Listen, we South Africans know that South Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but it’s aso true that we’re more than just a little biased. But, when visitors to our stunning country agree with us, we say it’s time to throw modesty out the window and toot our own horns. Despite our political and socio-economic woes, tourists have ranked South Africa one of the 5 most beautiful countries to post photos of on Instagram and, to be quite honest, we’re not in the least bit surprised.

According to international travel site, Big 7 Travel, South Africa is a must-visit holiday destination, having been rated amongst the top 5 most picturesque countries in the world. Coming in at the number 5 spot, just below beauties like Australia, Canada, and Indonesia, South Africa is considered a must visit for Instagram fans.

South Africa 5th most instagrammable country

Ranked in order of visual allure and popularity on social media according to the number of hashtags per destination, votes for each country are cast by a panel of travel experts. In ranking order, the top 10 most Instagrammable countries are:

  1. Australia
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Canada
  4. Indonesia
  5. South Africa
  6. Maldives
  7. India
  8. United States of America
  9. UAE
  10. Singapore


So, the next time you’re considering spending your hard earned Rands on an overseas holiday, why not book a trip to a local favourite instead? There’s plenty of beauty to be explored right here at home. From getting up close with the majestic Big 5 in The Kruger National Park to catching waves in Cape Town’s Muizenberg or exploring the awe-inspiring Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu Natal, South Africans are spoilt for choice.

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