Filming on Cal Madow

Cal Madow is a mountain range which is 2500 meters above sea level in Somaliland. It stretches across an area between the west of Bosaso, Somalia to northwest of Erigavo, Somaliland.

It is home to Somali endemic animal species which are also major filming features on Cal Madow. These include Warsangli linnet (Carduelis johannis), pigeons (acanthus olivae) and golden-winged grosbeaks, antelopes such as the beira (dorcatragus megalotis) and different subspecies of gazelles can also be sighted.

Cal Madow

Requirements and fees to film on Cal Madow

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film on Cal Madow. Contact us here and we will help you secure a filming permit for filming. In most cases permission to film is arranged on the local level, often on the same day. Allow extra location fees if need be. More complicated shoots that require street closures or larger setups or travel to unsafe locations require more lead time. Shoots in more remote locations are generally more expensive and require more preparation.

Unauthorized filming, photography or any other recording of government buildings, military installations and key infrastructure such as airports and border controls, bridges, and public buildings, as well as of religious sites such as mosques is illegal while filming in Somaliland. Penalties may include arrest, fines and confiscation of your filming equipment. Please contact us here for more information on filming on Cal Madow.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot on Cal Madow as below;

How to Get a Somaliland Visa

You will need to purchase a Somaliland visa to allow you entry in Somaliland. Please note that Somaliland’s visa policy constantly changes. Visiting Somaliland is not the same as visiting Somalia. It is a completely different visa system. 

The Department of Immigration of Somaliland decided starting April 2019 to give visa on arrival to a certain number of countries, citizens of the EU, Canada, USA, Brazil, China, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Members of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) such as Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and IGAD Region Countries planning to visit Somaliland for tourism purpose can now get a visa on arrival at all ports of entry into the country. 

If you cannot get the visa on arrival the easiest way of getting the visa is through the London, Washington or Addis Ababa consulates. You will need a valid passport, two passport size photos, $80-$100 USD, your hotel and contact person details (we shall provide this to you)

Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local embassy or Contact us here for the latest travel information to Somaliland. 

Vehicle Hire Services in Somaliland

Film Crew Fixers Ethiopia will help you organize transport for film crews to film on Cal Madow depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film. We recommend Customized 4x4WD 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 travelled. 

Film Fixers in Somaliland to help you film on Cal Madow

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Somaliland and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Somaliland. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in Somaliland to help you film on Cal Madow.

Where to Stay during filming on Cal Madow

Lodge options to stay in during filming on Cal Madow 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 booking and reservation details.

What is the best time to film on Cal Madow

Filming on Cal Madow is done throughout the year and the best time is during the Hagaa winter dry season from December to March. 

Why use Film Crew Fixers to film on Cal Madow

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