Filming the matobo hills in Zimbabwe

Filming the matobo hills in Zimbabwe.The Matobo hills are naturally made of granite kopjes and wooded valleys. These hills are very famous for their mass of rock art. The hills have the largest concentration of rock art on the African continent .The hills were added on the UNESCO list in 2003 for the amazing history, culture and rocky landscapes. The art in these hills shows the evolution of artistic styles and also portrays a picture of how the native societies evolved through the period of stone age to iron age and then to the agricultural period. The art in these hills provides good filming opportunities for historians. The matobo hills also have an intriguing landscape that have been associated with religious and cultural traditions. The most popular religion is the Mwari religion. Up to now people still visit the Njelele shrine occasionally to seek their gods and look for luck in different aspects of life. For those interested in filming different cultures and religions, this is the place to come to.

Requirements to film the matobo hills in Zimbabwe

In order to film the interesting Matobo hills. 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.

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 the Matobo hills.

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. Film crews prefer getting there visa before coming into the countries and this is possible through the evisa 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 us or your embassy.

Zimbabwe transport services

Africa Fixers organizes transportation for film crews to film the Matobo hills. 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.

Film fixers in Zimbabwe to help you film the Matobo hills

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.

What is the best time to film the Matobo hills in Zimbabwe

Filming the Matobo hills can be done throughout the year however, the months between May to October are best to film because they are sunny and hot unlike the other months that are rainy.

Where to stay when filming the Matobo hills in Zimbabwe

Accommodation options when filming the Matobo hills in Zimbabwe. These range from budget, midrange and luxury. Your choice of accommodation depends on your interest and budget. Lodge options include Matobo hills lodge, Amalinda, Big cave camp, Phomolo safari lodge and many others .contact us for help with reservation and more information on accommodation.

Why use film crew fixers to film the Matobo hills 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 of the Matobo hills in Zimbabwe.