4 “Best” Sci-Fi Movies Using South Africa as Home Base

Is it any wonder that Africa is a beacon for sci-fi movies?

Is it any wonder that Africa is a beacon for sci-fi movies? The landscapes are diverse and incredible, it’s foreign enough to American audiences since few people have traveled extensively (if at all) on the continent, and South Africa in particular is especially hospitable towards film crews. Whether the films featured Africa heavily or if was never specifically mentioned where the particular future takes place, one thing is certain: It seems many a thriving worlds will be heading to Capetown in the future.

As you plan your own African getaway or add it to your bucket list, for sci-fi geeks checking out a few scenes “in real life” from favorite movies can be a great addition to any vacation. Before booking your trip, why not host a movie night and enjoy all over again your favorite sci-fi gems filmed in Africa? Here’s a list to get you started:

  1. District 9

The modern day “Metamorphosis is equal parts heartbreaking and action-packed. However, what’s most interesting about this film with serious staying power are the conversations it encourages after viewing. What makes an alien, and what defines a “monster” especially when the human race is considered? And does love really know no bounds?

  1. Doomsday

The apocalypse is a common driving force in sci-fi films, and you can make things even more interesting by peppering in a South African landscape. After all, as a group tries to save the human race, it’s just made a little more intense when the environment is a little wilder, a little less familiar and a little more prime for a futuristic setting.

  1. Starship Troopers 3

The original Starship Troopers was all about Buenos Aires, but by the time it became a trilogy, South Africa was the new landscape. The ironic meets hyperbolic franchise has a cult following and surprisingly deep philosophical moments (especially for a series that originally starred Denise Richards). Love it or leave it, there’s no denying that “The Bugs” have a certain something that appeals to sci-fi fanboys and girls.

  1. 10,000 BC

Where do you film a movie that’s supposed to take place 12,000 years ago? In South Africa, of course. Rich with CGI, the producers still wanted an authentic feel to the film and that could only be achieved by heading very off course.

There are countless shows and movies which have relied on the beauty of Africa for the perfect production set. Is one of your favorites filmed near Capetown?


Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and contemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.
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