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8 movies where scenery is the star

By: Josh Lew on Feb. 18, 2013, 5:21 p.m.
Lake Turkana, Kenya

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'The Constant Gardener,' Lake Turkana, Kenya

This film, based on John le Carre's novel of the same name and starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, was released in 2005 and shot on location in Kenya and Sudan. Much of the film is set in and around Nairobi, with a focus on the dense slums of Kibera. However, the Lake Turkana region in northern Kenya is the setting for some of the movie's most memorable scenes.

The Constant Gardener movie posterTurkana is a huge lake, which sits in the northern part of the Great Rift Valley. Tribespeople still live in this region, surviving as livestock herders and hunter-gatherers. The lake itself, called the largest permanent desert lake in the world, features unique arid landscapes. The lake and its environs were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the late 1990s. Much of Turkana is protected as part of a network of national parks: Sibiloi National Park, Central Island National Park and South Island National Park. Tourists come to this area for the wildlife, with herds of mammals using the lake for water and hundreds of exotic bird species living near the shores or at least stopping by during their annual migrations.