Filming in Mzuzu City
Filming in Mzuzu City. The third largest city in Malawi is located in the northern region of the country. This city is a centre for several sectors. Commercially dealing in coffee, timber, milk and fruits. The city is also a manufacturing center majoring in medication, cosmetics and timber. It is also an education centre with several primary and secondary school and also the home to Mzuzu University that was built in 1999 and is now a source of highly skilled labor for the country. The surrounding areas are booming with agricultural produce. This city has so much to film and places to visit the major ones are
Lake Malawi is the largest lake in Malawi and one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. The lake is located between Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique and one of the major lakes of the rift valley. The lake is a meromictic lake and the layers of its water do not mix. In Malawi the lake flows from the north to the south and parts of the lake are found in Lake Malawi national park. The lake is a home to several fish species and they include a good number of cichlid fish species that are locally known as Mbuna. The lake is also a home to large populations of the Nile crocodiles, hippos and the African fish eagles. The lake also has several beaches, shorelines and also islands that could also be great filming
Nyika National Park
Nyika national park is located in the northern part of Malawi on the Nyika plateau. It is the largest park of Malawi covering an area of 1250 sq. miles. The name Nyika of the meaning where the water comes from. This park is best experienced by driving over the plateau. And for lovers of hiking and trekking, nyika plateau is well recommended. The park also harbors the Chisanga falls that are found where the north Rukuru river pours out on the plateau. The park is home to a number of wildlife and notable bird species all at your disposal for filming. This location unlike the others should be visited during the months of November to May because the temperatures are better during those months.
Requirements to film in Malawi
In order to film in Malawi You will need to acquire permission. The process of securing a filming permit in Malawi can be time-consuming so it needs enough time before the filming in order to complete the necessary process and secure the filming permit. National park fees and charges are also required of you if you intend to film in national parks
Media accreditation is also vital for filming in Malawi and the application is made to the media council of Malawi. Once applied for, and payment given the media cards are then processed. Contact film crew fixers to help you will filming permits and media accreditation
Drones can also be used while filming and can be imported but you need to have acquired permission from Malawi’s department of civil aviation. Key factors to note if you’re planning to use a drone
- Permission is needed for each flight
- Do not fly near aircrafts airports, and airfields. if operating near these spaces stay 10 kilometers away
- Do not fly near groups of people, social gatherings, private property , schools and road races unless you have been given permission
- You’re not allowed to fly the drone vertically higher than 45 meters
- The drone should be registered with the department of civil aviation
- The operator should obtain an operator certificate from the department of civil aviation
Filming equipment also needs to be cleared and this can be done through a bonded agent or securing a 5% percent of the value of equipment, however this is not advisable and the preferred procedure is that of using a bonded agent. Film crew fixers has all the necessary connections with a number of bonded agents that can clear your equipment on entry and exit. Contact us for any help with kit clearing.
Malawi visa and work permit advice
A tourist visa or business visa can work for your entry into the country. Film crews prefer getting there visa before coming into the countries and this is possible through the evisa system of Malawi. Proof of yellow fever and vaccination and a Covid 19 free negative certificate are necessary for entry. The prices of visas and work permits change regularly. For updated information regarding travel to Zimbabwe, you can contact us or your embassy.
- A passport is required for all foreign visitors and has to be valid for at least six months
- Passports must have at least three empty pages
- Citizens of most countries require a visa, which can be obtained at arrival
- A list of countries who don’t require visa here https://visaindex.com/visa-requirement/malawi-passport-visa-free-countries-list/ .
- A list of countries who need a visa can be found here https://www.onlinevisa.com/visa-policy/malawi/ the application can be made online.
- When arriving from a yellow-fever-infected country, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required
Malawi transport services
Film crew fixers organizes transportation for film crews to film. Depending on their interest and Budget and the nature of roads to the destination. We organize both road and air transport for film crews. We recommend customized 4×4 safari land cruisers for vehicles because of the nature of roads in Malawi. These land cruisers cost USD200-250 per vehicle per day. Fuel is estimated on the number of days that are scheduled by the filming schedule. We will need to look at it for establishing the mileage and distance to be traveled.
Film fixers in Malawi to help you film
All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to most of the parts in Malawi and are very conversant with the local situations .they provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. They also act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location. Contact us if you need a film fixer in Malawi.
What is the best time to film in Mzuzu city
The best time to visit this place is during the dry months from June to October. During this time the traveling conditions are better than those in the wet season.
How to get there
The best way is to fly into Lilongwe international airport then drive north to the city
Where to stay when filming in Mzuzu city in Malawi
Accommodation options vary when are filming in the city. These range from budget, midrange and luxury. Your choice of accommodation depends on your interest and budget. Lodge options include Macondo camp, Sunbird mzuzu, hill of grace and many others .contact us for help with reservation and more information on accommodation.
Why use film crew fixers to film in Malawi
Film crew fixers is a company based in Uganda that assists production agencies and filming companies in South, central and East African countries as a whole. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all the relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are processed in a short time. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Malawi.