Are you an international, regional or local media company, ad agency, brand, or production, filming company looking for Filming wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park or photography production support and shooting crew for filming in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Eco Adventure Safaris is ready to help arrange and book for you your shoot in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in South Western part of Uganda close to Rwenzori Mountain and Kibale Forest National Parks. To all tourists interested in visiting Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park is always a must visit destination given the fact it is one of the best wildlife viewing spots in East Africa, at this park you will have a chance to see all the Big 4 animals among other savannah wild animals, it is as well a great place for birders given it hosts over 600 bird species, great for sightseeing and photography most especially the sprawling beautiful savannah grasslands and crater lakes, major activities to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park include game drives for wildlife viewing, boat cruise on Kazinga Channel which always a highlight of your safari in this park, community visits, birding, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge among others. For those who have more time you can as well opt to visit Ishasha sector located on the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can do game drives to search for Tree climbing lions among other wildlife.
Requirements for filming in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Filming wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park is charged at 40% of any activity you plan for your shoot for. You will need to get a filming permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority to allow you film in Queen Elizabeth National Park, 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 filming and USD225.00 for up to 60 days 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 travelled. 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.
Fixers in Uganda to help you film in Queen Elizabeth National Park
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 ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Uganda.
Top activities on which to film wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park?
The interesting activities on which to film wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park are explained below in details, for those who have more time you can as well opt to visit Ishasha sector located on the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can do game drives to search for Tree climbing lions among other wildlife. On your visit to this park you will be able to see all the Big 4 animals and the unique tree climbing lions if you as well visit Ishasha sector including other savannah wildlife.
Game Drives – Kansenyi Plains and Mweya Sector
In the Mweya and Kansenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, also rich with wildlife, visitors will find vast numbers of Uganda’s unique and strange Euphorbia, or “candelabra” tree. The many nearby crater lakes and mountain ranges provide a beautiful backdrop for your journey as you view the wildlife.
Game Drives – Ishasha Sector
In Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is a great place to visit for wildlife viewing and seeing the unique Tree climbing lions.
Boat Cruise – Kazinga Channel
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You may encounter herds of elephant, buffalos and antelopes, families of warthogs, large groups of hippos, and crocodiles basking on the shore. Kazinga’s shores are a haven for numerous birds, including many migratory species as they make their way south to warmer climates. The cruise also provides a spectacular view of the beautiful Mweya Peninsula and life in local fishing villages set along the banks.
While on your Queen Elizabeth wildlife safari, you may choose to visit Lake Katwe and witness how the local communities are harnessing park resource to earn a living. It is also an indication why Queen Elizabeth National Park was voted as one of the Parks where wildlife co-exists with human beings. For those who want to visit the local communities, we have the Kasoga community experience project where the local community will share with you the hard experience of living near the park and how they have managed to co-exist peacefully with wildlife you will as well enjoy the cultural encounters and traditional dances.
Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
Chimpanzee tracking is among the major activities done in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This can be done in Kyambura Gorge which is within the Park. The chimpanzee tracking is done in the morning and afternoon and we can book you the permits and organize this trek for you depending on the itinerary and timing of the activities. To participate in all mentioned activities, you will need more time to spend in Queen Elizabeth national Park and have a great memorable experience. Send us an email and we shall share all details and tailor this for you as per your interest.
For those interested in Birding safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is among Uganda’s best birding spots with over 600 bird species which include; Albertine rift endemic birds, water birds, and savannah birds, most of the birds can be spotted on the boat ride on Kazinga Channel and during game drives in the park. Some of the Birds include, Collared pratincole, Palm-nut vulture, Pel’s fishing-owl, Rare Swamp flycatcher, Gray crowned crane(Uganda’s National bird), Giant Kingfisher, Giant Heron, Shoebill stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Nightjars, Marabou stork, Black headed lapwing, Back-bellied Bustard ,Swamp Fly catcher, Giant Heron, African Jacana, Secretary Bird among others.
Where to stay during filming in Queen Elizabeth National Park?
Accommodations in Queen Elizabeth National Park range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Pumba Safari Lodge, Elephant Hab Lodge among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include Buffalo Safari Lodge, Bush Lodge, among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Mazike Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge and Mweya Safari Lodge among others fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person.
What is the best time for filming in Queen Elizabeth National Park?
During Dry season from June to September and December to February every year is the best time to film in Queen Elizabeth National park. The park can as well be visited all year around and you will be able to see the wildlife and do a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, dry seasons offer great sighting of wildlife compared to wet seasons.
Why use Eco Adventure Safaris Uganda to film wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National park.
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 National Forestry 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 wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National park