Filming Primates In Kenya

Kenya is very popular for its wildlife populations. Not only does it have games, the country also has several primates and these can be found in the following places.

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Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary

The chimpanzee sanctuary was set to be a refuge for the chimpanzees who were abused and orphans. Most of the chimpanzees rehabilitated here come in with several injuries and are taken care of until they are better. The chimpanzees can be filmed in their rehabilitation process.

Tana Primate National Reserve

The reserve is located in the town of Bohoni . The reserve was established with the purpose of protecting the mangabey and the red colobus monkey. The two species are endangered and vulnerable to extinction. It was named after the Tana River that crosses through its land. The river is one of the largest in Kenya. When filming in this reserve, you will be able to see Nile crocodiles, hippos, Masai giraffes, zebras, lesser kudu, oryx pythons, and many more.

Kakamega National Reserve

The Kakamega National Reserve is one that is majorly known for having populations of different kinds of primates. This park is a protective area made up of the tropical rainforest Kakamega. This is the only remaining rainforest that was part of the Guinea-Mongolian rainforest in Kenya. The reserve overflows with flora and fauna. With over 300 tree species. The park harbors a good number of wildlife including the black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, pottos, flying squirrels, dik-dik, forest buck, duiker, and the endangered De Brazza’s monkey. In addition to this the reserve has 400 butterfly species and 300 bird species.

What you need to film in Kenya

Most importantly, you will be required to have a filming permit issued by the Kenya Film Commission. For you to get this permit, you must submit a letter and a form application that talks about your shoot, its synopsis, the reason for the shoot, and anything else required. The application process for the filming permit takes a short period and within 48 hours, the application is processed.   Contact us at Africa Fixers to arrange this for you.

Special passes

In addition to the filming permit, you will need special passes that work as work permits for media crews. Each visitor is required to pay 155 USD to the Immigration Department for a special pass before engaging in any film shooting. We highly recommend that you travel after all the necessary filming paperwork has been covered to avoid any kind of inconvenience.

Customs clearance

Kenya does not have a carnet system, and for that reason, equipment has to be cleared through a bonded agent. 1% of the value of the equipment is paid to have it temporarily allowed in for your shoot. This amount is paid to the customs department of Kenya.

What is needed for press accreditation in Kenya

All members of the crew are supposed to have accreditation. Without it, you cannot be allowed to film in Kenya. 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 out a Kenya Film License 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.

What requirements are needed for travel authorization in Kenya?

Kenya’s Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system is currently up and running. As of January 2024, all travelers—including newborns and children—must register for an ETA online, with the exception of Kenyan citizens and partner states.

The following are the requirements for ETA applications:

  • Valid passport (6 months from the date of arrival in Kenya, with a minimum of one blank page)
  • Passport-style photo
  • Contact information (home address, email address and phone number)
  • Itinerary details
  • Accommodation booking confirmation
  • Processing fee applicable, payable online
  • Proof of vaccinations (depending on country of residence/travel history)

ETA applications can be submitted by travelers up to three months before their intended arrival date in Kenya. A confirmation will be sent to the email address provided in the application when it has been submitted. The ETA will be given to the same email address after approval. The ETA website allows users to check the progress of applications at any time by providing their ETA reference number. The standard processing time for ETAs is three to five working days.

Vehicle and Transportation Services

Africa Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Kenya. The transportation services all depend on your interest, the nature of the roads, and the schedule. For us to have a final estimate of 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 who 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 filming location.

Best time to film in Kenya.

Filming in Kenya 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 of 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 the relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Kenya.