Top 20 Instagrams of 2016: Wilderness Safaris

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In 2016 we saw a significant increase in the number of people joining and using Instagram. In fact a staggering 100 million users joined the social media network in the period from September 2015 to June 2016. Today there are 600 million users! Instagram’s easy to use layout means that you can scroll through your ‘news feed’ scanning beautiful images without much effort except to perhaps read a caption or like an image before scrolling on to the next post.

We love that Instagram allows us to travel, even if only through other people’s images, to places throughout the world – bringing us closer to cultures, wildlife and beautiful scenery and showing off the talents of photographers across the globe! We particularly like the photographs that have been featured on our own Instagram taken by both guests and staff who have visited our beautiful wildlife areas and shared their memorable moments. We hope that you will enjoy our roundup of the top 20 Instagrams of 2016 –chosen in order of their popularity on our @wearewilderness account.

A carpet of mauve after rains in 2015... "This is why Botswana locals love the Central Kalahari... when the rains arrive it has to be the most amazing place on the planet"  Photograph by Deon de Villiers @deonde_villiers

"But why think about that when all the golden lands ahead of you and all kinds of unforseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you're alive to see?" Jack Kerouac, 'On the Road'. Photograph by ™@jonrusse2002

An incredible sighting taken by Wilderness Group Conservation Manager Kai Collins...

A pretty picture in pink taken by Joe Hanly at Linkwasha Camp. @Joehanlyy

You won't believe what can sometimes be seen just from camp, or in this case while enjoying a swim! Guests staying at Linkwasha Camp experienced this special and very memorable encounter as an elephant came to drink from the camp's pool. Photograph by Joe Hanly @joehanlyy

A pride of lions cross the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta, in order to reunite with the males that were vocalizing nearby. Photograph by ™@theglobalphotographer

Did you see the supermoon? Mike Myers captured the moon rising while staying at Linkwasha Camp. The supermoon occurred last night, the closest to Earth since January 26, 1948, and the next one will not be until November 25, 2034!

"One has to take advantage of opportunities when photographing animals in their natural habitat. This lioness from the Chitabe Pride in Botswana, climbed up a large fallen tree and lay on one of the thick horizontal branches. I captured this image of her as she opened her eyes and looked past our vehicle." Photograph by David Luck, Wilderness Safaris Explorations Guide

"One of my favourite animals to spend time with; African wild dog or painted wolf. Looking forward to getting back out to the bush again after a month of travels." Photograph by Deon de Villiers  ™@deonde_villiers

Botswana's place of plenty never disappoints those fortunate enough to share in its bounty - 'The Place of Plenty.' A male lion cruises an old flood plain en route to a channel to slake his thirst. Photograph by ™@lederle_safaris

A young leopard relaxes in the golden afternoon light on Chief's Island. Photograph by™@landgraf.thomas

"There is language going on out there - the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops, and chirps all have meaning derived over eons of expression... We have yet to become fluent in the language - and music - of the wild" - Boyd Norton. Photograph by Dana Allen

Wild Dog and Hyaena Pandemonium: 18 wild dogs and a ravenous hyaena clan - find out what transpires between these two predators in this incredibly raw and evocative sighting: Photograph by Dana Allen

"The true lover of rain...has a deep inner enjoyment of the rain, and his sense of its beauty drinks it in as thirstily as does the drinking earth. It refreshes and cools his heart and brain; he longs to go forth into the fields, to feel its steady stream, to scent its fragrance; to stand under some heavy-foliaged chestnut-tree, and hear the rushing music on the crowded leaves." - John Richard Vernon. Photograph by Deon de Villiers @deonde_villiers

A young lion cub finds a suitable scratch post after discovering a fallen tree branch. Photograph by Dana Allen @danaallen_photosafari

"One of the truly special things about the Busanga Plains is that you can see forever. On our first morning drive a dark spot in the distance grows to become a male lion walking through the grass!" Photograph by Claire Campbell

Namibians are standing together to show their support for rhino conservation. Read more Photograph by Dana Allen

"This little cub is from a litter of five which I saw with clients on Hunda Island in the Okavango Delta. We were expecting leopards in the area but the island was over run with lions at the time." Photograph by Brad Leontsinis @bradleontsinis

Female leopard snoozing high up in a tree, Okavango, Botswana. Photograph by Gary Tankard ™@garytankard_photography

 "Definitely one of my best sunset moments ever"  Photograph by Nic Proust ™@_bush24_

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By Kate Collins

Kate grew up exploring the bushveld on her family rose farm, living among Nguni cattle, geese, warthogs, ostriches and horses. After completing an Honours degree at the University of Cape Town, Kate began working at Wild magazine as a journalist and as the Digital Editor of the Wild Card website. Kate has travelled to destinations throughout southern Africa, enjoying the many rich offerings of our country. Her work at Wild magazine helped secure her next move to Londolozi Game Reserve where she worked in their Creative team managing online communications and assisting guests with their wildlife photography. Kate now lives in Johannesburg and is proud to be a part of Wilderness Safaris in her role as copywriter. “I am very excited to work for a company that makes such a huge difference to people’s lives and to the wild places throughout our incredibly beautiful and diverse continent.”

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