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Filming in Sibiloi National Park

Filming in Sibiloi National Park

Filming in Sibiloi National Park

Filming in Sibiloi National Park: This is located in the north eastern Kenya in the marsabit county north eastern shore of the Lake Turkana which is known as the largest desert lake in Kenya. The park was established by the Kenyan government in 1973 to protect several wildlife species and the other sites of the national importance which were late gazzated as tourism sites. Marjory the Sibiloi national park is known for her fossils and it known as UNESCO World Heritage Site after the fossils were discovered by the researchers and the scientists. Therefore, with this background, it can said that this park is great and can be Perfect Park for filming of different attractions that can be seen within the park. So if you’re interesting in covering and filming the palaeontological sites in Kenya, then the Sibiloi National Park is the best option for you to engage and do filming of these sites of great importance. Therefore, the main draws are preserved wildlife fossils, which include an 18–20 foot long crocodile and a giant tortoise. Sites like the Koobi Fora, the Museum and Research Base, and the choppy “Jade Sea” attest to Turkana’s role in the origin of mankind.

What to film in Sibiloi National Park

Filming wildlife in Sibiloi National Park:   various animals can be filmed in this great park and among the animals that can be filmed include Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, gerenuk, greater kudu, lion, leopard, cheetahs, striped and spotted hyenas, jackals, caracals, and a variety of other wildlife species are just a few of the animals that can be seen in the Sibiloi National Park when going on a game drive. For visitors who want to view the fossils in the national park, these wildlife species offer an additional experience. The Nile crocodile breeds in Sibiloi National Park, one of the protected areas in the Somali biogeographical province.

Filming bird species in Sibiloi National Park: One of the main flamingo concentrations is on Central Island. The Somali ostrich, the Kori and Heuglin’s bustard, the northern carmine, the Somali bee eater, the chestnut-bellied sandgrouse, the fox kestrel, the ducks, pelicans, the taita falcon, the black-tailed godwit, and many other bird species can be filmed  in Sibiloi National Park.

You can also film The Turkana, the Gabra, and the Dassanach are three communities that are in close proximity to the site and all have extremely rich and pure traditional cultures. In the vicinity, nomads like the Samburu and Rendile can be found during the exceptionally dry season. Further, one of the unusual sights that visitors to Sibiloi National Park can see is the Petrified Forest. Numerous fossilized trees from prehistoric times make up this attraction.

Requirements for filming in Sibiloi National Park

Filming permits

To film in Sibiloi 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 Sibiloi National Park.

Filming fees and costs for Sibiloi National Park

For any person interested in filming in Sibiloi 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 Sibiloi National Park 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 Sibiloi National Park.

Press Accreditation

To film in Sibiloi 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 Sibiloi 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 Sibiloi 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 Sibiloi 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 Sibiloi 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 USD51.00.

When is the best time to do filming in Sibiloi National Park?

Filming in Sibiloi 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 filing at Sibiloi National Park -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 Sibiloi National Park for filming

Accessing Sibiloi National Park by road transport: It takes three days to travel from Nairobi to Lake Turkana via Marsabit, North Horr, or Maralal, South Horr. 800 KM separate it from Nairobi. You can also take the Kitale and Lodwar route from Nairobi to Kalokol. Karsa Gate (Main Gate), Alia Bay, and Koobi Fora are the park’s three gates.

 Accessing Sibiloi National Park by Air transport: There are 2 airports in Nairobi from which travelers can fly to Lake Turkana. Other airports can be found in Loiyangalani, North Horr, Kalokol, Marsabit, and Lodwar. For visitors unsure of how to get to Kenya, international flights land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The NBO airport is 15 km/9 mi southeast of Nairobi, and entry to Kenya almost certainly requires a visa.

Where to stay during filming in Sibiloi National Park

Accommodations are available at Oasis Lodge and Lobolo Tented Camp in Sibiloi National Park, Kenya. The Allia Bay Guesthouse offers self-catering accommodations with three double bedrooms, solar electricity, and furnished indoor sitting, dining, and kitchen areas. There is a campground at Koobi Fora Museum. Turkana and Sunset Strip Camp both have two public campsites (with restrooms but no water).

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 Shimba Hills 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.

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