What to film in Udzungwa National Park

What to film in Udzungwa National Park

Udzungwa National Park has the largest and most diverse chain of a dozen large forest mountains that stretch from the flat coastal areas to the eastern part of Tanzania. The park is home to the Eastern Arc Mountains and the archipelago of isolated massifs with various endemic plants and animals. There is a lot to film in Udzungwa National Park the forest has a great network of forest trails including the Sanje waterfall which plunges 170 meters 550ft.

The Mwanihana Trail leads to a high plateau giving an opportunity to film its panoramic views over the surrounding sugar plantations. The park is home to more than 400 species of birds and six recorded primate species which include the Iringa, red colobus, and Sanje crested Mangabey which are only found here in the world.

giraffes in Udzungwa National Park

How to get to Udzungwa National Park

The park is 5 hours drive from Dar es Salaam southwest of Mikumi. You can as well combine the filming in Udzungwa National Park with the nearby Mikumi and en-route to Ruaha National Parks.

Where to stay in Udzungwa National Park

Lodge options to stay while filming in Udzungwa National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options in Udzungwa National Park include Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp, Mwilamba Lodge, Udzungwa Falls Lodge, and Twiga Hotel Udzungwa among others.

What is the best time to film in Udzungwa National Park

Filming in Udzungwa National Park 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.

Requirements and fees to film in Udzungwa National Park

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 in Udzungwa National Park. 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 in Udzungwa National Park

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 Udzungwa National Park. 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 in Udzungwa National Park

On top of the above, you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot in Udzungwa National Park 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 in Udzungwa 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 in Udzungwa National Park

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 Udzungwa National Park.

Why use Film crew fixers Uganda to film in Udzungwa National Park

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 Udzungwa National Park.


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