South Africa is a photographer’s dream, with scenery so stunning that getting a bad picture there is almost impossible.
Even if all you have on hand is your iPhone there are a handful of fun (and let’s face it, at times cheesy) shots you’ve totally got to snap on a trip to South Africa.
Here are 5 holiday snaps to shoot on your South African adventure.
1. THE SAFARI SELFIE
One of the bucket list attractions of South Africa is, of course, the country’s abundant wildlife and what better way to experience it than on safari.
If you’re staying in one of the main cities of South Africa, such as Johannesburg or Pretoria, you won’t have to travel too far to embark on an expedition with reserves a mere hour away.
While there, snap the menacing yawn of a hippo. Nothing says safari more than the gaping jaw of a mighty beast. And if your selfie skills are up to it, pop your head into one of the shots (from the safety of your jeep of course – don’t get eaten for selfie).
2. SAUSAGE LEGS BY THE POOL
For those that like a touch of opulence on their getaway, South Africa is home to five-star hotels and resorts that are sure to whet the appetites of those seeking the #luxelife.
Situated between the famed Robben Island and the majestic Table Mountain, the Table Bay At The Waterfront in Cape Town is sure to please.
As a member of Leading Hotels of the World, the Table Bay Hotel has amazing views coupled with plush and old-world interiors.
Also on the list is the famed 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa.
Nestled into the 12 Apostles Mountain Range, this luxurious venue overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is so pristine one would be tempted to spend their entire vacation within its parameters.
Both contain sprawling pools and poolside decks perfect for the “cocktail in hand, legs akimbo” shot that makes most of your Facebook followers gag with jealousy.
3. BIRD’S EYE BUNGEE
South Africa happens to be home to the world’s tallest commercial bridge bungee – The Bloukrans Bridge.
It is 216 metres of pure terror that resides on the border between the East and West Capes.
Those brave enough to be yanked up by a durable chord will look down onto dense greenery and pristine currents before they plummet further and further into the abyss – a sight you’d definitely want to share with your adrenaline junky buddies at home.
Why not let them in on the action? Strap a Go-Pro to your temples and let them live vicariously through your adventures.
4. HATCHING A CAPTURE
Of the seven sea turtle species, five occur in South African waters. The nesting area completely falls within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values.
Four turtle tours are offered within the park. If puppies rate high on the “like” scale, imagine what a baby turtle would do!
5. THE MIGHTY ZULU
The energetic and hypnotic dance of the Zulu tribe is a sight to behold.
Captured by the luminous glow of a bonfire, men and women of the largest ethnic group in South Africa dance to celebrate a coming of age, the unity between two members, ward off evil or announce war to the tune of a beating drum.
For those embarking on a South African adventure in September, you have the opportunity to witness the famed Reed dance or the Mkhosi woMhlanga – an annual event in which women dress from head to toe in colourful and traditional attire and present their king with cut reeds.
What better way to share your South African adventure than with a series of pictures that capture the rich and wondrous century-old traditions of the mighty Zulu.