Best places to film Leopards in Ethiopia

Leopards still occur in few numbers in Ethiopia, there are no numerous numbers of leopards, and are still declining due to various factors. The population of leopards in Ethiopia is still poorly known. Despite this fact, there are few sample areas where relatively reliable data on leopard can be collected, for those planning to film Leopards in Ethiopia, we advise you book in advance so that we plan for you the shoot accordingly. Here below are the best places to film Leopards in Ethiopia.

Omo National Park is one of the best places to film Leopards in Ethiopia. Other animals that can be filmed in Omo Park include elephants, buffalos, lions, hyenas, warthogs, gazelles the African spurred tortoise, and the Nile Lechwe.

Maze National Park is another national park where you can film Leopards in Ethiopia. Other wildlife species to film in the park include the endemic Swayne’s Hartebeest’s population, orbi, Bohor reedbuck, buffalo, warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, greater kudu, lesser kudu, bush pig, Anubis baboon, vervet monkey, lion, wild cats, and serval other kinds of a cat can easily be found in the park

Other national places where to film Leopards in Ethiopia include Gambella National Park, Alatish National Park, Kafeto Shiraro National Park, and Bale Mountains National Park among others.

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Requirements and permissions to film Leopards in Ethiopia

For filming in Ethiopia, there are no specific set fees. Donations are often required for local assistance for local film fixer to help you all through during your shoot of Leopards in Ethiopia. Some regional governments will charge location fees. In many cases, our fixer will need to travel to negotiate location fees in person. National park fees are quite high, especially if filming aerial shots. Aerial filming in Ethiopia requires the pilot to have a flight permit from the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority. Please contact us for more information on filming in specific locations in Ethiopia.

A foreigner wishing to shoot films in Ethiopia is required by law to submit his application to the office of Government Communication Affairs Office Foreign Media Accreditation not later than ten (10) days prior to the day on which he/she is due to commence filming if you don’t want to hustle contact us and we help you all through the process of securing a filming permit in Ethiopia. The application shall contain, among other things, the purpose and title of the film, duration of the shooting, and the exact location where it takes place and the total production cost of the film as well as the portion that will be used within Ethiopia.

The applicant should submit together with his application the following documents:

  • A copy of the film script along with its synopsis for feature films or synopsis for documentary films.
  • In case an Ethiopian personality is portrayed in the film as a character, a copy of a document of no objection from such person or his heirs, certified by an organ legally empowered to approve contracts and documents.
  • In case of a co-production by an Ethiopian and a foreigner, an agreement indicating the responsibilities and liabilities of each party.
  • The nationality of the filming crew, the passport number, the country issuing the passport, their permanent and temporary addresses as well as other information as may be required by the Office.
  • The Applicant should also attach on the application, The name of the company, The name, the passport number and the nationality of the filming crew, The purpose and title of the film, the Duration of the shooting and the exact location where it takes place, The production cost of the film and Name and Telephone of the contact person or organization in Ethiopia

The applicant is required to submit, together with his application, the following documents.

  • A copy of the film script along with its synopsis for feature films or synopsis for documentary films.
  • A list of equipment necessary for shooting film, in 3 copies.
  • One passport size photograph on arrival

A foreigner applying for shooting film in Ethiopia should also pay to the Office a permit fee, where an applicant wishes to use an aircraft for shooting a film; he should get a flight permit from the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority. Contact us here for more information on aerial filming in Ethiopia.


The permit and letter to the customs shall be issued immediately when the film crew members appear in person and sign an undertaking to adhere to the conditions of the permit and respect the laws of the country. Contact us here to help you secure a filming permit for Ethiopia, fees will be determined based on your filming location.

On top of the above, you will need to cover accommodation, visa and work permits, transport, and others for a successful shoot of Leopards in Ethiopia as below;

Ethiopia Work permits and Visa Advice

You will need to purchase a tourist visa or a business visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Ethiopia this is the best way and you can get the e-visa through Also depending o your country of origin you can as well obtain a visa upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Addis Ababa Bole International Airport upon paying either US$52 for a single-entry visa with validity up to 30 days or US$72 for a single-entry visa with validity up to 90 days and you will be able to get it immediately. Contact a consulate near you or us here for more information about the Visa application for Ethiopia.

Ethiopia Vehicle Hire Services

We will help you organize transport for film crews to film Leopards in Ethiopia depending on their interest, budget, and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film in the park. We recommend Customized 4×4 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. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce the number of drive hours to the Park.

Fixers in Ethiopia to help you film Leopards in Ethiopia

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Ethiopia and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on the ground. These work as intermediaries between you and our office while on location filming Leopards in Ethiopia.

Where to stay during filming Leopards in Ethiopia

Lodge options to stay in during filming Leopards in Ethiopia 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 reservation and booking details.

What is the best time to film Leopards in Ethiopia?

Filming Leopards in Ethiopia is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of October to May which is relatively dry than March April to September.

Why use Africa Fixers to film Leopards in Ethiopia

Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company in East Africa. We assist filming companies and Production agencies in Ethiopia. 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 Ethiopia to make sure that accreditation and filming permits for filming in Ethiopia are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for the successful filming of Leopards in Ethiopia.