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Filming in Mt.Longonot National Park

Filming in Mt. Longonot National Park

Filming in Mt.Longonot National Park

Filming in Mt Longonot National Park: Mount Longonot National Park is a few kilometers from Nairobi and it is known as the youngest volcano raising at 2776 meters above sea level. Filming in Mt. Longonot National Park gives a clear views of the volcanoes and  it has always acted as the resting placed for the visitors who are heading to Lake Naivasha. Mt Longnot was formed as the result of vulcanite the similar process that led to the formation of the Great Rift Valley. Longonot, the most powerful of the Rift Valley volcanoes, rises 2,776 meters above the waters of the alluring Lake Naivasha. Regarding how to climb it, a clearly marked path leads to the rim after about 45 minutes of difficult scrambling. After reaching the top, you have two options: either take in the stunning view, which includes both the Mau Escarpment and the far-off Aberdares Range, or you can circle the rim in about three hours.

What you can film on Mt. Longonot National Park

Filming on Mt Longonot National park will lead you to interesting and beautiful things that you will be able to film on this great mountain. The main draws and interesting attractions for you to film in Mt. Longonot include crater forest, views of Lake Naivasha, the Great Rift Valley, and the extinct volcano. The buffalo, eland, lion, leopard, bushbuck, zebra, giraffe, Grant’s and Thomson gazelles, and antelopes are among the most popular wildlife attractions. The 52 sq km park is reachable from Nairobi via tarmac road. It doesn’t use a smart card system, so cash is required for entry. Although there are lodging options in Naivasha town and along the South Lake Road, there is no lodging in the park. Although the crater of Mount Longonot is heavily forested, its steep, sparsely vegetated sides are. Much of the forests were burned by a fire that swept up the sides and into the crater in 2009, which put a lot of stress on the area. While there are some animals in Mount Longonot National Park, the park is best known for its breathtaking scenery and hiking. Zebra, Giraffe, and Buffalo are among the animals found in the park; leopards can only be identified by their footprints.

Requirements for filming in Mt Longonot National park.

Filming permits

To film in Mt Longonot 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 Mt Longonot National park in Kenya.

Filming fees and costs for Mt Longonot National park.

For any person interested in filming in Mt Longonot 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 Longonot 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 Longonot National park.

Press Accreditation

To film in Mt Longonot 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 Longonot 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 Longonot 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 Longonot 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 Mt Longonot 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 Longonot National park

The park itself does not have any lodging options, but Naivasha town and its surroundings do. Those who prefer to live simply can find accommodations at the Olongoonot campsite.

What is the best time to film in Mt Longonot National park?

Filming in Mt Longonot 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 Longonot 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).

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.

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