Filming in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves

Filming in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves

Tanzania is home to various Marine Parks and Reserves. These are all grouped and managed under the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System (DMRS) controlled by Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves Unit. The reserve system consists of nine uninhabited islands four north of Dar es Salaam (Bongoyo, Mbudya, Pangavini, and Fungu Yasini) and five south of the city (Inner and Outer Makatumbe, Inner and Outer Sinda, and Kendwa Island). It provides protection for several important tropical ecosystems; coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds making them worth filming for those interested in filming marine wildlife and coral reefs. Here below are the best marine parks and reserve to film in Tanzania.

Mafia Island Marine Park

This consists of eight small reserves located along the Tanzania coast. The island is home to an outstanding mosaic of tropical marine habitats including coral reefs, mangroves, grass beds, and inter-tidal flats. The park is also home to two species of sea turtle used as mafia’s beaches as nesting grounds and the area has been recognized internationally as a critical site for biodiversity. Filming at this park will give you an opportunity to cover several historical sites some dating back to the 13th century. The marine park area has national importance as one of the few remaining reef complexes within Tanzania’s coastal waters in relatively intact condition.

Mikindani Bay Marine Reserve

Mikindani Bay Marine Reserve is a fascinating old town with winding streets and an exciting blend of African, Arabic, and European architecture. Some of the interesting attractions to film at Mikindani Bay Marine reserve include the old house, Hendricks Family, The Hendricks families are the most famous of the Makonde carvers who still live in the Mtwara area. You can visit their carving workshop in Ziwani village just outside of Mtwara town. Other notable attractions include;

  • A number of historical buildings
  • Visit the Mikindani town the oldest settlements in Tanzania.
  • Visit Dr. Livingstone’s house where he lived when he landed in Mikindani during his final trip into Africa. This house still has a small sign on it.
  • There is a big ancient mosque, Old Boma, and an old German colonial building. This building is currently transformed into a top-end hotel, but still worth to have a look inside.

Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park

This is located in southern Tanzania it is home to important populations of whales, dolphins, four species of turtle, and numerous birds. For those interested in filming whales on the coast of Tanzania this is the best marine park.

Chumbe Island Marine Sanctuary

Chumbe Island Marine Sanctuary is one of the best places in the world to film coral reefs, this offers some of the most pristine and colorful coral reefs in the world, with over 200 species of coral providing a sanctuary for more than 400 species of colorful fish. Filming coral reefs at this marine park don’t need you to dive given it is not permitted the marine is shallow enough to see everything very clearly with a mask, snorkel, and fins.

Requirements and fees to film in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board, Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System (DMRS), and Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves Unit for you to be allowed to film in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves. 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 Tanzania’s filming permit to film in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves.

Other permissions and fees for filming in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves

Once you have obtained a filming permit for filming in Tanzania, there may be other permissions needed depending on what and where you want to film in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves. 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 to film in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves.

On top of the above, you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves as below;

Tanzania Visa and work permit Advice for filming in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves

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 Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves 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 Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves

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 Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves.

Where to stay during filming in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves 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 and reservation details

What is the best time to film in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves?

Filming in Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves 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 Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves

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 Tanzania Marine Parks and Reserves.


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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