5 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Filmed In Africa!

Behind all the stories of a poverty stricken continent and all her problems, Africa is more than blessed with an extra ordinary exotic beauty that makes her a great destination for any movie set up .It is therefore no surprise that some of the world’s known movies were shot within and others were inspired by Africa’s stories and events.


Tsotsi (South Africa, 2005)


Tsotsi means thug in patois. This movie is set in Africa’s largest slum, Soweto. Soweto is located in the outskirts of the city of Johannesburg. Soweto is infamous for its high criminal tendencies. The Oscar winning movie was starred by Presley Chweneyage. In the film, Presley plays the character of an orphaned boy who steals a car and unknowingly to him; there is a baby in the car. He is then faced with the responsibility of taking care of the baby.

Madmax Fury Road (Namibia, 2015)

The movie was filmed in the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. This movie occurs in a future desert where water and gasoline are rare and Max has been kidnapped to act as a blood bank. The movie is about his adventures as he escapes a cruel king. The film got worldwide acclamation in the Oscar Awards in 2016 as it went ahead to win six awards.

Constant Gardener (Kenya, 2005)


The four Academy Awards nominee was shot in the slums of Kibera. Kibera is Africa’s second largest slum and is situated in the outskirts of the capital city of Kenya; Nairobi. The movie is based on John le Carre’s novel. The story involves a widower who tries to solve the mystery behind his wife’s murder. In the story, Africans are used by pharmaceutical companies as guinea pigs in their invention and trial of their drugs.

The Last King of Scotland (Uganda, 2006)

The movie was filmed in Uganda. Forest Whitaker plays the main role of Idi Amin, Uganda’s famous notorious dictator. The movie revolves around a young doctor that was entrusted with being Idi’s personal doctor.

Blood Diamond (Sierra Leone, 2006)

This movie was set in Sierra Leone in the 1990’s at an era of civil war. Leonardo Di Caprio plays the character of Danny Archer who is a South African national who is a mercenary. He is in such of a unique pink diamond that is very valuable. Di Caprio encounters Djimon Hounsou, a character that is played by Solomon Vandy who is in search of his son who has been kidnapped by the rebels. The two men team up in search of the diamond. Jennifer Connely, who plays the role of an American reporter, follows the men as she tries to cover the events of the civil war and the role that diamonds played in starting the civil war.

Africa is indeed a land of extra ordinary natural beauty.

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