With its scenic vista’s, extensive privately owned conservation areas, together with the easily accessible occurrence of wild, habituated and/or tame animal species as well as a variety of wranglers and wildlife experts, Hoedspruit has been preferred filming destination for many international film crews, specifically for Natural History, travel or science documentaries.
In addition to this, with the massive international focus on rhino poaching and the illegal wildlife trade in general and with Hoedspruit’s close proximity to Kruger National Park as well as being home to the large privately owned conservation area in the world, of which the majority of it is Big 5 and thus home to Rhino, Elephant and Lion -
Although being able to offer a variety of options to film crews it has also created a sense of “film crew fatigue” where working with film crews has lost its novelty and many people are having to turn crews away as they are finding less and less time available to do the actual work required of them -
It is estimated that at any time, there are at least 2-
To assist both locals who are constantly bombarded by film crews as well as assist the film crews in finding quality AND UNIQUE material, local Fixing / Production Facilitation company BUSHVELD CONNECTIONS, is able to assist.
Bushveld Connections has been involved in the filming industry for 16 years -
In addition to Wildlife documentaries, the phenomal scenery has also lent itself to the Hoedspruit region being identified as a prime location for reality shows such as the Australian version of “I’m a Celebrity get me out of here”.
In addition to wildlife documentary filming, Djuma Private Game Lodge also offers daily “live safari’s” that are filming and streamed real-
This is a fantastic concept that allows for a large number of “arm chair travellers” to experience both a game drive as well as the African bush and all its passions, actions and survival skills, first hand and for many whom would never have the opportunity to do so for real.
Safari Live can be followed via their website www.wildearth.tv or viewed below.
In addition to international film crews in the region, Hoedspruit is also able to boast the development of a young group of local residents that are producing documentaries by the communities for the communities. The K2C Rhino Ambassadors -
Maruleng Municipality sponsored the production of 5000 copies of this video which has been handed out en-