Filming in Mountain Kenya National Park

Filming in Mountain Kenya National Park

Filming in Mountain Kenya National Park. Mountain Kenya National Park is located in the East of the Rift Valley about 140km north northeast of Nairobi across the equator. The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and is also a biosphere reserve. It covers 715 sq km and includes the peaks standing 3200 meters above sea level. The park contains a variety of habitats including higher forest, bamboo, alpine moorlands, glaciers, tarns and glacial moraines. There is much to film in Mountain Kenya National Park including spectacular lakes, mountain climbing, wildlife, cave exploration, snow capped mountain peaks among others. The park is made up of Mountain Kenya which is the second tallest peak in Africa with major two peaks Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m) above sea level.

What to film in Mountain Kenya National Park


The park is home to various mammal species including Giant forest Hog, Tree Hyrax, white tailed mongoose, Elephants, Black Rhinos, Suni, black-fronted duiker, mole-rat and over 130 recorded species of birds.


The park is home to rare species of animals, pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty offering you great scenery for filming.

Requirements to film in Mountain Kenya National Park

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 Mountain Kenya National Park. 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 Mountain Kenya National Park

The following charges are applied for any filming in Mountain Kenya National Park 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

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.

On top of the above you will need to cover Press accreditation, accommodation, transport and others for a successful shoot as below;

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.

Fixers in Kenya to help you film in Mountain Kenya National Park

At Eco Film Fixers 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 acts as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Mountain Kenya National Park.

What is the best time to film in Mountain Kenya National Park?

Filming in Mountain Kenya National Park is done all year round and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November.

Accommodation in Mountain Kenya National Park

Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during filming in Mountain Kenya National Park 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 booking details. Options include Serena Mountain Lodge, Batian Guesthouse and Sirimon Bandas. There are several bunkhouses and climbing huts on the climbing route of Mount Kenya.

How to get to Mountain Kenya National Park

By road: The Park can be accessed on the Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or the Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. The Park is also accessible via Chogoria on the Embu-Meru road about 200km north of Nairobi.

By Air: There are scheduled domestic flights from Nairobi to Nanyuki airstrip you will need to book a transfer from this airstrip to your lodge in advance to avoid inconveniencies or arrival.

Why use Eco Film Fixers Kenya to film in Mountain Kenya National Park National Park

Eco Film Fixers Kenya, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda and East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi) 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 Mountain Kenya National Park.