What to Film on Lake Tanganyika

What to Film on Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is the second largest fresh-water lake in the world by volume and the second deepest lake after Lake Baikal in Siberia. It is the deepest lake in Africa. Lake Tanganyika is shared among four countries namely Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia. Lake Tanganyika has over 300 species of Fish there are birds, mammals, reptiles, and other diverse wildlife. Film crew fixers will arrange all the requirements upon contact for you to film on Lake Tanganyika. There are a lot of filming locations and details on Lake Tanganyika as detailed below.

Things to film on Lake Tanganyika

Fisheries on Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is home to 300 fish species with 95% of them endemic to this lake. Fish is the most important food source for the people living around the lake and more than 46000 people work in the fish industry.

Fishing villages and lifestyle

Filming in the fishing Villages can be organized as well, the vast majority of Lake Tanganyika fishing communities are comprised of nucleated settlements located directly on or adjacent to landing sites. Most people live in houses of simple mud-and-wattle construction, thatched with grass or reeds. You will require permission from Local governments/local authorities to be allowed to film in any of the fishing villages. Your production can involve the local’s lifestyle, traditions, way of life, safety, government service access, and any other interest of your cast.

The Beaches on Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is surrounded by amazing beaches and beach hotels that attract a number of people to chill and relax.

Lake Tanganyika

Lake game viewing

There is plenty of fish to be seen during diving and snorkeling trips, there are also many aquatic critters to be seen which include otters, speckled eels, and freshwater crabs among others

Sport fishing

Lake Tanganyika is one of the best places to film sport fishing in East Africa. The lake is home to over 280 species of Cichlids, there are also larger species for sport fishing which include Sangala Pamba weighing up to 100kgs, Nile Perch up to 50kgs, and LAKE Salmon up to 25kg among others.

Water sports

Popular water sports on Lake Tanganyika include diving in the lake, visitors enjoy sailing, swimming, wakeboarding, kite surfing, boat cruise, and waterskiing.

Requirements and fees to film on Lake Tanganyika

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board and Tanzania National Parks Authority for you to be allowed to film on Lake Tanganyika. 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 finalization 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 Lake Tanganyika 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 will help organize transport for film crews to film on Lake Tanganyika 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 a 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

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.

Accommodation in Lake Tanganyika Area

Lodge options to stay in during filming on Lake Tanganyika range from Budget, and mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget.

What is the best time to film on Lake Tanganyika?

Filming on Lake Tanganyika 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 Lake Tanganyika

Film crew Fixers is a local line production 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 Lake Tanganyika.


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