BOTSWANA LOCATION

BOTSWANA  LOCATION FIXER

If you are looking for a Botswana location fixer and scout, FilmFixers will add great value to your production.

There are a number of reasons that make Botswana a compelling production location. Besides being rated as one of the most stable countries in Africa, Botswana location options abound.

Film Fixers has scouted the savanna and bushveld through to the arid Kalahari Desert.

The unforgettable Makgadikgadi Pans and legendary Okavango Delta are another two locations where we have fixed and scouted.

Contact us for more information on Botswana, as well as details on the required film visas and film permits.

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By car, depending on your point of entry, it could take about 7 hours to the border post from Johannesburg. You do need to reach the border by the time it closes (to confuse matters, various border posts close at different hours), so depending on your schedule, you may need to overnight on route.

Hiring buses, and crew vehicles in SA to cross into Botswana is also an option – Film Fixers will advise on how to comply with Botswana’s regulations. Most vehicle hire companies in South Africa are very familiar with the requirements and provide the necessary paperwork for cross-border access.

Most major international airlines from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, where connecting flights provide international air services into Gaborone, Kasane, Maun and Francistown from Johannesburg South Africa and other regional hubs.

Botswana, like a number of Southern African countries, has a US Dollar-based international tourism industry – which offers a range of options aimed at the international community – and a Botswana Pula economy (fairly closely twinned with the South African Rand) which offers far better value for money. Fuel, for example, is sourced from South Africa yet is cheaper (and overall very affordable). Costs associated with permits and visas are generally affordable – the only expense being the vast distances that need to be negotiated!
Botswana is part of the Southern African Customs Union and works with the ATA Carnet system. This means that bringing your equipment in and out of South Africa is seamless – and that moving equipment between members (Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho etc.) is equally painless.

Botswana do not have any relevant television/filming equipment hire companies – so equipment needs to be brought in or sourced in neighboring South Africa. Aside from that, most equipment for general production in the ‘bush’ can be sourced from a very vibrant tourism sector – please remember that Botswana is a VAST country, with little infrastructure outside of the main cities/towns, so it is important to ensure that you are self-sustainable in terms of infrastructure, food, water etc. and relevant commodities (batteries etc.) if you are going to be far off the beaten track…

Weather in Botswana depends a lot on what you want to film – and where. The climate is fairly similar to most Southern African neighbors – with less rainfall! The rainy season is from November to March/April, with typical majestic afternoon thunderstorms(in other words, a typical Summer rainfall pattern). The further West, the less rain as you move into the Kalahari region and up to Namibia.

Typical Winter weather will have sunny days, with temperatures dropping rapidly at night – especially in the desert areas. The dependable days make this the key safari tourism time – with the northerly Okavango Delta and Chobe regions providing more moderate temperatures.

And then to confuse matters, the Okavango Delta floods during the Winter season (it takes a while for the waters to move down from Angola) with animals congregagating around the waterways. It also makes filming tricky in the north-west, particularly if access is affected by water.

Okavango Delta – iconic wetland wonder that intensifies in the middle of every year as the Delta comes into flood. Throw a stone, you hit a tourist.
Makgadikgadi Pans – ancient salt pans in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana – sometimes flooded by the Delta coming into flood.
Tuli Block – incredible rock formations and undulating hills and bushland. One of the most beautiful parts of Botswana. , or the fauna and flora wetlands wonder of the Okavango Delta in the North.
Chobe – wildlife abounds, with the stark lanscape meeting the lush Chobe / Zambezi confluence. Check out Sedudu Island for a wildlife experience with a difference.
Kalahari – the Kalahari meets the Namib in the arid corner of Botswana, home to the San people and some of the most spectacular landscapes. Visit the burnt red Khawa dunes in the South West of the country.

BOTSWANA IS A PREMIUM  LOCATION FOR YOUR FILM AND TV PRODUCTION

If you are looking for a Botswana location fixer, Film Fixers can add incredible value to your production. Film Fixers has produced and assisted productions in all areas in Botswana. We have an impressive knowledge of Botswana locations.

Film Fixers have relationships at all levels in Botswana, including the transport and hospitality industry. Botswana has a two-tier industry – with a US Dollar-based sector and a more realistically priced local sector.

We know the difference!

WHY BOTSWANA?

  • Easy access
  • Very affordable
  • Seamless Customs experience
  • Easy Visa and Permit System
  • Diverse location options