Filming in Serengeti National Park
Filming in Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park one of the best places to film wildlife in Tanzania. The park is the oldest in the whole country. It is very popular for the wildebeest migration that happens annually. The migration always consists of millions of animals’ crossing over from Serengeti to masai mara and back to Serengeti in search for greener pastures and water during the dry season. In addition to this you can film the birthing season of the wildebeests. During this time, the wildebeests produce approximately 500 young ones every day. With its variety of habitants that include woodlands, riverine forests, and grassland plains, the park harbors big populations of different wildlife species. These include elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions, leopards, zebras, gazelles, spotted hyenas, crocodiles, jackals, serval, cheetahs and so many more.
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.
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.
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.
For crews who are interested in bringing in their own equipment into the country have to go through customs clearing , Africa 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
Africa 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 these include , Mbali Mbali Soroi Serengeti Lodge, Singita Sasakwa Lodge, and Zawadi Serengeti Safari Lodge.
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 Africa 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.