Filming Wildcats In Kenya
Kenya is one of the places you can expect to find wild cats. The most popular ones include lions, cheetahs, leopards, and lions. The parks and reserves harbor several populations of them. Below are the best places where they can be filmed in their natural habitats.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara is one of the popular and commonly known reserves of Kenya. The reserve is a treasure of wildlife and has played a big role in the tourism industry of the country. The wildlife found here is in big numbers and in variety. The park has about 95 mammal species, 400 bird species, and a good number of amphibians. The mara is also popular for the annual wildebeest migration that happens in July. The animals cross over from Serengeti in search of fresh pastures and then cross back in October. The big five are present in the mara and many more animals include hippos, waterbucks, cheetahs, hyenas, lions, crocodiles, warthogs, foxes, jackals, elephants, reedbuck, leopards, and zebras. The communities surrounding the mara are also great to film. The communities act as dispersal areas for the wildlife.
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park was set up in the year of 1948. It is the largest National Park in Kenya. The Park is partitioned into the east and western sectors. These two sectors of the park are intersected by the Nairobi to Mombasa railway and road. The park is popular for its large population of wildlife. The park has large elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, lesser kudu, zebras, porcupines, hyraxes, wild dogs, mongooses, and crocodiles. When filming in this park, you will see the Yatta plateau, which is one of the longest lava flows, Mzima Springs, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Lugard Falls, and caves, which are all found in the park.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is another exceptional place to film wildlife in Kenya. The park is known to have five major habitats for wildlife including acacia woodland, open plains, rocky thorn bushes, swamps, and marshland. During the rainy season, the park has a temporary lake known as Lake Amboseli that is filled die to the floods. The park’s populations of wildlife are enormous, and they include both tiny and large elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, lesser kudu, hyrax, giraffes, buffaloes, leopards, wild dogs, and cheetahs. This park also gives you access to the neighboring Masai people. You can film their culture and their vibrant way of life. The Masai are the most popular cultural group known in Kenya and they are known for their amazing crafts.
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.
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.
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.
Africa Fixers is a film Fixing Company with its major office in Uganda; we pride ourselves on 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.