Travelling photography: 5 hidden gems in Africa
If you’re the kind of person who likes to head off the beaten track and explore some of the lesser known attractions around the world, then Africa is the destination for you. Especially if you’re planning on taking some stunning photographs while you’re there! Africa is the second largest continent and in the world, with vastly diverse landscapes in each of the 54 countries. If you’re planning on getting some stunning snaps on your trip to Africa, you won’t want to miss out on these hidden gems.
Praia de Coco on Bom Bom Island – David Stanley
São Tomé e Príncipe
Let’s kick off with this West African beauty, that very few tourists know about still. However, it’s growing in popularity, so you’re going to want to book your tickets soon! The two islands of Sao Tome and Principe are surrounded by archipelagos and covered in dense rainforests. Here you will find very few other visitors or people in general, and it really does feel like a tropical paradise. Look out for the hidden waterfalls, tucked away around the islands, and see if you can count how many different orchid species you see (there are over 100). This is the perfect place to snap some truly stunning photographs, without tourists ruining your shot.
Tanzania’s Spice Islands
Tanzania is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination for those travelling to Africa, but the lesser known islands are still as quiet and serene as they’ve always been. If you’re looking for beaches with sand as white as snow, and waters clearer than any you’ve seen before, then you really should consider a visit to the Spice Islands of Tanzania. This country is also ideal for a safari experience, which will undoubtedly make for some jaw-dropping photography opportunities. Spend a few days on the white-sanded beaches, before snapping some photos of The Big Five for the rest of your trip.
Color-exagerated view of a leather-processing area inside the medina of Fez, Morocco – Alex Torrenegra
The City of Fez
The cultural capital of Morocco isn’t frequented as much as Marrakech or Casablanca, which makes it the perfect hidden gem to capture photographs. This medieval city is packed with things for you to see and do, along with some stunning architecture and colours from the many tanneries. Walk up the hills behind the city and look upon Fez from up high. This is a once in a lifetime experience that will make you want to put your camera down, just for a few minutes, while you soak it all up.
Sometimes dubbed the Stonehenge of Africa, it is thought that the Blaauboschkraal stone ruins are the oldest man-made structure in the world; dating back further than the Great Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge by tens of thousands of years. While there is some controversy as to whether this is true or not, it still makes for some stunning photographs. The site is named Adam’s Calendar as the stones are placed to track the movement of the sun. African elders even call this place “The Birthplace of the Sun”.
Teli, Pays de Dogon – Ferdinand Reus
This UNESCO World Heritage site can be found in the Dogon country of Mali, and no photos you see of this place will ever do it justice. It is thought that the 95-mile long escarpment has been inhabited for thousands of years – and it is still home to many Dogon people today. The sandstone Bandiagara Cliffs, surrounding the area, rise around 500 meters above the ground, making you feel as though you are being watched by the rocks. While there are guided tours, this is definitely one of the lesser-known tourist attractions in Mali and well worth a visit with your camera.
As we mentioned, there are so many hidden gems in Africa – it was difficult to pick just five! Are you planning on visiting any of these for your next photography trip to the continent? Or have we missed any off the list you think should be added? Let us know in the comments.