30 most Instagrammable Accommodations in Africa

There is more to Africa than just amazing wildlife, fantastic sunsets and luxury lodges. The continent is full of beautiful accommodation that lends itself to mesmerising Instagram imagery so you can share your trip to Africa with all your followers. The best news is, you may be among the first to post these places to Instagram as only a handful of people from across the world are lucky enough to visit every year.

If you’re trying to convince your media-obsessed teenager to join you in Africa, then showing them just how fun, colourful and unusual the accommodation is – and how stunning their Instagram images will be – could just be what tips the trip in your favour.

These are our favourite and most Instagrammable places from across East and South Africa…

1. The Spa House #CapeTown

 

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Why

  • Surrounded by mountains and pristine coastal fynbos just outside Cape Town in South Africa.
  • Huge swimming pool that flows right up to the glass-and-timber house.
  • Underground spa has large windows that bank the swimming pool, allowing you to watch swimmers float past as you relax.
  • Views of Lion’s Head, one of the three iconic peaks of Cape Town along with Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak.

2. Babylonstoren  #Franschhoek

 

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  • Africa’s most extravagant working farm cum luxurious boutique hotel.
  • Exotic chickens and indigenous birds roam the gardens freely.
  • South Africa’s Cape Dutch heritage woven through in unexpected mosiacs and other touches.
  • Sensational farm-to-fork dining at Babel restaurant.

 

3. Chameleon Hill Lodge #Uganda #GorillaTrekking

 

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Why

  • Madcap and zany but very comfortable lodge in Uganda, which offers Africa’s most affordable gorilla trekking.
  • Built to echo the bright colours of traditional African fabrics and the hodge-podge nature of African villages.
  • Perfect stop-over for trekking in the Virgungas.

4. Abu Camp #Botswana

 

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  • One of Botswana’s most luxurious lodges with sensational game viewing in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the world’s biggest inland delta.
  • Beautiful star bed platform so you can sleep under the Milky Way.
  • Ethical interaction with habituated elephants.
  • Freestanding outdoor copper bathtubs overlooking the bush.

5. Birkenhead House #Hermanus #whales

 

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Why

  • Probably Hermanus’s most luxurious boutique hotel, set on a cliff overlooking Walker Bay, the epicentre of the world’s best land-based whale watching from about August.
  • Individidually decorated suites filled with colourful art, unusual objet and eclectic furniture.
  • Gorgegous food presented in stunning locations – have lunch next to the rim-flow pool overlooking the ocean (keep your binoculars close to watch for southern right whales!).

6. Royal Malewane #Thornybush

 

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Why

  • Private safari villa and lodge in the heart of South Africa’s Big 5 country with regular sightings of elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion.
  • A riot of bright colours that mix colonial Africa with touches of Europe, the Far East and mid-century design.
  • Your own vehicle, in-room massages and gym access allow you to mix a top-end safari with plenty of wellness and relaxation activities.

7. Banyan Tree #Seychelles

 

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Why

  • Stunning villa type acommodation on Mahè, the main island in the Seychelles.
  • Private pools, sunny terraces and private spaces for yoga and cocktails.
  • Classic massive boulders stud the white sandy beach and thick coastal forest.

8. The Palace of the Lost City #SunCity

 

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Why

  • An extravagant, over-the-top fantasy in the middle of the South African bush and the premier hotel at Sun City, Africa’s biggest resort.
  • Find Shawu, one of South Africa’s most legendary elephants, immortalised in a life-sized statue by a top sculptor.
  • Enjoy the waterfalls, animal sculptures and attention to detail, all of which combine to create the idea of a long-lost civilisation straight out of the movies.

9. LUX* Belle Mare #Mauritius

 

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Why

  • Seaside yoga, tennis, mountain biking and horse riding plus a selection of atmospheric restaurants.
  • Beach Rouge bar right on the sand – relax on huge cushions with cold drinks.
  • Romantic pontoon for private dining or even wedding ceremonies.

10. Delaire Graff #Franschhoek

 

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Why

  • The Franschhoek Valley property of the mega-wealthy Graff diamond family, based in London.
  • Exquisite cuisine, exceptional wines and superb art throughout the manicured grounds.
  • Ringed by glorious mountains that are occasionally dusted by snow in the mid-year winter but bathed in full sunshine during the South African summer.

11. Chinzombo #Zambia

 

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Why

  • One of Zambia’s most luxurious lodges, right on the Luangwa River.
  • Private plunge pools, in-room massages and views over the riverbank where hippos, baboons and antelope come to graze.
  • Perfect combination of old-school safari elements – like leather, copper and canvas – with modern design aesthetic.
  • Arrive by boat and m