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NC destinations make ‘Instagrammable’ list


Taking the title as World’s Most Instagrammable Country for 2019 was Australia, followed by Hong Kong, Canada and Indonesia

The Northern Cape has a lot to offer. Picture: David Burstein

SEVERAL destinations in the Northern Cape have been included on the list of the 50 most “Instagrammable” spots in South Africa, recently named the fifth most “Instagrammable” country in the world.

International travel company, Big 7 Travel, recently published the World’s Most Instagrammable Countries for 2019.

Combining hashtag popularity, survey results of Big 7 readers and votes cast by a panel of travel experts, the world’s most photogenic countries were revealed.

South Africa came in fifth place thanks to its “dramatic scenery, fantastic hiking trails and deserted beaches that boast spectacular ocean views”.

Taking the title as World’s Most Instagrammable Country for 2019 was Australia, followed by Hong Kong, Canada and Indonesia.

Head of content for Big 7 Travel, Sarah Clayton-Lea, said that their judges were so impressed by all the features in South Africa that they decided to publish the 50 places that helped SA soar to the top of the list.

“These are the destinations that sparked conversation between judges and were most mentioned by our readers in their SA votes. The results of Big 7 Travel’s global ranking proves that South Africa is a world-class destination,” Clayton-Lea said.

Destinations from the Northern Cape featured on the top 50 list include Namaqualand during spring, an area described as “a kaleidoscope of colours – vibrant enough to light up any Instagram feed”, at number 39, the Richtersveld, a “desert style landscape in the Northern Cape with its jagged rocks and sandy tracks that provides a striking contrast to the rest of South Africa”, at number 38, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, “a vast wildlife preserve in the Kalahari Desert that actually stretches right up into Botswana”, at number 33, and the Augrabies Falls National Park, “a scenic park with rugged rocks and harsh landscape that make it a photographer’s dream”, at number 21.

Bloubergstrand, one of the of the most famous vantage points in the world, was voted as the most Instagrammable spot in South Africa, followed by Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and the Jacaranda trees in Pretoria.

– Norma Wildenboer