A couple of photographs from Botswana have proved to be amongst the most popular featured by National Geographic on Instagram, during the last year.

Moraine Lake in Canada is the magazine’s most liked photo for 2016 with over 1.4 million likes; and in second place – with 1,390,429 million likes is Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The photo, by Frans Lanting, shows a bull elephant towering about his reflection with a herd of thirsty kudus on the horizon.

Photo by @FransLanting “Elephant Reflections” At a water hole in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a majestic bull elephant towers above his reflection with a herd of thirsty kudus on the horizon. I spent time at the water’s edge in the darkness before dawn, with elephants moving around me like shadowy shapes, waiting for an opportunity to capture this classic scene of wild Africa. I share this image in honor of World Elephant Day and I salute the organizations and individuals who are standing up to stop the slaughter of elephants worldwide. Follow me @FransLanting to see more images of elephants and other wildlife from around the world. @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #savetheelephants #Elephants #Tanzania #Okavango #Dawn #WildAid #wild_net #WorldElephantDay

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Frans’ photo of a cheetah mother and her cub, resting in the shade on the grasslands of Tanzania’s Serengeti, is also in the top 10 at ninth position, with 1,209,350 Likes.


National Geographic has 64 million people following its Instagram account, and in the past year they received 26.1 million comments… and the pictures received a total of 3.3 billion likes.

Each photo in the Top 15 received over 1 million likes.

At number 13 is another picture from Botswana, this time by Cory Richards. It shows zebra and elephants sharing the banks of the lower Cuito River, and has been liked over 1.14 million times.

View all Top 15 Instagram photos here:
www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/best-of-2016/best-instagram-photos-2016/