Filming Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli

Filming Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli

Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli are some of the famous archaeological sites in the world. Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important archaeological sites on planet earth. The geological strata exposed in the gorge reveals a remarkable record of animal and human evolution from about 2 million until fifteen thousand years ago. The site holds the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors. The recent studies by paleoanthropologists have found hundreds of fossilized bones and stones too types, thousands of animal fossils both extinct and extant species dating back millions of years leading them to conclude that humans evolved in Africa. The gorge is located in the Great Rift Valley between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park 30 miles from Laetoli another fossil-rich area.

At Laetoli located west of Ngorongoro Crater, hominid footprints are preserved in a volcanic rock 3.6 m years old and represent some of the earliest signs of mankind in the world. This is commonly known as “The Cradle of Mankind”

Filming at Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli will give you an opportunity to film the recent discoveries that are the new sets of fresh legendary footprints believed to belong to the earliest human being who could have walked in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area nearly 4 million years ago were discovered in 2015. In the world so far it is Tanzania that is boating of the world’s oldest marks of human beings in the form of hominid footprints.Olduvai Gorge

Requirements and fees to film Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board and the Department of Antiquities in the ministry of natural resources and tourism for you to be allowed to film Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli. 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 Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli

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 Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli. 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.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot of Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli 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 Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli 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 Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli

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 Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli.

Where to stay during filming Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli

Lodge options to stay in during filming Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge among others. Contact us here for booking and reservation details

What is the best time to film Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli?

Filming Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli 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 making the shoot easy.

Why use Film crew fixers Uganda to film Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli

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 of Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli.


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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