Outlander in South Africa: A behind-the-scenes look at Cape Town from our local blogger

Written by: Jayne Coleman


I live in the beautiful country of South Africa, so as an Outlander fan, I am super excited about the filming due to take place in and around Cape Town. I’ve been digging around for the past couple of weeks for ideas on what the cast and crew can do on their off days, and to give you all a better feel for this lovely part of the world. Join me in this armchair view of South Africa and what the cast and crew can expect.

It’s pretty widely known that much of the filming will take place at the Cape Town Film Studios and on the Black Sails ships. (Black Sails is another popular Starz series.) Cape Town Film Studios is the first custom-built, Hollywood-style film studio complex of its kind in Africa, with state-of-the-art support services. Its five sound stages are each the size of aeroplane hangars. They offer 75,347 square feet of high specification soundproof stages. The studio also has deep sea and beach tanks, a tropical island set, an 18th century village and a Man O’War set. Book readers will understand why it was chosen for Season 3 filming of the Voyager escapades.


Aerial View of the Cape Town Film Studio Tropical Island set with the Man O’War set behind it.
The studio includes workshops and costume storage. It has two workshop buildings, each 33,976 square feet in size, available for set construction, art department, wardrobe and storage space. Jon Gary Steele and Terry Dresbach will make themselves at home in no time at all I’m sure.

You may remember Maril Davis' tweet saying goodbye to the Scotland crew and wondering who on earth would do the thousands of things they did once they arrive in South Africa. Have no fear! As the film studio notes on its website, "We are home to a reputable pool of non-unionised technical, creative and business expertise gained by working on international feature films and commercials in both pre- and post-production." In one of the testimonials on its website, Vance Van Petten, executive director of the Producers Guild of America, notes, "I'm no stranger to new studios; what Dekker has done with tanks (for the production of Black Sails), facilities and craftsmanship, truly exceeds what I have seen in the United States. They are at the forefront, and there is massive competition behind them." Here is a closer peek at the studios and the ships that will figure large in Season 3.


This is Studio 1 of the five soundproof studios at the Cape Town Film Studio

This is one of the workshops – nice and empty, ready to be filled with Outlander props and costumes.

Picture Credit: Cape Town Film Studio

Here you can see the ships with the huge green screens behind them for the CGI                    Photo Credit: Ally Riley
Picture Credit: STARZ Black Sails
A secret source told me a week or so back that they are making some changes to the structures to make them authentic to the period. And Matt B. Roberts posted a pic of the 'tween decks set. It's really happening fans!


First glimpse of the 'tween decks for Voyager:                                                           Photo credit: Matthew B. Roberts

Another titbit I picked up is that filming of the new Lara Croft movie started at the studios in January and will wrap in April. This means some overlap with Outlander filming, and may explain some of the timing for our interminable #Droughtlander. The preparations for filming in March mean a lot of very busy people — many hands on deck in other words!

Things to Do in Cape Town

We hope it won't be all work and no play for our Outlander cast. Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. It has mountains with the ocean on both sides, unique flowers, fabulous beaches, a vibrant city life and lots to do, no matter your interests.

The Great Outdoors

Cape Town's main physical attribute is Table Mountain whose linking chain of mountains runs all the way down the peninsula to Cape Point. Sam Heughan could certainly exercise his mountain legs by climbing this amazing massif. The views from the top are stupendous. While Caitriona Balfe has been known to do a good hike or two — remember that cute selfie she and Sam took on top of a munroe early in the first season? — she and other members of the Outlander crew might enjoy a ride up in the rotating cable car that gives 360 degree views of the city, Robben Island and out to the mountains around Stellenbosch. They can meet at the top for lunch —a picnic with local cheeses and wines is a great way to go.

Table Mountain from the air with the harbour in the foreground.                                Photo Credit:thezambezian

South Africans love their sport so many people run, walk, cycle, swim and surf – our climate makes outdoor sports a pleasure. Newlands Stadium with its view of the mountains will host Super Twelve rugby games with teams from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina while the crew is in the area. Sam should take in a game to watch the local Cape team, the Stormers — they wear blue and white so he should feel quite at home. Surf spots abound but Muizenberg and Noordhoek have miles of sandy beaches with great surfing on offer. If they want some help in that direction, just give me a call and I can arrange it for them!


