Filming on Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

Filming on Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

Zanzibar Island is also known as Unguja, it is composed of Tanzania Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is the main Island of Tanzania offering some of the best beaches in the world. The Island is home to coral reefs, sand bars, small pools of starfish and white sand beaches. The Island is also reach with a variety of flora and fauna species making it one of the best filming destinations in Africa.

What to film on Zanzibar Island


Zanzibar Island is home to various fauna and flora reflecting its connection to the African mainland during the last Ice Age. The Island has endemic mammals which include Zanzibar red colobus one of Africa’s rarest primates this can be filmed at Jozani forest, coastal thickets, and coral rag scrub as well as the mangrove swamps found on the Island. Other animals on the Island include Zanzibar leopard, monkeys, bush pigs, small antelopes, various species of mongoose, and African Civets. On the Island, you will also have an opportunity to film a wide variety of birdlife and butterflies.


The most famous event at Zanzibar Island is the Zanzibar International Film Festival also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries. It is attended by various filmmakers every year and tourists. This takes place every July showcasing the best of the Swahili Coast art scenes and traditional favorite music.

Zanzibar Island is also home to beautiful architectural features found in the Stone Town. These include the Guliani Bridge, the Livingstone house, The old dispensary of Zanzibar the house of wonders, Ngome Kongwe (The Old Fort of Zanzibar) among in zanzibar island

Requirements and fees to film on Zanzibar Island

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board and local Authority in Zanzibar for you to be allowed to film on Zanzibar Island. 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.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot on Zanzibar Island 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 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 Zanzibar Island 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 to film on Zanzibar Island

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 to film on Zanzibar Island.

Accommodation on Zanzibar Island

Lodge options to stay in during filming on Zanzibar Island range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodges on Zanzibar Island include Ananda Beach House, Rumaisa Hotel, Zanbluu Beach Hotel, Evergreen Bungalows, Shanuo Beach Bungalows and Simba Garden Lodge among others.

How to get to Zanzibar Island

By road: You can get to Zanzibar Island by bus from Arusha to Dar es Salaam then connect to the Island by a ferry. The bus Journey is over 650km which can take approximately more than 10 hours drive.

By Air: There are daily scheduled flights to Zanzibar Island from Arusha. Getting to the Island easily it is advised to fly rather than drive.

What is the best time to film on Zanzibar Island?

Filming on Zanzibar 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. The best is during the Zanzibar International Film Festival which takes place in July every year where you will have a chance to shoot various series at the Island.

Why use Film crew fixers Uganda to film on Zanzibar Island

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 Zanzibar Island.


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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