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Filming on Lake Victoria Kenya

Filming on Lake Victoria Kenya: The lake is the heart of Africa and the source of the outstanding and the world's longest river, the Nile

Filming on Lake Victoria Kenya

Filming on Lake Victoria Kenya:  Kenya is among the countries that share the waters of Lake Victoria. Lake Victoria is the heart of Africa and it is the source of the outstanding river, River Nile which has turnout to be the longest river in the whole world. This massive body of water is abundant with fish, including huge Nile Perch and shimmering shoals of colorful cichlids. The Luo are a powerful fishing tribe who call Nyanza province home. Many tourists come to this lake for the fishing, particularly to catch the Nile Perch, which is regarded as a world-class game fish. In Victoria, there are three different fishing lodges. Kisumu is a calm lakeshore port city with broad streets and beautiful colonial architecture. South of the lake, toward the wide waters of Homa Bay, are fishing villages. Ruma National Park, a small but lovely park with numerous rare species, is located in this region.

In the middle of the vast plateau that connects the Western and Eastern Rift Valleys, its waters fill a shallow depression. More than 200 different fish species, including the Tilapia, which has the greatest economic significance, can be found in Lake Victoria, along with a wide variety of other animals and plants. Are you a film producer, brand, media company, or advertising agency? If you’re interested in filming at Kenya’s Lake Victoria for a documentary about the continent’s great lakes, this is your best option. With our assistance on the ground as your local fixers, it is very likely. Just get in touch with us here. When you contact Africa Adventure Vacations, we will make all the necessary arrangements for your shoot.

Let’s see what you can film on Lake Victoria Kenya

Filming fisheries on Lake Victoria Kenya: The largest inland fishery in Africa is supported by Lake Victoria. Fishing for native species at first included tilapia, haplochromine cichlids, elephantfish, ningu (Labeo victorianus), marbled lungfish, catfish (Bagrus, Clarias, Synodontis, and silver butter catfish), and catfish (Protopterus aethiopicus). Small canoes and motorized boats have both been used for fishing at the location over the years. Although some fishermen still use this method, fish are now transported in containers with ice as opposed to earlier times when they were simply dropped inside a boat and then delivered. Get in touch with us for assistance with all of your planning for filming fisheries on Kenya’s Lake Victoria.

Filming Islands on Lake Victoria Kenya: There are many islands in Lake Victoria that are exceptional and fantastic for your film production. With the exception of a few fishermen, many of the islands are uninhabited, and the forests and swamps along some of the coasts provide a good habitat for a variety of birds, including the whale-headed stork, herons, geese, grey parrots, kingfishers, and Shoe Bill stork, as well as primates, reptiles, and many other species of birds.

Filming fishing villages on Lake Victoria Kenya: The vast majority of Lake Victoria-Uganda fishing communities are made up of nucleated settlements that are situated on or nearby landing sites. Filming in the fishing villages can also be arranged.

Where to stay during filming on Lake Victoria Kenya

While filming on Lake Victoria in Kenya, lodge and hotel options range from budget-friendly to upscale. Depending on your interests and financial situation, you will decide where to stay. To make a reservation, please contact Africa adventure vacations.

Requirements for filming Lake Victoria

Filming permits

To film Lake Victoria 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 Lake Victoria.

Filming fees and costs for Lake Victoria

For any person interested in Lake Victoria, 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 Turkana 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 Turkana.

Press Accreditation

To film Lake Victoria 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 Victoria

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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria in Kenya?

Filming of the Lake Victoria 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 Victoria 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.