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Swaziland

Swaziland 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 Swaziland? 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 Swaziland? See below for an introduction to Swaziland 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. Swaziland is one of the last absolute monarchies in the world as well as one of the smallest countries in Africa. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Malolotja Nature Reserve, Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Mlawula Nature Reserve and Ezulwini Valley.

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

When to shoot? Climate varies depending on altitude with the mountain region generally cooler and wetter than the rest of the country. Swaziland’s hot, rainy season runs from October to April. The cool, dry season runs from May to September. This is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Incwala festival takes place in December / January. The Umhlanga festival takes place in August / September.

Costs. The local currency is pegged to the South African Rand, which is also widely accepted. 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 Swazi fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Swaziland offers mainly ethnic Swazi looks with some Zulu and white African looks also available. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Swaziland has no local pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad. Johannesburg is the closest production centre for crew.

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 Swaziland.

Equipment. You will need to bring in all camera, lighting and grip equipment from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Swaziland is an ATA carnet country. Johannesburg is the closest production centre for gear rental.

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 films shooting in Swaziland.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Film crew travelling on Western passports can enter Swaziland visa-free for periods of up to 30 days.

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are well developed. Airlink Swaziland services flights to and from Johannesburg. Otherwise the drive from Johannesburg to the Swaziland border is only 3.5 hours.

Accommodation. See here for film friendly hotels in Swaziland:

Foresters Arms Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Internet is scarce outside of major cities.

Safety. Swaziland is widely considered to be one of the safest countries in Africa. 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 Swaziland, please see below:

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

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