Our Top Ten Remote Instagrammable Places in East Africa

The best remote East African places for Instagram posting!

A holiday in Africa is all about getting off the beaten track into the wilderness and seeing wildlife on unforgettable safaris so we have put together this list of our best remote East Africa places for Instagram posting. Responsible Travel in Africa is also about respecting the environment and its people and learning from them, knowing that our funding of safaris and tours goes towards conservation and community efforts. On that note, discover our top ten off-the-beaten-track most Instammagrable places in East Africa. A photo speaks a thousand words.

  • Uganda Gorilla Trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Discover one of the most remote destinations in East Africa, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), home to 400 endangered mountain gorillas and a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It makes number one on our top ten list of most Instagrammable spots in Africa and you can this vital gorilla and indigenous forest conservation area situated along the DRC border next to the Virunga National Park on the edge of the amazing Albertine Rift. Responsible tourists can only get there on foot and will find themselves in the heart of a 321 square km indigenous forest zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Stay at the awe-inspiring Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge peeping out from within the clouds thanks to its mighty elevation on the mountains overlooking Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, providing the perfect base for gorilla trekking safaris. 

A view of the mouuntain ranges at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an ancient, deep forest rising up along the south western border of Uganda. It is one of the last places where endangered mountain gorillas can be seen in their natural habitat!
  • Botswana, Okavango Delta

Explore the infinite wonders of the compelling Okavango Delta, also a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site for complex biodiversity and cultural history. Find your way to some of the small temporary tented camps permitted in this hallowed region and discover rare wildlife species in their protected sanctuary. This off-the-beaten-track safari destination in East Africa is so Instagrammable that you can teach others about the 88 000 specially adapted lechwe endemic in the Delta with their extended hooves to help them move fast through knee-deep water. A photo speaks a thousand words so take images of the myriad bird species and big cats. 

Stay at the incredible Abu Camp to see and interact with majestic elephant herds. Experience the rare privilege of getting so close to these incredible creatures that their sounds and smells stay with you forever. 

Person on a helicopter ride looking down at the view of the river networks in Botswana
Scenic helicopter flights over the Delta’s patchwork landscape of islands, plains and lagoons perfectly illustrate its raw and spectacular beauty.
  • Zanzibar, Fanjove Private Island

Making our top ten remote Instagrammable places in East Africa is a tiny, isolated island found floating alone in the Indian Ocean 140 km away from the Spice Islands of Zanzibar. This is Fanjove Private Island and hiding there in its magical tropical forests you will find the luxury Fanjove Private Island Lodge. Take your shoes off and walk barefoot from now on in an untouched natural beach and ocean environment preserved for visitors who want to contribute to ecotourism holidays. 

Learn that the whole island is rented from the nearby village of Sonsosongo whose people benefit from the Private Fanjove Lodge income for their social development. Take pictures, share them on Instagram then pack away your mobile phone and live in the moment in the heart of nature.

Zanzibar Private Islands Fanjove
Zanzibar is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, with powdery white sand, clear blue water, and plenty of activities to keep you busy.
  • Tanzania, Selous Nyerere Game Reserve

Named after English conservationist, hunter and explorer Frederick Courtney Selous, this trailblazing African game reserve is home to about one-third of all African Wild Dogs globally. It’s the right place to be for all your Instagram posts, so come in search of that ultimate pic of Africa’s painted dogs! Not long ago, Selous was divided into two sections, becoming the newly named Selous Nyerere National Park, and now covering a total area of 50,000 square km! Epic game drives into rare habitats reveal some of the awe-inspiring and diverse wildlife of the miombo – such as the elephant, black rhino, hippo, lion, Masai giraffe, zebra and crocodiles – and of course Wild Dogs. 

Stay at the remote Selous Retreat, a special wilderness camp for that special guest who wants something extra, something special – more than just game drives and bush walks, appreciate special escapes involving yoga and meditation, spiritual awareness, art and more.

A pack of Wild Dogs walking down a path in Selous Nyerere Game Reserve
The reserve is home to approximately 1,300 wild dogs, the largest concentration in Africa and about one third of the entire world’s population!
  • Mozambique, Gorongosa National Park

Take the Gorongosa mission statement to heart, ‘From the moment you set foot here, your life will never be the same again,’ and explore the real evidence here in the heart of Sofala Province, Mozambique. Restored as the new and thrilling safari and wildlife experience in Africa, Gorongosa promises some of the best Instagrammable spots for visitors who want to make a difference. Bond with nature as you seek wildlife on film.  Become part of the most successful wildlife and habitat restoration story in Africa, contributing to sustainable tourism and experiencing inspirational nature walks. 

Stay in the glamping style Wild Camp, one of the best places to stay in Mozambique that offers a return to nature in the all-new back-to-basics tented camp. A new classic safari experience featuring modern amenities in rustic mobile canvas tents, bush showers, solar lights, and excellent food. 

aerial view of the national park of Gorongosa in Mozambique
Did you know? Gorongosa is home to an astounding diversity of animals and plants – some of which are found nowhere else in the world!
  • Zambia, South Luangwa National Park

Walking safaris are hot in South Luangwa National Park – glory in the beauty of the Luangwa Valley, marking the end of the Great Rift Valley, on foot for days at a time. Discover one of the remaining unspoilt wilderness areas in Zambia, also known as the ‘Valley of the Leopard’. Look out for these elusive cats who love sausage trees and the thick mopane forests. In fact, South Luangwa boasts the highest density of leopards globally!  Concentrations of game along the meandering Luangwa River and its lagoons are amongst the most intense in Africa.  

