From urban hangouts to secluded paradises, Cape Town and surrounds offer several spectacular beach film locations.
Camps Bay is a well-known film shoot location in Cape Town, having hosted crews for commercials as well as the popular 2005 film, Lord of War. Meanwhile, Clifton’s beaches are popular with beachgoers year-round. Some of Cape Town’s most expensive real estate overlooks both Clifton and Camps Bay beaches and they also boast views of the impressive Twelve Apostles, which form the back of Table Mountain.
Located at the respective ends of Chapmans Peak Drive are Hout Bay and Noordhoek beaches. Tomb Raider was shot at Hout Bay in 2018, while Noordhoek boasts several kilometres of white sand, often enjoyed by horse riders.
Three Anchor Bay is a small beach and the popular promenade alongside it and nearby lighthouse give it a distinct urban feel. If you are looking for a film shoot location in Cape Town with a less metropolitan feel, Llandudno, Sunset and Smitswinkel beaches are secluded and beautiful.
Blouberg Beach boasts spectacular views of Table Mountain and masses of kite-surfers can often be seen enjoying the wind and waves. On a clear day, Robben Island is visible from the beach.
On the False Bay side of Cape Town is Boulders Beach – home to one of the last endangered African Penguin colonies in the world. The beach falls within the Table Mountain National Park and film crews will need to obtain a permit before filming. A mere 20-minute drive from the city centre, Muizenberg Beach is famous for the colourful huts lining it and has appeared in commercial shoots in the past.
Cape Town’s beaches are diverse and beautiful, perfect for a variety of film shoots. The city has several service providers who can assist you in getting the most out of your shoot.