Incredible moments are all over Instagram. So much so, that we’ve almost become immune to a great photo.
But, these viewpoints around South Africa will easily give you 30 legendary photos to knock the socks off all your other travel photos.
30 Legendary Photos Across South Africa…
1. Cape Town’s Mountains
The view from the top of Lion’s Head across to Table Mountain, with the impressive spine of the Twelve Apostles off to your right, and Cape Town’s city bowl spread out beneath you, is gobsmackingly beautiful. It doesn’t come better than this…
2. The Lonely Beaches of the Cape of Good Hope
And just when you thought Table Mountain had claimed top spot…
3. The Top of Tugela Falls on the Drakensberg’s Escarpment
4. The Remote Red Stone Mountain of Calitzdorp
5. The Blyde River Canyon
6. The Wild Coast’s Coffee Bay
The wilderness, hiking opportunities and sheer beauty of the, still relatively unexplored, Wild Coast coastline is breathtaking, and the views just beg to be photographed.
7. The Upper Karoo’s Eccentric Corbelled Houses
You’ll find a couple of these available for hire on farms in and around the little towns of Loxton, Carnarvon, Fraserburg and Williston. Built entirely out of stone, their cylindrical domes give you access to the night skies.
8. The Stark Amazingness of The Richtersveld
It’s hard to explain to anyone the abrupt beauty of a mountainous desert landscape like the Richtersveld National Park.
9. The Spring Flowers of The Biedouw Valley
10. The Effortlessness of The Hantam Karoo
It’s a little further to drive, this upper Karoo strip of dry, sun-seared landscape, yet it too succumbs to a profusion of flowers come spring.
11. South Africa’s Quiver Tree Forest
Gannabos is where you’ll find the southernmost quiver tree forest, between Louriesfontein and Nieuwoudtville; the second largest such forest in the world.
12. The Extraordinary Cliffs of Vermaaklikheid
Known simply as Puntjie (point) the private holiday resort at the mouth of the Duiwenhoks River is an unintentional open-air museum.
13. The Ancient Mountains of The Magaliesberg
14. Pinnacle Rock
15. Hangklip Viewpoint in Entabeni
Does it come more awe-inspiring than the Waterberg with views out over the biosphere?
16. The Cheerio Gardens in Spring
During spring these gardens are a riot of colour. Find them just outside Haenertsburg
17. The Edge in Hogsback
The views from the top of the cliffside on which perches The Edge, a mountain retreat in the heart of Hogsback, are spectacular. Walk the labyrinth.
18. The Valley of Desolation
A series of sheer cliffs and Dolerite columns rise off the valley floor to stand 120 metres high. No surprise to find that the Valley is nicknamed ‘the cathedral of the mountains’.
19. The Robberg Peninsula
This impressive peninsular is a World Heritage Site, and nature reserve, with rocks that date back 120 million years, and evidence of the Stone Age in a few of its caves. Find it outside Plettenberg Bay.
20. Storm’s River Mouth
In the heart of the Tsitsikamma National Park the views from the suspension bridge back up the river through the gap formed by towering mountains, is exceptional.
21. Cape Vidal’s Effortless Beach
Kilometres of unspoilt sand between Lake St Lucia and the Indian Ocean in the northerly reaches of KwaZulu Natal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
22. Seeberg Viewpoint
Head around Langebaan lagoon towards Langebaan and visit the Seeberg Viewpoint – the views from the coarse-grained granite boulders are fantastic.
23. Chapman’s Peak Drive
24. Brandwag Rock at Golden Gate
25. Sutherland’s Star-strewn Skies
If you have never seen the stars as they really are. If you’re a city dweller. Then head to Sutherland, the karoo hamlet in the southerly reaches of the Northern Cape.
26. The Kgalagadi’s Red Sand Dunes
The high iron oxide content of the sand of the Kalahari north of Upington, in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, turns the sand red. It remains this way because there is so little rainfall.
27. The Beauty of Grootvadersbosch
250 hectares of indigenous forest – the most significant stretch of afromontane forest left in the south-western Cape – hugs the mountains of the Langeberg in Grootvadersbosch.
28. The Top of Naude’s Nek Pass, Rhodes
The summit of this highest dirt road pass in the country is 2 929 metres above sea level with views to match. Beware the winds!
29. Map of Africa Viewpoint
30. Oribi Gorge, KwaZulu Natal
The incredible views across the Oribi gorge, close to the town of Port Shepstone, deserve a visit.