Best places to film Coral Reefs in Zanzibar

Best places to film Coral Reefs in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of the best places in the world to film coral reefs. There are many areas in Zanzibar where to film the coral reefs. These include Needle spine urchin and sea star at Chumbe Island Coral Park, Cabbage coral at Chumbe, Diversity of coral at Chumbe, Orange-fin anemonefish or clownfish at Chumbe, Giant clam at Chumbe, Bottlenose dolphins at Mnemba Atoll and Mnemba coral reef teeming with fish among others.

Requirements and fees to film Coral Reefs in Zanzibar

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board and local Authority in Zanzibar for you to be allowed to film Coral Reefs in Zanzibar. 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 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.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot of Coral Reefs in Zanzibar 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 Coral Reefs in Zanzibar 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 to film help you film Coral Reefs in Zanzibar

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 to film Coral Reefs in Zanzibar.

Accommodation on Zanzibar Island

Lodge options to stay in during filming on Zanzibar Island range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodges on Zanzibar Island include Ananda Beach House, Rumaisa Hotel, Zanbluu Beach Hotel, Evergreen Bungalows, Shanuo Beach Bungalows and Simba Garden Lodge among others.

How to get to Zanzibar to film Coral Reefs

By road: You can get to Zanzibar Island by bus from Arusha to Dar es Salaam then connect to the Island by a ferry. The bus Journey is over 650km which can take approximately more than 10 hours drive.

By Air: There are daily scheduled flights to Zanzibar Island from Arusha. Getting to the Island easily it is advised to fly rather than drive.

What is the best time to film Coral Reefs in Zanzibar?

Filming Coral Reefs in Zanzibar 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 Coral Reefs in Zanzibar

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 Coral Reefs in Zanzibar.