Interested in filming and photographing mountain gorillas in the wild? Film Crew Fixers facilitates Television crews and production companies to enable them achieve their mission with ease. There are only three locations in the whole world where filming makers can shoot and photograph mountain gorillas.  These locations include Bwindi impenetrable National park and Mgahinga in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in The Democratic Republic of Congo. At the moment, we highly recommend Uganda and Rwanda for mountain gorilla filming and only consider Virunga National Park if it is a must or special request due to insecurity in this country.

Where to film mountain gorillas in Uganda

There are two national parks in Uganda where one can go film mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park are the two popular African mountain gorilla filming locations in Uganda. Both National Parks are located in southwestern Uganda and are home to have the number of mountain gorillas in the world.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has over 19 habituated mountain gorillas located in four regions of Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the East, Rushaga, and Nkuringo in the south.  Having such numbers of habituated gorilla families gives one lot of choices when it comes to filming.

Mgahinga National Park on the other hand has only one habituated mountain gorilla family that lives in the bamboo-dominated forest.  This also means that filmmakers are limited to only one gorilla family for their documentaries.

Where to film mountain gorillas in Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park is the only location where one can shoot documentaries about mountain gorillas.  Volcanoes National Park has about 20 mountain gorilla families where 10 are for research and the rest for tourism. Rwanda is a popular location for mountain gorillas much as it is very expensive compared to Uganda and The Democratic Republic of Congo. This country with a thousand hills has an advantage over Uganda and Congo due to the fact that Volcanoes NP is easily accessed via Kigali International Airport.

Why shoot mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda

Mountain gorillas in Africa are among the most endangered world primates and shooting a video for a television network is not only good for records but helps in creating awareness and conservation of these great apes. The following procedures for filming only apply to big companies but a single person who has come for gorilla trekking with a small portable camera does not need any of the below.

Gorilla Permits for Uganda, Rwanda, or DRC

To be able to film mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, or The Democratic Republic of Congo, you need to secure gorilla permits for the respective national parks.  Each member of the crew must be allocated a gorilla permit per day to be able to be on the team filming or photographing mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda gorilla permits are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority while those of Rwanda by the Rwanda Development board. Gorilla permits are on high demand by both tourists and filmmakers and as such, they must be booked in advance to avoid shortage. Film Crew Fixers and Encounter Africa safaris assist in booking gorilla permits on behalf of our clients. Contact us for details.

Mountain Gorilla Filming Fees

Filming and photography of gorillas for commercial purposes requires a filming and photography fee which is paid to respective bodies in Uganda, Rwanda, and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Each of the three countries charges differently and depending on our client’s interests, budget,s and priorities, we will recommend the best location for them.  Uganda Wildlife Authority determines the filming fees for Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park before giving you a filming contract.

Rwanda Development Board on the other hand is in charge of determining and issuing mountain gorilla contracts and permits for all those interested in shooting documentaries about mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.

Mountain gorilla filming fees and charges keep changing and you need to contact Film Crew fixers for the most updated information about this.

Uganda and Rwanda Media Accreditation

By law, all media practitioners or filmmakers intending to film mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda must have a media card/pass issued by the respective bodies. If you intend to film mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable or Mgahinga National Park, you must possess a media card issued by Uganda Media Council. For those interested in Filming Mountain gorillas in Uganda, ensure to apply for your Media passes on the IremboGov website.

To be accredited in Uganda, a Form G must be filled by each member of the crew, scanned, and sent to the Uganda Medica council with a copy of a valid passport, passport copy, and a formal letter from your employer or production company. A certificate of good conduct is also required plus a work permit if the shoot is for many days.

Film Crew fixers assists filmmakers to process their media passes to shoot filming about mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Feel free to contact us or request a Zoom Call with our team. We have a long-term good working relationship with the Uganda Media council which makes it easy to secure your media cards even if it is on short notice.

Clearing your Filming Equipment into Uganda and Rwanda

As a filming or photography company, you will be required to temporarily import your kit or equipment to enable you to get the best shoot in the jungles of Uganda and Rwanda. This is due to the fact that Uganda and Rwanda don’t have many options where you can hire cameras and other filming equipment. The only option available is to hire from Kenya or South Africa and then bring them to Uganda or Rwanda.

Uganda and Rwanda are not Carnet-free countries and as such a fee is charged to have your filming equipment into the country. Film Crew fixers will assist your team to clear in their equipment as long as a full list showing the type of each, serial number, and value is provided. This process takes 3-4 working days given the expertise of Film Crew fixers and our clearing agent. Contact us for details.

Work permit and Visa Processing

You require a valid visa to enter Uganda or Rwanda to film mountain gorillas in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Volcanoes National Park respectively. Both countries require you to apply for your visa online and at the time of contact, our team will provide you with links to this effect. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months, a yellow fever card and Covid 19 certificates are required as well.  For more information about this, please contact us.

Transport and accommodation in Uganda and Rwanda

Film Crew fixers will take care of your accommodation and transport in Bwindi impenetrable national Park, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.  Uganda and Rwanda have budget, Mid-range, and Luxury lodges where your crew can overnight. We will secure your accommodation depending on your interest and budget. Film Crew Fixers will also take care of your transport in and around Uganda and Rwanda. We have a fleet of 4×4 Vans and Land cruisers and are able to allocate you a Van or Land cruiser to carry your crew and equipment depending on your budget and interest. Contact us and let us discuss this in detail.

Why Film Crew Fixers

For more than 15 years, Film Crew fixers has been in the business of providing production fixer services in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Sudan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somaliland, Egypt, and many other African countries. We have worked with top production companies including BBC, Keo Films, Nat Geo as seen on our PORTFOLIO. Tap in our expertise to make your preparations as easy as drinking a cup of coffee.