Did You Know that acclaimed pop star Taylor Swift’s 2015 hit song, Wildest Dreams was filmed in Botswana? Hard as it may be to believe, the music video for the hit song Wildest Dreams was filmed in Botswana’s breath – taking Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. And what a fitting setting for wildest dreams it was!
The hit music video was launched at the MTV awards pre-show and hit over 5 million views in 24 hours on YouTube. Filming was done in six locations in four days, covering over 1500 kilometres in the process.
Taylor Swift reportedly donated all proceeds from the video to the African Parks Foundation of America.
James Stenner, co-founder of Barclay Stenner Safari Co, the company that helped with the filming of the video, said of the experience
“We always get excited at the opportunity of showing the magic of Botswana to first timers and repeat guests alike, this time we are overjoyed to have worked on a project that will show the magic of the wild to the world.”
“We really hope this spreads global awareness of the importance of conservation and preservation in order to keep this pristine wilderness and its wildlife as Mother Nature intended. We commend and salute Taylor Swift for her decision to put all the proceeds of the video into animal conservation here in Africa through the African Parks Foundation. We had lots of help along the way and it really great to work together to promote Botswana globally as a leading safari destination.”
We at YourBotswana commend both Taylor Swift, Barclay Stenner Safari Co and Africa Geographic for their contribution towards putting Botswana on the map as well as their conservation efforts.
Reference: Africa Geographic