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Filming on Lake Naivasha in Kenya

Filming on Lake Naivasha in Kenya: this is a stunning fresh water lake surrounded by the thick papyrus and is 13km across with shallow waters

Filming on Lake Naivasha in Kenya

Filming on Lake Naivasha in Kenya: Lake Naivasha is a stunning fresh water lake that is surrounded by the thick papyrus. Lake Naivasha is about 13 kilometers across with shallow waters. The water levels in the lake vary depending on the rain fall which means that in the dry season, the water tend to be shallow and in the rainy season, you finds the water levels very high. Many very interesting series to film are available at Lake Naivasha. One of the few freshwater lakes in East Africa is Lake Naivasha, which is found in Kenya outside of the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, northwest of Nairobi. It is located at Exploring the area close to Lake Naivasha is highly recommended. Nearby are Sonachi, a lake with a bright green cater, and Oloidien, two smaller lakes.

The lakeside location of Hell’s Gate National Park. The two enormous red-tinged cliffs that frame a geothermally active interior of steam vents and bubbling springs and gave rise to the park’s name. There is a plethora of plains game and birdlife in the park. It’s perfect for biking, hiking, and rock climbing because walking is permitted there. There are many opportunities for boat trips on the lake, which is a great way to spend an afternoon or morning. The rift valley’s highest point and provides many picturesque filming locations.

Filming on Lake Naivasha in Kenya

What to film on Lke Naivasha

 The fact that Lake Naivasha is so close to the Nairobi, it has developed into a popular getaway spot for city dwellers who travel there for organized activities like fishing, sailing, water-skiing, and adventure trekking. The Hells Gate, which features a sky-throbbing Fischer’s Tower and rock climbs, is located between Lake Naivasha and Mt. Longonot. The region has also been designated a national park (68 sq km) to protect the Lammergeyer, the rarest of Kenya’s vulture species that nests on rock cliffs. The park is home to a wide variety of other wildlife, including birds, buffalo, zebra, eland, kongoni, gazelles, and impala and all these canb be filmed by the film crew members.

How to access Lake Naivasha national Park for filming

Direct bus, Matatu, or private transportation from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha is the main road access. From Naivasha to Nakuru, the main road continues. Over an hour separates Naivasha and Nairobi. There is an airport in Naivasha, and charter flights are accessible from there. Here, a few lodges and guesthouses have their own airstrips. Numerous lodging establishments here can arrange transportation from Nairobi to Naivasha.

Where to stay during Lake Navasha filming trips

Budget-friendly, mid-range, and upscale lodge and hotel options are available for guests while filming is taking place on Lake Naivasha in Kenya. Depending on your interests and financial situation, you will decide where to stay. To make a reservation, please contact us here. There are several choices, including Lake Naivasha SOPA Lodge, Naivasha Kongoni Lodge, and Loldia House.

Filming fees and costs for Lake Naivasha

For any person interested in Lake Naivasha, 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 Naivasha 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 Naivasha.

Press Accreditation

To film Lake Naivasha 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 for

You need a 4×4 vehicle when filming Lake Naivasha

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 Naivasha 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 Naivasha  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 Naivasha in Kenya?

Filming of the Lake Naivasha 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 Naivasha 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.