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Filming at the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

Filming at the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

Filming at the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

Filming in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary: This is an outstanding sanctuary that is found in Naivasha, and it is known to be the sanctuary where you can easily identify and spot the animals. This is a privately owned and operated island that is run by guides who will accompany anyone who wishes to film on this magnificent island. Crescent Island is a beautiful, yet mysterious, place to visit while on your next adventurous safari in Kenya. The island is a peninsula surrounded by Lake Naivasha waters, and the only way to get there is by boat along the lake. The beautiful animals that live there include gazelles, impalas, wildebeests, jackals, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and waterbucks, among others. Crescent Island, which can be explored at any time of day while enjoying a picnic lunch, is also home to a variety of bird species, particularly water birds such as pelicans and cormorants, as well as stunning views of floral species. The sanctuary is not fenced, and this was done deliberately to allow animals to come close to it and allow the film crew members to effectively film the animals on coming to the sanctuary.

What to film at Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

Filming wildlife in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary: Crescent Island Game Sanctuary features a lot of wild animals, which can be seen in large numbers. The fact that it’s not fenced means that the island features hippos and herds of zebras, gazelles, wildebeest, and water bucks, all of which can be easily seen and filmed. For the time being, the film crew members will be able to film various bird species such as cormorants, pelicans, and great fish eagles, among others, which you will be able to enjoy and film. 

How to get to Crescent Island Game Sanctuary for Filming.

There is only one way to travel to Crescent Island Game Sanctuary and that is by boat. There are numerous companies that offer boat transportation to and from Crescent Island. Since the Island is surrounded by water, depending on where you are, you will need to pay for a boat ride to get there from the East or the West. The entrance fees, which must only be paid upon arrival at Crescent Island’s entrance, are not included in the amount payable during the transfer; they are only payable for the boat transfer. You can decide to combine a one-hour boat tour of the picturesque Lake Naivasha with your boat transfer to Crescent Island.

Requirements for filming in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

Filming permits

To film in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary will need to secure a filming permit from the Kenya Film Commission and the authorities by writing a letter requesting and filling out an application letter and providing a copy of your screenplay, a summary of your program, and a filming schedule with your application. These will be forwarded to the Kenya Film Commission’s Film Licensing Officer. Permits are issued in minutes for feature films, documentaries, short films, music videos, corporate videos, and commercials. Television series and feature film applications are processed within 48 hours of submission. Contact us at Africa Adventure Vacations and we will assist you in obtaining filming permission from Kenyan officials to ensure successful filming in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

Filming fees and costs for Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

For any person interested in filming in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, they will have to pay some costs and fees to be granted permission to do any filming activity. As such, the filming challenges in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary include:

  • Ksh 8,000 ($80) per person, per week or part-week;
  • For six (6) to ten (10) people, the weekly or part-week rate is Ksh 12,000 ($115).
  • 20,000 (2.00) for more than ten (10) people for one week or part of the week.

Kenya filming expenses

  1. a) Filming rates in Kenya Shillings (Kshs/USD)
  • Adverts, documentaries, dramas, short features, still photographs, Khs. 5, 000(50 dollars)
  • TV series and feature films in their entirety cost Ksh.15, 000 ($150).
  • Daily filming fees of Ksh. 1,000($10)
  1. (b) Liaison officer’s service charges
  • The Ministry charges Ksh. 400 ($5) per day to cover the Liaison Officer’s services provided by a government Liaison Officer to be attached to the crew.
  1. C) Other charges
  • Before participating in any filming, each guest must pay Ksh. 2,000($20) to the Department of Immigration Services for a special pass. While the filming special permission is being processed, artists may enter Kenya on a visitor’s pass.
  • On presentation of a film license, a small non-refundable fee of 1% of the equipment’s worth or Ksh 30, 000 ($300) (whichever is less) is payable to the Customs Department.

In addition to the above, you will need to pay for press accreditation, lodging, and transportation to successfully shoot the video in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary.

Press Accreditation

To film in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, all film crew members must be accredited by the Kenya Film Commission. Local filming agencies and private production companies or individuals must apply through a local agent registered with the Ministry. This is a prerequisite for all applications to make feature films and documentaries. Each crew member must fill out the Kenya Film License Form (which we normally send), scan it, and return it to us along with a copy of their passport and one photo for the filming license. We will then require a letter from the filming company specifying the name of the filming company, the reason for filming, the location of filming, and the film crew’s contact information. This letter is subsequently forwarded to the Kenya Film Commission for the film license to be processed. A film license is usually awarded within 2-3 business days.

Vehicle hiring services

You need a 4×4 vehicle when going to do filming in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary. When you trust Africa Adventure Vacations as your film fixer, then you will get the opportunity to book for yourself a strong vehicle that will transport the crew members to and from Crescent Island Game Sanctuary the vehicle based on the preferences of our clients and their budget, but also the location where you are going to film, because it may also determine the kind of vehicle that you might need. Because of the nature of the terrain, which might make you travel long distances, we kindly urge you to book our customized tour.

Daily, these cost about $200 to $250 per vehicle, and this price includes the fuel and the driver. You can also opt for our 4×4 safari van, which is available for $200 daily. By contacting us, we shall make sure that we calculate everything, and thus we shall inform you and give you the inclusive price. Each of our vehicles is accompanied by drivers who work as area fixers, and many of them have traveled to nearly every part of Kenya, so they are familiar with the local conditions and can provide critical information and resolve any situation on the ground. While in Kenya, these serve as intermediaries between you and our office. And please contact us for any film fixers in Kenya. We are available 24 hours a day to be able to help you with all the information relating to filming in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary in Kenya.

All of our vehicles include a driver who serves as the location fixer. Most of them have visited practically every section of Kenya and are thus familiar with local conditions and can provide relevant information and resolve any local issues. While on location at Crater Lake Game Sanctuary, they work as liaisons between our clients and our office.

Visa recommendation

You’ll need to get a tourist visa. Many film crews choose to get a visa before visiting Kenya. Visas, on the other hand, are easily obtained upon admission into the country. In this situation, you can obtain a tourist visa at the Nairobi International Airport for USD51.00.

When is the best time to do filming in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary?

Filming in Crescent Island Game Sanctuary is an adventure that is done all year round, but the best time for filming is during December and then from June to October. This time, weather conditions are dry and this makes filming activities so much more fantastic. However, the best time to do filming at Crescent Island Game Sanctuary -Kenya is during the rainy season, when the green vegetation blooms and provides an amazing scenic view (November to May), while the dry season offers the best photo opportunities, both on short and long hikes (May to October)

Why should you book your Kenya filming safari with Africa Adventure Vacations?

Africa Adventure Vacations is a popular tourist company based in Uganda that operates in East African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and South Africa. We have more than ten years of experience assisting filming and production companies and individual travelers who are interested in filming Crater Lake Game Sanctuary, nature-related wildlife and African culture. We offer services such as obtaining filming permission, clearing filming equipment, reserving lodging, and arranging transportation to filming businesses, all in the shortest amount of time possible. Other wildlife tours are available in all of the countries mentioned above, including gorilla tours in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a result, you should not hesitate to choose us as your East African film fixers, especially in Kenya for your Kenyan filming experience.

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