Black Panther’s Wakanda isn’t real: 4 places to visit from the film instead

The African nation at the centre of Marvel’s latest blockbuster is sadly fictional. Here’s where to go instead.

Marvel’s latest movie Black Panther is smashing box office records left, right and centre.

The epic tells the story of T’Challa, king of the small but technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda, who finds his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary with global consequences.

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Which film is this holiday destination from?]

If you’ve not seen it yet, don’t worry - this is a spoiler-free zone, but we will say that Wakandan sunsets are said to be the most beautiful in the world.

Perhaps that’s why Kiwi.com has reported hundreds of searches for flights to Wakanda since the film’s UK release.

If you’re one of those people, we have some bad news – Wakanda is not a real place.

But if you’re looking to see some of film’s spectacular landscapes for yourself, look no further. We found out the filming locations used to bring Wakanda to life.

1. Iguazu Falls

 

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You could easily be fooled into thinking that the magnificent falls that provide the backdrop for T’Challa’s coronation ritual combat scenes must be CGI, but they are very much real.

Lying on the border of Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu Falls make for a jaw-dropping visit.

The waterfalls extend for almost 3km and their power is astounding.

The noise of the water will not quickly leave your memory, along with the unique rainforest flora and fauna.

2. Zambia

 

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Zambia is just one of the African landscapes seen from above to make up Wakanda.

It’s landlocked but three great rivers flow through – the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa.

It’s home to a number of national parks where you can get up close with both predators and prey.

To feel more like a superhero, head to Victoria Falls for adrenaline rush. Raft through the rapids or bungee jump into the Zambezi.

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3. Uganda

 

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Uganda might be a small country, but it has a lot to offer tourists.

Here you’ll find the source of the Nile, Lake Victoria – which is Africa's largest lake - and the continent’s tallest range of mountains, the Rwenzoris.

Perhaps it was the mountains that appealed most to the film’s creators as a home for the Jabari Tribe.

A visit to the mountains could be rewarding for tourists too as here you can track the majestic mountain gorillas.

4. South Africa

 

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South Africa is home to a diverse and rugged landscape.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is dedicated to indigenous plants.

You might not find any heart shaped herbs but you will find plenty of beautiful African flora.

Photo credit: Marvel/Disney/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

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