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8 movies where scenery is the star

By: Josh Lew on Feb. 18, 2013, 5:21 p.m.
Okavango Delta, Botswana

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'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency,' Botswana

This television series, broadcast in the U.S. on HBO, did not appear in cinemas, but certainly deserves mention because of the way that the country in which it is set, Botswana, was portrayed. The TV series, based on Alexander McCall Smith's novels of the same name, takes place in the quaint capital city, Gaborone, and in natural destinations like the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta (shown here).

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency posterBoth the television show and book series inspired tourism in Botswana, a sparsely populated but economically strong and politically stable south African nation. Some tour companies have created trips to show visitors where the scenes from the book and series took place. Botswana's tourism industry is based around high-end safari tours, so it is also possible to enjoy a classic safari experience in places like the wildlife-rich Chobe National Park.