Filming in Dar es Salaam City Tanzania

Filming in Dar es Salaam City Tanzania

Filming in Dar es Salaam will give you an opportunity to explore the political and economic capital of the largest city of Tanzania. The city is located in the quite bay off the Indian Ocean Coast. It is one of the major hubs of East Africa acting as the main port in Tanzania. The city is home to various industrial areas, government offices, diplomatic missions and non government organizations.

What to film in Dar es Salaam City

There is much to film Restaurants, shops, office buildings, and government buildings are all common features of Tanzania’s urban center. The National Museum, the Village Museum, and many colorful markets are well worth a visit. Numerous s historical landmarks, including St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the White Father’s Mission House, the Botanical Gardens, and the old State House make for an interesting walking tour around the waterfront and city center. You will be able to capture the history series of the German occupation in the early 20th century; Dar es Salaam was the center of colonial administration and the main contact point between the agricultural mainland and the world of trade and commerce in the Indian Ocean and the Swahili Coast. Remnants of colonial presence, both German and British, can still be seen in the landmarks and architecture around the city.

Bongoyo Island Marine is another great place to film in Dar es Salaam, this boasts of beautiful beaches, secluded islands and many varieties of marine species.  The island has a population of coral reefs and fish species that are not as numerous as other sites of Zanzibar, Mafia, and Pemba Islands.seaport in dar es salam

Requirements and fees to film in Dar es Salaam City

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board and local Authority in Dar es Salaam City for you to be allowed film in Dar es Salaam City. 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.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot film in Dar es Salaam City 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 Dar es Salaam City 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 to film in Dar es Salaam City

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 to film in Dar es Salaam City.

Accommodation in Dar es Salaam City

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Dar es Salaam City range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodges in Dar es Salaam City include the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro, The Green of Oysterbay, and City Lodge Dar Es Salaam among others.

How to get to Dar es Salaam City

By road: You can get to Dar es Salaam City by bus from Arusha. The bus Journey is over 650km which can take approximately more than 10 hours drive.

By Air: There are daily scheduled flights from Arusha to Dar es Salaam.

What is the best time to film in Dar es Salaam City?

Filming in Dar es Salaam City 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 Dar es Salaam City

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 Dar es Salaam City.


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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