Where to Film Hyenas in Kenya

Where to film Hyenas in Kenya

Kenya is one of the best places to film Hyenas. The major species of hyenas filmed in Kenya is the spotted hyenas which are majorly in Maasai Mara National reserve and conservancy.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world. The reserve offers excellent chances of filming the spotted hyenas, other animals to film in the reserve include the Cheetahs, several bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, warthog, topi, elands, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impalas, waterbucks, oribi, reedbuck, and zebras. Depending on the time you film in the reserve you will also have an opportunity to film hyenas hunt the wildebeests during the great migration. Spotted hyenas in the reserve can be filmed up-close if you stay at Rekero Camp and Little Governors’ Camp.

Maasai Mara Conservancy

Maasai Mara Conservancy located in the north-western zone of the Masai Mara ecosystem, also offers significant chances of filming spotted hyenas. At the Conservancy, if you stay at Kichera Mara Camp, Kicheche Bush Camp, Kicheche Valley Camp, Naboisho Camp, Elephant Pepper Camp, and Ol Kinyei Adventure Camp you will be able to film the spotted hyenas up-close.hyenas in kenya

Laikipia Wildlife Forum

Filming hyenas at Laikipia Wildernesses is best done when you stay at Lewa Wilderness Camp and Kicheche Laikipia Camp. Laikipia offers visitors the freedom and space to walk, ride, cycle, and camp among a diversity of wildlife and wild landscapes against the dramatic backdrop of Mountain Kenya.

Requirements to film Hyenas in Kenya

You will need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film Hyenas in Kenya. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting the permit and fill out an application form which must be accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, a story synopsis, and a shooting schedule. These should be sent to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Classification Board. 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 of application. Contact us at Film crew fixers we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya.

Filming fees and costs to film Hyenas in Kenya

The following charges are applied for filming Hyenas in Kenya:

  • 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

Filming rates

  • 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.

Other charges

  • 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.

On top of the above you will need to cover Press accreditation, accommodation, transport, and others for a successful shoot as below;

Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Kenya Film Commission to film be allowed to film hyenas in Kenya. Local filming agents and Private production companies or individuals are requested to submit their applications through a local agent registered with the ministry. This requirement is mandatory for all applications to make feature films or documentaries. Each crew member is required to fill out a Kenya Film License Form (which we normally send to you) with all details, scan and send it back to us with a copy of his/her passport as well as one photograph to be put on his/her filming license. On top of this, we will need a letter from the filming company detailing who they are, why they are filming, where they will be filming, and details of crew members on this shoot. We will attach this letter to all details provided and send them to Kenya Film Commission for film license processing. This takes 2-3 working days to have these film licenses ready. 

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.

Vehicle Hire Services

Film Crew Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film Hyenas in Kenya 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. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce the number of hours. 

Fixers in Kenya

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 filming Hyenas in Kenya.


Accommodation options to stay in during filming Hyenas in Kenya 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 Hyenas in Kenya?

Filming Hyenas in Kenya 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 to film Hyenas in Kenya

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. Are you a media company, brand and agency or production company looking for filming or photography production support or shooting wildlife in Kenya, 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 Hyenas in Kenya.


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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