Revealed: Black Panther Filming Locations For Your Next Trip

Revealed: Black Panther Filming Locations For Your Next Trip

Travel to these awesome filming locations and experience your own version of Wakanda!

Having just passed its second weekend in the box-office, Black Panther is already smashing records, wowing its audiences and capturing widespread attention. While we are all riding on the hype of this cinematographic marvel and reeling in the beauty of the fictional city of Wakanda, here are five must-visit cities where parts of the movie and its breathtaking landscapes were filmed. Let this list (and the movie) inspire you for your next trip!

1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Scene: Black Panther’s gruelling coronation ritual combat scenes at Warrior Falls

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Iguazu Falls, which sits at the border of the Misiones Province in Argentina and the state of Parana in Brazil, puts even the Niagara to shame. Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1984, the Iguazu boasts massive and powerful falls that will leave you awestruck. Take a short 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires to get up close with this wonder of nature!

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If you’re feeling adventurous, embark on a walking tour along the boardwalks to the Devil’s Throat, the main attraction of the Iguazu. However, get ready to be soaked in the spray from the thunderous waterfalls! You can also opt for a speedboat to zip you in and out of the falls, but do note the nature of this activity might not be suitable for those not as physically fit.

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The lush rainforest surrounding the Iguazu falls is brimming with more than 2000 plant species, 400 bird species, and more than 80 types of mammals. If it’s your lucky day, you may spot monkeys and vibrantly coloured toucans on your trek there. Be sure to keep your camera handy!

2. Zambia

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Get ready to be enthralled by the vast landscapes of the African wilderness and the three impressive rivers of the Kafue, the Luangwa and the Zambezi. Zambia tends to be more laid-back and remote. Be prepared to face certain challenges when travelling here such as its run-down road network, shabby transport system, and the high prices of the various tours and activities.

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Calling all wildlife fanatics – the Kafue National Park is a must visit! Take a boat ride along the tributaries of the Kafue river to watch hippos and crocodiles, or take a safari ride to the Serengeti-style Busanga Plains and gaze at the herds of zebras and packs of lions. It is recommended to spend at least two full days here to experience the different types of habitats.

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For all you thrill seekers out there, why not bungee jump into the Zambezi from the Victoria Falls Bridge? As you plunge, take in the sights of Victoria falls which sits on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

3. Uganda

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Let the aerial views of the Rwenzori Mountains and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park inspire you to make that trip to Africa and visit the less travelled country of Uganda. The creators of Black Panther probably drew inspiration from the Rwenzori for the Jabari tribe’s settlement.

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The Impenetrable Forest of Bindi is known to be Africa’s most ancient habitat, having survived the last Ice Age. It’s lush jungles atop its mountain ranges is home to about 400 endangered mountain gorillas. Although pretty pricey, it is recommended to take a three-day guided trek to gain that once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching the majestic gorillas. Do note that as permits are required to enter the park, it is advisable to engage a private or group tour to visit the Bindi Forest.

4. South Africa 

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It is impossible for one to watch Black Panther and not be mesmerised by the rich African cultural references that were portrayed in the movie. South Africa, although well-known as a wildlife safari destination, is also special due to its diverse cultures and rich heritage. Many cultural villages are open to visitors, where you can get a truly authentic experience of the tribal life there.

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Immerse yourself in the Zulu tribe culture by making a trip to the Shakaland and Simunye Zulu village in KwaZulu-Natal. Learn about the tribe’s traditions and daily way of life, and enjoy a traditional lunch while enjoying the grace and elegance of the local tribal dancers. If time permits, spend a night at one of these villages in traditional huts.

The Basotho cultural village is also another well-known village which is located in the East of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Gain a deeper insight into the customs and lifestyle of the Sotho people from the 16th century to its charming present.

5. Busan, South Korea

Scene: Adrenaline-pumping car chase scene between Black Panther and Klaue.

Director Ryan Coogler was in praise of the city of Busan, where modern architecture, bright neon lights and traditional buildings all blend together to give an amazing view of the cityscape against the coast. Busan, the second largest city in Korea, is up-and-coming as a popular travellers’ destination. This coastal city is also home to some of the hottest beaches in the country!

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Spend a day at the quieter Gwangalli Beach, which offers fine sand, blue waters and spectacular views of the Gwangan Diamond Bridge, which lights up brilliantly at night. There are usually events and concerts happening during the weekends which draw in the local youth.

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The Gwangalli area is also populated with various coffee shops, restaurants and breweries so you won’t go hungry. If you’re headed there in April, be sure to take part in the Gwangalli Eobang Festival, and try your hand at net fishing and folk games!

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True to its reputation as a port city, fresh seafood is abundant in Busan. No visit will be complete without a trip to the Jagalchi Fish Market. Stuff yourselves in a buffet at one of the many restaurants and satisfy your salivating taste-buds as you watch your seafood go straight from the tank to your plates.

So if you haven’t watched Black Panther already, you definitely need to rethink your life priorities and catch it ASAP! The movie is unlike your typical superhero movie – it is in its own way a tribute to African culture, featuring its refreshing black-dominated cast.

What are you waiting for? Create your own memories of Wakanda by heading to one of these awesome destinations for your next trip. Wakanda Forever!

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Abdul Asyraf
Abdul Asyraf

Asyraf's favourite word? Wanderlust. He believes in the element of spontaneous travel as he feels the most interesting experiences come with flexibility. He enjoys his late night suppers and you can find him devouring a mutton-cheese murtabak or salted-egg paus.


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