What to film in the Eritrean coastal desert

What to film in the Eritrean coastal desert

The Eritrean coastal desert is a harsh sand and gravel strip along the southern part of the coast of Eritrea and the Red Sea coast of Djibouti. This coast is of ecological importance as a channel for the mass migration of birds of prey making it one of the best places to film birds in Eritrea, it is also another great filming location in Eritrea.

There is much to film in the Eritrean Coastal desert ranging from various flora and fauna species. The desert hosts many migratory bird species given the fact it is one of the busiest migration routes in the world where birds such as buzzards and eagles make their way to Africa for the winter along the Red Sea coast and across the Bab-el-Mandeb strait.

Animals to film in the Eritrean coastal desert include sea turtles and gazelles including Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas), Soemmerring’s gazelle (Gazella soemmerringii) and Salt’s dik-dik (Madoqua saltiana). There are three near-endemic reptiles Ogaden burrowing asp (Atractaspis leucomelas), Ragazzi’s cylindrical skink (Chalcides ragazzii) and the gecko (Hemidactylus flaviviridis). Are you a film maker and interested in filming in the Eritrean coastal desert contact us here we will help you plan and book for you your shoot accordingly.

Requirements and fees to film in the Eritrean coastal desert

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film in the Eritrean coastal desert. Securing a filming permit in Eritrea can be an expensive and time consuming process so make sure to allow plenty of time for us to help you secure the permit for you. Filming in locations is possible in Eritrea given time, money and the right approach. Contact us here for more information on filming in the Eritrean coastal desert.

Unauthorized filming, photography or any other recording of government buildings, military installations and key infrastructure such as airports and border controls is illegal while filming in Eritrea. Penalties may include arrest, fines and confiscation of your equipment. Please contact us here for more information on filming in the Eritrean coastal desert.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot in the Eritrean coastal desert as below;

Eritrea Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase the tourist visa or business visa to allow you entry in Eritrea. You must obtain a visa from one of the Eritrean diplomatic missions close to you in your country of origin unless you come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries eligible for visa on arrival. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local Eritrean diplomatic mission or us here for the latest travel information to Eritrea.

Eritrea Vehicle Hire Services

Eco film fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in the Eritrean coastal desert depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be travelled.

Local Film Fixers in Eritrea to help you film in the Eritrean coastal desert

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Eritrea and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These acts as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in the Eritrean coastal desert. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in Eritrea.

Where to stay during filming in the Eritrean coastal desert

Lodge options to stay in during filming in the Eritrean coastal desert range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Asmara Palace Hotel and Africa Pension among others. Contact us here for booking and reservation details.

What is the best time to film in the Eritrean coastal desert?

Filming in the Eritrean coastal desert is done throughout the year. Generally Eritrea has very good year-round sunny and dry filming conditions.

Why use Eco film fixers to film in the Eritrean coastal desert

Eco film fixers is a local fixer company based in Ethiopia, we assist filming companies and Production agencies interested in filming both in Ethiopia and Eritrea. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides based in Eritrea. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are processed in the shortest time possible for a successful shoot in Eritrea. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in the Eritrean coastal desert.