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Filming trips in Ruma National park close to Lake Victoria, the continent's largest freshwater lake with unexplored wildlife treasures and undisturbed peace

Filming trips in Ruma National park

Filming trips in Ruma National park;  Ruma National Park is close to Lake Victoria, the continent’s largest freshwater lake, and is located in the famed Lamwe Valley in south Nyanza, about 425 kilometers from Nairobi, 140 kilometers from Kisumu, and south-west of Homa Bay. Filming in Ruma National Park is so interesting because the park is a mosaic of environments that includes riverine woodland, rolling savannah, magnificent escarpments, and towering cliffs.

Filming trips in Ruma National park

It promises unexplored wildlife treasures and undisturbed peace. Further, it can be seen that the park is the terrestrial one found in Kenya’s Nyanza Province, and it is known as the “Last Retreat of the Roan Antelope,” guarding Kenya’s sole native population of the endangered roan antelope. Ruma is located on the level ground of the seasonally wet Lambwe River Valley, which is bordered to the south-east by the Kanyamwa Escarpment and to the north by the volcanic plugs of the Ruri Hills. Filming in Ruma National Park gives a rich and scenic documentary to the film crew members, which means that if you want to have a good filming adventure, you have to go to Ruma and enjoy the best filming trip safari experience.

The Park was first established as Lambwe Valley Game Reserve was initially created in 1966 to safeguard a native population of the rare Roan antelope, which is unique to Kenya. It was designated as a national park in 1983. In response to the locals’ request, it was given the new name “Ruma.” One of Kenya’s most feared wizards, Gor Mahia, who lived close to the park, gave the area that name.

What to film on filming trips in Ruma National park

Its undeniably that Ruma national park features a lot of attractions and the scenic views that you would be interested in to film.  At the moments the park is the perfect spot for filming trips the following;

Filming Ruma National Park wildlife and habitats: Filming in Ruma is the perfect destination for the visitors to film a lot of Ruma National Park wildlife species with the notably the roan antelopes which the park is famous for. The dominant Ruma National Park wildlife include the Roan antelope, which is unique to this part of the nation, as well as leopards, buffaloes, hyenas, Rothschild giraffes, oribis, Impalas, bohor reedbucks, serval cats, topis, baboons, vervet monkeys, honey badgers, and bush pigs.

Filming birds in Ruma National Park: There are over 400 different bird species in the park. The blue swallow, a rare intra-African migrant, is famous there. For campers, bird watchers, historians, and game enthusiasts, the park offers a pristine environment. Additionally, it’s a great location for sundowners, picnics, and team-building activities. Which all gives the visitors with the proper quality filming.

Further, it has been noted that the 120 km2 Ruma is home to a variety of landscapes, including golden grasslands, acacia trees, breathtaking cliffs, balanitis trees, and riverine woodlands which can be filmed. Among the attractions that can be observed during nature walks are the variety of tree density, canopy cover, and dominant grass species all these with the best landscapes and attractions, you will not regret why you decided to do filming in Ruma National Park.

Filming reptiles in Ruma National Park: Ruma park is also one of the destinations that where the visitors can film reptiles. The snake population in Ruma is exceptional. African spitting cobras, forest cobras, pythons, eastern green mambas, black-mouthed mambas, and puff adders are among the species that are easily seen. The park is also home to many geckos, skinks, and lizards.

Filming fees and costs for Ruma National Park

For any person interested in filing in Ruma National Park, they will have to pay some costs and fees to be granted permission to do any filming activity. As such, the filming challenges in Ruma National Park 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 shoot the video in Ruma National Park.

Press Accreditation

To film in Ruma Park, 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 Filming trips in Ruma National park

You need a 4×4 vehicle when going to do filming in Ruma National Park.

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 Ruma Park 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 in Ruma  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 at Ruma, 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 is the best time for filming in Ruma National Park?

Are you wondering what could be the best time for filming Ruma National park, the adventure that is done all year round, however the best time for filming Ruma National park 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 do filing at Ruma National Park Kenya 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).

where to stay in Ruma National Park for filming

Accessing Ruma National Park for filming is so easy since due the well established route system where one can either use air or road transport.

Accessing Ruma National Park for filming by car: The main entrance is 42 kilometers from Homa Bay. Take the major C20 tarmac road in the direction of Rongo from Homa Bay. After 10 kilometers, turn right at Rodi Company and travel 20 kilometers to Mirogi. While accessing Ruma for filming follow the directions to the park from Mirogi, entering at the Kamato main gate, which is 12 kilometers away on a muram road from Mirogi.

Accommodation in Ruma National Park

Accommodation in Ruma National Park options for staying in Ruma National Park during filming range from budget-friendly to mid-range to luxury. You will decide where to stay based on your interests and budget. For booking information, please contact us here. Among the options are Nyai and Fig Tree Campsites, as well as Korlango, Twiga Lodge, and Oribi Guess House.

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 Ruma National Park 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 Ruma National Park 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.