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Filming in Mt Kenya National Park

Filming in Mt Kenya National Park

Filming in Mt Kenya National Park

Filming in Mt Kenya National Park: Mt. Kenya National Park is primarily found on the eastern side of the great rift valley and is about 175 kilometers north-east of Nairobi. This is one of the adventure parks in Kenya that visitors and travelers can enjoy while on an adventure trip. The Mount Kenya National Park features the second-highest peak in Africa, which stands at 5199 meters. In addition to adventure safaris, Mount Kenya National Park has proven to be one of the leading filming destinations in Kenya, where you can go and film a lot of things that are happening within the park, which makes the safari experience so much more interesting. Still, the park offers water to the Kenyan community, and it is believed that about 50% of the Kenyan population receives water from the Mt. Kenya National Park. This shows how the park is greatly significant to the people of Kenya, as well as the tourists and the film crew members who visit the park to film different species and the attractions found within the park. Due to its importance, Mt. Kenya is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of what it protects.

What to film in Mt Kenya National Park

Filming the vegetation of Mt Kenya National Park: people are attracted to Mt. Kenya National Park by its pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers, and peaks of exceptional beauty, as well as its geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered animal species, game, and distinctive mountain and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants all these appear well in filming and aid in producing the master class documentary.

Filming wildlife in Mt Kenya National Park: Elephants, tree hyraxes, white-tailed mongooses, sunis, black-fronted duikers, mole rats, bushbucks, waterbucks, and elands are some of these animals. The leopard, rhino, and giant forest hog are all infrequently seen. There are 130 species of birds known. The park  offers both simple and difficult climbs with breathtaking scenery. The mountain is the residence of the Supreme Being Ngai, a name also used in some variation by the Maasai and Kamba people, according to the Agikuyu who live nearby. You will also film beautiful lakes, tarns, glaciers, mountains, forests, mineral springs, rare and endangered animal species, and unspoiled wilderness Plains game adapted to high altitude and this is extremely interesting.

Requirements for filming in Mt Kenya National Park.

Filming permits

To film in Mt Kenya National Park in Kenya, 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 Mt Kenya National Park in Kenya.

Filming fees and costs for Mt Kenya National Park.

For any person interested in filming in Mt Kenya 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 Mt Kenya 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

  1. 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)
  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 Mt Kenya National Park.

Press Accreditation

To film in Mt Kenya 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 Mt Kenya 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 Mt Kenya National Park. 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 Kenya. We are available 24 hours a day to be able to help you with all the information relating to filming in Mt Kenya National Park.

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 Mt Kenya National Park, 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 USD51.0

Where to stay during filming in Mt Kenya National Park

While filming in Mountain Kenya National Park, there are a variety of lodge and hotel options to choose from, ranging in price from budget to luxury. Depending on your interests and financial situation, you will decide where to stay. To make a reservation, please contact us here. Serena Mountain Lodge, Batian Guesthouse, and Sirimon Bandas are available options. The Mount Kenya climbing route includes a number of bunkhouses and climbing huts.

What is the best time to film in Mt Kenya National Park?

Filming in Mt Kenya 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 at Mt Kenya National Park 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 Mt Kenya National Park for Filming

You can access Mount Kenya National Park by using the Sirimon Track or the Nyeri-Nanyuki road close to Naro-Moru on the Nanyuki-Isiolo road. Another way is via Chogoria, which is located 150 km north of Nairobi on the Embu-Meru road. The park is closest to Nanyuki, a commercial airport. The KWS provides self-catering lodging at Sirimon Bandas and Batian Guesthouse. At Kinondoni, Road Head, Mintos Hut, Naro-moru Gate, Met Station, Mackinder’s, Austrian Hut, Judmaier, Shipton, Liki North Hut 7, and Solo, there are camping areas.

By Road transport: The park is accessible via Sirimon Track on the Nanyuki-Isiolo road, which is 175 kilometers from Nairobi, or via Nyeri-Nanyuki road close to Naro Moru. Chogoria, located 150 kilometers north of Nairobi on the Embu-Meru road, is another way to access the park.

Airstrips: Nanyuki has the closest commercial airstrip to the 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 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.