Filming in Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is the oldest and one of the largest National Parks in Tanzania. Serengeti National Park is the most visited park in Tanzania famous for the massive migration of the Wildebeests and large herds of animals including Zebras, Elephants, and towers of Giraffes. Serengeti remains the best place in Tanzania and East Africa to film Lions and the Wildebeests. There is a lot to film in this park as detailed below;
What to film in Serengeti National Park
Filming the Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park
You will have an opportunity to film the Great Migration, this happens every year which involves over 1.5 million wildebeests and thousands of Zebras migrating from the southern parts of Serengeti National Park plains and Ngorongoro crater to the southern parts of Masai Mara National Park in Kenya and back to Serengeti National Park. This involves the wildebeests and Zebras rearing their young ones, this is not simple given the fact it is more of 3000 miles journey which tiresome making it a life and death migration, many die due to exhaustion giving a chance to other carnivore animals to ease their search for food like Hyenas, Cheetahs, and Lions. Of the above dry months, August and September are the best months to see the Great Migration given the fact this is a good time as well to experience the river crossing during the migration, late October the rains will resume in Tanzania and the herds will start their journey back to southern parts of Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater grassland plain areas.
Filming wildlife in Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park has a diverse variety of habitats ranging from grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodland. These are home to various wildlife which include wildebeest, zebra, lion, gazelle, giraffe, spotted hyena, leopard, elephant, serval, agama lizard, rock hyrax, secretary bird, rhinoceros, buffalo, cheetah, jackal, and aardwolf. The park is also home to about 500 bird species which include the ostrich and black eagle among others.
Filming Big 5 animals in Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is home to Big 5 animals which include Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, and Buffaloes. You can as well choose to film these animals up close through a walking safari tour at the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and discover lions, elephants, giraffes, crocodiles, and more exotic animals in their natural habitat.
Filming the Wildebeest Birthing in Serengeti National Park: Filming the wildebeest Birthing in Serengeti is one of the best documentaries to shoot in this park, this happens in the latter days on January into early February every year. Approximately 8000 young wildebeests are born every day during the peak of the wildebeest birthing season in Serengeti.
What is the best time to film in Serengeti National Park?
The best time to film in Serengeti National Park is during the dry season period that is between the months of July to early October every year. During this period the wildebeests and Zebras migrate to the northern plains in the southern part of Masai Mara National Park to search for fresh vegetation and water and late October the rains will resume in Tanzania and the herds will start their journey back to southern parts of Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater grassland plain areas.
Requirements and fees to film in Serengeti 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 Serengeti 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 Serengeti 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 Serengeti National Park. Permissions include filming inside the national park, 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 Serengeti National Par. On top of the filming permit in Tanzania got from Tanzania Film Censorship Board you will also need to get Serengeti Filming Permit from Tanzania National Park Authority National Parks which costs US$300 per person per day and includes entrance fee, camping fees, and filming fee per day. Contact us here for us to date filming fees in Serengeti National Park and how o get all the filming permissions.
On top of the above, you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot in Serengeti 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 Serengeti 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 help you film in Serengeti National Park.
Accommodation in Serengeti National Park
Lodge options to stay in during filming in Serengeti 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 in Serengeti National Park include Mwiba River Lodge, Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, Mbali Mbali Soroi Serengeti Lodge, Singita Sasakwa Lodge, and Zawadi Serengeti Safari Lodge.
How to get to Serengeti National Park
By road: Serengeti National Park is located 236km North West of Arusha and can be reached by car in 4 to 5 hours by car. By Air: There are daily scheduled flights to the seven airstrips operated by the Serengeti fly-in.
Why use Film crew fixers Uganda to film in Serengeti 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 Serengeti National Park.
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