Filming in Masai Mara National Reserve

Filming in Masai Mara National Reserve

Filming in Masai Mara National Reserve. Masai Mara National Reserve is widely recognized as the jewel in the crown of Kenya’s tourism industry. It plays a key role in preserving the world’s greatest migration of large mammals. The reserve is regarded as the most spectacular wildlife viewing area in Kenya with over 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species. Filming in Masai Mara National Reserve will give you an opportunity to shoot great wildlife numbers including the dominant inhabitant that is the wildebeests. In July each year over 1.5 million wildebeests along with large numbers of Zebras and Thompson’s gazelle, migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to search for fresh pastures in the Masai Mara before going back in October.

What to film in Masai Mara National Reserve.

The reserve is surrounded by local community group ranches serving as dispersal areas. The communities have allowed their land to be used as wildlife conservancies to earn tourism-related revenue. This is another great area for filming in Masai Mara National Reserve.


The Mara is one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world. The reserve offers excellent chances of filming the Big Five, Cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, balck backed and side-striped jackals, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, warthog, topi, elands, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impalas, waterbucks, oribi, reed buck and zebras. 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species have been recorded in this reserve including the annual migration of wildebeests which involves over 1.5 million animals.


Tourist activities include Game viewing, camping, night game drives, guided walking safaris, visits to Masai cultural villages, ballooning, bush dinner, lunch and breakfast and horse riding near the boundary of the reserve.

What is the best time to film in Masai Mara National Reserve?

The best time to visit and film in Masai Mara National reserve is during the peak season between July and October when the annual great migration takes place. Early November and February is also great time for excellent game viewing and filming in Masai Mara.

How to get to Masai Mara National Reserve

By Road: The C12 passes through Narok, Sekenani then Keekorok and on to the Mara Triangle, the C13 goes from Bomet to Narok road and on to Ngorgori Junction past Lemek the Oloololo gate and into the Mara Triangle.

By Air: Daily scheduled flights to serena airstrip and Kichwa Tembo airstrip both within the conservancy other airstrips include Keekorok, Oliombo and Musiara.

Where to stay in Masai Mara National Reserve

Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during filming in Masai Mara National Reserve range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodges include Mara Serena, Little Governors Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, Keekorok and Sarova Mara, Mara Intrepids, and Explorer among others. Contact us here for reservations and booking details.

Requirements to film in Masai Mara National Reserve

Like filming in other National Parks in Kenya, you will also need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film in Masai Mara National Reserve. 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 Commission. 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 Kenya we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya for you to be able to successfully film in this park

Filming fees and costs in Masai Mara National Reserve

The following charges are applied for any filming in Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya:

  • Ksh. 8, 000 ($80) for five (5) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
  • Ksh. 12, 000 ($115) for six (6) – ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
  • Ksh. 20, 000 ($200) for more than ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.

Kenya Filming Fees 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.

Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Kenya Film Commission for them to be allowed to film in Masai Mara National Reserve. 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. 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.

Why use Eco Film Fixers Kenya to film in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Eco Film Fixers 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 in Kenya are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Masai Mara National Reserve.