Filming in Ruaha National Park

Filming in Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is one of the best places to film wildlife in Tanzania with great backdrops of the fascinating landscapes. Ruaha National Park is home to a diversity of plants and animals including buffalos, antelopes, elephants, and some of the rare and endangered species like wild dogs. The park is home to the Greater Kudu which is only found here in Tanzania.

What to film in Ruaha National Park


Ruaha National Park is home to over 571 species of birds and various migratory birds from Africa and outside Africa from Europe, Asia, Australia, and Madagascar. Species of interest in the park include Ruaha red-billed hornbill among others. The Usanga basin is one of the country’s important bird areas with various bird species. The best time for filming birds in the park is during the wet season but they can as well be filmed throughout anytime throughout the year.


Ruaha is one of the best places to film Elephants in Africa it is believed to have the highest concentration of elephants in East Africa. Other animals include both the Greater and Lesser Kudu, Sable and Roan antelopes, wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, lions, Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Jackals, and bat-eared foxes.

cheetahs in serengeti national park - cheatahs in Ruaha National Park

Requirements and fees to film in Ruaha 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 Ruaha 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 Ruaha 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 Ruaha National Park. Permissions include filming inside Ruaha National Park. 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 Ruaha National Park. National Parks and conservation areas have specific fees to film crews that change regularly. Contact us here for up to date filming fees in Ruaha 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 Ruaha 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 Ruaha 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 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 to film in Ruaha National Park.

Accommodation in Ruaha National Park

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Ruaha 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 include Ruaha River Lodge, Mwagusi Safari Camp, Jabali Ridge, Kwihala Camp, Kichaka Camp, Mdonya Old River Lodge, and Jongomero Camp among others

How to get to Ruaha National Park

By road: Ruaha National Park is located 120km away from the nearest town Iringa and can be reached by car in an hour and a half. Ruaha is 625km from Dare es Salaam and it is approximately 9 hours drive to get to the park

By Air: There are daily scheduled flights to the park’s two airstrips Msembe and Jongomero from Arusha.

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

Filming in Ruaha 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 Ruaha 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 Ruaha 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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