Botswana is bordered in the South by South Africa, in the West by Namibia, in the East by Zimbabwe and in the North by the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. Situated in the heart of the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is a landlocked country in the central part of southern Africa. More than 80% of the country is defined by the Kalahari Sand deposit
Botswana is one of the world’s best countries for filming big African wildlife. A predominantly flat country, the landscape is dominated by the Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta, and Makgadikgadi Pan. The Limpopo River Basin lies partly in Botswana.
Agricultural film locations include plantations of sorghum, corn, millet, and cowpeas. Botswana is known for its diamond, copper, and nickel mines. Energy locations include coal-fired power plants.
Gaborone is the capital and largest city. It’s known for the Gaborone Game Reserve which is home to wildebeest, impala, and migratory birds. The Three Dikgosi Monument was designed by North Korea’s Mansudae Overseas Projects.Located just outside of Gaborone the Mokolodi Nature Reserve is home to rhino, elephant, giraffe, and hippos.
Although Gaborone is the capital, most productions are filmed in the northern city of Maun only a few hours drive to national parks and nature reserves which include the Chobe National Park known for its elephant, buffalos and lions, Nxai Pan National Par for its grassy plains dotted with baobab trees, acacia bushes and wandering giraffes, Moremi National Park has populations of lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, hippo, zebra, cheetah, hyena, and the endangered Cape wild dog,the Okavango Delta for its vast grass flats, shallow waterways, lagoons, and the unique culture of the indigenous San people. Wildlife that call the Okavango Delta home include hippo, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and crocodiles, the Makgadikgadi Pan one of the largest salt plains in the world brings migrating wildebeest and zebra during the rainy season and the Tsodilo Hills boast one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to the Kalahari lion and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is located in the south-west of the country. It is home to lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, and a large diversity of birds.