Filming in Lake Nakuru National Park

Filming in Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is home to the beautiful pink flamingos which leave in a very shallow, strongly alkaline lake set in a picturesque landscape of woods and grasslands next to Nakuru town. The park is one of the best places to film flamingos and the beautiful landscape which includes areas of marsh and grassland alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woods and rocky hillsides covered with euphorbia forests. Lake Nakuru occupies about a third of Lake Nakuru National Park surface area with other parts of the park covered with savannah vegetation home to various mammals and birds.

What to film in Lake Nakuru National Park

Wildlife is the major item to film in Lake Nakuru National Park. The park has over 1.5 million flamingos and 450 other bird species. Fauna includes Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, the rare leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkey, rock hyrax, hippos, leopard, lion, rhino, water bucks, impalas, gazelle, striped hyena, bat-eared fox, wildcat, reedbuck and golden cat. There are restocked monkeys as well which include lion, black and white rhinos and the endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.filming flamingos at lake nakuru

Requirements to film in Lake Nakuru National Park

Like filming in other National Parks in Kenya, you will also need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film in Lake Nakuru National Park. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting for the permit and fill an application form which must be accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, a story synopsis and a shooting schedule. These should be sent to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Commission. Filming permit for features, documentaries, short films, music videos, corporate videos and commercials are issued within minutes of application. Applications for TV Series and full length feature films are processed in less than 48 hours of application. Contact us at Film crew fixers Uganda we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya for you to be able to successfully film in this park

Filming fees and costs in Lake Nakuru National Park

The following charges are applied for any filming in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya:

  • Ksh. 8, 000 ($80) for five (5) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
  • Ksh. 12, 000 ($115) for six (6) – ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
  • Ksh. 20, 000 ($200) for more than ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.

Kenya Filming Fees

  1. a) Filming rates
  • Adverts, documentaries, dramas, short features; still photographs KSHS 5,000 ($50)
  • Full-length feature films, TV series KSHS 15,000 ($150)
  • Daily filming fees KSHS 1,000 ($10)
  1. b) Liaison Officer’s service charges

The Ministry charges Ksh. 400 ($5) per day to cover Liaison Officer’s services provided by a government Liaison Officer to be attached to the crew.

  1. c) Other charges
  • Each visitor is required to pay Ksh. 2,000 ($20) to the Immigration Department for a special pass before engaging in any film shooting. The crew may however, arrive in Kenya on a visitor’s pass while the filming special pass is being processed. We recommend you travel after all the filming paper work has been arranged to avoid inconveniences.
  • For all filming equipment, a nominal non-refundable fee of 1% of the value of the equipment or Ksh 30,000 ($300) whichever is less is payable to the Customs Department on presentation of a film license.

On top of the above you will need to cover Press accreditation, accommodation, transport and others for a successful shoot as below;

Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Kenya Film Commission. Local filming agents and Private production companies or individuals are requested to submit their applications through a local agent registered with the ministry. This requirement is mandatory for all applications to make feature films or documentaries. Each crew member is required to fill a Kenya Film License Form (which we normally send to you) with all details, scan and send it back to us with a copy of his/her passport as well as one photograph to be put on his/her filming license. On top of this, we will need a letter from the filming company detailing who they are, why they are filming, where they will be filming and details of crew members on this shoot. We will attach this letter to all details provided and send them to Kenya Film Commission for film license processing. This takes 2-3 working days to have these film licenses ready. 

Visa Advice

You will need to purchase the tourist visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Kenya but visa’s can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Nairobi International Airport upon paying either USD51.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately.

Vehicle Hire Services

Film Crew Fixers Uganda will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Lake Nakuru 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 travelled. We also organize both charter and schedule air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce on the number of hours.

Fixers in Kenya

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Kenya and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Kenya.

Accommodation in Lake Nakuru National Park

Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during filming range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for booking details. Options in Lake Nakuru National park include Lake Nakuru SOPA Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru Lodge and Naishi Guest House among others.

How to get to Lake Nakuru National Park

By road: The Park is 160km north-west of Nairobi after Nakuru town. From Nairobi take the A104 road, the park headquarters are 4km south of Nakuru town from Kenyatta Avenue.

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

Filming in Lake Nakuru National Park is done all year round 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 Nakuru National Park, Kenya

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 Nakuru National Park.

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