Filming Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

Filming Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

Ol Doinyo Lengai is known as the “Mountain of God” in the Maasai language. It is an active volcano located in the Gregory Rift south of Lake Natron within the Arush Region of Tanzania. Ol Doinyo Lengai is one of the interesting places to film in Tanzania known amog the geologists for its natro-carbonatite lave, it is the only known active volcano in the world erupting this kind of lava. While it is noted to be thinner and more fluid than the fiery red lava rich in silicate minerals Ol Doinyo Lengai’s lava is distinguished by its colour which is black. This unusual black colour results from its composition and the comparably low temperature at which it erupts. Ol Doinyo Lengai Mountain in Tanzania is great for documentary filming, scenery as well as geological studies. You will have a chance to film the Maasai and why they have strong beliefs in the mountain.

Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai

How to get to Ol Doinyo Lengai

By road: Ol Doinyo Lengai is accessible from Moshi or Arusha. You will need to drive to Ngaresero village (Lake Natron) from where you will get to Ol Doinyo Lengai. This is about 8 hours driving.

Requirements and fees to film Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board for you to be allowed to film Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania. 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 Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

Once you have obtained a filming permit for filming in Tanzania, there may be other permissions needed depending on what you want to film on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania. 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 for filming on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania as below;

Tanzania Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase the 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 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 on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania 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 travelled.

Film Fixers in Tanzania to help you film on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai 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 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 on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania.

Where to stay during filming on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

Lodge options to stay in during filming on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodges options to stay at during filming at Ol Doinyo Lengai include Lake Natron Tented Camp, Maasai Giraffes Eco Lodge, Lake Naron Camp and Ngorongoro Wild Camp among others. Contact us here for booking and reservation details

What is the best time to film on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania?

Filming on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania 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 on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

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 on Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania.


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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