Surfers on Muizenberg Beach

Cape Town also has a number of sacred sites with standing stones (sounds familiar). There is the holy Grailstone at Houtbay, the Great Motherstone at Llandudno as well as Table Mountain itself, which was called Hoerikwaggo or The Mountain In the Sea and which has a number of legends associated with it. Part of the story is that the Earth Mother, Djobela, came to Qamata's aid, creating four mighty Giants to guard the corners of the Earth.... After many battles with the Sea Dragon, the Giants were mortally wounded. Before they died, they asked the Earth Mother to turn them into mountains, so that even in death they could guard the Earth. And so the Greatest Giant of All, Umlindi Wemingizimu, became Table Mountain, the Watcher of the South.

Cape Town spreads out around the spine of the Table Mountain range so the area offers outdoor experiences galore. A drive around the Peninsula reveals penguins at Boulders Beach and baboons and other wild life at Cape Point while also offering spectacular views of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. I really recommend a visit as well to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and a walk on the elevated tree walk. It is beautiful any time of the year and one of my favourite places in the world. Kirstenbosch also hosts sunset concerts once a month that are something special.

Cape Town Food, Wine, and Culture

But Cape Town offers more than simply wonderful outdoor activities. It's also home to hundreds of wine estates, each with its own vintages. A good way to get to know some of them is to take a wine tasting tour around Stellenbosch to discover its many varietals. One fun way to tour is on the Franschoek train.

The cast definitely needs to drink some of the local red Pinotages and Cabernets as well as the white Chenin blancs. My son highly recommends the Delaire Graff Botmanskop red blend, the Springfield Work of Time or the Meerlust Rubicon red. Boschendal is one of the premier estates and it has a wonderful restaurant for the Outlander foodies. Top notch cocktail bars will mix you anything you like, but the cast should try the latest craze for rooibos-infused cocktails – that’s our local herbal tea that’s grown nowhere else in the world. Those who take to the taste and enjoy herbal teas should try it black with lemon or our other native tea – Honeybush. Both are caffeine-free and very healthy.

Pubs are plentiful, but if the crew wants to see Capetonians in their natural habitat, then an evening at the Forester Arms (aka Forries) can be fun. Kalk Bay has one of the best views on the peninsula and several restaurants there serve good food, too. Watch the local fishermen unload snoek from their boats with plenty of Cape humour to salt the experience. It should make the Outlander cast feel quite at home after their time in Dunure. You can buy some fish and feed the seals too.

Kalk Bay

Theatre is another option for our Outlander crew; the Baxter Theatre and the FugardTheatre have some great productions. Howard Barker’s play Scenes From An Execution is on the schedule for April for example.

Of course no serious trip to Cape Town is complete without a trip to Robben Island to see the cell where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in captivity. Daily tours leave from the V&A Waterfront by ferry or you can fly in by helicopter as well. This is a great way to view the city and its mountains and one I would love to do myself sometime. You can even take the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat out to sea if you want to know what it feels like to voyage on a sailing ship.

Time for a Little Outlander Charity Work?

Sam and local My Peak Challenge members might enjoy this challenge on Easter weekend — the 48th annual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon will be run around the peninsula. Being MPC fit, Sam would be able to tackle the 56km run with relative ease. At this stage he would have to register as a charity runner, a perfect match for his Cahonas campaign, The Prostate Cancer Foundation. It’s an organization led by a group of South Africans who have a direct interest in prostate cancer and the entry fee is only about 100 Euros to support a cause close to Sam’s heart.

The race along Chapman's Peak Drive















Caitriona, meanwhile, might be interested in supporting her World Child Cancer charity work by visiting the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. It is a specialist referral hospital for children and includes a dedicated Oncology/Haematology section offering treatment for children with cancer or bleeding diseases. They treat children from all over Africa and also provide training for doctors from other African countries in various paediatric medical specialisations.

Cape Town Shopping

On a lighter note, we mustn’t forget shopping because you can shop till you drop in Cape Town. From the tourist-oriented Victoria and Albert Waterfront or numerous shopping malls to the quirky Greenmarket Square's market or Long and Loop Streets for books and unique items, Outlander cast and crew will have no shortage of places to spend their euros. At the moment they will also get a really good deal as our local currency is in the doldrums.
Victoria & Albert Waterfront in Cape Town Harbour

South Africa is one the world’s main producers of gold, platinum and diamonds so it’s a great place to shop for jewelry. Gifted designers produce stunning pieces and Cape Town has some wonderful jewelry shops to browse in. Fashion designers also produce world class couture and ready-to-wear. Cait could pick up something for her next awards evening.


