South Africa has been long regarded as a prime location for feature films, TV series, commercials, tele-films and still shoots among more. It combines a solid film infrastructure, favorable climate (sunny throughout the year), attractive financial incentives, and a wide range of scenic filming locations to choose from. What more, most of these video production locations can double up for many other locations in the word. Here are some of the most pristine locations for shooting videos in South Africa;
Guateng Province, the area surrounding Johannesburg, boasts of being one of the best locations for video production in South Africa. With well developed infrastructure, an established film industry, and locations that range from urban and industrial landscapes of Johannesburg to small towns, gold mines, monuments, natural reserves, botanical gardens, historical buildings and the scenic Magaliesberg mountain range, Guateng Province is a haven for film production. There are also plenty of cave formations, historical battlefields and savannah grassland accessible for video shooting in the region.
The Western Cape’s diversity and heavy mix of mountains, vineyards and oceans appeal to many film makers looking to create spectacular films on African soil. This province is the most popular with foreign visitors and there is no doubt why it wouldn’t be. Cape town’s big 7 attractions; Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point, Groot Constantia, V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch and The City Walk have become popular with many filmmakers producing videos in South Africa. You will find plenty of salty lagoons, incredible rock formations, indigenous forests, unique architecture and historical sea-side fishing villages. The province also features plenty of untamed wilderness areas and nature reserves that are perfect for filming South Africa’s wildlife.
Soweto is endowed with a vibrancy and rich cultural diversity that makes it a hotspot for film making in South Africa. It has served as the backdrop for many film and television productions, especially those looking to depict the apartheid era. The city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system, as most of the apartheid struggles were fought in and from Soweto. Soweto is a melting pot of South African cultures and has also developed a sense of cosmopolitan sophistication from the Afro-American influence present here. District 9 is one of the famous movies, actually the highest grossing movie shot in South Africa, produced on Chiawelo, Soweto.
The scenic beauty and wide range of spectacular spots to choose from in this locality is exceptional for video production in South Africa. KwaZulu Natal boasts of various game reserves (renown worldwide), the Natal Midlands, Umhalanga coastline, and the Elephant coast among others that are perfect for whatever kind of film production you want. This province is perfect for filming Africa’s natural heritage, from a wide array of wildlife, bird life, and marine life as well.
There are plenty of locations to shoot on in this province. With a heavy presence of wild game at the Pilanesberg game reserve, you have the chance to film any of the “Big Five” in this province. Pilanesberg National Park is set on the crater of an extinct volcano, offering rare rock types, concentric ridges and hills that offer unique filming scenery. Sun City also has plenty to offer being an internationally renowned premier holiday resort with a multitude of attractions and activities perfect for video production.
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