Best National Parks to Film Elephants in Tanzania

Best National Parks to film Elephants in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best destinations in Africa to film Elephants. Large herds of Elephants can be filmed in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park and Ruaha National Park with some herds having more than 300 Elephants in a single herd. Here below are the best places to film Buffaloes in Tanzania;

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National park is home to large herds of Elephants one herd can go consist up to 300 Elephants. Other animals to film in this park include wildebeests, buffaloes, impalas, gazelle, hartebeest, zebras, elands, stately fringe-eared oryx, and peculiar long-necked gerenuk.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is one of the best places to film Elephants in Africa it is believed to have the highest concentration of elephants in East Africa. Other animals to film in this park include both the Greater and Lesser Kudu, Sable and Roan antelopes, wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, lions, Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Jackals, and bat-eared foxes.

Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve is another best place to film elephants in Tanzania; it is home to roaming elephant populations. At the park, you can as well film Buffaloes and other wild animals include cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus, crocodiles, and white rhinoceros.

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Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is one of the best places to film Elephants in Tanzania. Other notable wild animals include wildebeests, zebra, leopard, gazelle, giraffe, spotted hyena, elephant, serval, agama lizard, rock hyrax, secretary bird, rhinoceros, buffalo, cheetah, jackal, and aardwolf.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is another great place to film Elephants in Tanzania. Elephants can be filmed in Ngorongoro Crater. Among other notable animal species to film in this Conservation Area include wildebeest, leopard, hartebeest, mountain reedbuck, zebra, spotted hyena, hippopotamus, gazelle, and the endangered black rhinoceros.

Lake Manyara National Park

At this park, you also have an opportunity to film large populations of Elephants and other predators including lion, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, serval, honey badger, African wild cat, spotted hyena, African civet, genet (Genetta) species, and several mongoose species. Cheetah and African golden cat are rarely sighted. Other notable mammals include elephant, baboon, lesser flamingo, greater flamingo Cape buffalo, leopard, hippopotamus, wildebeest, bushbuck, impala, giraffe, zebra, white pelican, yellow-billed stork, Ayres’s hawk-eagle, Nile monitor, white-breasted cormorant, palm-nut vulture, and cobra

Other notable best national parks to film Elephants in Tanzania include Arusha National park, Kilimanjaro National Park, saadani National Park, Katavi National Park, and Mikumi National Park among others.

Requirements and fees to film Elephants in Tanzania

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board and Tanzania National Park Authority for you to be allowed to film Elephants in Tanzania. Securing a filming permit in Tanzania can be an expensive and time-consuming process so make sure to 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 your Tanzanian production service producer/fixer. The application will be submitted to your local Tanzanian consulate so that they can complete the application. Once that is done you will send the original documents back to your Tanzanian service producer/fixer for finalizing with local Tanzanian authorities.

A regular Tanzania Filming permit costs US$1,000 if you apply 3 months in advance and a last-minute Tanzania Filming permit costs US$3,000. Contact us here to help you secure the Tanzania filming permit.

Other permissions and fees for filming Elephants in Tanzania

Once you have obtained a filming permit for filming Elephants in Tanzania, there may be other permissions needed depending on what and where you want to film Elephants in Tanzania. Permissions include filming inside the national park or conservation area, drone filming and night filming. Tanzania has many rules and regulations when it comes to filming and therefore it is important to be properly guided through this long bureaucratic process.

Various filming fees apply for filming within Tanzania national parks, wildlife areas, and conservation areas. National Parks and conservation areas have specific fees to film crews that change regularly. Contact us here for up to date filming fees for filming Elephants in Tanzania

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for successful filming of Elephants in Tanzania as below;

Tanzania Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase a tourist visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Tanzania but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point in Tanzania upon paying USD100.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit, and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you to contact your local Tanzanian embassy or here for the latest travel information to Tanzania.

Tanzania Vehicle Hire Services

Film Crew Fixers Uganda will help you organize transport for film crews to film Elephants in Tanzania depending on their interest, budget, and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film in the park. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers which costs from USD200-350 per vehicle per day with Driver/Fixer or 4×4 Safari Vans from USD200 per Van per day with driver/Fixer. 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 traveled.

Film Fixers in Tanzania to help you film Elephants in Tanzania

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Tanzania and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on the ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Tanzania. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in Tanzania to help you film Elephants in Tanzania.

What is the best time to film Elephants in Tanzania?

Filming Elephants in Tanzania is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November making the shoot easy.

Why use Film crew fixers Uganda to film Elephants in Tanzania

Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company based in Uganda, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda and East Africa as a whole for the last 8 years. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. 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. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming of Elephants in Tanzania.


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