Stay at Nsolo Camp, made for walking safaris in the wildlife-rich region of South Luangwa National Park. This authentic Time + Tide camp, founded in 1987 on a bend in the Luwi sand river where antelope and predators pass through, uses solar power and all 4 chalets have been created from grass and reeds in a natural approach to accommodation.  This is the place to inundate Instagram with your unique photographs and posts about walking in a pristine wilderness. 

Time+Tide Nsolo Camp
Stay at Nsolo Camp in the heart of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Due to there being hardly any light pollution, this is the perfect place to stargaze.
  • Kenya, Samburu Nature Reserve

A captivating haven for elephants buffalo and hippos, Samburu National Reserve is best known as one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free. It is also the home grounds of the semi-nomadic Samburu tribe, related to the Maasai but who still hang on to their culture and traditions, relying on their cattle, goats, sheep and camels for survival. One of our top 10 Instagrammable spots in Africa, it is worth discovering how such a sensory destination has retained its naturally tranquil atmosphere because it is so remote with fewer visitors. 

Stay in the luxury Elephant Bedroom Camp offering luxury canvas suites in a setting of sensory beauty, a tranquil destination made for game viewing and nature walks where spectacular landscapes beckon. 

the private jacuzzi outside the accommodation at Elephant Bedroom Camp in Kenya
Relax and rejuvenate in the best way possible, a private jacuzzi with memorizing views!
  • Malawi, Zomba Plateau and Mount Mulanje

So Instagrammable is Malawi with its varied destinations for tourists who love water, forests and wildlife. This friendly country proudly hosts around 187 mammal species, some 648 bird species and around 500 species of fish and the wise government set aside about 20% of the for national parks, game and forest reserves. 

The Zomba Plateau is 74 km from Mount Mulanje, both peaks occurring in central Africa and featuring extraordinary rock faces, rare trees and old forests, some of the most challenging climbing routes in the world and some of the most scenic hikes in Africa. Not only is the Mulanje Massif the highest mountain in Central Africa (3050 m) with the largest rock climb in the world but so too is it the only habitat for the rare Mulanje cedar. The Zomba plateau, meanwhile, is a historic forest reserve further north where hikers love to go, rising 2,000m above sea level.

Stay at the humble Zomba Forest Lodge, a bright colorful house, converted from a homestead once lived in by this owner couple and now a four-roomed lodge for aspirant forest lovers. Come to chill, hike, and learn about reforestation and plants, trees and their needs and how to decrease your eco footprints on the Earth. 

Magnificent views of below and mountain ranges in the distance from Zomba Forest Lodge
Magnificent views from Zomba Forest Lodge, a truly unique accommodation option.
  • Zimbabwe, Mana Pools

Choose the scenic and serene Mana Pools National Park extending a magnificent 219,600 ha in northern Zimbabwe, in the lower Zambezi River valley where the floodplain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. It’s one of the best remote East Africa places for taking photographs for Instagram posts thanks to its diverse landscape of 2,500 square kilometers of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs. Discover one of the least developed national parks in Southern Africa, 100 km from any supplies!

Stay at the tiny and magical Kanga Camp, ingeniously hidden on a secluded bend of the Zambezi River, a remote and exclusive safari destination with only 6 roomy elegant tents complete with private decks with views of the river and surrounding wilderness. 

Guests on a guided safari walk viewing the wildlife
Remote and beautiful, Mana Pools is famous for its walking safaris. With the park’s sparse vegetation allowing for good visibility and relatively relaxed wildlife, you can expect close encounters with species such as elephant, wild dog and even lion, something rarely encountered anywhere else in Africa.
  • Tanzania, Serengeti

Be sure of an unrivalled self-drive exploration, camera at the ready for Instammagrable moments, in Tanzania’s scintillating Serengeti National Park, immersing yourself in these spectacular landscapes brimming with premium wildlife sightings. Voted Africa’s top safari destination, it’s home to the Wildebeest Migration where extraordinary Instagrammable opportunities abound with clear visuals of lion kills on the vast open plains. Tick off if you can some of the 510 bird species in this magical bird-watching destination – home to the brightly colored Fisher’s lovebirds and large ground hornbills. 

Stay in delightful, women-managed Dunia Camp, its glorious femineity driven by a team of wonderful women who are an inspiration to the safari industry and what can be done in usually male-dominated operations. They cook delicious food for all guests, host the game drives and the walks, clean the accommodation and living areas, sort out the campgrounds, handle rifles and welcome all guests with warm hearts and open minds.

Guests on a game drive in Tanzania
Guests on a game drive in Serengeti, viewing the wildlife and scenic landscapes of Tanzania.

Travel with us to discover our top ten off-the-beaten-track most Instagrammable places in East Africa. A photo speaks a thousand words so choose one of these best remote East Africa places for Instagram posting. Unforgettable holidays in Africa.

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