South Africa is a photographer’s dream. Jagged mountains, wildlife roaming freely, cities buzzing with life, scenic coastlines—there’s something for everyone here, and this multi-faceted country deserves more than a few trips for you to capture its essence. Movement and adventure are guaranteed, so to make the most out of your travels, bring a portable camera that’s easy to carry around yet doesn’t compromise on picture quality. Here are five unique destinations in South Africa that are especially camera-worthy:   


Bourke’s Luck Potholes

The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, and it’s famous for its green scenery as well as an intriguing geological feature: Bourke’s Luck Potholes. These are cylindrical holes on the river bedrock, formed by erosion from whirlpools over thousands of years. Right at the intersection of the Treur and Blyde Rivers, the result is a series of interweaving tunnels and pools, and different colors blend throughout the rock, from yellow to dark brown. Metal bridges make it convenient to take photos from above, with walkways around the ridges so you can choose from different angles.  


Sani Pass

The Sani Pass is the so-called mother of all South African passes, with a stupendous peak at 2,800 m above sea level. This isn’t for the faint-hearted—an appetite for adventure and thrilling heights is a must. This winding dirt road crosses from the Drakensburg Mountains into the Kingdom of Lesotho. While the distance is short, there are plenty of hair-raising turns on the way, with names such as Devil’s Corner and Hairpin Bend. The sweeping view makes it worthwhile, with flowers in the summer, snow in the winter, and high-altitude birds swooping past. Get your camera and binoculars ready! To minimize rainfall, November to March are the best months for a trip.

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Boulders Penguin Colony

Located near Simon’s Town, the Boulders consist of pristine beaches and coves dotted with huge granite boulders. It’s a prime destination for swimming, thanks to its clear waters and white sand. Because the boulders serve as protection from strong currents, it’s also safe and child-friendly. However, the main draw here is the area’s colony of around 3,000 unique and endangered penguins. These penguins are specifically called jackass penguins because they make sounds similar to donkeys braying. Since penguins do bite, stay within the boardwalks, and wait for them to emerge during early morning or late afternoon.  


Geogap Nature Reserve

This massive nature reserve totals around 7000 hectares, combining a classic landscape with diverse wildlife. To be specific, it’s home to at least 600 plant species, 94 bird species, and 45 mammal species including springboks and bat-eared foxes. The terrain is vast and open, marked by rugged rock formations, and scenic driving is the activity of choice here. Travelers often make a beeline for the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden, which features a vast collection of Namaqualand succulents. Try to visit during spring, from August to September, when the flowers bloom. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon are ideal for taking photos of flowers, while with animals, early morning and late evening work best.   


Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay was declared by Forbes as among the coolest neighborhoods around the world, alongside cities like Washington DC and Saigon. Surrounded by the ocean and the intimidating peaks of Kogelberg, this eclectic fishing village possesses both laidback pockets of nature and a cosmopolitan thrum. Most of its shops are located along the main street, but it’s going to take you more than a few days to get to know—dip in and out of bookstores, art galleries, cafés and restaurants, and more. Outdoor activities such as exploring caves, surfing, and sea fishing are also available along the bay. There are photogenic scenes along every corner, so take a camera along while exploring this picturesque city.

These five places engage your senses, from feeling the rush of wind against your skin while hiking to feasting your eyes on an iconic sunset—but then that’s true for South Africa in general. Make the memories last and savor South Africa again and again with great photos! We guarantee you’ll have a lot to look back on.


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