Filming the Maasai ethnic group in Kenya

Filming the Maasai ethnic group in Kenya

Filming the Maasai ethnic group in Kenya. Maasai ethnic group is one of the most famous ethnic groups in Africa, in Kenya it is the best known cultural group. Clad in colorful shukas, these tall, bejeweled people have preserved their traditional way of life, uninfluenced by cultural trends elsewhere. The Maasai people are semi-Nordic people located primarily in Kenya and Northern parts of Tanzania, in Kenya they are can be filmed in Maasai Mara National Reserve and Lamu among other parts. These nomadic people live in bomas and work as goat and cattle herders. There is much to film about this ethnic group ranging from culture, their way of life and clothing among others.

What to film about the Maasai

Way of Life

The Maasai nomadic people live in bomas and work as goat and cattle herders. In the Maasai society, wealth and success are measured in terms of herd ownership. This way of life extends to their diet, which consists mainly of cattle and goat products such as meat, blood and milk. Maasai men are divided by age into groups child, junior warrior and senior warrior, junior elder and senior elder. The young men must be initiated into warrior hood before they can marry. It is also traditional practice that both men and women are circumcised.

Maasai people have a strong belief in God, whom they call Enkai. Like most Kenyans they are warm and welcoming and enjoy entertaining visitors with song and dance as well as high jumping from a standing position, a traditional sport for Maasai men.


The Maasai men have numerous traditions and ceremonies they perform. The best known traditional ceremony is known as the Warrior jumping dance where young Maasai Moran leap into the air from a standing position order to demonstrate strength and agility.


The members of the Maasai wear lush arrays of beaded arnaments, colour their hair red and decorate it with finely plaited sisal fibre.


The Maasai speak the Maasai Language which is an Eastern Nilotic language closely related to Samburu the language of the Samburu people in central Kenya and to Camus spoken south and southeast of Lake Baringo in Kenya. Most Maasai people also speak Swahili an official language of East Africa.

Requirements to film the Maasai ethnic group in Kenya

You will need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film the Maasai ethnic group 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 Classification Board. 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 we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya.

Filming fees and costs to film the Maasai ethnic group in Kenya

The following charges are applied to film the Maasai ethnic group in Kenya:

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;

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. 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 will help you organize transport for film crews to film the Maasai ethnic group 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

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. On the film crew team we also include a member from Maasai

 Why use Eco Film Fixers to film the Maasai ethnic group in Kenya

Eco Film Fixers is a local fixer company based in 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 of the Maasai ethnic group in Kenya.