Cape Town's People

But what about the people? South Africa has 11 official languages and even more cultures, which makes for an interesting bredie (stew) of different ingredients. What do we have in common? Most of us are easy-going, friendly and incredibly hospitable. We love to talk, especially to foreigners, so you might well find yourself invited to come home for a braai (barbecue), the staple South African meal for relaxing with lots of meat and beer. In the townships this is known as TshisaNyama – hot meat and is usually served with an equally spicy tomato and chili sauce called chakalaka. Cape Malay cooking also makes use of lots of spices in its Breyanis and Boboties.

So they will be in safe hands. Before too long Sam, Cait and the rest of the crew will be familiar with the South African delights of biltong (beef jerky but better), koeksisters, Ouma’s rusks and rooibos tea. But this is an Outlander crew so we have to ask “What about Whisky?” Well, South Africa has its own Whisky – Bain’s Single Grain Whisky named after Andrew Geddes Bain, a Scotsman from Thurso. It has won awards as the best grain whisky in the world and they have just brought out a 10 year old Single Malt Limited Edition that sounds fabulous and worth a dram or two to check for quality, if nothing else.

I’ll drink to a very successful season 3 knowing that my home country will have had something to do with the success of the season. Any South African fans out there? Let us know if you would like to join in with an Outlander Cast meet-up in Cape Town! You never know, if there are enough of us, we might even get to tour the studios. I hope that all the Outlander cast and production team have a fantastic time so Wamkelekile Outlander from Mzansi (Welcome from South Africa) – cheers, Slainte and bottoms up!

Have you ever visited South Africa? What would you recommend Sam, Cait and the rest of the cast should do while they’re here?


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  1. I'm game for a meetup!!! If it's during the winter school holiday ;-)

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    1. I'm hoping to get to CT in early April - Easter vacation for me. Would love to meet some fellow Saffanachs!

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  2. What a great write-up! Very informative!

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    1. Thanks so much Sheila. Appreciate the compliment.

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  3. What a great article! Thank you so much!!

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  4. Yes, wonderful article - I am woefully ignorant about South Africa so this is a great resource. Thank you!!

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    1. I'm glad to have shared some of my love for my country - It is very beautiful. Thanks Maquis

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing with us, I loved the article and the pictures. It looks like a beautiful place.

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    1. Thanks so much Faye. Hope to keep posting on the Cape Town leg of filming.

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  6. Beautiful article. My dear friend Rita just went to CT for her daughters wedding and loved it there. Beautiful country.

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    1. Thanks so much Curra. There are some stunning wedding venues around Cape Town. I'm so glad your friend Rita had a wonderful time here.

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  7. How "verra" cool of you to share all your insider information. Hopefully the Cape Town locals can give us some great shots of filming. I am SO excited to see all the sets, ships and filming locations and so excited to see what they can do here. The ships are awesome and really look perfect - just like I imagined in the books. I'm re-reading DOA now and can tell they will be back to Cape Town for #4. Thank you so much for your photos, insider look into filming locations and your time.

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    1. Tis a pleasure lassie! I actually had great fun researching and writing this. I know Cape Town and its surrounds very well from numerous visits there so love to share that insider knowledge with others.

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  8. Oh please, please keep these posts coming. I suspect all the other draughtlanders/droughtlanders...(eeether/ayeeether) will not only look forward to them, but will hang on every single word as well!

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    1. I'll do the best I can Jonnie - thanks for commenting.

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  9. Jayne, excellent article. You've sold me on South Africa! I know the Outlander cast and crew will work hard but have a wonderful experience taking in all that Cape Town has to offer.
    Maybe one day, I'll get down there all the way from Indiana, USA!

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    1. Thanks so much Linda. I'm sure that they will find some time to enjoy some of what the city and its surrounds offer. All I can say is that they are in for a wonderful few months.

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  10. Great article! My niece did a bicycle tour starting at Cairo but never made it to Cape Town. Was hit by a truck, seriously injured and had to be flown home. Nice to hear what is there.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear her African adventure ended badly Nana. Our roads can be dangerous. Glad you enjoyed the article though.

