Western Cape Tourist AttractionsCape Town Film Studios
Where? Corner of Baden Powel Drive and N2 Highway, Faure, 7131, Western Cape, South Africa
How? Call +27 (0)21 843-2400
In late 2014 The Times Live hailed Cape Town as the 'new Hollywood'. They weren't far wrong. Stephen Fry (English comedian, actor, writer, presenter)was heard to say something along the lines of being 'deeply impressed with brand new Cape Town studios'.
Cape Town Film Studios lie on the edge of Cape Town, just off the N2 where it meets Baden Powell Drive. Almost everyone in Cape Town knows the studio because of the two pirate ships alongside the N2.
There is reportedly a beach-side village complete with trading store, tavern and brothel as well. Black Sails, a TV pirate series is one of the biggest productions ever made in South Africa. It's placed the local film industry firmly in the spotlight.
It helps that the government offers tax rebates of between 25% and 35% on films made in the country. And that the slump of the rand against the dollar means that productions can cut costs substantially by shooting in South Africa.
And whilst the film industry in the country is small, worth a fraction of places like Bollywood, it is one of the only facilities of its kind in the continent, and has managed to land some big-screen films that have placed it on the map.
And so, by early 2016 the studios had managed to open their fifth sound stage.
And the studio has been great for local employment too – 40 000 people used for productions over 5 years.
Interestingly: there are two other smaller film studios in Cape Town - Salt River Studios and a recent film studio built inside the Good Hope Centre.