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Filming in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Filming in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Filming in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Filming in Ol Pejeta Conservancy: This is the one of the best conservancy in Kenya that is perfect for the filming adventures.  The OL Pejeta conservancy features the 90,000 acres of land and it is taken as the nonprofit organisation or conserve found in the Laikipia County. It is believed that the conservancy conserves the largest black rhinos in the whole of the eastern Africa situated in the foothills of the Aberdare ranges and the beautiful snow-peaked Mount Kenya. In Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the elusive wild dog and leopard, the giraffe and elephant munching on whistling thorn trees, or the cheetah hunting for prey. It’s one of East Africa’s biggest reserves for black rhinos. Contrary to many protected areas, Ol Pejeta’s conservation plan includes cattle farming, which benefits the land and wildlife through strategic grazing and the local population through employment. Ol Pejeta is one of the best places to visit in Kenya because it provides a wide variety of activities and is perfect for adventurers, families, or honeymooners. Start your day off by going for a jog or a stroll through the savannah with the rangers to look for birds, learn about tracking, identify plants, and perhaps even get a chance to see a black rhino browsing from a safe distance. Additionally, along with the filming adventures in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy tourists can ride horses or bicycles through the reserve, meet the anti-poaching dogs, and track lions with the researchers of the conservancy. Therefore, you don’t need to wory but just come and explore Africa Adventure vaccations for the best filming experience in this great conservancy

What to film in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Filming the wildlife in Ol Pejeta Conservancy: there are several wildlife that can be filmed in the Olpejeta conservancy and among the wildlife that can be filmed include more than 40 chimpanzees, 88 black rhinoceroses in danger of extinction, 5 white rhinoceroses in danger of extinction, elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, grevy zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, Thomson’s gazelles, Black-back Jackals, ostriches, Grant’s gazelles, baboons, waterbuck, oryx, elands, and among others

Filming chimpanzee in Ol Pejeta Conservancy: The sweet waters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which is located on the larger Ol Pejeta Conservancy, was established in 1993 as a result of an agreement between the management of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and the Jane Goodall Institute. More than 40 chimpanzees now reside at the Sweeter Waters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The Sweet Waters Chimpanzee Island is accessible to Ol Pejeta visitors because admission to Ol Pejeta includes a fee for viewing the chimpanzees. However, Realm Africa Safaris can help you obtain all necessary permits if a film crew wishes to film the chimpanzees at Ol Pejeta’s Sweet Waters Sanctuary out to apply for Filming permits and permission.

Filming the rhinos especially the first Rhino Baraka in Ol Pejeta Conservancy: The first rhino to be born in the wild on Ol Pejeta was named Baraka, which is a Swahili word that means “blessings.” Due to a fight with another rhino in which he lost an eye and subsequently developed a crystallized cataract in the other, which is sadly irreparable, he is now totally blind. He was unable to be released into the wild due to his disability. Because of this, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy built a platform from which guests can feed Baraka three times per day.

How to access Ol Pejeta for filming

270 kilometers separate Ol Pejeta Conservancy from Nairobi. Just before Nanyuki town, 14 kilometers from the equator turnoff, is the main gate of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy (also known as the Sweetwaters Game Reserve). Serat Gate on the Rumuruti road is another entrance available to guests.

Accessing Ol Pejeta conservancy by road Transport: It takes about three to four hours to drive from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta. The 13 miles leading up to Ol Pejeta are on a dirt road, and the rest of the road from Nairobi to Nanyuki is paved. It is best to travel through Nyahururu and Nyeri to enter Ol Pejeta through Nanyuki from Nakuru or Naivasha. There is a sign to Ol Pejeta on the left, and it is signposted all the way to Rongai Gate about 6.5 kilometers after Nanyuki Airstrip. Having a 4×4 vehicle is crucial during the rainy season.  Keep in mind that the road around the Conservancy’s north and west is only passable with a large 4WD and is extremely challenging in wet conditions.

Accessing Ol Pejeta conservancy by Air Transport: A 45-minute drive separates Ol Pejeta from Nanyuki airstrip, which is serviced by daily scheduled flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport. Both Air Kenya and Safarilink provide transportation from Nairobi to Nanyuki. All lodging establishments on Ol Pejeta can arrange transportation to and from the airport. Another option is to charter a flight into Ol Pejeta’s airstrip from any other wildlife preserve or airport (currently only open to charter flights).

Requirements for filming in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Filming permits

To film in Ol Pejeta Conservancy 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 Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Filming fees and costs for Ol Pejeta Conservancy

For any person interested in filming in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, they will have to pay some costs and fees to be granted permission to do any filming activity. As such, the filming challenges in Ol Pejeta Conservancy 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 Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Press Accreditation

To film in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 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 Ol Pejeta Conservancy. 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 Ol Pejeta Conservancy 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 Ol Pejeta Conservancy 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 Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 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.

Where to stay during filing in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

While filming at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, there are a variety of lodging options available, ranging from affordable to luxurious. Depending on your interests and financial situation, you will decide where to stay. Contact us here for more information. Kicheche Laikipia Camp, Mutara Camp, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Ol Pejeta House, Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages, Pelican House, Porini Rhino Camp, Sweetwaters Serena Camp, and The Stables are among the lodging options in Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Among the campgrounds are Ewaso, Hippo Hide, Murera Donga, Ol Lerai, and Mbogo Campsite.

When is the best time to do filming in Ol Pejeta Conservancy?

Filming in Ol Pejeta Conservancy 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 filing at Ol Pejeta Conservancy -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 Ol Lentille 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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