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Why Namibia

Namibia, a land of vast expanse, encompasses remarkable natural wonders that have captured the world's attention. It is home to the world's highest sand dunes in the Namib Desert, such as the iconic dunes at Sossusvlei. Namibia also holds the Gibeon meteorite, which is the largest single piece of meteorite on Earth, weighing approximately 66 tonnes. The country boasts the Namib Desert, recognized as one of the oldest deserts in the world, and the Fish River Canyon, Africa's second largest canyon.

With an area of approximately 824,292 square kilometers, Namibia ranks as the 34th largest country in the world, slightly larger than Germany. Despite its vast size, Namibia has a population of around 3 million people, which is comparable to the population of a major city. This low population density allows for vast stretches of unspoiled desert landscapes to be explored and captured on film, providing filmmakers with a unique and visually stunning backdrop for their projects.

One Big Open-air Studio

Namibia serves as one grand open-air studio, renowned internationally for its diverse and captivating landscapes. From rural to urban settings, misty coastal towns to pristine beaches, expansive sand dunes to ghost mines, and a blend of Germanic architecture with traditional villages and mud huts, Namibia offers a wide array of visually stunning backdrops. The country's expansive landmass and changing climate conditions provide filmmakers with a range of possible weather types, enhancing the versatility and realism of their productions.

360° Filming

Namibia provides an ideal environment for 360° filming, with its motion picture industry infrastructure and cost-effective, high-quality services. Obtaining filming permissions is relatively straightforward, particularly with the assistance of local production companies. Unlike many European countries, Namibia welcomes filming in public areas, such as streets and highways, fostering a conducive and flexible atmosphere for filmmakers.

Highly Qualified Professionals

Namibian film crews are highly regarded for their positive attitude, motivation, and dedication. With the continual growth of Namibia's film industry, local crews possess both the qualifications in their respective fields and the necessary local experience. These experienced professionals are multilingual and have gained international production experience, ensuring seamless communication and smooth collaboration on film projects.

Year-Round Filming

Namibia's climate, with low average rainfall, long daylight hours, and approximately 300 days of sunlight annually, makes it an ideal year-round filming location. As the country experiences opposite seasons to the Northern Hemisphere, filmmakers can take advantage of favorable shooting conditions and ample sunlight throughout the year, minimizing weather-related disruptions and maximizing filming opportunities.

Cost Savings

Filming in Namibia offers significant cost savings. Labor costs for experienced local crews are considerably lower compared to bringing in foreign crews. The country also provides low production costs and tax benefits for foreign companies working through local production companies. Additionally, favorable exchange rates can further enhance the cost-effectiveness of filming in Namibia, providing financial advantages for productions of various scales.


Namibia boasts several specialized companies offering high-quality equipment rental services. Filmmakers have access to a range of state-of-the-art equipment and technical support, ensuring that their production needs are met efficiently and professionally.


Namibia is a politically stable country with a low crime rate and a population known for its friendliness and helpfulness. Filmmakers can feel secure and focus on their creative endeavors, knowing that they are working in a safe and welcoming environment.

By choosing Namibia as a filming destination, filmmakers can benefit from its diverse landscapes, favorable climate, cost-effective resources, skilled professionals, reliable equipment, safety, and overall supportive atmosphere. These advantages combine to create an exceptional filming experience that brings unique visions to life on the big screen.

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