Kenya is the economic hub of the East African region. It boasts of many great locations that are not only perfect for tourism, but also for video shooting. From the beautiful white sand beaches in its coastal region to the extensive safari parks in its mainland, film producers have plenty of locations and sites to choose from.
For specific details and advice on filming n Kenya, your first point of contact should be the Kenya Film Commission (KFC). KFC is the body that acts as the bridge between foreign producers and other relevant governing authorities. They help negotiate waivers and reductions in licensing as well as location fees. For companies serious about filming here, Blue Sky films would be a great point of contact too for accurate and up-to-date advice on the filming state in the country.
Here are some of the top locations for video production in Kenya;
Several Kenyan cities such as its capital Nairobi, the coastal city of Mombasa, the lake-side city of Kisumu and the rift valley city of Nakuru offer great locations for video production. Nairobi is the only city in the world with a national park. It also has a beautiful central business district, cultural diverse markets, scenic parks, industrial neighborhoods, rich suburbs and even poor slums perfect for filming. Netflix’s show Sense8 is one of the latest films to be filmed in the city.
The Kenyan coast and its historical towns such as Mombasa, Lamu, Kilifi and Watamu offer over-the-top scenic locations for video production. Historical features here include Fort Jesus, the Old Port of Mombasa and the Vasco Da Gama Pillar among more. The coastal region also has plenty of white sand beaches, especially in the South Coast that are perfect for filming.
Hell’s gate is a remarkable national park in the Great Rift Valley, an escarpment in the middle region of Kenya. It offers spectacular scenery that includes water-gouged gauges, towering cliffs, scrub clad volcanoes, stark rock towers and belching plumes of geothermal steam. The incredible Lion King and Tomb Raider 2 movies are among the top movies shot in this beautiful location.
From Nairobi, to Tsavo, Amboseli and Maasai Mara national parks, there is plenty of wildlife in Kenya to shoot than any other place in the world. Famous wildlife features from Kenya are the Big Cat Diaries and National Geographic documentaries on the wild beast migration in the Maasai Mara national park.
Mt. Kenya is the highest mountain in the country. It’s a perfect place for video production in Kenya and its highest peaks are covered in snow; a rare thing to experience in that tropical region. It has a rich forest cover and beautiful surroundings that are perfect for filming.
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