Where to film Big cats in Kenya National Parks
Kenya is one of the best countries in Africa to film the Big cats. For many years across Africa, big game hunting has decimated the number of Big cats. In Kenya the Big cats can be filmed in their natural habitat and conservancies. Here are the best national parks to film Big cats in Kenya.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara is one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world. The reserve offers excellent chances of filming the Big cats and other wildlife including the great migration which happens every year in July where over 1.5 million wildebeests along with large numbers of Zebras and Thompson’s gazelle, migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to search for fresh pastures in the Masai Mara before going back in October. You will have a chance to film lions and cheetahs as they hunt during the migration. You will film them hunting down prey in the Maasai Mara.
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park is the largest National Park in Kenya. The park was established in 1948 and it is commonly known as the Theatre of the wild. The Park is divided into East and west intersected by the Nairobi to Mombasa railway and road. The park has interesting and diverse habitats, wildlife, and Scenic Mountain landscapes harboring all the big cats.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National park formerly known as Massai Amboseli game reserve is surrounded by the Kilimanjaro Mountains, the park is home to the Big cats and a good deal of other wildlife including the cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, Zebras among others.
Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru is one of the beautiful national parks in Kenya, with its alkaline lake home to the pink flamingos you also have a great opportunity to film the Big cats mainly the lions and leopards.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to the big cats which gives you an opportunity to film them up close. It is situated at the foothills of Aberdares National Park and snow-capped Mt Kenya.
Requirements to film Big cats in Kenya National Parks
You will need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film Big cats in Kenya National Parks. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting for the filming permit and fill an application form which must be accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, story synopsis, and a shooting schedule. These should be sent to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Commission. Filming permits for features, documentaries, short films, music videos, corporate videos, and commercials are issued within minutes of application. Applications for TV Series and full-length feature films are processed in less than 48 hours (2 to 3 days) of application. Contact us at Film crew fixers Uganda we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya.
Filming fees and costs to film Big cats in Kenya National Parks
The following charges are applied for filming the big cats in Kenya National Parks:
- Ksh. 8, 000 ($80) for five (5) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
- Ksh. 12, 000 ($115) for six (6) – ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
- Ksh. 20, 000 ($200) for more than ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
Kenya Filming Fees
- Adverts, documentaries, dramas, short features; still photographs KSHS 5,000 ($50)
- Full-length feature films, TV series KSHS 15,000 ($150)
- Daily filming fees KSHS 1,000 ($10)
Liaison Officer’s service charges
The Ministry charges Ksh. 400 ($5) per day to cover Liaison Officer’s services provided by a government Liaison Officer to be attached to the crew.
- Each visitor is required to pay Ksh. 2,000 ($20) to the Immigration Department for a special pass before engaging in any film shooting. The crew may, however, arrive in Kenya on a visitor’s pass while the filming special pass is being processed. We recommend you travel after all the filming paperwork has been arranged to avoid inconveniences.
- For all filming equipment, a nominal non-refundable fee of 1% of the value of the equipment or Ksh 30,000 ($300) whichever is less is payable to the Customs Department on presentation of a film license.
Kenya Visa Advice
You will need to purchase a tourist visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Kenya but visa’s can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Nairobi International Airport upon paying either USD51.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately.
Kenya Vehicle Hire Services
Film Crew Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film Big cats in Kenya National Parks depending on their chosen filming location 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.
Fixers in Kenya to help you film the Big cats in Kenya National Parks
All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Kenya 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 Kenya.
Where to stay during filming the Big cats in Kenya National Parks
Lodge options to stay in during filming big cats in Kenya National Parks range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for details.
What is the best time to film the big cats in Kenya National Parks?
Filming the Big cats in Kenya National Parks 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 this offers great sightings and easy shoots.
Why use Film crew fixers to film the Big cats in Kenya National Parks
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 in Kenya 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 big cats in Kenya National Parks.
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