Filming in Nairobi National Park
Filming in Nairobi National Park: When we mention filming in Nairobi National Park, we mean you are filming in one of the oldest national parks in Kenya and the first premium park to be gazetted and established in all of east Africa. Most people recognize Nairobi National Park as the crown jewel of East African conservation, which is extremely fascinating. The Nairobi National Park is located in the city of Nairobi, and as a city, it features several wildness scenes, including natural attractions in the form of wildness that are located in the city’s center. Still, filming in the Nairobi National Park will provide you with the best opportunities to film and see the more than 400 bird species found in this magnificent national park. You will need to drive just 10 kilometers from the capital city of Nairobi and the city center to reach the Nairobi National Park. This diverse park is home to its own wildebeest migration and is the only place on earth where you can find black and white rhinos grazing against the silhouettes of office buildings and skyscrapers. It also has acacia-fringed rivers, leopard-scawed cliffs, plunging gorges, and murky hippo pools.
Things to film in Nairobi National Park
There are several things that you can film in Nairobi national park and please look at these activities that you can film in this great national park
Filming wildlife in Nairobi National Park: The majority of the woodland is concentrated on the western side of Nairobi National Park, close to the entrance, making it a good place to film giraffes and (at dawn) leopards. Particularly during the dry season, animal concentrations are attracted to the various man-made dams and ponds, including Zebra, Maasai giraffe, buffalo, antelope, etc and these makes it easy for the film crew members to film the animals in the Nairobi National Park. While the Cheetah families can be seen sunbathing on top of the directional signs, the thriving lion prides of the Nairobi National Park prefer the open countryside. The elusive leopard is occasionally spotted at dawn along with the cheetah in the plains.
Filming birds in Nairobi National Park: More than 400 different species of birds have been recorded in Nairobi National thus the park is good for filming birds. Further the park is home to an abundance of European migrants between March and May. Be on the lookout for secretary birds, bustards, ostriches, and the stunning Jackson’s widowbird on the grasslands as well as marabou storks, vultures, and hawk eagles perched high in the acacia trees.
Rhino filming in Nairobi National Park: One of Kenya’s most effective rhino sanctuaries, Nairobi National Park has won praise from people all over the world. The park is home to the white rhino and has the highest population of black rhinos in the nation and thus you will film rhinos within the national park at ease.
Other interesting things to film in Nairobi National Park
Filming the Impala observation point: This location offers a stone-built rondavel with panoramic views and a picnic area high on a hill just a few minutes from the main gate (with latrines).
Filming the site of the burning of ivory: The location provides a roomy and practical venue for picnics and bush functions. It is famous as the location where former President Moi burned 2 tonnes of ivory in 1989 to demonstrate Kenya’s commitment to the conservation of elephants and our emphasis on zero trade in ivory.
Filming the picnic area at Kingfisher: a picnic area with greenery and shade that’s perfect for early morning bush breakfasts.
Filming the Mokoiyet picnic area is a wide, cliff-top area with covered tables, rest rooms, and plenty of parking. The Leopard Cliff Observation Point, which offers a view of the Mbagathi River Gorge below, is nearby.
Where to stay during filming in Nairobi National Park
There are a variety of accommodations available in Nairobi National Park, ranging from budget to luxury, including the Twiga camping site, the Ivory Burning Camp Site, the King Fisher Campsite, and several hotels in Nairobi City. Please contact Africa Adventure Vacations for the best accommodation facilities in Kigali city.
Requirements for filming in Nairobi National Park.
To film in Nairobi 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 Nairobi National Park.
Filming fees and costs for Nairobi National Park.
For any person interested in filming in Nairobi 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 Nairobi 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 of Nairobi National Park.
To film in Nairobi 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 Nairobi 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 Nairobi 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 Kenya. We are available 24 hours a day to be able to help you with all the information relating to filming in Nairobi 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 at Nairobi 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 Nairobi National Park?
Filming in Nairobi 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 Nairobi 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).
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 Mwea 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.