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  11. I've studied all about the colonization of Africa (the real reason behind the start of WW#1) and its dreadful social and economic impacts, so this article is pure joy, Jayne. Cape Town- what a spot!

    Thanks for enlightening me!

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    1. It's a country with plenty of trouble but it's also a beautiful, amazing country. Glad you could see the wonderful side here. If you're interested I could send you part of my Master thesis which looked at how history contributed to environmental problems in a small part of the country. It is a fascinating part of the world. Thanks for commenting.

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  12. Thanks for this Jayne ... that was so interesting and informative ... do you live near Cape Town? Hope you will be able to get in on the action when the filming starts, would be so great to hear from someone on the spot. What a great idea to get all the South African fans together .... hope you have some Outlandish gatherings! :)

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    1. Hi Andree, CT is not near but it is within reach. I'm hoping to be there in early April for a few days to get some BTS info and opportunities. It would be great to hook up with some SA Outlander fans.

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  13. Jayne, thank you for a wonderful description of Cape Town! I had a Cousin & his wife who use to Winter there from the U.K. I always wondered what they liked about it, but you've given such great information, I can see why! I live in the U.S., but my Father was from Wales & the only one of his siblings who left the U.K. in 1921. But, I've always kept in touch with my Family from there!
    I'm a long time Outlander fan, I've read Diana's book ever since they've been published...I just absolutely LOVE the Outlander TV Series!! I am SO grateful to Ron Moore for bringing it to life for me (&, of course many, many other Fans!!!) Thanks again for the nice article!! I look forward to more down the road! Myrna Schultz

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    1. Hi Myrna, Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I too have been reading Diana's books since the early 90s. It was such a thrill when I saw they were going to be filmed and I've enjoyed every minute of the two seasons.

      Cape Town, in particular, has a big expat community with lots of people from the UK and Germany. Our climate has theirs beat for sure. I also have family in the UK - my brother, nephews, cousins, etc. I hope to get to Scotland one day as I have only managed to visit twice in my life and one brief hop across the pond to the USA. It's amazing how the books and shows have brought people from all over the world into contact with one another. Enjoy Season 3 when it finally starts airing in September. Jayne

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  14. My husband and i will be visiting Capetown in the middle of April. I had been doing a little online research about the city and very much enjoyed your article. I've read the web site on Capetown Film Studio and was hoping there might be way to visit the studio. I've written them, but have received no answer. As an Outlander fan, I am thrilled that I will be there at the same time and am hoping against hope that we will run into them at some point.

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    1. Hi Sally-Anne, We might run into each other if you are going to be there in April! I hope the studio gets back to you soon. Even if you don't get in I know you will have a wonderful time there. It is such a beautiful city but you do need your own vehicle. The trains are good and you can take one out to Simonstown which goes all along the edge of the coast past Muizenberg, Kalk and St James Bays and is very scenic. My top three picks are a trip up the mountain, a visit to Cape Point nature reserve and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Hope you have a grand time. Jayne

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  15. WOW Jayne,what an informative lovely post about South A,&Cape Town,I'm woefully ignorant on SA,but it sounds just wonderful.The cast & crew (after hard days of works)sure can chill & enjoy themselfs.Please keep us informed down the track.

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    1. Hi Zsuzsip, fellow jigideer! I'm sure they will have an outrageously good time while they are in SA. We want them to come back after all! I'll keep you all in the loop as much as I can. Jayne (Woodowl)

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  16. What a great article...now have added a Cape Town trip to a very
    short bucket list so it will have to come after my St John's Newfoundland adventure to follow in footsteps of grandparents.Cast
    and crew might not want to leave. Do hope we can get some tidbits
    from you on how things are progressing in the weeks to come.
    Let us know if there are any Sam and Cat sightings around the
    area. Thanks for your generous time in relating to us fans (who
    are in desparate need to have news from the home front) what it's
    like in Cape Town and on location...it helps fill the space between
    now and Sept. I could put CT ahead of NFLD if there was some
    kind of Outlander Trip with a guide...hint hint....and have a
    schedule set up to see all that you have shown in the pictures AND
    a possible location viewing of the set. Any thoughts .....
    Thanks again, Mary

