Filming in Lake Nakuru National Park
Filming in Lake Nakuru national park presents you with a great chance to film a lot of the things that are found in this great park. Lake Nakuru National Park is known for flamingoes and other wildlife species which you will be able to film while on your filming trip in Kenya. About 188 square kilometers of Lake Nakuru National Park is found in Kenya, 160 kilometers northwest of Nairobi in the Rift Valley Nakuru County. The park and its lake forms a great ecosystem, and it is surrounded by grasslands with bushes and trees. Nakuru town is 4 km away from the main gate. The 12 km long Naishi airstrip in the southern part of the park provides access by air as well. However, the park is connected to the Nairobi-Nakuru highway by a gate at Lanet. In the Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya, there are 1.5 million flamingos and about 450 different species of water birds all these are available for the filming adventures and you shouldn’t miss out this chance to come to Kenya and do filming of these great features, the flamingoes rocking the lake Nakuru in addition to seeing other species of animals which is extremely and interesting.
What to film in Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park features a lot of interesting things that you need to shoot or that many people have shot and have appeared in several documentaries, and now it’s your turn to film these interesting things as well. The following are some of the things or attractions that you can film in Lake Nakuru National Park.
Filming the wild animals, or flora, in Lake Nakuru National Park: The rare long-eared leaf-nosed bat, colobus monkeys, rock hyrax, hippo, waterbuck, impala, gazelle, striped hyenas, wild cats, reedbucks, vervet monkeys, baboons, and golden cats are examples of indigenous mammals. The endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, black and white rhinos, and lions are among the wild animals that you can see in Lake Nakuru National Park. The best place to film these wildlife animals is on the shores of Lake Nakuru when they are drinking water, which is usually during hot weather.
Filming flamingos and other bird species in Lake Nakuru National Park: Lake Nakuru National Park features more than 450 bird species. Before the lake’s water levels dramatically increased in 2012, more than 1.5 million flamingos ringed its shores. Take pleasure in filming beautiful water birds and other bird species. The lake and the amazing display of pink flamingos along its edge are best viewed from Baboon Cliff, which also offers a great view of the birds. However, as food conditions change, the number of birds in the park varies, so before traveling, inquire about the bird population at the national park.
Filming plant species in Lake Nakuru National Park: Lake Nkuru National Park further involves and possesses more than 550 different plant species that make up the exceptional vegetation in Lake Nakuru National Park, and this vegetation offers spectacular scenes for filming. Some of the vegetation in the park that is good for filming includes the largest and most exceptional euphorbia forest in Africa, picturesque scenery, and yellow acacia woodlands. At Lion Hill, Baboon Cliff, the Out of Africa View Point, and Makalia Falls, the park also has breath-taking vistas.
Requirements for filming in Lake Nakuru National Park
To film in Lake Nakuru National Park you 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 Lake Nakuru National Park
Filming fees and costs for Lake Nakuru National Park
For any person interested in filming in Lake Nakuru National Park, they will have to pay some costs and fees to be granted permission to do any filming activity. As such, the filming challenges in Lake Nakuru National Park include:
- 8,000 shillings ($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 costs
- a) Kenya Shillings (Kshs/USD) filming rates
- 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)
- (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.
- 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 Lake Nakuru National Park.
To film in Lake Nakuru National Park, 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 Lake Nakuru National Park. 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 Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya. We offer 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 Tanzania. We are available 24 hours a day to be able to help you with all the information relating to filming in Lake Nakuru National Park 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 in Lake Nakuru National Park, they work as liaisons between our clients and our office.
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 USD51.0
When is the best time to do filming in Lake Nakuru National Park?
Filming in Lake Nakuru National Park 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 in Lake Nakuru National Park in 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).
How to get to Lake Nakuru National Park for filming
By Road: The main A104 road connects the park to Nairobi, which is located 156 km to the northwest of the city. The main gate, located 4 km from Nakuru Town Centre, is the entrance to the park that is most frequently used.
The Lanet Gate on the main Nairobi-Nakuru road serves as another entrance to the park. People entering the park from the Masai Mara or Elementaita do so through the Nderit Gate.
By air transport: The park’s tourism and KWS operations are served by the Naishi airstrip for the film crew member interested in using the Air transport
Park Roads: The majority of the park is accessible thanks to the park’s good, well-maintained motorable roads. There are three gates in the park. The Main Gate and Lanet Gate connect it to the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
Where to stay during filming in Lake Nakuru National Park
Budget, mid-range, and luxury lodging options are available at lodges and hotels during filming. Depending on your interests and financial situation, you will decide where to stay. To make a reservation, please contact us here. Lake Nakuru SOPA Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, Lake Nakuru Lodge, and Naishi Guest House are a few options in the Lake Nakuru National Park.
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 Losai National Reserve, 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.