Filming in Pare Mountains, Tanzania

Filming in Pare Mountains, Tanzania

The Pare Mountains are found in the Kilimanjaro region about 150 km south of Moshi. The Pare Mountains are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains an isolated range of ancient massifs that stretch from the Taita Hills in southeastern Kenya into Tanzania where the range includes the Pare Mountains, East, and West Usambara and the Ulugurus near Morogoro and the Udzungwa Mountains. Filming in the Pare Mountains will give you an opportunity to shoot one of Africa’s most special landscapes. From the surrounding plains of Pare Mountains, the mountains look like a barren and deserted area but when you start climbing the slopes you experience one of the African beautiful landscapes, on the top of the mountains is the Chome forest reserve, a dense tropical forest with many rare trees and plants. Between huge desolate rocks lie small green river valleys where farmers have built impressive stone terraces.

Among the things to film at the Pare Mountains are the surrounding villages which are among the most isolated places in Northern Tanzania and the local people have kept their traditional Pare culture throughout history.

Other interesting activities to film at the Pare Mountains include tours in the southern part of the mountains such as;

  • A walk through the Chome forest reserve, a tropical forest of over 100 square kilometers.
  • A climb to Shengena Peak, the highest point in the Pare and Usambara mountains
  • A view into the Pare culture (old stories, traditional dances)
  • A visit to several development projects in our villages (irrigation, soil conservation, and afforestation)

Filming in the southern part of the Pare Mountains can perfectly be combined with filming in the neighboring Mkomanzi Game reserve where game drives and walking safari are done to sight a variety of wildlife. A hike through the Pare Mountains will give you an opportunity to film local villages and beautiful forests as well as explore the less-visited part of Tanzania.Pare Mountains Tanzania

Requirements and fees to film in Pare Mountains

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 the Pare Mountains. 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 the Pare Mountains

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 the Pare Mountains. 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 Pare Mountains.

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

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 Pare Mountains.

Accommodation in Pare Mountains

Lodge options to stay in during filming in the Pare Mountains range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options close to the Pare Mountains include Alison Lodge, Elephants Motel, Nafue Lodge, and Makoko guest house among others.

How to get to the Pare Mountains

Pare Mountains can be accessed from Arusha and Kilimanjaro by road for about 3 to 4 hours drive.

What is the best time to film in Pare Mountains?

Filming in Pare Mountains 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 Pare Mountains

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 Pare Mountains.


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