Filming the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania

Filming the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania

Filming the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania is one of the best filming activities in Tanzania that will give you an opportunity to explore Africa’s best wildlife including millions of Wildebeests. Wildebeests start and end their journey in Serengeti National Park. This happens annually which involves over 1.5 million wildebeests and thousands of Zebras migrating from the southern parts of Serengeti National Park plains and Ngorongoro conservation area to the southern parts of Masai Mara National Park in Kenya and back to Serengeti National Park. The Great migration normally happens in the dry season forcing the wildebeests and Zebras to move in search of fresh pastures and water. For filmmakers, this is an epic option to shoot wildlife and the wildebeests. You will also have an opportunity to film Cheetahs and Lions as they hunt down prey during the migration.

What is the best time to film the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania?

The best time to film the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania is during the dry season period that is between the months of July to early October every year. During this period in the southern parts of Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, the vegetation is sparse and dry, the waterways are as well dry this forces the wildebeests and Zebras to migrate to the northern plains that are in the southern part of Masai Mara National Park to search for fresh vegetation and water. 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.

wildebeasts filming in masai mara - wildebeasts in serengeti national park

Where to stay while filming the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania

Lodge and Hotel options to stay in while filming the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodges include Mwiba River Lodge, Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, Mbali Mbali Soroi Serengeti Lodge, Singita Sasakwa Lodge, and Zawadi Serengeti Safari Lodge.

Requirements and fees to film the Great Wildebeest Serengeti Migration in Tanzania

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 the Wildebeest Great Migration 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 the Wildebeest Great Migration 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 during the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania. 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 the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania. 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 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 to film the Wildebeest Great Migration 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 the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania 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 the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania 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 to help you film the Wildebeest Great Migration 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 the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania in Serengeti National Park.

How to get to Serengeti National Park to film the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania

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 the Wildebeest Great Migration 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 of the Wildebeest Great Migration in Tanzania.

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