Best Places to Film Hippos in Tanzania

Best places to film hippos in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best places in Africa to film Hippos. A hippo is one of the most sought after animals during a safari for many travelers visiting Africa. Here below are the best places to film hippos in Tanzania.

Hippos in Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is a very seasonal park with huge floodplains that dry up after the rains from June onwards. The big concentration of hippos in Katavi National Park can be filmed in the last remaining puddles at the end of the dry season. The best time to film hippos at Katavi National Park is during dry season August to October.

Hippo pool in Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is one of the best places to film hippos in Tanzania you will also have a chance to film them at their pool in the Serengeti these can be filmed during a walking safari in the park or on a game drive. Other notable wild animals include wildebeest, 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 hippos in Tanzania. Among other notable animal species to film in this Conservation Area include wildebeest, leopard, hartebeest, elephant, mountain reedbuck, zebra, spotted hyena, buffalo, gazelle and the endangered black rhinoceros.

Lake Manyara National Park

At this park, you also have an opportunity to film hippos 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, 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 hippos in Tanzania include Selous game reserve, Arusha National park, Rubondo Island National Park, saadani National Park, Katavi National Park, and Mikumi National Park among others

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Requirements and fees to film hippos 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 hippos 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 hippos in Tanzania

Once you have obtained a filming permit for filming in Tanzania, there may be other permissions needed depending on what and where you want to film hippos 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 hippos 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 hippos 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 hippos 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 USD200-250 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 hippos 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 hippos in Tanzania.

What is the best time to film hippos in Tanzania?

Filming hippos 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.

Why use Film crew fixers Uganda to film hippos 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 hippos in Tanzania.

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