Filming the Pyramids of Meroe in Sudan
The Pyramids of Meroe are one of the last remaining symbols from an ancient civilization. They are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sudan. The pyramids of Meroe are different from those in the neighboring Egypt displaying steep brick sides. These where built by the Meroitic Pharaohs around 500 BC and appear in groups of 12.
Filming the Pyramids of Meroe will give you an opportunity to shoot the history of civilization and the history of the Meroitic Pharaohs who built the pyramids. They are great for landscape filming as well as the beautiful sun rise and set which acts as a backdrop for the film. The best time to visit is just before sunset when the sun illuminates the structures with a golden hue.
Requirements and fees to film the Pyramids of Meroe
You will need to get permission to be allowed to film the Pyramids of Meroe in Sudan. Securing a filming permit in Sudan can be an expensive and time consuming process so allow plenty of time for us to help you secure the permit for you. The first step is to complete all necessary applications with the help of Africa Fixers Ethiopia. The application will be submitted to our local Sudan consulate so that they can complete the application. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information for your shoot in Sudan.
Unauthorized filming, photography or any other recording of government buildings, military installations and key infrastructure such as airports and border controls is illegal while filming in Sudan. Penalties may include arrest, fines and confiscation of your equipment. Please contact us here for more information on filming the Pyramids of Meroe.
On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, Sudan local film fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot of the Pyramids of Meroe as below;
Sudan Visa and Work permit Advice
All film crew members travelling to Sudan must obtain entry visas or entry permits for them to be allowed access to the country for filming. Crew members must register at the Ministry of Interior within three days of arrival. If travelling more than 25 kilometers outside of Khartoum, a travel permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs in Khartoum. A separate travel permit is required for travel to Darfur. A Photography permit is got from the Sudanese Ministry of Interior and Department of Aliens for those interested specifically for photography. All film crew members must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. We advise you contact your local South Sudan embassy or us here for the latest travel information to South Sudan.
South Sudan Vehicle Hire Services
Africa Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film the Pyramids of Meroe. We recommend Customized 4x4WD Land Cruisers given the fact road conditions are poor outside of major towns and during the wet season they can become impassable. 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 Sudan to help you film the Pyramids of Meroe
All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Sudan 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 Sudan. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in Sudan to help you film the Pyramids of Meroe.
Security Advice in Sudan
In the past there were a lot of instabilities in the Sudanese region which made Sudan an infamous filming location but with restoration of peace in the region it’s now becoming a safe country for filming. This evident where USA has removed Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism list, as a company we will still advise all crews we work with still to consider having security on the shoot depending on where they plan to film in Sudan and also when choosing hotels to consider the budget and choose hotels that have security at all times for the safety of your crew and property.
Where to Stay during filming the Pyramids of Meroe
Lodge options to stay in during filming the Pyramids of Meroe in Sudan 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 the Pyramids of Meroe
Filming the Pyramids of Meroe is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of November to March which are normally warmer with clear skies.
Why use Africa Fixers?
Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company based in East Africa. We assist filming companies and Production agencies with filming services in Sudan and other parts of North Africa. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides in Sudan. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are processed in the shortest time possible for shoot in Sudan. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming of the Pyramids of Meroe.