Best national parks to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania

Best national parks to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best countries in Africa to film the Big 5 animals. There are a number of countries within Africa in which you can film the Big 5 animals but the most stunning of these is Tanzania the unforgettable. For many years across Africa big game hunting has drastically reduced the numbers of Big 5 animals which include Africa Lion, African Leopard, African Elephant, Cape Buffaloes and Rhinos but Tanzania still holds a big number of those that still survive. In Tanzania the Big 5 animals can be filmed in their natural habitat in various National Parks. Here are the best national parks to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania.

Big 5 animals in Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is one of the best places to film the Big 5 animals, you will also have a chance to film the lions hunt prey during the wildebeest migration if you visit during the time of the great migration which normally happens in July to October. Other notable wild animals include wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, giraffe, spotted hyena, serval, agama lizard, rock hyrax, secretary bird, cheetah, jackal and aardwolf.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is another great place to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania. Among other notable animal species to film in this Conservation Area include wildebeest, hartebeest, mountain reedbuck, zebra, spotted hyena, hippopotamus and gazelle.

Lake Manyara National Park

At this park you also have an opportunity to film the Big 5 animals and other predators including black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, serval, honey badger, African wild cat, spotted hyena, African civet, genet (Genetta) species and several mongoose species. Cheetah and African golden cat are rarely sighted. Other notable mammals include baboon, lesser flamingo, greater flamingo, hippopotamus, wildebeest, bushbuck, impala, giraffe, zebra, white pelican, yellow-billed stork, Ayres’s hawk-eagle, Nile monitor, white-breasted cormorant, palm-nut vulture and cobra

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is another place to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania. Other animals include both the Greater and Lesser Kudu, Sable and Roan antelopes, wild dogs, cheetahs, giraffes, Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Jackals and bat eared foxes.

Other notable best national parks to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania include selous game reserve, Arusha National park, Kilimanjaro National Park,Kitulo National Park, saadani National Park, Katavi National Park and Mikumi National Park among others

Requirements and fees to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board and Tanzania National Park Authority for you to be allowed to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania. Securing a filming permit in Tanzania can be an expensive and time consuming process so make sure to allow plenty of time for us to help you secure the permit for you. The first step is to complete all necessary applications with the help of your Tanzanian production service producer/fixer. The application will be submitted to your local Tanzanian consulate so that they can complete the application. Once that is done you will send the original documents back to your Tanzanian service producer/fixer for finalizing with local Tanzanian authorities.

A regular Tanzania Filming permit costs US$1,000 to the Big 5 animals in Tanzania if you apply 3 months in advance and a last minute Tanzania Filming permit costs US$3,000. Contact us here to help you secure the Tanzania filming permit.

Other permissions and fees for filming the Big 5 animals in Tanzania

Once you have obtained a filming permit for filming in Tanzania, there may be other permissions needed depending on what and where you want to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania. Permissions include filming inside the national park or conservation area, drone filming and night filming. Tanzania has many rules and regulations when it comes to filming and therefore it is important to be properly guided through this long bureaucratic process.

Various filming fees apply for filming within Tanzania national parks, wildlife areas and conservation areas. National Parks and conservation areas have specific fees to film crews that change regularly. Contact us here for up to date filming fees for filming the Big 5 animals in Tanzania

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful filming of the Big 5 animals in Tanzania as below;

Tanzania Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase the tourist visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Tanzania but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point in Tanzania upon paying USD100.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local Tanzanian embassy or here for the latest travel information to Tanzania.

Tanzania Vehicle Hire Services

Eco film fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania 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.

Film Fixers in Tanzania to help you film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Tanzania 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 Tanzania. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in Tanzania to help you film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania.

What is the best time to film the Big 5 animals in Tanzania?

Filming the Big 5 animals in Tanzania 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 drier than March to May and November.

Why use Eco film fixers to film Big 5 animals in Tanzania

Eco film fixers is a local fixer company based in Uganda, 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 Big 5 animals in Tanzania.