Zambia is a landlocked country located at the crossroads of Central, Southern, and East Africa. Although it is typically classified as a Southern African country, it has a distinctly African vibe that any filmmaker looking for authentic African settings should consider. Zambia is blessed with numerous national parks that are home to a diverse array of wildlife, including hippos, giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, zebras, and a variety of birds. Obtaining permits for filming is also relatively straightforward, usually taking a few days depending on the location. Our team at Mbrella Films can help streamline this process and get your production up and running.
At Mbrella Films, our producers have a decade of experience in film production and are well-versed in the intricacies of the industry. Whether you’re planning a big-budget film production or a smaller self-owned production. Zambia can accommodate your needs, regardless of your production scale. Continue reading to explore some of the extraordinary filming locations available in Zambia.
Filming Locations in Zambia
Zambia offers a wealth of creative possibilities for film productions. With its strong African cultural identity and diverse lifestyles, make it an attractive alternative to other African countries. From traditional local neighborhoods to national parks teeming with wildlife, the country boasts a wide range of landscapes. Furthermore, its breathtaking waterfalls, lakes, and rivers make it an ideal destination for filmmakers seeking stunning and diverse natural settings.
Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and is home to a variety of distinctive flora and fauna. It spans the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is one of the world’s largest waterfalls. This location is an excellent choice for films seeking a spectacular waterfall scene or even as a substitute for another planet in a sci-fi production.
Lake Kariba is the world’s largest artificial lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1,300 km upstream from the Indian Ocean along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Locals refer to it as the “heaven of the wilderness” due to its role as a shelter for countless wildlife species. It is the perfect location for wildlife documentaries in your production.
South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is a wildlife haven located in the valley of the Luangwa River. Locally known as “the South Park,” due to it being the southernmost of the three national parks in the area. With over 60 species of mammals and more than 400 species of birds, the park is an excellent location for filming wildlife documentaries and safari-themed movies.
Choma Town, located in southern Zambia, is renowned for its cultural heritage museum showcasing the traditions of the local Tonga people. The town also boasts a vibrant nightlife, delicious local cuisine, and bustling markets filled with unique goods. If you’re looking for a perfect setting for your film production featuring a local town or market, then Choma is worth considering.
Also known as the Uhuru Railway or the Tanzam Railway, the Tazara Railway is a railway in East Africa that connects the port of Dar es Salaam in east Tanzania with the town of Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. The single-track railway, operated by the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), is 1,860 km long. It would be perfect for any film production looking for a local train or railway scene in Zambia.
Film Equipment and Crew in Zambia
While crew members in Zambia may be available at a lower cost, key crew members and equipment need to be brought in from abroad since there are no rental houses in the country. However, Mbrella Films can assist with the process of bringing in equipment and crew. We have sources that can help shorten and simplify the process in Zambia. Additionally, we can provide producers with over 10 years of experience in film production who can help your production run efficiently and guide you through every step of the process in Zambia.
Budget for production in Zambia
Our producers communicate clearly and act swiftly to ensure your budget is managed properly throughout the entire production process, from pre to post-production. While the brought-in process may cost a little more, we believe that investing in Zambia is worth it. If you have any questions about bringing your production to Zambia, please feel free to contact us using the form below.