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Are you an international, regional or local media company, ad agency, brand, or production company looking for filming gorillas in Uganda or photography production support and shooting crew for filming gorillas in Uganda we highly recommend filming gorillas in Uganda compared to Rwanda and Congo? Uganda is the leading destination for gorilla tourism as it has half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. The Mountain Gorillas in Uganda can be found in the hilly tropical forests in southwestern Uganda and you will be able to view the gorillas in their natural environment. The chances of seeing the gorillas in Uganda is 98% since it has half of the world’s population of these great endangered apes. There are 19 habituated gorilla families in Uganda found in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga National park, every gorilla family is allocated 8 visitors per day which gives you an opportunity to visit the gorillas any time of the year.
Uganda is one of the East African countries where tourism is done particularly gorilla trekking activity. Gorilla trekking is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority which is a government body in charge of all tourism activities and conservation in all the national parks and Wildlife reserves. Security while doing gorilla trekking is guaranteed as the safety of the visitors is a top priority. There is a lot to see and do in Uganda besides gorilla tracking. Eco Adventure Safaris is a local fixer company, we assist filming companies and Production agencies for filming gorillas in Uganda. Contact us here for more information.
About Filming gorillas in Uganda
For you to film gorillas you will need to go gorilla trekking in either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Gorilla trekking means visiting the gorillas in their natural habitat in the forest, the trek in Uganda starts at 7:00 am with a briefing on the dos and don’ts while moving in the forest and with the gorillas. After the briefing, the park guides, rangers, and trackers lead you to the forest to find the gorillas. You are allowed one hour of viewing the gorillas when found and later you return to the starting point to receive a certificate for the successful gorilla trekking in Uganda. The gorillas are amazing to watch as they have 95% of the human DNA. Only eight visitors are allowed to see gorillas per habituated family per day according to Uganda wildlife Authority policy so as to conserve the gorillas. To be allowed to do gorilla trekking, you must be aged 15 years and above as per the policy and minors are not allowed to trek since they may not easy be controlled in the forest and may easily transmit diseases to the gorillas. Uganda is good for filming gorillas, policies and guidelines are in place for trekking and conservation which as Eco Adventure Safaris we always share with you while planning your shoot of gorillas in Uganda. We as well help do a recce for you in case you don’t have enough time ahead of your shoot, to determine technical aspects, lighting, sound, logistics and anything else that the shoot may require.
Requirements for filming gorillas in Uganda
Filming gorillas in Uganda is charged at 40% of the activity and a gorilla permit is at $700 and so the Gorilla filming permit comes to $280 per person. You will need to get a filming permit to allow you film gorillas in Uganda in either Bwindi forest national park of Mgahinga Gorilla national park you are interested in for filming gorillas, on top of this you will also need to process and get media cards from Uganda Media Council. Then for your filming equipment will also need to be cleared them with customs at the point of Entry in Uganda. Contact us at Eco Adventure Safaris Uganda we will be able to process both the filming permissions with Local Authorities, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Media cards, Accommodation, transportation for you as well guide and help you with clearance processes at the point of entry into Uganda.
All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Uganda Media Council. Once this process is completed, each crew member will be given a media card which costs USD175.00 for 30 days of filming and USD225.00 for up to 60 days of filming. Each crew member is required to fill Form G (which we normally send to you) 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. 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. We will attach this letter to all details provided and send them to Uganda Media Council for Media card processing. This takes 2-3 working days to have these media cards ready.
Vehicle Hire Services
Eco Adventure Safaris Uganda organizes transport for film crews depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations. For rough terrains, like in National Parks, we recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers which costs from USD200-250 per vehicle per day with Driver/Fixer or 4×4 Safari Vans from USD200 per Van per day with driver/Fixer. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be traveled. We also organize both charter and schedule air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce on the number of hours. For those filming on water bodies, Eco Adventure Safaris works with other credible service providers who are in position to hire us boats.
Local Fixers to help you film gorillas in Uganda
All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Uganda and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on the ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Uganda.
Where to go for filming gorillas in Uganda
Filming gorillas in Uganda is done in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga National park, these two parks give you options making Uganda good for gorilla trekking in East Africa as detailed below.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Bwindi impenetrable forest National park is where gorilla tourism started in Uganda in 1993, the park is located in southwestern Uganda sharing a border with Congo, it is one of the only two parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. The park is one of the oldest forests in Africa and was declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest National park is done in the four sectors namely Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija and Nkuringo sector. The experience is all the sectors is the same and very enjoyable.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga gorilla national park is one of the Virunga volcanic mountain chain of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda famous for Mountain gorilla trekking. The park is located in Kisoro district southwestern Uganda boarded by Volcanoes national park in Rwanda Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda. Mgahinga gorilla national park has three volcanoes namely Mountain Gahinga, Mountain Sabyinyo, and Mountain Muhabura all of which are part of the six Virunga Mountains. Though it is the smallest Park in Uganda, it harbors the endangered mountain gorilla and the Golden Monkeys and other wildlife species. Mgahinga has only one habituated gorilla group for gorilla trekking.
