Filming in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves
Kenya is home to various Marine Parks and Reserves for filming. These are all grouped and managed under the Kenya Marine Reserve System. The marine parks and reserves provide protection for several important tropical ecosystems; coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds making them worth filming for those interested in filming marine wildlife and coral reefs. Here below are the best marine parks and reserve to film in Kenya;
Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve
This is located on the south coast off Shimoni and south of Wasini Island in Kwale District on the south Kenyan coast near the Tanzanian border. The reserve is home to various coral gardens, over 250 recorded species including fish, dolphins, sea turtle, whale, coral, seagrass, and gastropod. Many seabirds in large nesting colonies and internationally significant can be filmed as well at the reserve
Kiunga Marine National Reserve
This Marine National Reserve incorporates a chain of about 50 calcareous offshore Islands and coral reefs in the Lamu Archipelago running for about 60km off the northern coast of Kenya and next to the Dodori and Boni national reserves on the mainland.
Other Marine National Reserves and parks to film in Kenya include Dodori and Boni national reserves, Malindi Marine National Park and Reserve, and Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve. All these give you an opportunity t film prolific marine life species.
Requirements to film in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves
Like filming in other National Parks in Kenya, you will also need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting the permit and fill an application form which must be accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, story synopsis, and a shooting schedule. These should be sent to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Commission. Filming permits 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 Film crew fixers Uganda we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya for you to be able to successfully film in this park
Filming fees and costs for filming in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves
The following charges are applied for any filming in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves:
- 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
- a) 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)
- b) 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.
- c) 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 paperwork 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 in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves as below;
All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Kenya Film Commission to be allowed to film in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves. 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.
You will need to purchase a tourist visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Kenya but visa’s can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Nairobi International Airport upon paying either USD51.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately.
Vehicle Hire Services
Film Crew Fixers Uganda will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves 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 traveled. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce the number of hours.
Fixers in Kenya to help you film in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves
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 the ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on-location filming in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves.
Where to stay during filming in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves
Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during filming in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for booking details.
What is the best time to film in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves?
Filming in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves is done all year round 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 Film crew fixers Uganda to film in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves
Film crew 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 in Kenya Marine National Parks and Reserves.
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