Filming tea plantations in Kenya
Filming tea plantations in Kenya: Filming tea plantations in Kenya is the home of the agriculture-led economies in East Africa, and it is the best place where you can go for tea filming safaris in Kenya. Tea is the major foreign exchange earner in Kenya and it is known as the 3rd largest producer of and leading exporter of this plant in East Africa. Most of the Kenyan teak is exported to Europe, Asia, and other countries in Africa. Most of the tea in Kenya is traded through the Mombasa tea auction, which is the largest of its kind in the whole world. Filming tea plantations in Kenya allows the film crew members to cover the documentaries on how the best tea is grown, how it is harvested, then processed, as well as exported. Workers in the garden will be filmed as they harvest the tea, showing which tea leaves are all harvested and then the bud, which is picked during the harvesting, is rolled and dried in the process known as “cut, tear, and cur.”
If you are interested in filing on the coffee plantation farms in Kenya, it will depend on which plantation you would like to film or shoot since there are many types of plantation films. The film crew members can decide to choose to film the Cianda farms, Kericho tea plantation, Kiambethu tea plantation, Gaciba, Nyayo, and other tea plantations, among others. We shall guide you to choose for yourself the best tea plan for the best filming documentary, and this is extremely interesting and wonderful, making it the absolute safari filming experience.
Requirements for filming tea plantations in Kenya
Tea filming permit
To film in Kenya tea gardens, you will need to secure a filming permit from the Kenya Film Commission and the authorities that manage the tea plantation where you desire to film, just as you would in other parts of Kenya. To receive a filming permit, you must write a letter requesting the permit and provide a copy of your screenplay, a summary of your plot, 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 a filming permission from Kenyan officials to ensure the successful filming of your Kenyan tea plantation.
Kenya filming fees for filming Kenya tea plantations
- 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 shoot the video for tea plantations.
To film tea planation’s in Kenya, 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 going to do tea 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 tea filming. 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 Tanzania, 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 Tanzania. We are available 24 hours a day to be able to help you with all the information relating to filming in tea plantation farms in Tanzania.
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 Kenya tea filming, 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 is the best time to film Kenya planation?
Filming tea plantations in Kenya is an adventure that is done all year round, but the best time for filming is during December and then from June to October. Kenya experiences the tropical climate which makes filming activity to take place through the year. This time, weather conditions are dry and this makes filming activities so much more fantastic. However, the best time to film Kenya tea plantations 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.