The Cape’s vibrant and colourful rural areas and townships are truly unique to shoot in.

Cape Town has vibrant and colourful rural areas and townships that make for truly unique film locations.

Townships such as Langa, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha are some of the oldest in Cape Town and form part of what is known as the Cape Flats – a cluster of communities to the southeast of the city’s centre. These townships are densely populated and consist of some informal houses made from corrugated iron and wood. Other areas have more formal housing.

Enlist the help of location scouts and other relevant service providers to find the locations in these areas that best suit your filming needs and to negotiate with residents.

Rural film locations in Cape Town

Cape Town has an abundance of rural shoot locations. The rolling white Atlantis Dunes sand dunes can pass for an arid location if necessary. Then there’s the Cape Winelands – the world’s longest wine route featuring Cape Dutch style buildings, world class golf courses, and phenomenal scenery.

Only a few hours drive in almost any direction from the city itself are the quaint towns of the Cape Karoo surrounded by sweeping landscapes, scenic mountain passes, and charming, old-school architecture. The Cape Overberg region is a favourite among wildlife and documentary film crews, while the Cape West Coast offers rustic beach cottages, an abundance of wildflowers, wine farms and cellars, culture and heritage attractions, and adventure spots.

Many of these sites are ecologically sensitive, so it is important to get the necessary permissions and permits before doing recces and shooting.