Best Places to film Primates in Kenya

Best Places to film Primates in Kenya

Kenya is one of the countries in East Africa where you can film primates, especially monkeys. Kenya is home to 12 genera, 19 species and 23 subspecies of primates. Among the best places to film primates in Kenya include Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary located in Ol Pejeta Conservancy which is home to orphaned chimpanzees, Tana primate National Reserve, Kakamega forest located in Kakamega National Reserve. Primates including monkeys and baboons can be filmed in other savannah national parks. Olive baboons can be filmed in locations such as Tsavo East and West National Park and Amboseli National park in southern Kenya. Vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys can be found in most parts of Kenya including Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Elementaita, Simba Hills, Aberdare, and Mountain Kenya among other habitats.

Tana Primate National Reserve

The Tana River National primate Reserve was gazetted in 1976 to protect the lower Tana riverine forests and the two highly endangered primates, the mangabey and the Tana River red colobus which are endemic to this reserve and only found here in Kenya. when filming primates in Tana primate National Reserve you as well have an opportunity to film other wildlife including Grevy’s Zebra, the maasai, and reticulated giraffe, oryx, buffaloes, and lesser kudu. The river also hosts plenty of crocodiles and hippos. The reserve is accessible via the Malindi-Garissa road it is located 250km north of Mombasa on the Malindi to Garissa road.

Kakamega National Reserve

Kakamega National Reserve is where Kakamega Forest is found, another best place to film primates in Kenya. The forest lies in the Lake Victoria catchment about 50km north of Kisumu and just west of the Nandi Escarpment. The forest is home to black and white colobus monkeys, flying squirrels, blue monkeys, and pottos, the world’s slowest mammal. The forest is also home to the endangered De Brazza’s monkey.

Requirements to film Primates in Kenya

You will need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film Primates in Kenya. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting the permit and fill out an application form which must be accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, a story synopsis, and a shooting schedule. These should be sent to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Classification Board. Filming permits for features, documentaries, short films, music videos, corporate videos, and commercials are issued within minutes of application. Applications for TV Series and full length feature films are processed in less than 48 hours of application. Contact us at Film crew fixers Uganda we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya.

Filming fees and costs to film Primates in Kenya

The following charges are applied for filming Primates in Kenya:

  • Ksh. 8, 000 ($80) for five (5) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
  • Ksh. 12, 000 ($115) for six (6) – ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
  • Ksh. 20, 000 ($200) for more than ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.

Kenya Filming Fees

  1. a) Filming rates
  • Adverts, documentaries, dramas, short features; still photographs KSHS 5,000 ($50)
  • Full-length feature films, TV series KSHS 15,000 ($150)
  • Daily filming fees KSHS 1,000 ($10)
  1. b) Liaison Officer’s service charges

The Ministry charges Ksh. 400 ($5) per day to cover Liaison Officer’s services provided by a government Liaison Officer to be attached to the crew.

  1. c) Other charges
  • Each visitor is required to pay Ksh. 2,000 ($20) to the Immigration Department for a special pass before engaging in any film shooting. The crew may however, arrive in Kenya on a visitor’s pass while the filming special pass is being processed. We recommend you travel after all the filming paper work has been arranged to avoid inconveniences.
  • For all filming equipment, a nominal non-refundable fee of 1% of the value of the equipment or Ksh 30,000 ($300) whichever is less is payable to the Customs Department on presentation of a film license.

On top of the above you will need to cover Press accreditation, accommodation, transport and others for a successful shoot as below

Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Kenya Film Commission. Local filming agents and Private production companies or individuals are requested to submit their applications through a local agent registered with the ministry. This requirement is mandatory for all applications to make feature films or documentaries. Each crew member is required to fill a Kenya Film License Form (which we normally send to you) with all details, scan and send it back to us with a copy of his/her passport as well as one photograph to be put on his/her filming license. On top of this, we will need a letter from the filming company detailing who they are, why they are filming, where they will be filming and details of crew members on this shoot. We will attach this letter to all details provided and send them to Kenya Film Commission for film license processing. This takes 2-3 working days to have these film licenses ready.

Visa Advice

You will need to purchase a tourist visa. Many film crews prefer getting their visas before they come to Kenya but visa’s can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Nairobi International Airport upon paying either USD51.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately.

Vehicle Hire Services

Film Crew Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film Primates in Kenya depending on their interest, budget, and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film in Kenya. 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. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce the number of hours.

Fixers in Kenya to help filming Primates in Kenya

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Kenya 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 Kenya.

What is the best time to film Primates in Kenya?

Filming Primates in Kenya 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 to film Primates in Kenya

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 Primates in Kenya.


Film Crew Fixers offers Pre-Production. Production and Post production fixer services in East Africa. Such services include, filming permissions, Press Accreditation, Kit Customs Clearing, Location Scouting, transport and accommodation, visa and work permit advice, security and so much more

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