Filming in Arusha National Park

Filming in Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is the closest National Park to Arusha Town in Tanzania. The park is home to various ecosystems and wildlife with spectacular views of Mountain Meru. Arusha National park habitats range from swamps, grassland, lakes, dense forest, and alpine highland to rocks home to the Big 4 animals and a variety of birds. For filmmakers filming in Arusha town and are interested in adding wildlife to their series filming in Arusha National Park is the best ideal place to film wildlife in close proximity to Arusha town.

What to film in Arusha National Park


Arusha National Park is home to various mammals and birds to film animals include giraffe, Cape buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, leopard, elephant, zebra, dik-dik, hippopotamus, klipspringer, baboon, blue monkey, eland, spotted hyena, and black and white colobus. The park is home to over 400 bird species and some notable species include the greater flamingo, Egyptian goose, turaco, sacred ibis, Maccoa duck, Narina trogon, lesser flamingo, red-hot poker, giant lobelia. Elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park and lions are absent as well. Leopards and spotted hyenas are normally sighted early in the morning and late afternoon.

giraffe in selous game reserve - giraffes in Arusha National Park

Arusha National park also consists of the slopes, summit, and ash cone of Mt. Meru, the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes as well it is close to Mountain Kilimanjaro

Requirements and fees to film in Arusha National Park

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 in Arusha National Park. 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 in Arusha National Park

Once you have obtained a filming permit for filming in Tanzania, there may be other permissions needed depending on what you want to film in Arusha National Park. 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 in Arusha National Park

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

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 in Arusha National Park.

Accommodation in Arusha National Park

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Lake Manyara range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options in Lake Manyara National park 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.

How to get to Arusha National Park

By road: Arusha National Park is located 52km away from Arusha Town in Tanzania and can be reached by car in an hour and a half.

What is the best time to film in Arusha National Park?

Filming in Arusha National Park 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 in Arusha National Park

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 in Arusha National Park.


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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