Filming in Katavi National Park

Filming in Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is located in western Tanzania, it is home to the largest herds of buffalos on the planet it is one of the parks in Tanzania with a beautiful untouched wilderness paradise. It is the third-largest national park in Tanzania isolated within a shortened arm of the Great Rift Valley. Katavi National Park is home to a wide array of habitats that range from flood plains to dense waterways where you can film large schools of hippos and crocodiles. The park also has woodlands and open grasslands, forests, and pristine seasonal lakes.

What to film in Katavi National Park.


The most outstanding series and documentaries to film in Katavi National Park is a large number of hippos which are normally best filmed during the end of the dry season, nearly 200 hippos can be filmed together within any riverine pool that is deep enough. Other wildlife at the park includes large herds of buffaloes, eland, sable antelope, roan antelope, hippopotamus, crocodile, lion, leopard, elephant, zebra, buffalo, topi, pelican, waterfowl. The park is also home to over 400 species f birds.

During filming in Katavi National Park you can as well seek out the legendary tamarind tree, which is said to house the spirit of a great huntsman named Katabi. Here, they can place an offering at the base of the tree in memory of this exceptional hunter. This is another documentary to capture from this park as part of your filming series during filming in this park.leopards in Ruaha National Park - leopards in Arusha National Park - leopard in Katavi National Park

Requirements and fees to film in Katavi 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 Katavi 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 Katavi 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 Katavi 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 Katavi 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 Katavi 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 Katavi 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 USD200-350 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 Katavi 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 Katavi National Park.

Accommodation in Katavi National Park

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Katavi National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options in Katavi National Park include Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge, Foxes – Katavi Wildlife Camp, and Chada Katavi, Nomad Tanzania among others.

How to get to Katavi National Park

By Air: There are Charter flights connecting from Arusha or Dar es Salaam.

By Road: The drive from Mbeya is over 550 km or from Kigoma over 390 km or 240 miles but this route is specifically used in the dry season. There is also a railway service from Dar es Salaam through Tabora to Mpanda.

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

Filming in Katavi 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. During this time there are always great sightings of wildlife in the park making it easy to film.

Why use Film crew fixers Uganda to film in Katavi 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 Katavi 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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