Filming In Kenya and Safari Photography Trip  : Filming in Kenya is perfectly done in one of the top visited places in Africa for wildlife safari viewing for safari photography trip filming in Kenya ‘’refers to the heart of Africa’’.   To most of photographers and filmmakers do not know that Kenya is one of the world’s best bird-watching spots and destinations. Kenya is home to more than 1000 recorded bird species with the biggest variety of endemic species.  The country has got remarkable National Parks best for filming and bird photography, through doing filming allows you to have a great opportunity to adventure various wildlife including all the big five animals depending on where you choose to film the birds.

Here are the remarkable places to go for bird photography trip and filming birds in Kenya;

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the most rewarding national parks for filming in Kenya; due to its alkaline lake home to the pink flamingos. Fact, Lake Nakuru National Park is renown as world’s best filming place for the pink flamingos.

Tana Primate National Reserve

The Tana River National Primate Reserve was established in 1970 to protect the lower Tana riverine forests home to rarely endangered primates – the mangabey and the Tana River red colobus which are endemic to this reserve and cannot be found elsewhere in Kenya destination. It is also home to over 300 bird species.

In fact, the reserve is accessible via the Malindi – Garissa Road located 250km north of Mombasa on the Malindi to Garissa Road.

Kakaamega National Reserve

The Kakamega National Reserve is also another best place to film primates in Kenya. The Kakamega forest lies in the Lake Victoria catchment about 50km north of Kisumu and west of the Nandi Escarpment. The forest is home to variety of birds as well as primates like black and white colobus monkeys, flying squirrels, blue monkeys and pottos, the world’s slowest mammal. It is also home to the endangered De Brazza’s monkeys.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

The Mara is one of the most ranking wildlife destinations in the world, that it offers a perfect chances of filming birds with over 500 birds species recorded.

Other wildlife species include the great migration which usually happens every year from the month of July to October – 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.  On safari to Mara expect to have a chance to film lions and cheetahs as they hunt during the migration.

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park is known as Kenya’s largest National Park that was established in 1948 and it is commonly known as the Theatre of the wild. The park is divided into two East and West intersected by the Nairobi to Mombasa railway and road.

The park has diverse habitats, wildlife and rewarding Mountain landscapes. Tsavo National Park is also a prolific birdlife with over 600 recorded making it one of the best places for a bird photography trip and filming in Kenya.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is home to more than 400 bird species and best location to view the magnificent Mountain Kilimanjaro. It also offers a beautiful scenery and landscape with a backdrop of Kilimanjaro Mountain.

Filming In Kenya and Safari Photography Trip
Filming In Kenya and Safari Photography Trip

Requirements for safari photography trip in Kenya;

One to be able to do filming in Kenya -you must obtain a filming permit from Kenya Film commission to allow you to participate in Kenya Photography Safari. Fact, to obtain a filming permit in Kenya, you need to 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. Then send to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Commission.

More to that, Filming permit for features, documentaries, short films, music videos, corporate videos and commercials, can be issued within minutes of application.

Application of TV series and full-length features films can be processed in less than 48 hours ‘’2 to 3 days of application. For help in processing the filming permissions with the local Authorities in Kenya – don’t hesitate to contact us Achieve Global Safaris.

Where to stay during safari photography trip in Kenya

There is quite number of options of lodge to stay in during filming in Kenya, well they ranged from Budget, Mid-range to Luxury options. The choice of the lodge depends on wallet.

What is the best time to film birds in Kenya?

Filming birds in Kenya is best done all year round, though the best time to enjoy it is during the wet months of April and May and Mid-October to November which is relatively offers gainful view of birds.

Travelers can choose to combine Kenya Filming Safari with Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda.

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