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    1. Hi Mary, I make an excellent tour guide!! Did it for a while when I was living in the Lowveld taking tourists into Kruger National Park. I teach full time now so my availability is limited to vac's. April and June/July. I do hope to be in Cape Town for the Easter April vac so if you can make it then we could make a plan or two. Thanks for the lovely comments. Jayne

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  17. Loved your article and really appreciate you sharing with us everything about your beautiful part of SA. I love reading & seeing "behind the scenes" info..makes it just that little bit exciting so will look forward to you keeping us posted :)

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    1. Thank you so much Helen. It was a lot of fun to write and to share some of the special places I love with so many others. I'll certainly keep on trying to keep you all informed. Jayne

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  18. Jayne, thank you for this informative blog which reminds us living in Cape Town too, of what we have to be so appreciative of. I have no doubt that you have enticed the Outlander cast and crew with nearly every aspect of pleasurable things to do whilst they are working here. Don’t forget the absolutely stunning Babylonstoren and I’m sure Sam would love to see the Franschhoek Motor Museum or take an early morning swim at Dalebrook tidal pool.

    As you are aware Scotland and South Africa have strong and deep connections. They exist within the Scottish Government, businesses, education, churches, culture and sport and go back centuries; Scots missionaries arrived in SA as early as 1799. In the 19th century they established the longest lasting non-racial institution in South Africa called Lovedale, until it was ended by apartheid, as well as the University of Fort Hare. Many African leaders studied at the University of Fort Hare, including Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela. Glasgow was the first city in the world to award Nelson Mandela the Freedom of the City while he was still incarcerated. They honoured him before we did. The statue, ‘Woman and Child’, stands in Edinburgh’s Festival Square which was dedicated to South African freedom fighters.
    So I was thinking, what can we do to welcome them to our city that they would truly appreciate? We are really so fortunate to have outside filming productions using our facilities. Have you heard of Relate Bracelets? By buying them we are supporting one or more non-profit projects in Africa. It provides work opportunities for elderly people living in the townships of Cape Town—people who have very few job opportunities yet are often the sole supporters of their families + money raised through the sale of the bracelets goes toward critical causes all over Africa such as child education and welfare, human and animals feeding, diseases treating, animal protection and clean water initiatives. These bracelets support important causes that are close to our hearts and I’m sure close to the hearts of Sam and Cait too. Let me know what you think.
    Regards Carol-Anne

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    1. Hi Carol-Anne, thanks for the feedback and ideas. I actually worked at Fort Hare with my husband as well for over 4 years in the mid 90s so am well aware of the history of the area and the mission efforts. We used to pass the little village of McFallen - aka McFarlane every day on our way to work and back and of course Dr Stewart's memorial still overlooks the university. Lovedale has been resuscitated as a technical and vocational college. The buildings were all renovated in the 90s as well. I work in it's sister college in East London.

      I think the idea about the bracelets is great. I'll talk to Mary and Blake and perhaps we could do something about them on the blog page. Thanks again for the comments. I appreciate you taking the time to make them. Jayne

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  19. Thank you so much, Jayne, for this wonderful article! I've shared it on my personal FB page. I have friends and family who love Outlander -- but aren't in the fandom per se. They enjoy getting bits of news from time to time. I know they will love your contribution. Thanks again! By the way, I'm an American living in Minnesota ❤

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing it Kate. I hope they enjoy the read. I don't know very much about Minnesota except that you get wickedly cold winters and deep snows. It looks like this one has kept blasting you with polar storms too. I guess sunny SA is a nice break for you. Thanks again for commenting. Jayne

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  21. Thank you for the article. My visit to SA was unfortunately cut short by a broken arm, but I enjoyed it for the few days I was whole. And Capetown is spectacular.

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    1. Sorry about the broken arm Laurene and that it cut your visit short. Cape Town is indeed spectacular. A very special place with so much to see and do. I'm glad you enjoyed the article and visited vicariously. Jayne

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  22. I spent three weeks in SA a couple of years back and loved it. I can see them filming Jamaica in the Company Gardens or Simonstown - and the Garden Route is stunning. Friendly people, good food (different from Canada - a continual adventure) endless beaches and of course the wildlife was the biggest thrill for me - up close with elephants, lions, zebras....I whole heartedly recommend SA - whatever you are looking for seems to be there.

