Filming in Mwingi National Reserve

Filming in Mwingi National Reserve

Filming in Mwingi National Reserve. Mwingi National Reserve is one of the four protected and contiguous areas that make up Meru conservation Area. The other three include Meru National Park, Bisandi National Reserve and Kora National Park. The reserve is home to a variety of wildlife species including hippos, crocodiles and buffaloes. Many areas of the reserve have been encroached by settlements and permanent agriculture by the local people around the reserve.

Things to film in Mwingi National Reserve


Mwingi National reserve gives you an opportunity to as well film wildlife in the neighboring Meru National Park, Bisandi National Reserve and Kora National Park. It as well gives you an opportunity to view Mount Meru. Animals in the park include Caracal, Lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, hippos and several antelope species.

Major attractions and activities

Major attractions and activities at the reserve include wilderness habitats, game viewing, Adamson’s falls, Fishing and boating o Tana River, Kampi ya Simba former home of Joy and George Adamson and the grave of Elsa the lioness among others.

Requirements to film in Mwingi National Reserve

You will need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film in Mwingi National Reserve. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting for the filming 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 (2 to 3 days) 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.

Filming fees and costs in Mwingi National Reserve

The following charges are applied for any filming in Mwingi National Reserve:

  • 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 for filming in Mwingi National Reserve

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 in Mwingi National Reserve as below;

Kenya Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by 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.

Kenya Vehicle Hire Services

Eco Film Fixers Kenya will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Mwingi National Reserve 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 to Mwingi National Reserve.

Fixers in Kenya to help you film in Mwingi National Reserve

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.

How to get to Mwingi National Reserve

By road: The Reserve is easily accessible on tarmac via Thika to Mwingi then northeast through kyuso village or from Meru National Park through Adamson’s Bridge via Kora National Park.

What is the best time to film in Mwingi National Reserve?

Filming in Mwingi National Reserve is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively dry than March to May and November.

Why use Eco Film Fixers Kenya to film in Mwingi National Reserve

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 are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Mwingi National Reserve.