Best national parks to film Big 5 animals in Kenya

Best national parks to film Big 5 animals in Kenya

Kenya is one of the best countries in Africa to film the Big 5 animals. For many years across Africa big game hunting has drastically reduced the numbers of Big 5 animals which include Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Cape Buffaloes and Rhinos. In Kenya the Big 5 animals and be filmed in their natural habitat as well as conservancies. Here are the best national parks to film Big 5 animals in Kenya.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

The Mara is one of the finest wildlife destinations in the world. The reserve offers excellent chances of filming the Big Five and other wildlife including the great migration which happens every year in July were over 1.5 million wildebeests along with large numbers of Zebras and Thompson’s gazelle, migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to search for fresh pastures in the Masai Mara before going back in October. You will have a chance to film lions and cheetahs as they hunt during the migration.

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park is the largest National Park in Kenya it was established in 1948 and it is commonly known as the Theatre of the wild. The Park is divided into East and west intersected by the Nairobi to Mombasa railway and road. The park has interesting and diverse habitats, wildlife and Scenic Mountain landscapes including all the Big 5 animals.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National park is surrounded by the Kilimanjaro Mountains, the park is home to the Big 5 animals and many other wildlife including the cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, Zebras among others.

Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru is one of the beautiful national parks in Kenya, with its alkaline lake home to the pink flamingos you also have a great opportunity to film cheetahs, lions, leopards, buffaloes and rhinos.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Situated at the foothills of Aberdares National Park and the snowcapped Mt Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to the Big 5 animals including the endangered black and white rhinos.

Ngare Ndare Forest has an interesting canopy walk and is another place to film the big five animals (buffalo, elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinos) in Kenya.

Requirements to film Big 5 animals in Kenya

You will need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film Big 5 animals in Kenya. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting for the filming 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 (2 to 3 days) of application. Contact us at Film crew fixers Uganda we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya.

Filming fees and costs to film Big 5 animals in Kenya

The following charges are applied for filming the Big 5 animals 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.


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