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South Africa’s Deserts: Diverse and Beautiful

South Africa’s Deserts: Diverse and Beautiful

Another reason to shoot a film in South Africa is our marvellously diverse natural environments. Deserts, rainforests, savannah’s, grasslands, prairies, beaches, mountain ranges, canyons, picturesque valleys… whatever you need for your film, South Africa is bound to have it. Our desert biomes vary extensively in their appearance. We have three unique desert regions with their own distinct looks, flora and fauna:   The Great Karoo: The Great Karoo is a vast semi-desert dotted with iconic flat hills and windpumps, situated in the west of South Africa, mostly within the Northern Cape province. An arid region with distinct rocky, shrub covered plains and small hills the Karoo can easily double for arid overseas environments like the New Mexico desert. Within the western parts of the Great Karoo lies the famous Namaqualand, which becomes covered in breathtaking fields of flowers during the spring months.   The Kalahari: The Kalahari is famous for its red colour and mix of sandy plains and arid savannahs littered with dead trees and animal skeletons. The Kalahari lies in South Africa’s Northern Cape province and crosses the borders with Namibia and Botswana. The red colour makes for magnificent sunset photography.   The Richtersveld: The Richtersveld lies in the north westernmost parts of South Africa and spans across the border into the south of Namibia. The Richtersveld has its own very unique eco system, with various species of desert flora found nowhere else in the world. A mountainous, rocky area dotted with “half-mens” and quiver trees, the Richtersveld resemble places such as the Mojave desert in the USA and parts of the Moroccan...
Location Location Location

Location Location Location

When planning a production, the most important factor to keep in mind is probably LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. This will not only determine the look and feel of your production but also determine many importing contributing factors such as costs and crew. During the last decade there has been an incredible influx of international film crews coming to shoot in South Africa. This does not come as a big surprise seeing that South Africa holds great benefits when it comes to international filming.  Over the course of the next few weeks we will have a brief look at some of these factors which helps contribute to the South African film industry… This week we will look at the South African climate. Climate: One of the most appealing qualities of shooting in South Africa must be it’s climate.  When most of the Northern Hemisphere has Winter the Southern Hemisphere has Summer.  South Africa’s climate varies greatly in all nine provinces. The East coast of South Africa receives extremely high rainfall throughout the year making it a tropical have, while the interior is moderate in some places and the West coast extremely dry with desert conditions prevailing for the North-West along the Namibian border. So weather it’s rain, snow or sun you are looking for, SA has it all....