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    1. I'm glad that you had a wonderful time in SA Zanhar. You're quite right that the wildlife is amazing. I lived for many years in the Lowveld and worked in and around Kruger National Park and the adjoining private game reserves. They will be able to find whatever they need for shooting Haiti, Jamaica and the islands. Thanks so much for posting.

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  23. This is a very enticing piece about Cape Town - surely makes me want to visit! The only thing I didn't see that I thought Caitriona would want to see is art museums and/or galleries. Her Instagram account has frequently been a respository of pieces she's seen in various locales. Good work, Jayne!

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    1. Hi Lone Star, I had actually included something on the Cape Town Design Indaba which will be held next month but it got chopped in one of the edits. There are numerous galleries and historical sites displaying artwork. Parliament itself has an excellent art collection that includes the Keiskamma Tapestry which was created just down the road from me at Hamburg by women struggling with the consequences of HIV/AIDS. If you look it up it is an amazing piece of work that tells some of the history of the Eastern Cape. There are also many wonderful artists based in Cape Town producing very creative and innovative work. Thanks so much for commenting - I enjoyed the feedback.

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  25. Thank you so much for this great post and for the wonderful photos!

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    1. Thanks for commenting Terry and Linda. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post.

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  27. Hi Jayne have just found your fabulous blog on Cape Town. We're still so often seen as the backward dark continent with an horrific history but we are so much more than that. To have this amazing positive international exposure shines such a bright light on a truly amazing country and its people. What you have put together does us all proud in extending an informative and warm welcome to the cast and crew of Outlander. Having watched the fandom grow into a pandemic across the world and along with that the haters and the peculiar people who seemed to have claimed Sam and Claire as personal property, what stands out amidst it all is their genuine humility at the success that they have achieved collectively through the show - but this attitude seems to extend through the entire cast and crew who are obviously under great leadership. I am a proud South African and love my country. I am a photographer for a motorcycle touring company and my greatest joy is capturing clients as they see my home through their eyes. Thank you again.

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    1. Hi Gillie, I'm so happy to have such a positive response from a fellow South African!! We do live in an amazing and beautiful country. As a photographer you will appreciate the visual beauty especially. Do you live in or around Cape Town or are you Jhb based? We're looking for people who could help us get BTS pics for the blog. I'm planning to get to CT in April, quite how still needs to be worked out. Once I know I'll let you know. Are you a clan member on facebook? You can find us at Outlander Cast Clan - it is a private group so you need to do the usual application to join. It's a great place to interact with other fans and I'm usually online in the evenings. Hopefully we will be able to meet in CT. Jayne

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  28. PS. If there is a possibility of a meet up and studio tour please advise as I'm in..yup I'll make the journey!

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  29. Great article. Look forward to reading more about a country I have only seen in pictures. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa. Glad you enjoyed the article. There will be more coming in the near future. Jayne

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  30. Hi Jayne, That was a great article you wrote and a warm welcome to the Outlander cast and crew for when they come to SA. I live only about 20 mins from the SA film studio in Gordon's Bay. My husband and I are excited that Outlander will be filming in SA and so close to where we live too. We are very interested in any type of studio tour etc. We also have a tour company here and I have tried to get the word out to the film cast/crew/production team via the STARZ FB page admin. that we would be pleased to arrange any touring services in Cape Town or the rest of SA around the filming schedule. Please do keep me posted if you hear of any studio tours or other SA fan opportunities etc. Thank you! Best regards, Kristen (Expanded Vision Travel on FB)

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  31. Hi Kristen, thanks so much for all the great info. I'm hoping to get to Cape Town in early April so maybe we can link up then and hopefully get a studio tour in. I'll get hold of you on facebook too. Glad you liked to article - if a professional tour guide like yourself approves I know I've got it right! See you on fb/in CT. Jayne

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  32. After reading this informative article, I've just added SA -- and especially CapeTown -- to my "Bucket List." Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm with Outlanders all over the world! Anne Epstein in North Hollywood, CA

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    1. You won't be sorry Anne. It is a special place indeed. Glad you enjoyed the article. Jayne

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  33. I truly enjoyed your article and I so wish I could be anywhere near the filming of Outlander, but no such luck unless they come to New York City. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the incredible world class museums in Cape Town. How about a visit to Bo Kaap and the museum there, the District Six museum with its remnants of apartheid, or the Jewish Museum, with its treasures and tales of mystery. And then there's the cooking experience tour, and the tours of the townships, only a few of the many exciting things to do. I cannot wait to get back there!

