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Filming on Lake Elementaita in Kenya

Filming on Lake Elementaita in Kenya: one of the smallest lakes that is found in the eastern sweep of the Great East Africa Rift Valley

Filming on Lake Elementaita in Kenya

Filming on Lake Elementaita in Kenya: This is the one of the smallest lakes that is found in the eastern sweep of the Great Rift Valley and the lake is bounded by outstanding country which was critical during the colonial era. Actually filming on Lake Elementaita is very and extremely impressive and it is found within the lying shadow of the beautiful peaks comm0only known as the sleeping masai. There are several species of birds that are found around Lake Elementaita in addition to other interesting animals such as the warthog, zebras, gazelle, eland among others and this is a great destination for filming.

What to film in Lake Elementaita in Kenya

There are a lot of interesting activities that you can film on Lake Elementaita. Even though they are much less frequent visitors than at Lake Nakuru, flamingos frequently visit Lake Elementaita. Pelicans and herons, two species of fishing birds, can also be filmed. There used to be a hippo colony as well, but it vanished as a result of the droughts that occasionally caused the lake to completely dry up.

How to get to Lake Elementaita for filming in Kenya

Direct bus, Matatu, or private transportation from Nairobi to Lake Elementaita is the main road access. To reach Nakuru, the main highway continues. Gilgil is the nearest town. Nairobi is 1hour and 30 minutes hours away by car from Elmenteita. There is an airport in Naivasha, and charter flights are accessible from there. Transfers from Nairobi to Naivasha can be arranged by the lodges and camps in the area. The simplest way to leave Lake Nakuru National Park for a day trip to Lake Elementaita is through Nderit Gate, which is past Lake Nakuru Lodge.

Where to stay while filming on Lake Elementaita

Being close to Nakuru gives the option of staying at one of the lodges on Lake Nakuru and traveling to Elmenteita for the day. But this lake offers its own lodging options: Lodge at Lake Elementaita: The historic farmhouse that is now a part of Jacaranda Hotels was constructed in and belonged to settler and farmer Lord Galbraith Cole. The most basic and reasonably priced lodging option near the lake is Elementaita

Flamingo Camp & Cottages. With a capacity for 22, it has three cottages and five tents. On the main road leading to the property, there is a signpost.

Filming fees and costs for Lake Elementaita

For any person interested in Lake Elementaita, 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 Elementaita 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 film Lake Elementaita.

Press Accreditation

To film Lake Elementaita 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 Elementaita

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 Elementaita 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 Elementaita  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.

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 the best time to film Lake Elementaita in Kenya?

Filming of the Lake Elementaita 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 Elementaita 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.

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