Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa and is known as one of the best countries for filming big African wildlife. Whether you are producing a film related to African wildlife, such as “Beast,” or a wildlife documentary, Botswana has got you covered. In addition to the stunning African wildlife scenery, Botswana also boasts a cityscape in the capital city of Gaborone and many beautiful lakes throughout the country. However, it is important to note that things can move slowly in Botswana due to strict National Park rules and other regulations, so we recommend allowing several weeks for processing film permits. Meanwhile, you can focus on your other pre-production processes while our team at Mbrella Films takes care of obtaining the permits for you.
If you are interested in bringing your production to Botswana, Mbrella Films, our production house based in Botswana, can offer you a vast selection of equipment for your film production in any size required. We also have English-speaking producers who will guide you through the entire production process. Please feel free to contact us via the form below.
Filming Locations in Botswana
Botswana’s landscapes are similar to those of many other African countries, with numerous national parks filled with wildlife and natural scenery. However, the country also boasts a modern cityscape in its capital city of Gaborone, as well as breathtaking rivers and lakes that flow throughout the country.
Gaborone is the capital and largest city of Botswana, known for its blend of urban and natural landscapes. The city features numerous trees, a National Park, and mountains, as well as modern buildings and monuments. Gaborone is the country’s primary production base, which makes it easy to set up your film production here, as everything is prepared and ready to go.
Shakawe is a village located in the northwest corner of Botswana, near the borders of Namibia and Angola. The village is situated along the Okavango River, offering numerous extraordinary views of the river and its swampy surroundings that you can capture on film, as well as sightings of various species of animals.
The Okavango Delta is a swampy inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough at an altitude of 930–1,000 m in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. It is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and any film production shot here would showcase the best of Botswana’s natural beauty.
Nxai Pan National Park
Nxai Pan National Park is a national park located in the northeastern part of Botswana, and it consists of Nxai Pan, which is one of the Makgadikgadi Pan salt flats. The national park is also home to a cluster of millennia-old baobab trees, which are native African trees. A salt flat is always a great location for filming, and you wouldn’t regret filming in Nxai Pan.
Bobonong is a town located in the Central District of Botswana, where you can find the Babirwa tribe, known for harvesting the mopane worm. The town is also known for its millennia-old baobab trees. If you’re looking to capture the local tribe’s way of life in a film or documentary, Bobonong is definitely worth considering as a filming location.
Film Equipment and Crew in Botswana
Mbrella Films can help you with both equipment and crew needs as we have a source to provide them for you. We also offer producers with over 10 years of experience in film production. They communicate swiftly, act quickly, and ensure that your job will be done efficiently.
Budget for production in Botswana
Whether it’s the permitting process or the equipment brought in from abroad that will add to your budget, our producers will provide a detailed breakdown of the line budget at every step of the production process. Botswana can be the perfect location for your next film production, and Mbrella can fulfill all of your production needs. Feel free to contact us if you want to take your production to the next level in Botswana through the form below