Filming Black Rhinos at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Filming Black Rhinos at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Filming Black Rhinos at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Ol Pejeta is one of the great sanctuaries in Kenya with all the Big Five animals present in the sanctuary. It is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa with a population of southern white rhinos, home of the last two northern white rhinos left in the world and the sweetwaters chimpanzee sanctuary which protects the orphaned and abandoned chimpanzees from all over East Africa. The sanctuary offers great things to film with major attraction being the Black Rhinos.

What to film at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Rhinos

Ol Pejeta is home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos and a sanctuary for over 110 critically endangered black rhinos. The Conservancy employs highly trained rhino protection squads, partners with international veterinary experts and ensures data is gathered regularly on each individual animal.

Meet and film Baraka the Black Rhino: Baraka was one of the first rhinos born on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. With a low chance of survival on his own, Baraka was moved from the wild to a 100 acre enclosure in order to ensure his safety on your filming trip to this conservancy you will have an opportunity to film Baraka as well.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzees

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established with an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. The aim is to provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. Over the last decade, Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations bringing the total number of chimpanzees in the Sanctuary to 36. Many are confiscated from cramped and unnatural living conditions, and many arrive with horrific injuries sustained from abuse at the hands of humans. Here at Sweetwaters, they get a chance to start over.

Lion tracking

Take this unique opportunity to head out on Ol Pejeta Conservancy to track the lion population. It is a great way to support the conservation project and to learn more about these fascinating animals with an up-close experience encounter. Tracking excursions depart daily between 06:30h – 09:30h and 15:30h – 18:30h.

What is the best time to film Black Rhinos at Ol Pejeta.

Typically, Kenya’s long rains occur in April, May and early June. This is followed by a cooler dry season between July and October. The short rains fall for a few weeks in November, and the hotter dry season is December to March. Ol Pejeta Conservancy has excellent game all year round. For self drive visitors, a 4×4 is essential in the rainy season.

Requirements to film in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

You will need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission and permission from Ol Pejeta Conservancy authorities for you to be allowed to film in Ol Pejeta Conservancy. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting for the permit and fill an application form which must be accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, a story synopsis and a shooting schedule. These should be sent to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Classification Board. Filming permit for features, documentaries, short films, music videos, corporate videos and commercials are issued within minutes of application. Applications for TV Series and full length feature films are processed in less than 48 hours of application. Contact us at Eco Film Fixers we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya.

Filming Fees

Filming rates

  • Adverts, documentaries, dramas, short features; still photographs KSHS 5,000 ($50)
  • Full-length feature films, TV series KSHS 15,000 ($150)
  • Daily filming fees KSHS 1,000 ($10)

Liaison Officer’s service charges

The Ministry charges Ksh. 400 ($5) per day to cover Liaison Officer’s services provided by a government Liaison Officer to be attached to the crew.

Other charges

  • Each visitor is required to pay Ksh. 2,000 ($20) to the Immigration Department for a special pass before engaging in any film shooting. The crew may however, arrive in Kenya on a visitor’s pass while the filming special pass is being processed. We recommend you travel after all the filming paper work has been arranged to avoid inconveniences.
  • For all filming equipment, a nominal non-refundable fee of 1% of the value of the equipment or Ksh 30,000 ($300) whichever is less is payable to the Customs Department on presentation of a film license.

Kenya Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by the Kenya Film Commission. Local filming agents and Private production companies or individuals are requested to submit their applications through a local agent registered with the ministry. This requirement is mandatory for all applications to make feature films or documentaries in Kenya. Each crew member is required to fill a Kenya Film License Form (which we normally send to you) with all details, scan and send it back to us with a copy of his/her passport as well as one photograph to be put on his/her filming license. On top of this, we will need a letter from the filming company detailing who they are, why they are filming, where they will be filming and details of crew members on this shoot. We will attach this letter to all details provided and send them to Kenya Film Commission for film license processing. This takes 2-3 working days to have these film licenses ready.

Vehicle Hire Services

Eco Film Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Ol Pejeta Conservancy depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film in the park. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers which costs from USD200-250 per vehicle per day with Driver/Fixer or 4×4 Safari Vans from USD200 per Van per day with driver/Fixer. 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. We also organize both charter and schedule air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce on the number of hours.

Fixers in Kenya

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Kenya and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Kenya.

Accommodation in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Accommodation options to stay in during filming at Ol Pejeta Conservancy range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for details. Accommodation options in Ol Pejeta Conservancy include Kicheche Laikipia Camp, Mutara Camp, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Ol Pejeta House, Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages, Pelican House, Porini Rhino Camp, Sweetwaters Serena Camp and The Stables. Camping include Ewaso, Hippo Hide, Murera Donga, Ol Lerai and Mbogo Campsite among others.

Why use Eco Film Fixers to film in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Eco Film Fixers is a local fixer company based in Kenya, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda and East Africa as a whole for the last 8 years. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. 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. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.