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Filming of the Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

Filming of the Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

Filming of the Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

Filming at Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania: Filming at Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano produces the most outstanding film documentaries for anyone interested in exploring Tanzania. A distinctive and incredibly fascinating volcano looms over the East African Rift Valley in Northern Tanzania, just south of Lake Natron, at an elevation of 2960 meters (9711 feet). It is the only volcano in the world to occasionally produce natrocarbonatite lava, lava that is extremely fluid and virtually entirely devoid of silicon. The floor of the crater can be traversed on foot. Due to the intense daytime heat, scarcity of water, steep and hazardous slopes of ash and crumbly rocks, and significant height gain, climbing Oldoinyo Lengai is difficult. In most cases, you can begin your ascent to the summit early in the morning and arrive there at sunrise. Short, warm jackets are ideal for the ascent; long pants are also recommended because the summit can be chilly before daylight. An early descent from the peak in the morning shade is possible thanks to the access route from the northwest.

Many people who have observed Ol Doinyo Lengai since the middle of the 1980s have seen lava flows and, to a much lesser extent, explosive eruptions. Natrocarbonatite lava outbursts are frequently focused on one or more tiny cones that earlier lava eruptions have carved out of the crater floor. These eruptions often take the shape of open lava lakes or pools that may or may not be overflowing; lava flows that come from openings or fissures inside or close to the cones’ bases; or lava splashes or fountains that come from the cones’ summit vents.

In Maasai, Ol Doinyo Lengai is referred to as the “Mountain of God.” It is an active volcano situated in Tanzania’s Arusha Region, south of Lake Natron in the Gregory Rift. Ol Doinyo Lengai, the only known active volcano in the world recognized for releasing this type of lava, is one of the interesting locations to film in Tanzania. It is known to geologists for its natro-carbonatite lava. While it is observed that Ol Doinyo Lengai’s lava is thinner and more fluid than the silicate-rich, flaming red lava, it is distinguishable by its color, which is black. Due to its composition and the very low temperature at which it erupts, it has an unusually dark color. Ol Doinyo Lengai Mountain in Tanzania is a fantastic location for geological research, landscapes, and documentaries. You will have the opportunity to document the Maasai and the reasons behind their fervent faith in the mountain.

The cost of filming in Tanzania

Visitors who are interested in filming any destination in Tanzania are informed that there is some money that they will need to pay to do commercial filming in Tanzania. The filming permit will be issued by the Tanzanian government through the Tanzania Filming Board. Here at Africa Adventure Vacations, we will completely assist you in getting the filming permit in Tanzania and make sure that everything you need will be sorted in the quickest time possible. Once you have got the permit, which costs $1000, and this fee is for the regular permit, once you have this, then you will be able to go to the park where you will be filming, pay for the entrance, and immediately start the activity of filming.

When is the best time to film in Ol Doinyo Lengai?

Filming in Ol Doinyo Lengai is an adventure that is done all year round, but the best times for filming are during December and then from June to October. This time, weather conditions are dry and this makes filming activities so much more fantastic. The ideal opportunity for filming in the film Ol Doinyo Lengai  in Tanzania is during the dry season, which lasts from June to December. Filming in the rainy season is hectic and I would advise anyone to think of filming dry this time. However, the wet season is associated with the green color of nature because of the regeneration of vegetation, and this at times makes filming an adventure that is done all day or all year through. The wet season disturbs the film crew members, and it happens especially from March to May and November. Therefore, it is good that you film in Ol Doinyo Lengai from December to February and then June to October, which is relatively dry compared to March to May and November.

A single room at Lake Natron Tented Camp

A single room at Lake Natron Tented Camp

Where to stay during the filming of Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

There are a variety of lodges to choose from, ranging in price from cheap to luxurious, to stay in while filming on Tanzania’s Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai. Depending on your preferences and financial situation, you will decide where to stay. While Ol Doinyo Lengai is being filmed, guests can stay at a variety of lodges, including Lake Natron Tented Camp, Maasai Giraffes Eco Lodge, Lake Naron Camp, and Ngorongoro Wild Camp. Contact us here for information on reservations and bookings.

