Filming in Lake Manyara National Park

Filming in Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is located between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. The park is dominated by Lake Manyara a shallow alkaline lake at an altitude of 960m which was formed in a depression within the Rift Valley System. Lake Manyara National Park has a variety of diverse habitats ranging from evergreen underground forests, woodlands, extensive swamps, and Grasslands home to various flora and fauna worth filming. Filming in Lake Manyara National Park will give you an opportunity to shoot various wildlife documentaries and sceneries.

What to film in 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


Lake Manyara is home to endangered fish Oreochromis amphimelas, fish species in the cichlid family. This fish species is endemic to Tanzania and found in Lake Manyara and other close basins within the National Park.


Lake Manyara National Park is home to over 390 bird species. It is also known for flocks of thousands of flamingos and other water birds that are usually at the edge of Lake Manyara during the wet season.flamingos in Lake Manyara


Lake Manyara is home to over 180 species of butterflies recorded. For film makers interested in filming butterflies this is a great place in Tanzania

Requirements and fees to film in Lake Manyara National Park

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board for you to be allowed to film in Lake Manyara 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 Lake Manyara 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 Lake Manyara 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 Lake Manyara 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 Lake Manyara 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 Lake Manyara 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

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.

Accommodation in Lake Manyara 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 Lake Manyara Tortillis Camp, andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Lake Manyara Kilimanjaro Lodge, Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge.

How to get to Lake Manyara National Park

By road: Lake Manyara National Park is located 126 km (78 mi) southwest of Arusha and can be reached by car in an hour and a half.

By Air: There are daily scheduled flights to Lake Manyara airport.

What is the best time to film in Lake Manyara National Park?

Filming in Lake Manyara 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 Lake Manyara 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 Lake Manyara 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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