Namibia is a country in Southern Africa, and its border with the Atlantic Ocean creates dramatic landscapes where the desert meets the ocean. The country is also known for its vast expanse of dunes, desert mountains, and African wildlife. Many blockbuster-tier film productions have been shot here, such as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “The Mummy,” to name a few. Most of Namibia’s landscapes are too vast to fit in one feature film, so you may need to return if you come once. Our team at Mbrella Films can help make your permitting process easier with our experienced team, and your production will be ready to get off the ground in Namibia in a few weeks.
If you’re interested in bringing your film production to Namibia, Mbrella Films can help you with English-speaking producers who have tirelessly worked in film production for over 10 years and have experience working with foreign and local crew members. Continue reading to see the unique locations, equipment, and crew available for your film production in Namibia.
Filming Locations in Namibia
Apart from the African wildlife, most parts of Namibia’s landscape are dominated by dunes and desert mountains, and even the cities are surrounded by desert. However, the western part of the country, which borders the Atlantic Ocean, is the most captivating. Here, you can witness the dramatic and extraordinary meeting of desert and ocean along the coastline of the country.
The Namib Desert
The Namib is a vast coastal desert in Southern Africa, stretching for over 2,000 kilometers along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. Its name means “vast place”. The Namib Desert has been the filming location for numerous blockbuster movies, such as “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “The Mummy”, and “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
The Spitzkoppe is an inselberg towering at a height of 1728 meters, with its striking shape earning it the moniker “Matterhorn of Namibia”. It is one of the most photographed mountains in the country and has served as a location for notable films such as “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Monster Hunter”.
The Moon Landscape
The Moon Landscape is located within a 30-minute drive from the closest town, Swakopmund. It is named after its landscape that looks like the moon’s surface. The best time of day to film at the Moon Landscape is during sunrise or late afternoon, in order to capture the contrasts of the canyon. The film “Mad Max: Fury Road” shot most of its scenes here.
Sandwich Harbour also known as Sandwich Bay is an area on the Atlantic coast of Namibia that includes a bay in the north and a shallow lagoon at the southern end. It’s a place where the desert and the ocean meet, any film would look extraordinary on-screen filming in this location.
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is a national park in northwestern Namibia and one of the largest national parks in Africa. The area is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species. An African wildlife documentary would suit best to film in this particular location.
Film Equipment and Crew in Namibia
Namibia has a small crew, but they are highly experienced in blockbuster-tier film production and are English-speaking crew members. Mbrella Films can help with all the brought-in processes and provide whatever the production needs from camera gear, lighting and gaffers, to cast and crew. Additionally, Mbrella Films has full-time in-house producers with over 10 years of experience in film production who can guide the production process in Namibia.
Budget for production in Namibia
Regardless of the country where you choose to film, budget remains the most important factor. At Mbrella Films, our producers will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the line budget, ensuring that you are aware of where your money is being allocated throughout the entire production process. If you are considering Namibia as your next filming location, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.