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Filming in Tanzania
For an introduction to shooting in Tanzania see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice. Tanzania Filming Services
Tanzania Film Locations
Tanzania is a filmmakers paradise offering everything from famous wildlife parks to unique cultures, from snow-capped mountains to pristine white sand beaches.
Agricultural film locations include plantations of coffee, tea, sweet potatoes, corn, sugarcane, bananas, peanuts, sunflowers, sesame seeds, cashew nuts, coconuts, mangos, pineapples, cotton, and spices such as cloves. Industrial locations include mines of gold, diamonds, nickel, copper, uranium, kaolin, titanium, cobalt, and platinum.
Tanzania has hosted films such as Jane (2017), The Bucket List (2007), Independence Day (1996), Congo (1995), and Baraka (1992).
Film locations can be divided into the following regions:
Includes the regions of Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, and Pwani.
Dar es Salaam, a commercial port located on the Indian Ocean is Tanzania’s largest city and main production service centre where crew and equipment are based. The city is known for its beaches, islands, seafood, and music. Film locations of note include Kivukoni Fish Market, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, University of Dar es Salaam, and Coco Beach. Mbudya Island, Bongoyo Island, Fungu Yasini Island are paradise island locations near Dar es Salaam.
The TAZARA Railway is a 1,860km (1,160mi) long railway linking Dar es Salaam to the town of Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. The journey runs through some of Tanzania’s most spectacular landscapes.
Mafia Island Marine Park in the Pwani Region is known for its coral reef underwater photography, green turtle breeding sites, deep-sea fishing, and diverse birdlife. October to March are the best months for underwater photography.
Selous Game Reserve in the Morogoro Region is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Wildlife of note includes elephants, hippos and rhinos as well as buffalo, antelope, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, and hundreds of bird species.
Includes the regions of Mjini Magharibi, Pemba North, Pemba South, Unguja North, and Unguja South.
The semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar consists of the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba. Zanzibar is known for beautiful palm-fringed white sand beaches and underwater photography locations. Stone Town is located in the heart of Zanzibar and features old Arabian townhouses, winding colonial alleyways and a busy port. Pemba Island is home to The Manta Resort, a floating underwater hotel. The desert islands near Pemba Island offer some of the best underwater photography options in the Indian Ocean.
Includes the regions of Geita, Kagera, Mara, Mwanza, Shinyanga, and Simiyu.
Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa. Rubondo Island National Park and Saanane Island National Park are located in this region.
The Serengeti National Park Great Migration attracts visiting wildlife photographers and filmmakers every year.
The Mara Region is home to the red-cloaked Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the region. Tanzania Filming Services
Includes the regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Manyara, and Tanga.
Arusha is the largest city in this region and gateway to many film locations.
Arusha National Park has a range of habitats including Mount Meru, Ngurdoto Crater, and Momela Lakes.
Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain.
Lake Manyara National Park comprises of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. The park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons in the world.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the famous volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and a diversity of African wildlife. Olduvai Gorge hominin fossils are located in this area.
Tarangire National Park is known for its migratory wildlife and beautiful baobab trees.
Lake Natron is a bright red coloured salt lake that’s home to flamingos.
Includes the regions of Dodoma and Singida.
Dodoma is the capital of Tanzania.
Includes the regions of Lindi and Mtwara.
Includes the regions of Mbeya, Njombe, Rukwa, Ruvuma, and Songwe.
Ruaha National Park is home to the Great Ruaha River, spectacular gorges, majestic trees, and hundreds of species of bird.
Udzungwa Mountains National Park has tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo woodland, grassland and steppe.
Includes the regions of Katavi, Kigoma, and Tabora.
The bustling town of Kigoma is the regional capital of western Tanzania and a central port on Lake Tanganyika.
Gombe Stream National Park is famous for its chimpanzees and the work done by Jane Goodall.
Mahale Mountains National Park also on Lake Tanganyika has the largest known chimpanzee population.
Katavi National Park is a flood plain known for its hippos, crocodiles, lions, zebras, giraffes, and hundreds of bird species.