Filming in Majete Game Reserve

Filming in Majete Game Reserve

Filming in Majete Game Reserve. Majete game reserve is located in southern Malawi. It was set up as a protected area in 1955 for wildlife. Just like the other wildlife areas of Malawi, the reserve also suffered from human activities ad poaching and many were killed and lost during late 1970 and later rejuvenated by the African parks organization. A number of animals were re-introduced staring with rhinos and elephants and other animals followed.

Wildlife in the reserve

When filming in this reserve, you will have the opportunity to film a variety of animals including the big five, Elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, antelope, hippos and zebras are common ad easy to film compared to the leopards and hyenas that are rare.

Birds in the reserve

 The reserve has over 300 recorded species that are inhabited. These include African fish eagle, batelour, palm nut vulture, white backed vulture, pel’s fishing owl, rock pranticole and many more. This reserve is a bird’s haven and a good place to film them.

Requirements to film in Malawi.

In order to film in Malawi You will need to acquire permission. The process of securing a filming permit in Malawi can be time-consuming so it needs enough time before the filming in order to complete the necessary process and secure the filming permit. National park fees and charges are also required of you if you intend to film in national parks

Media accreditation is also vital for filming in Malawi and the application is made to the media council of Malawi. Once applied for, and payment given the media cards are then processed. Contact Eco film fixers to help you will filming permits and media accreditation

Drones can also be used while filming and can be imported but you need to have acquired permission from Malawi’s department of civil aviation. Key factors to note if you’re planning to use a drone

  • Permission is needed for each flight
  • Do not fly near aircrafts airports, and airfields. if operating near these spaces stay 10 kilometers away
  • Do not fly near groups of people, social gatherings, private property , schools and road races unless you have been given permission
  • You’re not allowed to fly the drone vertically higher than 45 meters
  • The drone should be registered with the department of civil aviation
  • The operator should obtain an operator certificate from the department of civil aviation

Filming equipment also needs to be cleared and this can be done through a bonded agent or securing a 5% percent of the value of equipment, however this is not advisable and the preferred procedure is that of using a bonded agent. Eco film fixers has all the necessary connections with a number of bonded agents that can clear your equipment on entry and exit. Contact us for any help with kit clearing.

Malawi visa and work permit advice

A tourist visa or business visa can work for your entry into the country. Film crews prefer getting there visa before coming into the countries and this is possible through the evisa system of Malawi. Proof of yellow fever and vaccination and a Covid 19 free negative certificate are necessary for entry. The prices of visas and work permits change regularly. For updated information regarding travel to Zimbabwe, you can contact us or your embassy.

Malawi transport services.

Eco film fixers organizes transportation for film crews to film. Depending on their interest and Budget and the nature of roads to the destination. We organize both road and air transport for film crews. We recommend customized 4×4 safari land cruisers for vehicles because of the nature of roads in Malawi. These land cruisers cost USD200-250 per vehicle per day. Fuel is estimated on the number of days that are scheduled by the filming schedule. We will need to look at it for establishing the mileage and distance to be traveled.

Film fixers in Malawi to help you film

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to most of the parts in Malawi and are very conversant with the local situations .they provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. They also act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location. Contact us if you need a film fixer in Malawi.

What is the best time to film in Majete Reserve?

The best time to visit this reserve is during the dry months from June to October. During time, animals gather around water sources which makes it easy to spot them, the roads are also much easy to navigate compared to the wet season. However for those interested in birds, the wet season is a better choice because migratory birds are in plenty

How to get there.

The best way is to fly into Chileka international airport near Blantyre and the drive to Majete is 60km which is approximately 2 hours. Alternatively fly into Lilongwe international airport. And drive to Majete which should take you six hours.

Where to stay when filming in Majete Reserve in Malawi.

Accommodation options vary when are filming in majete reserve. These range from budget, midrange and luxury. Your choice of accommodation depends on your interest and budget. Lodge options include Ngoma lodge, Thawale lodge, Mkulumadzi lodge and many others .contact us for help with reservation and more information on accommodation.

Why use eco film fixers to film in Malawi.

Eco film fixers is a company based in Uganda that assists production agencies and filming companies in South, central  and East African countries as a  whole. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all the relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are processed in a short time. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Malawi.