Best Places to Film Wildlife in Tanzania

Best places to film wildlife in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best countries in the world to film wildlife in its natural habitat. Tanzania has a beautiful contrasting landscape, treasured, and unique wildlife, all year round great weather and welcoming people. Tanzania is blessed with diversity in wildlife including all the Big 5 animals and it is where the great iconic migration of wildebeests start and end in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro conservation plain areas which happens every year. This has therefore made Tanzania a great place to film wildlife for many filmmakers and photographers. Contact Film crew Fixers and we will help plan and book for you all Tanzania filming requirements you need for a successful shoot of wildlife in Tanzania. Here are the best places to film wildlife in Tanzania;

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park has a diverse variety of habitats ranging from grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest and woodland. These are home to various wildlife which include wildebeest, zebra, lion, gazelle, giraffe, spotted hyena, leopard, elephant, serval, agama lizard, rock hyrax, secretary bird, rhinoceros, buffalo, cheetah, jackal, and aardwolf.

wildebeasts filming in masai mara - wildebeasts in Amboseli National park

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Crater is one of the best places in Tanzania to film the endangered Black Rhinos. It is also one of the best places to film the Big 5 animals. Among other notable animals species to film in this Conservation Area include wildebeest, lion, hartebeest, elephant, mountain reedbuck, zebra, spotted hyena, hippopotamus, buffalo, gazelle, black rhinoceros, leopard, serval

Tarangire National Park

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

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is home to some of the migratory mammals from Tarangire National Park which includes wildebeests, Zebras, Thomson’s gazelle, and Grant’s gazelle. Predators to film in Lake Manyara National Park include lion, leopard, 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, lion, 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

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 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.

Other notable areas to film wildlife in Tanzania include Selous game reserve, Arusha National park, Kilimanjaro National Park, Katavi National Park, and Mikumi National Park among others

Requirements and fees to film wildlife 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 wildlife 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 wildlife 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 wildlife 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 wildlife in Tanzania

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot of wildlife 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 wildlife 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 wildlife 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 wildlife in Tanzania.

Where to stay during filming wildlife in Tanzania

Lodge options to stay in during filming wildlife in Tanzania range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Arusha Giraffe Lodge, Original Maasai Lodge, Crest Safari Lodge, Meru View Lodge, Africa Amini, Kiboko Lodge, Lake Duluti Lodge, and Arusha Budget Lodge among others. Contact us here for booking and reservation details

What is the best time to film wildlife in Tanzania?

Filming wildlife 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 wildlife 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 wildlife in Tanzania.

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