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Monday, January 17, 2011

Kenya as a filming destination

Most people associate Kenya with the Africa game safaris but the country is also  a popular location for film production. Many classic adventure films were shot on location in Kenya, including The Constant Gardener a 2005 box office hit featuring Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, and Pete Postlethwaite; The Snows of Kilimanjaro starring Gregory Peck, King Solomon’s Mines with Stewart Granger and Mogambo featuring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. Joy Adamson’s book Born Free (1966) was made into a hit movie filmed entirely on location in Kenya.

Hollywood's greatest tribute to Kenya came with 1985's Out of Africa. Adapted from Karen Blixen's classic book, the film told the story of her life in colonial Kenya, with Meryl Streep in the lead role and Robert Redford playing her lover, Denys Finch Hatton.

With stunning cinematography and a rich music score by John Barry, the film brought Kenya to life for audiences all over the world. A major box office hit, Out of Africa went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Kenya has breath taking and exquisite beauty with abundant wildlife and unmatched scenery and romantic views. From the savannah in the south, the deserts of the north, to Lake Victoria - the 2nd largest fresh water lake in the world - in the west, the tropical beaches in the east, metropolitan cities, ancient Forts and the snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya, Kenya has a great variety to offer even the most demanding visitor.

Kenya remains one of the world’s destinations for television wildlife productions. Many award winning wildlife series have been shot on location in Kenya by BBC, Discover and other production houses. Masai Mara, Kenya's world famous game reserve, recently named one of the new Seventh Wonders of the World is the location the The Big Cat Diary a Television series.

Getting a license to film in Kenya is hustle free, applications approved in less than 2 days at most. You can contact us for more information on Kenya and East Africa.