Filming Hippos In Tanzania

When filming hippos in Tanzania. Hippos also known as hippopotamus are semi aquatic mammals that are always found in water bodies especially Rivers. They are the third largest land mammals following the elephants and rhinos. These animals live a double life and spend their daytime in water and nighttime on land. Hippos caN be found and filmed in the following places below.


Selous Game reserve

Selous Game Reserve is located in the southeastern part of Tanzania. This reserve is remarkable as it is the largest wildlife reserve in Africa. The reserve is made up of hills, grasslands, open plains, miombo woodlands and riverine swamps that take up 5% of the total area in Tanzania. In this park you will be able to film elephants, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, buffaloes, and Rhinos. You can also film the Rufigi river delta that connects the Ruaha and Rufigi River. On the banks of the river, you can film big populations of crocodiles and hippos.

Katavi national park

Katavi National Park is the home to the world’s largest population of buffaloes. The park is located in the western part of Tanzania.  .the park is the third largest in the country and it one of the untouched beautiful vegetation because it is not visited so much. It is made up of flood plains, woodlands, grasslands, seasonal lakes and forests. In this park, you can film buffaloes, hippos, elands, crocodiles, lions, zebras, elephants, antelopes and so much more.  In this park is a Tamarind tree that is legendary known for being a house of the spirit of Katabi who was once a great hunter in the area.

Arusha national park

Arusha National Park is located close to Arusha town in Tanzania. The park is one of the popular homes to various wildlife. The eco system I the park is one of a kind. The park has a variety of vegetation that include dense forests, swamps, grasslands, lakes and alpine highlands. Arusha National park habitats range from swamps, grassland, lakes, dense forest, and alpine highland.  In this park you will find a variety of Wildlife that includes elands, waterbucks, hippos, baboons, hyenas, leopards, buffaloes, warthogs, zebras and so much more. In addition to this, you will also find a good number of bird species that include turacos, sacred ibis, greater flamingo, maccoa duck, lesser flamingo, giant lobelia and many more.

Lake Manyara national park

Lake Manyara National Park is situated in the regions of Arusha and Manyara. The major feature of this park is the alkaline Lake Manyara. The park is a protected area with different kinds of vegetation that act as habitats for wildlife. They range from swamps, grasslands, to underground forests. In this park , you have the opportunity to film elephants, African golden cats, cheetahs, baboons, zebras, Thomosons gazelle, African civet, leopars, serval, lion , impala, cape buffalo, hippos , spotted hyena and many more. You will also be able to film the endangered Oreochromis amphimelas of the cichlid family that is endemic to Lake Manyara. The park is also a haven for over 30 bird species and 180 butterfly species.

Ikona wildlife management area

The Ikona Wildlife Management Area was set up in2007 with the purpose of being a home to migrating animals. The animals usually migrate from serengenti national park to masai mara national park and vice verse annually. This area is good for those interested in filming the annual wildebeest migration as this is one of the places with wildebeest populations during that time. In addition to wildebeests, you can also film buffaloes, elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, klipspringers and many more. You can also take the opportunity to film the conservation activities of the local communities in the area.

Saadani national park

Saadani National Park is located in the region of Tanga. The park is situated close to the saadani beach. the park is unique because it is the only park that has an ocean beach front in East Africa. The park was established in the 1960s and over the years has grown and expanded. The park is a home to a wide range of wildlife that include cape buffaloes, hippos, spotted hyenas, lions , wildebeests, crocodiles, monkey species, Nile monitors, warthogs, dik diks, duikers, elephants, leopards, masai giraffes and many more.  The mainland of the beaches acts as breeding grounds for green turtles. The Wami river is also a must see in the park. You can do a boat cruise on the river and be able to film wildlife on the water banks. 

What you need to film in Tanzania

First and foremost, need to get a filming permit from the Tanzania Film Censorship Board and the Department of Antiquities in the Ministry of Natural Resources and tourism. Without this permit, you cannot be allowed to film in Tanzania. Getting a filming permit can be time consuming and for that reason needs to be planned for ahead of time. The normal permit is for 1500usd which is required of you to apply 3 minutes in advance. For last minute shoots, you have to pay a fee of 3000usd for the filming permit. Once the application is done, film crew fixers submits it for finalization with the Tanzanian Authorities. Deepening on where you want to film, you may be required to pay other fees since different locations are managed by different authorities.

Tanzania Visa

The Tanzanian visa can be gotten both online and on ground but you’re advised to get it before your entry into the country. The tourist visa goes for 100usd.  Once the visa is applied for it is easily gotten. In addition to these, you will need a full Covid vaccination certificate and proof of yellow fever vaccination.

Media accreditation

All members of the crew are supposed to have accreditation. Without it, you cannot be allowed to film in Tanzania. Press accreditation has to be done through a local fixer agent. This requirement is mandatory for all applications to make feature films or documentaries. Every member of the crew is required to fill an application form (which we normally send to you) with all details. After scanning it is sent back to us with a copy of the original passport and a passport sized photograph. The whole process of media accreditation takes about two to three weeks.

Customs clearance

For crews who are interested in bringing in their own equipment into the country have to go through customs clearing , Film crew fixers makes sure that the equipment is successfully cleared in for the time period need.  Clearance is done through a bonded agent. You have to send a list of the kit. The list should have the type, serial numbers and the value on dollars.  10 percent charge is paid for the equipment to be cleared.

Vehicle and Transportation Services

Film Crew Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Tanzania. The transportation services all depend on your interest, the nature of the roads and the schedule. For us to have a final estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to have an established mileage and distance to be traveled. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that are interested in flying to reduce the number of hours.

Lodging and accommodation.

Lodge and Hotel options to stay in vary from Budget, and mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and location.

Best time to film in Tanzania.

Filming in Tanzania is done throughout the year and the best time is during the dry season months of June to September and December to March.

Choose Film crew fixers.

Film crew Fixers is a film Fixing Company with its major office in Uganda, we pride ourselves with assisting filming companies and Production agencies that are interested in filming in several African countries. We are very capable in handling all fixer services required. our team of local fixers and driver guides is very professional .over the years, we have been able to get all relevant connections with other service providers and authority agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are easily processed. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Tanzania.