Requirements for filming in Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania

Requisition 1: Filming permits and their costs.

You will need a filming permit to participate in any filming activity in Tanzania. All those who are interested in filming in Tanzania will have to book their filming permits from the Tanzania Film Censorship Board and the Department of Antiquities in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

Once you have this filming permit, then you can proceed and start your filming in the marine parks and reserves in Tanzania. It is very important to note that getting a filming permit in Tanzania might be expensive and time-consuming, and thus the visitors must ensure that they book early with us so that we can start the process of securing the filming permit for Tanzania early. Make sure that you undergo all the application forms for filming with the assistance of your local Tanzania production service film fixer. This is the step that you must take before anything. Once you have finished the application procedures, make sure that you submit the forms to your reputable local Tanzania Consulate. This will help to quicken and complete your application process. Later, after this exercise, you will be asked to send your original documents back to your Tanzania film fixer to finalize the process with the authorities in Tanzania.

Permits for filming can only be used for three months at a time. Giving oneself as much time as possible to accomplish this process is recommended. If you just have a short amount of time, you can get an expedited permit, but the expenses will be substantially higher. A standard permit costs $1,000. The film crew members who don’t have time and would like to book the last-minute filming permit in Tanzania will have to pay $3,000 each. Please contact us here at Africa Adventure Vacations as we can help to secure the filming permit to enable you to make and film Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania.

Other Permission and Filming Fees in Tanzania

The moment you are done with getting the filming permit, which is the core of filming in Tanzania, remember that you might need some other permissions that you will need to gain access to Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania for filming. The other permissions that you might need may include filming inside the protected area or the national park, in case you need to do drone filming, as well as those interested in night filming safaris in Tanzania. Several laws and rules guide visitors or those who are interested in filming in Tanzania, and thus you must get the proper film fixer with high credentials to guide you so that you are not caught on the wrong side of the law. Please be reminded that you will also need to cover the accommodation costs, the visa, the film fixers’ fee, and the vehicle that you need to transport to and from Tanzania for filming.

How to travel to Ol Doinyo Lengai for filming?

Ol Doinyo Lengai is reachable by car from Moshi or Arusha. To reach Ol Doinyo Lengai, you must first travel to Ngaresero village (Lake Natron). It takes roughly 8 hours to drive here.

Requirement 3: You need a 4×4 vehicle when going to and from Ol Doinyo Lengai for filming.

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 in the marine parks and reserves in Tanzania. 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

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 Tanzania, so they are familiar with the local conditions and can provide critical information and resolve any situation on the ground. While in Tanzania, these serve as intermediaries between you and our office. And please contact us for any film fixers in Tanzania. We are available 24 hours a day to be able to help you with all the information relating to filming in Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tanzania.

A high quality camera is essential on a filming safari

A high quality camera is essential on a filming safari

Filming equipment freight and customs

If you choose Tanzania as your recording destination, you will almost certainly need to bring film equipment with you. The most efficient method of air shipping freight is to “go with” the baggage on your aircraft. The alternative option is to convey it as “unaccompanied” cargo via airship. The last method is more expensive, and the hardware may spend some time in customs at the port of entry. In Tanzania, the temporary importation of film equipment is governed by a bond framework or system. You can save the entire value of the hardware with the Tanzanian government for the duration of the shoot. You can apply for a discount on this bond’s cash market value. In any event, film studios can pay a freight agent or specialist a non-refundable 10% of the total cost of the equipment in exchange for the use of his or her bond. This is a shorter and less complicated cycle.

Why should you book your Tanzania filming safari with Africa Adventure Vacations?

Africa Adventure Vacations is a well-known 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, particularly those 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.

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