Naked and Afraid XL Filming Locations

May 20, 2020
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Survivalist shows, by their very nature, prove to be extremely intense, as well as adventurous. Moreover, such shows also prove to provide a look at the survivalist instinct of human beings: something that viewers tend to forget due to urban comforts. Discovery’s ‘Naked and Afraid XL’ is yet another survivalist competition show that takes things to the very extreme. The series is a spin-off to ‘Naked and Afraid.

‘Naked and Afraid XL’ is a competition reality show wherein a bunch of contestants attempt to survive the wilderness. As its title suggests, ‘Naked and Afraid XL’ pits its contests to fend for themselves without modern luxuries like clothing. The contestants are tasked to survive amidst Mother Nature for 40 days with just one or two items of their choosing. As their resources become scarce, the contestants are supposed to feed themselves by hunting, fishing, or gathering food from plants. Moreover, they also have to brave intense weather conditions using things that are only available in the wilderness. There are also dangerous wild creatures on the loose…

Where Was Naked and Afraid XL Filmed?

As mentioned earlier, ‘Naked and Afraid XL’ sees its contestants battle the wilderness. Hence, the setting proves to be integral to the show. After all, it is the densely natural places where the show is entirely set and filmed. Thus, it is natural for viewers to wonder where ‘Naked and Afraid XL’ was shot.

Season 6

The sixth season of ‘Naked and Afraid XL’ is set in the South African bush. Apparently, the specific place that the show is filmed in is so challenging to survive in that ancient tribes would often leave their weak ones behind here as they couldn’t carry them along! That is the reason this place is called the “Valley of the Banished.” In such challenging circumstances, the contestants are asked to spend 40 days. South Africa is known to have dangerous animals like lions, jackals, wild elephants, and hippos. These should prove to be challenging for the contestants.

Season 5

The fifth season of ‘Naked and Afraid XL’ is filmed on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. In this season, the contestants had been dropped in the South China Sea and forced to swim through shark-infested waters! They had to resort to making camps on islands.

Season 4

The fourth season of ‘Naked and Afraid XL’ was also filmed in South Africa. This time, it was filmed at the basin of the Selati River in South Africa. Once again, the contestants had been asked to brave situations that have been historically dangerous.

Season 3

The third season of ‘Naked and Afraid XL’ was filmed in Ecuador. To be more specific, filming was carried out in the Amazon Basin. The Ecuadorian Amazon teems with dangerous wildlife like anacondas and jaguars.

Season 2

The second season was also set and filmed in the bush of South Africa. The country seems to have become a favored setting and filming spot for the show. This season, the contestants had been transported to the country during a drought. That would have certainly made the contestants’ time infinitely tougher.

Season 1

The first season of ‘Naked and Afraid XL’ was set and filmed in Colombia. To be more specific, filming was carried out in the badlands of Colombia. Colombia is known to be a habitat for pumas, jaguars, spectacled bears, and other ferocious animals. The post below shows how the season was filmed in the eastern plains of the country, close to the Venezuelan border.

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From the archives, four years ago today I returned home from shooting the first season of Naked and Afraid XL. We shot in Colombia, the eastern plains near the border with Venezuela. Here is David E. West climbing a Tepui, February, 2015. Tepui are volcanic mesas that rise suddenly from the plains. This was one of the most unusual landscapes I've ever visited. Massive, African style savannah grasslands, then suddenly, Tepui rising up. Being black volcanic rock, and this being the hottest location I've filmed in – we have photos of thermometers topping 126F (52.2C) – if you touched a Tepui at night, you'd still have to draw your hand back. They were that hot. Keep in mind, I've shot in most of the world's deserts. This was hotter. Just as suddenly as the Tepui, there was full-on dense, humid jungle. Fed by caños, springs that flowed out from under the volcanic tableland, there was canopied, dense, swampy jungle. Complete with stingrays, caiman, electric eels. The Orinoco River itself, which forms the border with Venezuela, had pink river dolphins, very rare. On quiet mornings, while shooting sunrises over the river after shooting overnights, the dolphins would rise to the surface if we clapped rhythmically. A little girl who lived on the nature reserve with her family showed us that trick. She also had a pet chicken on a leash. A favorite memory – hiking out in the mornings after shooting overnights. The Howler Monkeys would howl in unison at sunrise. Sounded like something from a horror movie. Pierre Rios would fire up a bluetooth speaker and pump EDM music while we hiked out. Ordinarily, I opt for a quieter nature experience, but the monkeys would block the path and make threatening noises, so the music kept them away. A monkey peed on audio mixer Jonathan Lallouz one day. Thick, malty, monkeys apparently don't hydrate all that well. Also fun – seeing the thousands of spider eyes and caiman eyes glowing from our headlamps hiking out in the morning. I admit my idea of fun might be different from yours. #bojonawi #nakedandafraidxl

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