Filming on Lake Victoria in Kenya

Filming on Lake Victoria in Kenya

Filming on Lake Victoria in Kenya. Lake Victoria is the biggest Lake in Kenya that is shared by Uganda and Tanzania, it is the largest fresh water in Africa and chief reservoir of the River Nile, Its area is 26,828 square miles (69,484 square km) with an irregular quadrilateral shape. Its waters fill a shallow depression in the center of the great plateau that stretches between the Western and Eastern Rift Valleys. Lake Victoria has more than 200 species of fish, of which the Tilapia is the most economically important; there are birds, mammals, reptiles and other diverse wildlife.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or film maker? Here is your best option as you make a film documentary of the great lakes of Africa and you are interested in Lake Victoria in Kenya as your filming location in Kenya. It is very possible with our help on ground as your local fixers simply contact us here. Eco Film Fixers Kenya will arrange all the requirements upon contact for you to film on Lake Victoria.  There are a lot of filming locations and particulars on Lake Victoria in Kenya as detailed below.

Things to film on Lake Victoria in Kenya

Lake Victoria Islands

Lake Victoria has various islands which are Unique and amazing for your film production. Many of the islands are uninhabited except for a few fishermen, and the forests and swamps around some of the coasts make the islands a good habitat for birds, including whale-headed stork, herons, geese, grey parrot, kingfishers, and Shoe bill stork, fish eagle’s primates, Reptiles and many more.

Fisheries on Lake Victoria in Kenya

Lake Victoria supports Africa’s largest inland fishery, Initially the fishery involved native species, especially tilapia and haplochromine cichlids, but also catfish (Bagrus, Clarias, Synodontis and silver butter catfish), elephantfish, ningu (Labeo victorianus) and marbled lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus). Fishing has changed at the site over the years, from using small canoes to using motorized boats. The mode of transportation of fish has also improved to using containers with ice, unlike before when they were simply dropped inside a boat and then delivered though some fishermen still use this style. Contact us to guide all your preparations to film fisheries on Lake Victoria in Kenya.

Fishing villages and lifestyle

Filming in the fishing Villages can be organized as well, the vast majority of Lake Victoria-Uganda fishing communities are comprised of nucleated settlements located directly on or adjacent to landing sites..

Requirements to film on Lake Victoria in Kenya

You will also need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film on Lake Victoria in Kenya. 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 on Lake Victoria in Kenya

The following charges are applied for any filming on Lake Victoria 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 on Lake Victoria in Kenya as below;

Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Kenya Film Commission to be allowed to film on Lake Victoria in Kenya. 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 on Lake Victoria in Kenya 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 on Lake Victoria 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 filming on Lake Victoria in Kenya.

Where to stay during filming on Lake Victoria in Kenya

Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during filming on Lake Victoria in Kenya 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.

What is the best time to film on Lake Victoria in Kenya?

Filming on Lake Victoria in Kenya 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 on Lake Victoria in 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 are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming on Lake Victoria in Kenya.