Photographers posting their pics out of the bright continent are dispelling myths and breaking down misconceptions as they fill their accounts with inspiring images and stories from previously, mostly inaccessible areas.
From colourful street fashion, wide landscapes and glimpses into everyday life in vibrant cities and remote villages, we are being shown that Africa offers much more than the Safaris it has become synonymous with. This new draw card is seductively causing people to want for more of the places and the people, providing the taster that will tempt further exploration into the areas so honestly showcased.
Here are 10 African Travel Instagrammers to follow, from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar and Angola, plus one collaborative look at Africa, for good measure.
10 African Travel Instagram Accounts
1. South Africa – Dewald Brand
Working out of Cape Town and better know for his film making, Dewald doesn’t post often, but each pic that he does post is considered and artistically created, leaving you wanting for more. Working with impressively big brands, his portfolio of videos will hold your attention while you wait for his next contribution. www.DewaldBrand.com.
2. South Africa – Bella van der Linden
An industrial engineering student and self-confessed wanderer based out of Port Elizabeth, Bella’s beautiful rather subdued colours bring you an alluring timeline that delivers a closer look at a city too often overlooked, as well as her travels to game reserves nearby and destinations she visits further afield. A flawless easy escape to beauty, which is something I’ve always felt Instagram should be about.
3. South Africa – Vaughn Wright
I’ve followed Vaughan for a couple of years and he consistently delivers inviting images that showcase Cape Town, her people and the way he sees the world. He brings bold meaning to photography, with a blend of nature, political opinion, fashion, the people he works and travels with, including iconic scenes of Big Ben and the Eiffel Towers, all offered up in his unique way. I know as a scroll, which image is his without even reading.
4. South Africa – Catherine Drowley
Also working out of Cape Town, Catherine is a Social Media Producer who’s gentle approach to photography, landscapes and natural beauty will offer a fresh rather feminine look at the detail of familiar places. Her account offers a sense of freedom and appreciation for the places she finds herself in.
5. Zimbabwe – Steven Chikosi
Telling stories out of the motherland as his bio puts it, Steven Chikosi is a Harare based photographer and videographer who successfully captures city life and the varied faces of Zimbabwe, from the street, bush and wildlife reserves. www.stevenchikosi.com
6. Kenya – Mutua Matheka aka Truthslinger
Of Kenyan blood and African roots, Mutua is well known in the Instagram circles for ‘choosing to see beauty’ and bringing his country to his many followers around the world. Kenya leads the way with social media in Africa and Truthslinger’s photographs will take you from city to beach and bush with snippets of his personal life shared too It will make you want to be his friend, let a lone get a feature on his closely watched timeline. http://mutuamatheka.co.ke/blog/
7. Nigeria – Andrew Esiebo
Coming to us out of Lagos, with its population of over 21 million, Andrew is an internationally acclaimed photographer who’s account takes us on a journey through Nigeria that is both raw and real. With images of this heaving metropolis intermixed with glimpses of laughing school children, fashion, derelict buildings brought back to life, street food and vendor’s colorful goods, interspersed with photos taken in outlying areas. His work will entice your every sense.
8. Angola, Luanda – RuyJorgee
We know nothing about this account except that it deserves to be followed and closely watched. We are not even sure what his full name is, but RoyJorgee’s photography is addictive. It draws you into an unknown world with it’s Portuguese influence, long history of civil war and recent rebirth. His creatively stylized images focus on people just going about their daily life on the busy streets, each bringing their character into the story.
9. Tanzania, Zanzibar – Nasrin Suleiman
Africa’s coastline and blue waters cannot be overlooked, especially when they are as beautiful and atmospheric as depicted on this account. Posted out of Zanzibar, with ocean conservation efforts highlighted, the inspired images of Stonetown, the boats and beaches, fishermen and varied hues of blue, will make you imagine yourself in the scenes that Nasrin depicts.
10. Everyday Africa
This account is run by 19 photographers who live and work in Africa that all share the determination to show that the continent is much more than the wars, poverty and instability depicted in the news, but rather a rich collection of extreme and rather familiar daily events which they portray in intensified colour, interspersed by happy faces and fresh optimism.’
This article first appeared on Travel Concept Solution. Find more of my Freelance Writing work here.