I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

I'm A Celebrity Australia: Inside the wild filming location

Get me out of... where exactly?

By Jess Pullar

A getaway to Africa wouldn't go amiss on the wish list of any intrepid traveller, but for those of us who aren't going to be making the journey anytime soon, there is one way to get the full wildlife experience without even leaving your couch...

Welcoming us to the jungle unlike any other, Aussie TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! reveals the rather, er, dramatic, side to losing yourself in the wild - and it's enough to keep us riveted for hours at a time.

Each year, a handful of pampered celebrities are unceremoniously dumped into a 'jungle', where they are left to fend for themselves, living off little food and competing against each other for small luxuries.

This year, the show, which premieres in Australia on Sunday January 13, looks set to bring just as much drama as its previous four seasons, and we're already stockpiling the popcorn.

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Co-host Julia Morris shows off the wild location where *I'm A Celebrity* is filmed. *(Image: Instagram)*
Co-host Julia Morris shows off the wild location where I'm A Celebrity is filmed. (Image: Instagram)

And while the viewing pleasures are countless, there's one question that we can't help but ponder - where exactly is it that the contestants endure such hardships?

The answer, it appears, is in Africa.

And while a few bugs, lizards, and heck, even snakes are not entirely foreign to us, Africa poses an entirely new ball game - and the show's set is just the beginning...

Keep scrolling as we delve into the details of the I'm A Celebrity Australia filming location.

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Where is I'm A Celebrity filmed?

There's no denying the beauty of the scenery seen on the popular TV show since it first aired back in 2015, and it belongs to none other than South Africa's Kruger National Park.

According to its website, the park is the country's "most exciting African safari destination", which offers vast landscapes and "spectacular" African wildlife.

Creatures big and small reside within its boundaries, many of which the contestants wouldn't likely have ever come across.

Aardvarks, rhino's zebras, cheetahs and even American buffalos can be found wandering the parts.

With this in mind, we'd be a little apprehensive about being thrown into the thick of the bush without any guidance, so here's hoping the show's producers are clued up on dealing with them all!

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Some of the wildlife in Kruger National Park, South Africa. *(Image: Getty)*
Some of the wildlife in Kruger National Park, South Africa. (Image: Getty)

Is it REALLY a jungle?

This one has us scratching our heads a bit. While the show itself advertsises the fact that celebrities are thrown into a jungle, and with the word 'jungle' thrown around more times than you could count, it turns out the set isn't exactly classified as one.

Yep, as news.com.au reporter Anthony Sharwood revealed in 2015, the actual set of the show is actually on a veldt.

A veldt is an African term describing a mostly grassy area with only a few trees, and it seems the show is filmed in a deep valley where things are slightly wetter with more bush.

Speaking to an Australian academic who specialises in African woodlands, Sharwood revealed that the Kruger National Park is entirely devoid of any jungle at all... pardon!?

Nevertheless, there's no denying the surroundings of the contests are a little wild - so we won't hold it against the show just yet.

Jungle or no jungle, there's no denying the celebrities are put to the test in unfamiliar surroundings during the show. *(Image: Network 10)*
Jungle or no jungle, there's no denying the celebrities are put to the test in unfamiliar surroundings during the show. (Image: Network 10)

What are the conditions like on the I'm A Celebrity set?

Australia is no stranger to an extreme weather event, but it seems on the set of I'm A Celebrity, things can definitely get a little out of hand.

In fact, in 2017, major rainfall disrupted filming as flooding of up to three metres deep sparked evacuations.

Speaking to Sunshine Coast Daily, the show's safety consultant Paul Chivers said the rainfall had hit them "really hard".

"Obviously it has flooded the set here and now we are concerned about crocodiles coming down the river and also hippos tend to come in to the side of the rapids and hide."

According to Chivers, flash flooding poses the biggest risk to the cast and crew during filming - but don't be alarmed, there's a strict contingency plan in place should the weather take a turn for the worse.

"We have to just play it by ear as the water rises, then we will put the procedures in place and the controls we have into action," he said.

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