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Filming in South Turkana National Reserve

Filming in South Turkana National Reserve

Filming in South Turkana National Reserve

Filming in South Turkana National Reserve: This is one of the amazing reserves in Kenya that attracts several tourists and very many people to go and take the adventure safaris in this great national reserve. The reserve is rugged and well-known for its thorny bushes and riverine forests. It introduces the outstanding views of the rivers that flowed through the woodland fringes and the great riverine forests. The landscape filming is extremely impressive, mixed with various types of vegetation, and includes many interesting scenes. The 1,091-square kilometer South Turkana National Reserve is located near Lake Turkana in the foothills of Mount Nasalot. Since the reserve is in a dry area all year, there aren’t many visitors. The Reserve has a rocky topography with patches of dry savannah grasses, thorny bushes, and seasonal riverbeds. An estimated 98 km separate Kitale from the reserve gate. The South Turkana National Reserve is a rocky, stunning area of land with a diverse landscape. Despite the lack of plains game, the area is still worth visiting for the vast expanses of mixed vegetation and the scenery. With this background, at Africa Adventure Vacations, we call upon you to book the filming adventure to the South Turkana National Reserve.

What to film in South Turkana National Reserve

Filming wildlife in South of Turkana National Reserve: The South Turkana National Reserve offers scenic views of the countryside and mountains which can as well be filmed. Numerous perennial rivers, salty springs, and game viewing can be found in South Turkana National Reserve. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, eland, oryx, impala, bushbuck, greater kudu, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, and jackal are among the animals that have been spotted in this reserve. There are crocodiles in the rivers and a variety of birds, many of which congregate on the Kerio River’s banks. While on Kenya Safaris, visitors are drawn to South Turkana National Reserve by the variety of birds that congregate on the banks of the Kerio River.

Requirements for filming in South Turkana National Reserve

Filming permits

To film in South Turkana 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 Turkana National Reserve

Filming fees and costs for South Turkana National Reserve

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

Press Accreditation

To film in South Turkana 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 Turkana 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 Turkana 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, 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 Turkana National Reserve 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 South Turkana 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 Turkana National Reserve?

Filming in South Turkana 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 Turkana 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).

How to get to South Turkana National Reserve for filming

Accessing South Turkana National Reserve by road transport: The reserve is situated in Kenya’s rough foothills of Nasolot Mountain, off the Kitale-Lodwar highway. An estimated 98 km separate Kitale from the reserve gate. The drive from Nairobi to Lodwar and Lokchogio is on the A1 road, which passes through Wabuye on the A104. The western portion of the reserve is traversed by the A1 road. The 492.2 km trip from Nairobi to the reserve takes more than 9 hours and 41 minutes.The Lake Baringo route and the Kerio Valley route, both of which connect to the Lokichar road, are two additional alternate routes to the South Turkana reserve. In Kenya, 4WD vehicles are advised for upcountry travel. To the Kapenguria, Lodwar, and West Turkana regions, public transportation is available.

 Accessing South Turkana National Reserve by Air transport: With the aid of the regularly scheduled flight from Nairobi, the reserve has been reached.

Where to stay during filming in South Turkana National Reserve

There are no accommodations for visitors in the reserve, but there are other options in the nearby towns, such as Kitale and Lodwar, where there are accommodations for visitors. There are also several hotels in Kenya that are accessible to 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 Oloolua Forest Trail in Kenya, 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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