Filming elephants in Uganda
Requirements and locations for filming elephants in Uganda. The elephants are one of a kind as they are the largest land animals. These elephants are found all over the world and are categorized under the African forest elephants, the African bush elephant and the Asian elephant. Uganda has an abundance of them all over its national parks and are easy to access and film in the following places.
MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Murchison falls is one of the best national parks in the country. The park is situated on the shores of Lake Albert in North western Uganda. It is famous for the Murchison falls where Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop. Murchison falls ranks high because is It has big numbers of a variety of wildlife. The park also has a good number wildlife species that include elephants, crocodiles, hippopotamus, Ugandan kob, buffaloes giraffes, bushbucks and chimpanzees in the Kaniyo Pabidi mahogany forest. Murchison falls is also a birding destination with over 450 species to be spotted and these include grey crowned crane, black headed lapwing, Senegal thick knee, African jacana, giant kingfisher and many more
KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
The park is located in the northern regions of Uganda. It was established as park in the year of 1962. The park is the most isolated and virgin in all the parks of the country and has an abundance of wildlife. some of the wildlife species include elephants, lions, cheetahs, zebra, hyena, giraffes, buffaloes, bat eared fox, black backed jackal, side stripped jackal and many others, the kidepo valley is also in close proximity to the Ik people who are an indigenous group found I the ranges of mount morungole. The community and their culture is also available for filming. The park is also close to two reserve known as matheniko na dbokoro wildlife reserve that also have much to offer. The Mountain murongole is also found in the southern parts of the park and is great for nature walks and birding with over 470 species recorded in the park. Some of the birds include Kori bustard, little bee eater, red and yellow barbet, ostrich and many more.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth national park is located in western region of Uganda in Kasese district. It is one of the Uganda’s most popular visited tourist destinations, annually receiving one of the highest number of visitors. The northern part inhabits a variety of wildlife inclusive of the big 4 animals namely the elephants, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes,which can be spotted while on a game drive, Queen Elizabeth also inhabits a number of primate species one of popular being chimpanzees in Chambura Gorge .activities that can be filmed include chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge, boat cruises at Kazinga channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward, guided game drives including viewing the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, night game drives, nature walks and bird watching
KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Kibale National Park is located in the western region of Uganda. It is shared by different districts namely kamwenje, kyegegwa and kabarole. This park has a number of forest elephants that cross over from Queen Elizabeth national park. The park is however most popular for its chimpanzee populations. The kanyanchus primate walk is the most popular activity where several chimp species are tracked and spotted. The park also has several monkey species. The chimpanzees are visited for one hour. However through chimpanzee habituation, there is an option for spending more time with the chimps. the park also habours the bigodi wetland sanctuary that is a home to several bird species like the hornbill, kingfishers, weavers , cuckoos and many more.
Necessary requirements to film in Uganda
Filming in Uganda will require you to get a filming permit when filming in locations and these permits are issued by the respective authorities and management. For one to film in the national parks, you will need to get permission from Uganda wildlife authority. In order to get a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting the permit and fill out an application form which is accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, a story synopsis, and a shooting schedule. These are then sent to the respective authorities Contact us at Africa Fixers we will help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities for you to successfully film in Uganda.
All members of the crew are supposed to be accredited by the Uganda media council to be able to film In the country. Media accreditation is a must for all applications to make feature films or documentaries. . Each crew member is required to fill Form G with all details, scan and send it back to us with a copy of his/her passport as well as one photograph to be put on his/her media card and work IDs. On top of this, we will need a letter from the filming company detailing who they are, why they are filming, where they will be filming and details of crew members on this shoot. Crew members will also be required to seek for letters of Good conduct from Interpol (it’s a must have). We will attach this to all details provided and send them to Uganda Media Council for Media card processing and follow it up. This takes about 2-3 working days
Uganda is not a member of the Carnet Free Systems Unions, so Carnet’s are not valid. The only process to get your equipment in and out of Uganda is through a bonded Agent. A comprehensive list of equipment and value needs to be submitted to URA through a bonded clearing agent for the issuance of a Temporary Import Permit (TIP). A fee equivalent to 10% percentage of the value of the equipment is payable. This fee is non-refundable but will guarantee you safe entry and exist with your equipment. We are able to handle clearing for you as we have a trusted bond agent. On the other hand, you can choose to source gear and equipment from the country to avoid the hustle of clearing.
In case of visas, we advise you to get a tourist or business visa. Both can work well. Most film crews prefer getting their vsas before coming to Uganda and this can be done online. On the other hand visas can also be easily obtained on arrival.
Vehicle Hire Services
Africa Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Uganda. 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.
Accommodation when filming lions
When filming lions, you have a range of accommodation options to choose from ranging from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose which lodges to stay in depending on your interests, budget and location. Contact us here for booking details.
Best Time to film in Uganda
Uganda’s climate is of both dry and wet seasons .Filming can be done all year round but the best time is during the months of December to February and June to October which are in the dry season
Why you should use Africa Fixers to Film in Uganda
Film crew Fixers is film Fixing Company based in Uganda. We assist filming companies and Production agencies that are interested in filming in East Africa. 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 Uganda.