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Lesotho

Lesotho Film & Photography Production Services.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Lesotho? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Lesotho? See below for an introduction to Lesotho locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. The kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country entirely contained within South Africa. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Maletsunyane Waterfalls, Katse Dam, Bokong Nature Reserve, Ts’ehlanyane National Park, and Afriski snow skiing resort.

Lesotho Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Lesotho is a land of clear blue skies with more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Summer is the rainy season from October to April. Winter is the dry season from May to September with snow falling in the highlands. October / November, or March / April are the best months to film for weather. August brings spring alpine flowers in full bloom. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Morija Arts and Cultural Festival takes place in September or October.

Costs. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Mosotho fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Lesotho consists almost entirely of the Basotho people. All other talent looks can be easily brought in from South Africa.

Crews. Lesotho has no local pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad.

Contact us if you are looking for a director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Lesotho.

Equipment. You will need to bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Lesotho is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or feature films shooting in Lesotho.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Visiting crews entering on most western passports can enter Lesotho visa-free. Work permits are not required. Visitors travelling via South Africa need to comply with South African visa regulations.

Transportation Infrastructure is quite basic. The majority of Lesotho’s roads are unpaved. Some roads become impassable during the rainy season. The capital Maseru is a 5hr drive from Johannesburg. A couple of airlines also operate flights into Lesotho from Johannesburg.

Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Lesotho:

Lesotho Sun Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Lesotho, please see below:

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Lesotho, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.