Are you heading to Southern Africa for an epic adventure? Live the Journey is here with 5 iconic photos you simply have to take if you’re in Southern Africa- and the stunning experiences that await you there.

1.  The penguins of Boulder’s beach

Africa and penguins aren’t typically two images you imagine together. Yet Boulder’s Beach in Cape Town National Park has a thriving colony of African penguins who’d love to star in a selfie with you.  And come on…where else in the world could you possibly swim with penguins? You’re definitely going to need the photo to celebrate this one!

2. The echoing dunes of the Sossusvlei

Namibia is a land of stark contrasts- bright orange sand, blue skies and dusty white salt pans. Dead-seeming trees reach for the towering skies while elephants shuffle with grey sandy feet through a landscape that’s achingly empty yet utterly compelling. If you’ve ever wanted to take an iconic, artful picture whose soul will speak to anyone who looks at it, then the Sossusvlei is the perfect background.

3. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site at Howick

This harmless little city in KwaZulu-Natal may not seem too impressive, but it is redolent with South African history. The sight of Nelson Mandela’s capture in 1962, the area is now occupied by a memorial to the great men. Allow the changing contrast metal sculpture of the famous politician to play the perfect- and immediately iconic- backdrop to a sober and inspiring photographic reminder that we should all strive to be the very best we possibly can, no matter what adversity we face.

4. Raise a glass at Africa’s highest pub

There’s no doubt that Sani Mountain and the Sani Mountain Pass between South Africa and Lesotho is a gorgeous sight. One of the few areas in Southern Africa to receive predictable snow, travellers often pass through on the way to challenge themselves with snowboarding antics. The pub here is Africa’s highest… so what better snap to lighten the mood could you choose then lifting a pint together at this eagles-nest perch?

5. The winding rivers of the Okavango Delta

Botswana’s Okavango Delta may well be one of the most startling and fascinating landscapes in Southern Africa. The lush green and blue of the landscape is certainly refreshing to the eye after the dry Botswanan bush, and the animal life is teeming. Score a must-have shot of the winding, looping river, either from a river cruise through the National Park or from a light aircraft.

While these 5 top travel spots in Southern Africa will yield amazing photographs you just can’t pass up, they are far from the only exquisite shots waiting for you here, so be sure to come with camera ready when you travel! And remember, the Live the Journey team are always here to help you make the most of your exciting journey, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.