List Of Hollywood Movies Shot in Kenya

This is a List Of Hollywood Movies Shot in Kenya. Over the past years, Kenya has become a popular destination for Hollywood filmmakers. Thanks to the exceptional views of our environment. On this post, we are going to look at some of the famous Hollywood movies that were partly or fully shot in Kenya.  So, grab some popcorns or rather roasted maize as we list top blockbusters filmed in our country!

1. The Constant Gardener 

This is a political thriller film which is based on a story of Justin Quayle, a British diplomat whose activist wife is murdered. It was filmed on location in Loiyangalani and the slums of Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. It was released on 31 August 2005.


2. Inception

The 2010 neo-noir science fiction heist film has scenes shot in Mombasa, Kenya. Take a look at the video below.

3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life

The movie which features Hollywood Star Angelina Jolie was shot at Amboseli and Hell’s Gate. It was released in 2003.

4. The Ghost and the Darkness

The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. The film features the deadly man-eating lions in Tsavo.  Check out the trailer below.


5. Out of Africa

The 1985 American epic romantic drama movie was shot at Nairobi’s Ngong Hills near Karen Blixen’s house. It revolves around an unmarried wealthy Danish woman ( Karen Blixen)  who moves to Nairobi to complete a marriage of convenience with her lover’s brother.  Check out the trailer below.

6. Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

The movie revolves around a Dictator by the name  Idi Amin Dada who rules Uganda with a mad and murderous zeal from 1971 until his overthrow and forced exile in 1979. Most of the filming of this movie was done in Kenya while some parts were shot in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Check out the movie below.

7. White Mischief

White Mischief is based on one of the most scandalous murders in British history, it transpires in Kenya at a time just before the beginning of World War II.  The film tells the story of a tempestuous romance that erupts into murder. It was filmed in Kilifi, Muthaiga, and Karen.  Check out the trailer below.

8. Cry Freedom

The movie which stars Denzel Washington centers on the real-life events involving black activist Steve Biko and his friend Donald Woods, who initially finds him destructive, and attempts to understand his way of life. Denzel Washington stars as Biko. Some scenes of this movie were shot in Mombasa. Check out the trailer below.

9. Sense8

This is an American science fiction drama series which involves a psychic connection of eight strangers from different cultures and parts of the world who eventually form a cluster of “sensates”. Sense8 was shot at various locations across the world, in Kenya the series was shot in Nairobi – Kibera, KICC rooftop and Ngara. Check out Kenyan scenes below.


9. Nowhere in Africa

Nowhere in Africa tells a story of a German Jewish family who escapes from the Nazis by going to live and work on a farm in rural Kenya.  Check out the trailer below.


10. Paradise: Love

The 2012 drama film tells the story of a 50-year-old white woman who travels to Kenya as a sex tourist. Check out the trailer below.

11. The First Grader

The First Grader is a 2010 biographical drama film based on the true story of Kimani Maruge, a Kenyan farmer who enrolled in elementary school at the age of 84 following the Kenyan government’s announcement of free universal primary education in 2003. Check it’s trailer below.


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