How many Gorilla Habituated families are in Uganda for filming
Uganda has more than 19 habituated gorilla families found in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga National park, Bwindi has 18 Habituated gorilla families and Mgahinga has one habituated gorilla family all for gorilla trekking. In Bwindi, every sector has gorilla families named and every day allocated to visitors for gorilla trekking namely; Buhoma sector there is Mubare Gorilla Family, Habinyanja Gorilla Family, Rushegura Gorilla Family, Katwe Gorilla Group. In Ruhija sector, there is Bitukura Gorilla Family, Oruzogo family, Mukiza gorilla family, Kyaruguriro Gorilla Family. In Rushaga sector there is Nshongi Gorilla Group, Mishaya Gorilla Group, Bweza Gorilla Group, Bikyingi gorilla family, Kahungye Gorilla Family, Busingye Gorilla Family and Mucunguzi gorilla family. In Nkuringo there is Nkuringo Gorilla Family, Bushaho Gorilla family, Christmas Gorilla Family. Mgahinga national park has only one habituated gorilla group named Nyakagezi for gorilla trekking.
What is the price of the gorilla trekking permit in Uganda
Uganda has about 176 gorilla trekking permits per day, the price of the gorilla trekking permits is cheap compared to Rwanda Gorilla trekking permits and this makes Uganda good for gorilla trekking as permits are affordable. The Uganda gorilla trekking permit costs USD700 per person for Non-Foreign Residents, USD600 for Foreign Residents and Shs.250, 000 for East African Citizens. The gorilla trekking permit prices are the same for both Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and you are allowed only one hour of viewing of the gorillas.
The gorilla trekking permits normally sell out so very quickly during the high season (January, February, July, August, September, and December every year. Contact Eco Adventure Safaris about your planned trek and desired dates, we shall check the availability of permits online system for Uganda Wildlife Authority and if permits are available, we shall send you an invoice to make payment for the permits as they are top priority and if they are not available, you will choose other dates that have availability of permits. Once we receive payment, we shall book and secure your permits and send you a copy of the receipt with booking ID to confirm your trek. The process of acquiring the gorilla permits is easy and Uganda will surely give you a lifetime experience with the gorillas.
What is the best time for Filming gorillas in Uganda?
The best time for filming gorillas in Uganda is during the drier months of January, February, June, July, August and early September, these months experience less rainfall though the climate changes every day. Any time of the year, you can visit the gorillas. Sometimes, the rainy season is considered better to see the gorillas as there is a lot of food growing because of rain and gorillas can clearly be spotted. Gorilla permits tend to sell out quickly and all those interested in trekking gorillas during this time should book their gorilla permits in advance.
How to access Uganda for filming gorillas in Uganda
You can access Uganda by flying into Entebbe international Airport, and start your trip from Entebbe/Kampala to south western Uganda for your gorilla trek. You can opt for Road trip which is about 9-10 hours or fly to Kisoro or Kihihi Airstrips that serve Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national Park. You can also fly into Kigali international Airport, drive to south western Uganda through Cyanika or Katuna Boarder which take only 4-5 hours with the time spent at immigrations at the border. We always advise our visitors to acquire the East African Visa which allows multiple entry of both Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. The East African Visa fee costs USD100 which can be gotten at the Airport upon arrival or online and it is cost effective instead of buying single entry Visas. But you can as well opt to secure single Visas as well, the Rwandan Visa costs USD30 and Uganda Visa cost USD 50. Uganda is easily accessible and guaranteed for all nationals and should be your choice for gorilla trekking.
Where to stay during filming gorillas in Uganda
Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park have many lodges/Hotels where you can stay on your gorilla trekking tour. These range from budget to high end hotels and Eco Adventure Safaris can help you book the hotel of your choice and budget. In Mgahinga National Park you can stay at Gahinga Lodge which is a luxury hotel/Lodge, Lake Chahafi Resort and Lake Mulehe safari lodge which are midrange lodges. In Bwindi, we recommend staying in the sector where you are trekking for easy accessibility of the park headquarters. In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla camp, Four Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, in Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge. In Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany springs Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, and Gorilla forest camp. In Ruhija sector you can stay at Trekkers tavern Lodge, Bakiga lodge or even at Lake Bunyonyi or lodges in Kabale town. The lodges are very many in Bwindi but they require to be booked in advance as they can be fully booked during high season. We always ensure standard service safety of clients on their stay.
Why use Eco Adventure Safaris Uganda to film gorillas in Uganda.
Eco Adventure Safaris is a local fixer company, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda and East Africa as a whole. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We work hand in hand with Uganda Wildlife Authority and this is easy for us to process all your filming permissions. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for filming gorillas in Uganda.