Filming in Nyungwe Forest National Park

When filming in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in the southwestern part of Rwanda. The park is in close proximity to Burundi and DR Congo. Nyungwe is endowed with over 1000 plant species, several mammal species, 38 reptiles, 120 butterfly species, and about 300 recorded birds that include 29 endemic species. Nyungwe forest is also known for having a large population of chimpanzees. This high concentration makes it one of the best places to film chimpanzees.


What to expect when filming in Nyungwe Forest National Park


The park is a home to several wild life species as already mentioned above. Some of the notable ones to film in the park include the following; elephants, mongoose, buffaloes, bushbucks, carnival genet, otter, golden cats, impalas, klipsringer, Gant forest hog, western tree hyrax and many more.


Nyungwe Forest National Park prides itself with a chimpanzee population that has put it in the rank of second highest in Africa after Kibale Forest National Park. When filming in this park will have you an opportunity to film these chimpanzees in large groups and you will be able to capture their way of life. Forexample as they swing in trees and mother chimps cuddling the baby chimps.

The Nyungwe Canopy walk

The Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest is a 3-hour experience that takes place on a 200 meters long trail located 50 meters above the forest cover. This walk is one of the most interesting activities to do and film when you are in this forest. It not only gives you a thrill but also enables you to view the top of the forest and several primates as they swing in the trees.

Bird species in Nyungwe  

Nyungwe Forest National Park  is home to over 300  recoreded 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

What you need to film in Nyungwe National Park

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 Africa 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

Africa 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 in Nyungwe National Park.

There are several options that you can choose from including Nyungwe Forest National Park include Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, and many more.

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 Africa 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.