Filming Wildlife In Tanzania

Filming Wildlife in Tanzania. Tanzania is one of the African countries with abundant wildlife, from the big five to the small mammals. The diversity and big populations are something to look out for, with its stable climate, and hospitable people, the country is truly a place to visit and film. Below are some of the best places to film wildlife.


Serengenti national park

Serengeti National Park one of the best places to film wildlife in Tanzania. The park is the oldest in the whole country. It is very popular for the wildebeest migration that happens annually. The migration always consists of millions of animals’ crossing over from Serengeti to masai mara and back to Serengeti in search for greener pastures and water during the dry season. In addition to this you can film the birthing season of the wildebeests. During this time, the wildebeests produce approximately 500 young ones every day. With its variety of habitants that include woodlands, riverine forests, and grassland plains, the park harbors big populations of different wildlife species. These include elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions, leopards, zebras, gazelles, spotted hyenas, crocodiles, jackals, serval, cheetahs and so many more.

Selous Game reserve

Selous Game Reserve is located in the southeastern part of Tanzania. This reserve is remarkable as it is the largest wildlife reserve in Africa. The reserve is made up of hills, grasslands, open plains, miombo woodlands and riverine swamps that take up 5% of the total area in Tanzania. In this park you will be able to film elephants, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, buffaloes, and Rhinos. You can also film the Rufigi river delta that connects the Ruaha and Rufigi River. On the banks of the river, you can film big populations of crocodiles and hippos.

Katavi national park

Katavi National Park is the home to the world’s largest population of buffaloes. The park is located in the western part of Tanzania.  .the park is the third largest in the country and it one of the untouched beautiful vegetation because it is not visited so much. It is made up of flood plains, woodlands, grasslands, seasonal lakes and forests. In this park, you can film buffaloes, hippos, elands, crocodiles, lions, zebras, elephants, antelopes and so much more.  In this park is a Tamarind tree that is legendary known for being a house of the spirit of Katabi who was once a great hunter in the area.

Arusha national park

Arusha National Park is located close to Arusha town in Tanzania. The park is one of the popular homes to various wildlife. The eco system I the park is one of a kind. The park has a variety of vegetation that include dense forests, swamps, grasslands, lakes and alpine highlands. Arusha National park habitats range from swamps, grassland, lakes, dense forest, and alpine highland.  In this park you will find a variety of Wildlife that includes elands, waterbucks, hippos, baboons, hyenas, leopards, buffaloes, warthogs, zebras and so much more. In addition to this, you will also find a good number of bird species that include turacos, sacred ibis, greater flamingo, maccoa duck, lesser flamingo, giant lobelia and many more.

Tarangire national park

Tarangire National Park is located close to Arusha town. The park is known to have a high concentration of wildlife and it comes second to Serengeti. The park is made of several vegetation habitats and beautiful scenaery. The park has large herds of elephants. It also has wildebeests, zebras, elands, buffaloes, impalas, gazelles, hartebeests elands, stately fringe-eared oryx, and peculiar long-necked gerenuk.

The park is famous for having tree Climbing Lions which can only be found here or in Lake Manyara National Park in southern Tanzania, Kruger national park of South Africa and Queen Elizabeth National Park southern part Ishasha section Ugandan. These lions are have behaviors of climbing trees in order to stay away from the irritation of insects and the heat on the ground. It is also easy for them to spot their prey from above making it easy for them to hunt

Lake Manyara national park

Lake Manyara National Park is situated in the regions of Arusha and Manyara. The major feature of this park is the alkaline Lake Manyara. The park is a protected area with different kinds of vegetation that act as habitats for wildlife. They range from swamps, grasslands, to underground forests. In this park , you have the opportunity to film elephants, African golden cats, cheetahs, baboons, zebras, Thomosons gazelle, African civet, leopars, serval, lion , impala, cape buffalo, hippos , spotted hyena and many more. You will also be able to film the endangered Oreochromis amphimelas of the cichlid family that is endemic to Lake Manyara. The park is also a haven for over 30 bird species and 180 butteefly species.

Gombe national park

Gombe National Park is the best place for those interested in filming primates in Tanzania.  The park is found in kigoma town which is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The park has the miombo woodlands which act as a habitat for the primates. Most popular are the chimpanzees which can be tracked in their groups and families. The chimpanzees are habituated and are safe to be filmed at the Gombe tracking trail. In addition to the chimpanzees, you will also film red colobus, olive baboon, red tailed monkeys, diadem monkey, waterbuck, bushbuck, barbet and many more.

Enduimet wildlife management area

The Enduimet Wildlife Management Area is known to be the home of the biggest Elephants in East Africa. It is situated on the foothills of the Kilmanjaro Mountain. Apart from the big elephants, you will also find animals like the giraffes, lions, buffaloes, leopards, elands, wildebeests, hyenas. the Engasurai Tourist Hunting Zone , the northern portion of the kitendeini wildlife corridor, amboseli national park and the Sinya Photographic Safari Zone which are important corridor zones for wildlife and for seasonal migration of the wildebeests that move between two national parks

Ikona wildlife management area

The Ikona Wildlife Management Area was set up in2007 with the purpose of being a home to migrating animals. The animals usually migrate from serengenti national park to masai mara national park and vice verse annually. This area is good for those interested in filming the annual wildebeest migration as this is one of the places with wildebeest populations during that time. In addition to wildebeests, you can also film buffaloes, elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, klipspringers and many more. You can also take the opportunity to film the conservation activities of the local communities in the area.

Saadani national park

Saadani National Park is located in the region of Tanga. The park is situated close to the saadani beach. the park is unique because it is the only park that has an ocean beach front in East Africa. The park was established in the 1960s and over the years has grown and expanded. The park is a home to a wide range of wildlife that include cape buffaloes, hippos, spotted hyenas, lions , wildebeests, crocodiles, monkey species, Nile monitors, warthogs, dik diks, duikers, elephants, leopards, masai giraffes and many more.  The mainland of the beaches acts as breeding grounds for green turtles. The Wami river is also a must see in the park. You can do a boat cruise on the river and be able to film wildlife on the water banks. 

Ruaha national park

Ruaha National Park is part of the greater Rungwa –kizigo –Muhesi eco system. The park acts as a home to wildlife in addition to the Kizigi, Rungwa and Muhesi game reserves. The park is known for having plenty of amazing backdrops of the landscape. This park gives you an opportunity to film the greater Kudu which can only be found here in Tanzania. In addition to that, you will also be able to film antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, lions, giraffes, jackals, foxes, zebras, impalas and wild dogs. The park is a haven for several birds which include fish eagles, hornbills, sunbirds, ashy starlings, black colored lovebirds and many more.