The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 8 stunning shots of Mbombela

blyde river

As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram where each week we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world.

This week, we take a trip back into South Africa’s lowveld to Mbombela — capital of Mpumalanga.

Although still referred to by its previous name, Nelspruit, Mbombela is a city in flux. It’s fast becoming the cultural hub of South Africa’s north-eastern corner, and proves to be an adequate launch pad for visitors of the Kruger National Park, just a few kilometres to the east.

Still, the city and its surrounds is no less beautiful, and you needn’t travel far to see wildlife. Image: Bronte Shokkos.

Hanging out with them Tall Fellas… #Giraffes#Nelspruit#GreatWeekend #GiraffesintheBackyard#Innibos 🐪🌳😄😎

A photo posted by Bronte Shokkos (@broneeshokkos) on

This past week also saw Mbombela host its Inniebos Fees — an annual Afrikaans arts and entertainment festival in the city’s green lands. Image: Dean Cothill via Standard Bank.

The fees also brings some interesting characters from across South Africa — and the world — to the sleepy town. Image: Letitia du Toit.

#heesgefees #innibos #droomgroot #nelspruit #heeltydspeeltyd #nostalgietextiles #betsydiekaravaan

A photo posted by Letitia du Toit (@nostalgietextiles) on

With different folks also comes good looking food. Image: Torburnlea.

Eggs Benedict for Sunday morning breakfast #nelspruit #bedandbreakfast #innibos2016 #breakfast #eggs

A photo posted by Torburnlea (@torburnlea) on

As for Mbombela’s natural beauty, few can deny that it’s one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa. This snap of Blyde River Canyon, is taken just a few kilometres east of the city centre. Image: Lady Jay.

One of the most popular landmarks near Mbombela is Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which formed at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers. Image: Dean Cothill.

This place is out of this world… @innibos @standardbanksa #sbinnibos #innibos

A photo posted by snapchat /// deancothill (@deancothill) on

This snap pretty much speaks for itself. Image: Tayyibah.

#Nelspruit #homesweethome #heretostay Feels good to back

A photo posted by Tayyibah (@tayyibah011) on

Finally, this really is the preferred way to see Mpumalanga. Image: Ally Tideswell.

Do you want your snaps of your city or town to be featured in this series? Be sure to tag us on Instagram using our @BurnMedia handle.

Feature image: Jochem Koole via Flickr

Andy Walker, former editor


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