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    1. Great ideas Brenda. I'll bear them in mind for future posts. You've obviously visited Cape Town and done some of the more unusual sites. It sounds like you know the city very well. Thanks for the great comment.

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  34. great read! ����
    I am a huge OUTLANDER fan!! Pls notify me if u can arrange a fan meeting with cast and a studio tour....i will be there!!! I am based in Stellenbosch

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    1. Oh you lucky thing - Just up the mountain from the film studio!! And such a beautiful town too. Always love visiting Stellies. Will keep in touch re: future developments. Glad you enjoyed the article too.

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  35. Fantastic post Jayne
    You'll definitely have a fan or two en tow if you can organise a day to meet the Outlanders (who have, for a while at least, been transformed into Binnelanders :) Keep us updated!!! xx

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    1. Shall do Belinda. Glad you enjoyed the Cape Town story and your little trip to the airport!! Will keep you in mind. Jayne

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  36. Thanks for this Jayne ! Cape Town is the best ever... I was hoping to also have a studio tour but friends of friends have said they have very high security. Didn't you get to meet Sam at the airport?

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    1. Sadly not 2fit as I am in the Eastern Cape and teach full time. Glad you liked the story about your home city. Not giving up yet on doing more on their time here in SA.

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  37. I am a born and bred Capetonian and loved the way you described my city. It really is a beautiful place but the jewel in the crown must be our people. While overseas I missed their warmth and humor so much I came home and have never regretted my decision. I am also a diehard Outlanders fan- I was sold from the first book and wait eagerly for each new edition. The series has only increased my enjoyment. I drive by the Black Sails set on my way to holidays and weekends in Hermanus and Betty's Bay and was thrilled to hear Outlander will be filming there. You can see the ships from the national road. I would love to meet with you when you are in Cape Town. I would love to know if they will be offering studio tours....

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    1. Hi Kim, I'm happy you think I did Cape Town justice as it is such a lovely city. Lucky you to have at least seen the ships from the road. If nothing else we shall have to have an Outlander get together when I am down there I April - eek, it's only a couple of weeks to go!! Hope to see you there.

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  39. Oh, what a beautiful article of out beautiful country. If there is a meet and greet I would love to know. I can hop over Sir Lowry Pass and be there in a blink of an eye.

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    1. Petro we're going to meet at Mitchell's Scottish Ale Pub at the V&A Waterfront on Friday 7th April at 6pm. Please let any other's know. You can email me at saffanach@gmail.com to confirm. I have posted an invite on Outlander Cast Clan and Heughan's Heughligans on facebook. Hope to see you then. Jayne

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  40. Oh, what a beautiful article of out beautiful country. If there is a meet and greet I would love to know. I can hop over Sir Lowry Pass and be there in a blink of an eye.

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  41. Hi Jayne. Thank you for the lovely article. You are also a good writer.

    I am a student at the University of Witwatersrand and I am an Outlander fan. I want to come to Cape Town to meet the Jon Gary Steele. If I show up at the Mitchell's Scottish Ale Pub at the V&A Waterfront on Friday 7th April at 6pm, will I have a good chance of meeting him?

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    1. Sorry we missed you Kurtis-Kay. As far as I know Jon Gary Steele is not in South Africa and sadly we did not have any of the crew or cast with us for the evening. I will be writing a post on my week in Cape Town so keep checking back. Thanks so much for the compliment on my writing - I appreciate it. Jayne

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  42. The Ostrich farm! Its not too close to Cape Town though... I lived in South Africa (Uitenhage) from 1986-1987

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    1. I drove near to the ostrich farms on my way down to Cape Town last month. They're a good five hours from Cape Town though and it seems as if the cast is sticking pretty close to the peninsula for their off time. Uitenhage is still pretty much the same as it was in the 1980s!

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  43. I just had that moment when you realize your favourite show is shooting in your home town. Hope the cast is enjoying this amazing city.

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    1. They certainly seem to be getting out and about on the weekends Louisa. Maybe you'll get lucky and run into one or two of them at some stage!

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