FILMING BIRDS IN RWANDA
Interested in filming birds in Rwanda? Rwanda is well endowed with over 750 recorded bird species. These species include those that are endemic to Rwanda. Rwanda has several places where you can be able to film and shoot birds and these include;
Volcanoes National Park
The park has around 200 recorded bird species. This makes Volcanoes national park one of the Important Birding Areas (IBA) in Rwanda with the rare Albertine rift endemics. Some of the birds found here include black crowned waxbill, common stonechat, Ruwenonri Turaco, Ruwenzori double collared sunbird, duckson crimson wing, handsome Francolin, strange weaver and many more.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is home to over 300 recorded bird species. These include the 29 Albertine endemic species namely known as Red-Faced Woodland Warbler, Red-Breasted Sparrow Hawk, ,Stripe-Breasted Tit, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, the Re-Throated Alethe, the Great Blue Turaco the Paradise Flycatcher, and the Gigantic Forest Hornbill, Green Pigeons, Ross’s Turaco, Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, the purple breasted and the blue-headed sunbird, the Regal Sunbird. The Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Ruwenzori Batis, , Collared Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis and many more
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is another birding haven with over 500 species of birds with species that include. Water Thick-knee, African Darter, shoebill, shoebill, papyrus Gonolek, Giant Kingfisher, African Open bill stock, Fan-tailed Widowbird , Long-crested Eagle, Caruther’s Cisticola, Hadada Ibis, Augur Buzzard and many more.
Gishwati Mukura national park
Giswhati Mukura National Park is a birding haven with over 230 bird species. Among these you will find birds that belong to the Albertine endemic species. Bird species to look out for in this park include Regal Sunbird, Red-throated Alethe, purple-breasted Sunbird, Martial Eagle, Wood hoopoe strange weave, Grey Crowned Crane, Dusky Crimson wing, Ruwenzori Batis, Ruwenzori Turaco, Mountain Yellow Warblers, and Grauer’s swamp warbler and many more
What you need to film in Rwanda
First and foremost, you will need to have a filming permit which is the same as Media accreditation in Rwanda for you to be allowed to film in Rwanda. Let Film crew Fixers do it for you to avoid any hustle. The Filming permits in Rwanda cost $100 that is valid for a month and $200 valid for a period of 3 to 6 months. Depending on the location n that you are interested in, you might need to request for filming permission, this is mostly required when accessing government facilities or public spaces. While some permission will require you to make some payments, other are free are free of charge. Contact us at Film crew fixers
Rwanda Press Accreditation
For you to be accredited in Rwanda for filming, you are required to fill in an application form and below are the necessary requirements;
- An Official letter requesting for accreditation addressed to the Executive Secretary
- Two colored passport size photographs
- A copy of your passport
- A copy of visa except for those who come from countries that benefit from the Rwanda Visa Waiver For example From the East African Community member states, USA, COMESA Member states among others contact us for more details
- A copy of a press card from your country of origin
- A receipt of Payment from the Rwanda Revenue Authority
- List of Filming equipment and kits to be used during your shoot
In addition to the above, you will be required to write a letter that has details of who you are, why you are filming, where you will be filming, and details of crew members on this shoot. This letter is attached to the other details provided. This process is always easier if you work with a fixer that is in the country this takes 2-3 working days for the press accreditation cards to be ready.
The prices of Rwanda Press Accreditation vary depending on the length of your shoot in Rwanda;
- $100 Press Accreditation Card valid for 1 to 3 months
- $200 Press Accreditation Card valid for 3 to 6 months
- $300 Press Accreditation Card valid for 6 months to 1 year
Kindly note the rates above are used as a guide and these change from time to time. Contact us here for up-to-date rates.
Rwanda Visa Advice
You will need to purchase a Tourist visa for you to get into Rwanda for Filming. The visas can be applied for online and also at arrival at any entry point and in this case Kigali International Airport. The visa will cost USD51.00 for Tourist Visa you will get it immediately. Exceptions are for those come from countries that benefit from the Rwanda Visa Waiver For example the East African Community member states, USA, COMESA Member states among others don’t need to pay for the Visa and they will be cleared upon arrival at any point of entry into Rwanda contact us for more details.
Vehicle and Transportation Services
Film Crew Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Rwanda. The transportation services all depend on your interest, the nature of the roads and the schedule. For us to have a final estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to have an established mileage and distance to be traveled. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that are interested in flying to reduce the number of hours.
Lodging and Accommodation
There are several options that you can choose from depending on which location you have decided to film in.
Best time to film in Rwanda.
Filming in Rwanda is done throughout the year and the best time is during the dry season months of June to September and December to March.
Choose Film crew fixers.
Film crew Fixers is a film Fixing Company with its major office in Uganda, we pride ourselves with assisting filming companies and Production agencies that are interested in filming in several African countries. We are very capable in handling all fixer services required. our team of local fixers and driver guides is very professional .over the years, we have been able to get all relevant connections with other service providers and authority agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are easily processed. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Rwanda.