WATCH: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Tom Cruise… in KwaZulu-Natal!

One of Hollywood’s best action stars, Tom Cruise was seen flying over Oribi Gorge. 


A very excited local resident posted that the star was seen flying over Oribi Gorge not far from his farm. 

Tom Cruise is flying in his own helicopter over Oribi Gorge here near me (KZN south coast). He’s in the area for a few days to explore the location. Mission Impossible 8 should be filmed here. Tom Cruise flying his own chopper over Oribi…

— Mission: Impossible Updates (@imfupdates) February 10, 2022

The American actor and producer Cruise will be shooting part of the eighth installment of the Mission: Impossible movie series here.

KZN locals may soon catch a glimpse of Cruise and the star-studded cast of Mission: Impossible 8.


The Weekend Argus reported that Mission Impossible 8, starring Tom Cruise is expected to film in South Africa. The latest installment of the popular movie franchise will be filmed in Durban and Cape Town. 

This is believed to boost tourism in the country. 

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thebaobabbushlodge: Get ready Hoedspruit! These planes have arrived for the filming of the new Mission Impossible film, starring Tom Cruise. Have you spotted the star yet? (2022.02.08)

— Mission: Impossible Updates (@imfupdates) February 9, 2022

“We’re delighted to see recovery in our visitor economy, with domestic and international tourists injecting some sorely needed capital into the city,” said Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism to the publication.

“We do understand that recovery will take a little longer than we had hoped but we are optimistic that this trend towards recovery continues in February. As we enter our ‘second’ peak season. While the numbers look better, we need sustained tourism to really impact our local small business sector and start turning the devastating blows dealt by Omicron-linked travel bans around,” he continued.


Cruise will reprise his role as Ethan Hawke and will be shooting in South Africa under the direction of longtime collaborator Christopher McQuarrie.
The release date for Mission Impossible 7 has been postponed to 14 July 2023.
The release date for Mission Impossible 8 has been pushed from 7 July 2023 to 28 June 2024. 
Cruise has starred in every Mission Impossible film since its inception in 1996.

Delays in production and the logistical nightmare of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mission: Impossible 7 will only be released in July 2023.

Mission: Impossible 8’s release date is expected to be in June 2024.

Watch the trailer for Mission: Impossible 7 below:

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