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Filming in South Kitui National Reserve

Filming in South Kitui National Reserve: The reserve is comprised of the grasslands, acacia and the thicket vegetation harboring a lot of animal’s species

Filming in South Kitui National Reserve

Filming in South Kitui National Reserve: This is comprised of the grasslands, acacia and the thicket vegetation and it is known for having a lot of animal’s species which inhabit this kind of the vegetation.  Some of the animals relocated form the Tsavao National Park to Kitui National Reserve and majority of the animals that can be filmed here include the elephants leopards, lions, lesser kudu and the giraffes. Several species of notable primates can be found in the South Kitui National Reserve. Since the majority of these primates travel between the South Kitui National Reserve and the Tsavo National Park,. The South Kitui National Reserve covers an area of roughly 1, 833 square kilometers, making it a sizable reserve that can house stunning primates and other fauna as well as enormous flora that is used to feed the primates and thus it’s a good spot for Kenya filming safari


What to film in South Kitui National Reserve

Filming wildlife in Kitui National Reserve: The South Kitui National Reserve is home to a wide range of animals, including lions, leopards, black rhinos, zebras, waterbucks, dik-dik, gazelles, gerenuks, and gemsboks, among many other species which can be filmed . Visitors who visit this park can explore amazing flora and fauna present in the reserve won’t regret making the trip to South Kitui National Reserve. There is also birding; given the variety of birds present, it is only natural that there would be a lot of it when one arrived and had so much to enjoy and amuse oneself with. These animals can be filmed and the film crew members will be able to get more scenic views and the quality documentary which is extremely wonderful.

Filming the baobab tree species in South Kitui National Reserve: Particularly the baobab offers breathtaking sights that no visitor to Kenya would want to just let be and not move to enjoy the South Kitui National Reserve as much as they can. Given that it is close to both the Tsavo and the Amboseli national parks, this game reserve sees fewer visitors than other similar areas. The South Kitui National Reserve, which is home to the Kiothowa and Umbi Hills, which are good destinations for pristine landscape and a variety of species, is still significant despite this.

Requirements for filming in South Kitui National Reserve

Filming permits

To film in South  Kitui National Reserve 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 South Kitui National Reserve.

Filming fees and costs for South Kitui National Reserve

For any person interested in filming in South Kitui National Reserve, they will have to pay some costs and fees to be gran ted permission to do any filming activity. As such, the filming challenges in South Kitui National Reserve 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 South Kitui National Reserve.

Press Accreditation

To film in South Kitui National Reserve, 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 South Kitui National Reserve.

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 South  Kitui National Reserve 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 safari, 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 South Kitui National Reserve

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 South Kitui National Reserve, 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 South Kitui National Reserve?

Filming in South  Kitui National Reserve 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 South  Kitui National Reserve -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).

Accessing South Kitui National Reserve for filming

Accessing South Kitui National Reserve by road transport: You have a choice of two entrances into the reserve: east and west. The Arawale reserve, which is situated on the banks of the River Tana and passes through the villages of Mutiboko and Kakya to the west of South Kitui, is accessible from the South Kitui National Reserve. In this situation, a 4WD will suffice to navigate the difficult terrain. The distance is 122.4 kilometers.

 Accessing South Kitui National Reserve by Air transport: The fastest flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Nanyuki Airport, which takes 35 minutes inside the reserve, is the direct flight. The distance between Nairobi and South Kitui National Reserve is 192 km.

Where to stay during filming in Sibiloi National Park

The South Kitui National Reserve offers a variety of lodging options, including inexpensive, upscale, and luxurious lodging options. These options include Ashnil Aruba Lodge, Sagala Lodge, Voi Safari Lodge, Lion Hill Lodge, Impala Safari Lodge, Satao camp, and Village Shasha camp, all of which have comfortable bedding that contributes to the reserve’s welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

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