine reserve, deep gorges and local vegetation and is great for hiking. Follow the Mouth Trail leading to the working suspension bridge over Storms River mouth.

The suspension bridge over Storms River | ©Carina Claassens

The Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

This area of Cape Town was previously known as the Malay Quarter and is a former township. The Bo-Kaap is characterised by colourful houses, many mosques and traditional cafés, and is best explored on foot.

Houses are painted in bright colours | ©yeowatzup/Flickr

Pretoria, Gauteng, when the jacaranda trees are in bloom

During spring, jacarandas line the streets of Pretoria, covering the city in a purple blanket. Beautiful from viewpoints, such as the Union Buildings or Fort Klapperkop, but they’re just as striking up close.

Jacarandas in bloom | ©Kenneth Hagemeyer/Flickr

The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda

Helen Martins created the magical Owl House and Camel Yard in the 1950s, completely transforming her modest house and garden by using glass and cement. Now run as a museum, the Owl House is a must-visit.

Cement owls with glass eyes are found all over Nieu Bethesda | ©fiverlocker/Flickr

Nan Hua Temple, Bronkhortspruit

Nan Hua Temple is the largest Buddhist temple and seminary in Africa and is situated just outside of Pretoria. Spend the day wandering the grounds and taking in the Buddhist culture.

The grounds cover over 600 acres, so wear comfortable shoes | © Steve Buissinne/Pixabay

Muizenberg, Cape Town

Muizenberg is a beachside suburb of Cape Town and these iconic Victorian beach huts pose perfectly for tourist photos.

Muizenberg beach is a popular tourist destination | ©Arno Smit/Unsplash

Tankwa Karoo National Park

About 70 kilometres due west of Sutherland, this scientific national park is situated in one of the most arid regions of the country. Needless to say, the vast landscape is awe-inspiring.

Tankwa is perfect for star gazing | ©Albert Cornelissen/Unsplash

Table Mountain National Park

Hiking Table Mountain is a popular activity for tourists and locals alike and many are often surprised when reaching one of the five dams spread across its table top.

The dams on Table Mountain are worth the trek | ©Albert Cornelissen/Unsplash

Boulders Beach, Cape Town

Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town, is an ideal swimming spot, thanks to the large granite boulders protecting it from the wind. African penguins also call this spot home, so expect to see them waddling between beach-goers.

A penguin making it’s way to the water | ©Joel Herzog/Unsplash

Tulbagh, Western Cape winelands

Waterfall bushcamp in the Western Cape winelands is the epitome of ‘glamping’. The luxury tents are comfortable and the camp overlooks a lavender meadow. Then there’s the night sky – a spectacular show of stars perfect for photography enthusiasts.

The stars show off at Tulbagh | ©Lauren Abrahall/Unsplash

Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State

This park is famous for its beauty. The golden eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops are impressive and some display San rock paintings. Hiking is a popular option when visiting, or simply drive around and stop at view points.

The vastness of the landscape is overwhelming | ©Carina Claassens

Kirstenbosch botanical gardens

Kirstenbosch is considered one of the most significant botanical gardens in the world. Take a picnic basket or walk the famous canopy treetop route.

Fauna and flora flourish at Kirstenbosch | ©Randy OHC/Flickr

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