Filming in Ruma National Park

Filming in Ruma National Park

Filming in Ruma National Park. Ruma National Park is the only terrestrial park in Nyanza Province. It was established as the Lambwe Valley Game Reserve in 1966 to prtect its indigenous population of the rare roan antelopes. In 1983 it became Ruma National Park. The park is great for filming the endemic Roan antelopes only found here in Kenya.

The park is also great for filming the classic East African Landscape of rolling golden savannah dotted with picturesque acacia trees backed by dramatic hills and a magnificent escarpment plus a mosaic of riverine woodland and balanties trees.

Other wildlife to film in Ruma National Park include Leopards, buffaloes, hyena Rothschild giraffes, oribis, Jackson and lelwel hartebeest, impalas, bohor reedbuck, serval cat, topi, baboons, monkeys, bush pigs and many more. For those interested in filming birds the park is also great with over 400 species including a rare intra-African migrant and the blue swallow.

Requirements to film in Ruma 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 Ruma 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 for filming in Ruma National Park

The following charges are applied for any filming in Ruma National Park:

  • 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 in Ruma National Park as below;

Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Kenya Film Commission to be allowed to film in Ruma National Park. 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.

Vehicle Hire Services

Eco Film Fixers Kenya will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Ruma National Park 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 to help you film in Ruma National Park

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 filming in Ruma National Park.

Where to stay during filming in Ruma National Park

Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during filming in Ruma 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 Nyai and Fig Tree Camp sites, Korlango and Twiga Lodges among others.

What is the best time to film in Ruma National Park?

Filming in Ruma 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.

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

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 Ruma National Park.