Filming in the Zambezi National Park
Originally part of the Victoria falls national park, Zambezi national park is a small park full of magnificent wild life features. It started standing alone as its own national park in 1979. Its close proximity to the Victoria Falls offers a chance to film an experience of falls incorporated with the wildlife in this park. In addition to this, you can also film the river Zambezi that flows through the park. Filming in Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe. This small wonder is a home to a variety of wild animals and bird species.
Filming wildlife in the park
Four of the Big Five animals are present in the park, but the elephant and buffalo are more sighted compared to the others. Rhino is absent and the Leopard is rarely spotted, the lion sightings are becoming common with time. African wild dog can also be spotted in the park, and the best chance to spot them is during the denning season, from May to August. The river is a home to the crocodiles and hippos. All these and more are available for filming.
Scenery of the Zambezi National Park
The Zambezi River is a jewel in the park at its northern border. The Game Drive at the river run the length of the park, along the river for about 50km which gives ample to time to capture the best shots. The vegetation is mainly made of mopane woodland and riverine forest with a number of amazing trees, including apple-ring, fig and ebony
Requirements to film in the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe Park
In order to film in Zambezi national park. You will need to acquire permission. The process of securing a filming permit in Zimbabwe can be time-consuming so it needs enough time before the filming in order to complete the necessary process and secure the filming permit. Filming permits in Zimbabwe are processed by the ministry of information. Since it’s a national park, park charges by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority also apply.
Media accreditation is also vital for filming in Zimbabwe and the application is made to the Zimbabwe media council. The charge for accreditation is 2000usd for shoot accreditation application and in addition to this, each member of the crew pays 200usd. Contact film crew fixers for further information on the requirements for filming in Zambezi national park.
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. Africa 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.
Zimbabwe visa and work permit advice
A tourist visa or business visa can work for your entry into the country. The single entry visa costs USD30. Film crews prefer getting there visa before coming into the countries and this is possible through the online system of the Zimbabwe department of immigration. 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 your embassy or us regarding the following issues.
- 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 whose citizens don’t require a visa or can acquire one upon arrival is available
- A list of countries whose citizens are required to obtain their visa in advance is available. The application can be made online.
- When arriving from a yellow-fever-infected country, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required
Zimbabwe transport services
Africa Fixers organizes transportation for film crews to film in Zambezi national park. 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 Zimbabwe. 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.
Weather and best time to film in Zambezi National Park
The Dry season (April to October) is categorized with temperatures that change from morning cold to afternoon warmth and back again. The Wet season (November to March) has a more predictable pattern of afternoon rain showers, though mornings are usually clear.
The broad Zambezi River draws many thirsty animals in the Dry season (April to October). This is also when Victoria Falls is at its most thunderous, thanks to the Zambezi’s peak water flows making it the best time to Film.
How to get there
Zambezi National Park is located less than 5km on a road from Victoria Falls town. Your main point of entry into Zimbabwe is Victoria Falls Airport (VFA). Your transportation will normally be provided by your local fixer operator as part of your filming package. This usually includes pick-up from the airport or hotel.
Film fixers in Zimbabwe to help you film in Zambezi National Park
All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to most of the parts in Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe.
Where to stay when filming in Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe
Accommodation options when filming in Zambezi national park in Zimbabwe. These range from budget, midrange and luxury. Your choice of accommodation depends on your interest and budget. Lodge options include Azambezi river lodge , Victoria falls river lodge, Royal Zambezi lodge, Hornbill lodge and many others .contact us for help with reservation and more information on accommodation.
Why use film crew fixers to film in Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe
Africa Fixers is a company based in Uganda that assists production agencies and filming companies in South 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 Zambezi national park in Zimbabwe.