Filming in Selous Game Reserve

Filming in Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve is located in the southeast of Tanzania. It is a remote and less-visited game reserve. Selous Game reserve is the largest protected wildlife reserve in Africa covering 5% of Tanzania’s total area. The park is home to diverse habitats ranging from miombo woodlands, riverine swamps, open wooded grassland, hills, and open plains offering safe habitats to wildlife. Are you a filmmaker and you are looking to film in un-crowded by tourists and untouched gems in Africa Filming in Selous Game Reserve is the best option for you.

What to film in Selous Game Reserve


Selous Game Reserve is home to roaming elephant populations, the area’s famous wild dogs, and some of the last black rhino left in the region. Other wild animals include the cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus, buffalo, crocodiles, and white rhinoceros. Selous Game reserve is home to over 350 bird species. These can be spotted during the wet season.

Crocodiles and Hippos at the Rufigi River Delta

The Rufigi River Delta is Selous Game Reserve is one of the great attractions in the reserve. It is the largest water catchment locations in the region home to a plethora of varied water and birdlife. Rufigi River Delta connects the Great Ruaha River with the Rufigi river empting out into the Indian Ocean along the Tanzania coast. On the banks of the Rufigi River it s one of the best places to film crocodiles in Tanzania, hippos can as well be filmed in the mud with their mouths wide open.

crocodiles in selous game reserve

Requirements and fees to film in Selous Game Reserve

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 Selous Game Reserve. 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 Selous Game Reserve

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 Selous Game Reserve. 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 Selous Game Reserve

On top of the above, you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot in Selous Game Reserve 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 Selous Game Reserve 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 to help film in Selous Game Reserve

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 Selous Game Reserve

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Selous Game Reserve range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options in Selous Game Reserve include Sable Mountain Lodge, Selous Kinga Lodge, Selous Great Water Lodge, Selous Wilderness Camp, Selous Luxury Camp, Selous Mbuyu Safari Camp and Mivumo River Lodge among others.

How to get to Selous Game Reserve

By road: It takes 6 to 8 hours drive from Dar es Salaam via Kibiti to Mloka and the selous mbega main Camp on the Rufigi River.

By Air: Due to its remote location, it is most easily accessible only by small aircraft. There are daily scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar Island to the Selous Game Reserve through the Mbega airstrip.

What is the best time to film in Selous Game Reserve?

Filming in Selous Game Reserve 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 Selous Game Reserve

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 in Tanzania 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 Selous Game Reserve.


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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