Best places to film birds in Somaliland

Best places to film birds in Somaliland

Best places to film birds in Somaliland. Somaliland is currently home to about 727 bird species of which eight are endemic one has been introduced by humans and one is rare or accidental. Fourteen species are globally threatened. Notable species of birds to film in Somaliland include Red-eyed dove (Streptopelia semitorquata), Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea guinea), White-backed vulture (Gyps africanus), Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis capensis), Somali Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus somaliensis), Somali Pigeon, Black boubou, Alaemon hamertoni (Alaudidae), Heteromirafra archeri (Alaudidae) , Mirafra ashi , Mirafra somalica (Alaudidae) – Somali Bushlark and Carduelis johannis (Fringillidae) – Warsangli Linne. These can be filmed in most regions of Somaliland and the best is in the Northern region.

Filming birds in Somaliland is done throughout the year and the best time is during the Hagaa winter dry season from December to March. Contact us here for your planned shoot of birds in Somaliland. We will give you expert help to range from securing all filming permissions, advice, and various services required for a successful shoot.

birds in SomalilandRequirements and fees to film birds in Somaliland

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film birds in Somaliland. Contact us here and we will help you secure a filming permit for filming. In most cases, permission to film is arranged on the local level, often on the same day. Allow extra location fees if need be. More complicated shoots that require street closures or larger setups or travel to unsafe locations require more lead time. Shoots in more remote locations are generally more expensive and require more preparation.

Unauthorized filming, photography, or any other recording of government buildings, military installations, and key infrastructures such as airports and border controls, bridges, and public buildings, as well as of religious sites such as mosques, is illegal while filming in Somaliland. Penalties may include arrest, fines, and confiscation of your filming equipment. Please contact us here for more information on the filming of birds in Somaliland.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot of birds in Somaliland as below;

How to Get a Somaliland Visa

You will need to purchase a Somaliland visa to allow you entry into Somaliland. Please note that Somaliland’s visa policy constantly changes. Visiting Somaliland is not the same as visiting Somalia. It is a completely different visa system. 

The Department of Immigration of Somaliland started April 2019 to give visas on arrival to a certain number of countries, citizens of the EU, Canada, USA, Brazil, China, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Members of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) such as Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and IGAD Region Countries planning to visit Somaliland for tourism purpose can now get a visa on arrival at all ports of entry into the country. 

If you cannot get the visa on arrival the easiest way of getting the visa is through the London, Washington or Addis Ababa consulates. You will need a valid passport, two passport size photos, $80-$100 USD, your hotel and contact person details (we shall provide this to you)

Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local embassy or Contact us here for the latest travel information to Somaliland. 

Vehicle Hire Services in Somaliland

Film Crew Fixers Ewill help you organize transport for film crews to film birds in Somaliland depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film. We recommend Customized 4x4WD Land Cruisers. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be traveled. 

Film Fixers in Somaliland to help you film birds in Somaliland

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Somaliland and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Somaliland. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in Somaliland to help you film birds in Somaliland.

Where to Stay during filming birds in Somaliland

Lodge options to stay in during filming birds in Somaliland range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for booking and reservation details.

Why use Film Crew Fixers to film birds in Somaliland

Film Crew Fixers is a local fixer company in East Africa. We assist filming companies and Production agencies in Ethiopia and Somaliland. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies in Somaliland to make sure that accreditation and filming permits for filming in Somaliland are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming of birds in Somaliland.