Filming Elephants in Rwanda
Filming Elephants in Rwanda. Rwanda has a very big population of elephants. These large herds make it one of the best places to film elephants. They can be found in Akagera national park. This is because it’s the only savannah vegetation park in Rwanda. Their numbers used to be few but over the years the management of the park has ensured their revival and restoration. Akagera is a wildlife haven which will give you an opportunity to film many more wild life species such as lions, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, bufaalos, topis, oribis, klipspringer, impala, roan antelope, waterbuck, hippos, crocodiles, cape eland and bushbucks. The park is also filled with primates like bushbabies, baboons, vervet monkeys, and blue monkeys. The park is also has several bird species to film such as ; 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.
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 including Akagera Game lodge, Ruzizi tented lodge, Bugesera lodge and several others.
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.