Filming in National Parks in Uganda
The national parks in Uganda are an abundance of wildlife that is great for filming animal documentaries. Each national park with its unique features.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi forest is one of the few remaining tropical rainforests that has been preserved in Uganda and Africa as a whole. This forest is located in south-western Uganda. The national park is very popular for being a home to the mountain gorillas. Bwindi has half of the mountain gorilla population in the whole world .The park was established to protect the forest’s mountain Gorillas population from poachers and habitat loss. The gorillas in the park are divided in different families that can ne trekked every day. The park is also divvied in different sectors, namely Rushaga, Ruhija, nkuringo and Buhoma. While filming in this park, you can also get a chance to film the native batwa people and other communities that surround the national park.
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. The park is very 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
LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Mburo national park is a small size national park that is located in Kiruhura district in the western region of Uganda and is the nearest park to the capital city Kampala. The park is a home to the Rothschild giraffe Zebras, hippopotamus, African buffalo, common eland, warthogs Impala, Warthogs, and crocodiles. The park also has over 300 recorded bird species. Some of them include African wattled lapwing, bare faced go away bird, black bellied bustard, African fin foot, mosque swallow and many more. The following activities can be filmed in the park and these include game drives, boat cruises, bird watching, nature walks, horseback riding and spot fishing.
MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
This is the smallest national park in Uganda and is located in south-western Uganda in the Virunga Mountains. The park is made up of three inactive volcanoes namely mount Muhabura, mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabinyo. The park is a home to primates that include mountain Gorillas and Golden monkeys. The park also has a variety of mammal species that include black and white colobus, leopards, elephants, and giant forest hog among others. Activities that can be filmed include mountain gorilla tracking, golden monkey tracking, volcano hiking, nature walks and experiences with the Batwa community
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. These include elephants and buffaloes that are common and easy to spot. The park also has a good number of lions. Other wildlife species include crocodiles, hippopotamus, Ugandan kob, 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.
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. It is well known for the tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector southern part of the park, Mweya plains the northern part inhabits a variety of wildlife inclusive of the big 4 animals, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, Elephants 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
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, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, zebra, hyena, 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.
Necessary requirements to film in Uganda national parks
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 different national parks have different rates for different activities. 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 Film crew 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
Film Crew 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 in national parks
When filming in the parks, 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. Options
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 Film crew 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.