Filming Lake Jipe in Kenya
Filming Lake Jipe in Kenya: Filming in Lake Jipe is a shallow lake and average depth less than 3 meters, lying a stride the Kenya- Tanzania border just to the east of the northern Pare Mountains of Tanzania. The River Lumi travels through Kenya before entering Lake Jipe, which gets its primary inflow from Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The Pare Mountains’ River Muvulani serves as the other major inlet. Additionally, a number of transient streams, mostly from the Pare Mountains, empty into Lake Jipe. The lake has only one outflow, the River Ruvu, which is south of the main inflow, the River Lumi, in Tanzania. The River Lumi travels through Kenya before entering Lake Jipe, which gets its primary inflow from Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Filming the Pare Mountains’ River Muvulani serves as the other major inlet. Additionally, a number of transient streams, mostly from the Pare Mountains, empty into Lake Jipe. The lake has only one outflow, the River Ruvu, which is south of the main inflow, the River Lumi, in Tanzania. Take the Taveta exit at Voi, which is located opposite the gas station, on the main Nairobi/Mombasa road. The road is initially tarmac, then it is graded murram. Take a left turn at the Maktau gate, through which you enter Tsavo West National Park, and proceed to the Lake Jipe gate after traveling about 60 kilometers.
Filming crew may stay at Lake’s edge, Lake Jipe Bandas offer beautiful views of the water and the wildlife that frequents it. There are 3 bandas total, and each has 2 single beds. External restrooms serve the communal areas. Kerosene lamps, mosquito nets, and bed linen are offered. Additionally offered are jiko barbecues, cooking tools, and water. On-site caretakers live permanently. The film crew members will have to bring water to drink, a gas stove, candles, torches, and insect repellent. Additionally, guests will need to bring food, beverages, firewood, and charcoal.
Filming fees and costs for Lake Jipe
For any person interested in Lake Jipe they will have to pay some costs and fees to be granted permission to do any filming activity. As such, the filming charges for Lake Jipe 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
- 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)
- (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 film Lake Jipe.
To film Lake Jipe 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 filming Lake Jipe
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 filming Lake Jipe 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 Lake Jipe 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, 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 USD51.00.
When the best time to film Lake Jipe in Kenya?
Filming of the Lake 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 film Lake Jipe 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 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.