Uganda is a land-locked country which is situated in East Africa. It’s bordered by Kenya in the East, Tanzania in the south, Sudan in the north, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west.
Uganda is among the top tourist destinations in Africa having endowed with ten national parks namely:
- Murchison Falls National Park
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Kidepo Valley National Park
- Mountain Elgon National Park
- Mountain Rwenzori National Park
- Kibale National Park
- Semuliki National Park
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Lake Mburo National Park
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Uganda National Parks are stocked with a variety of tourist attractions hence a wide range of filming items. However, all foreign filmmakers or journalists MUST first apply for press accreditation or media cards from the Uganda media council. After securing media cards for each film crew member, then embark on getting a location filming permit for each of the areas you are planning to film. It’s on record that all the ten National Parks are managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority which is why you need to sign a filming contract with UWA authorities in order to be allowed to carry out filming in any of the parks. To overcome complexity in process of filming documents, contact Crystal Fixers Uganda to simplify your work. We also assist in the process of clearing film equipment at Entebbe Airport or at the ground borders.
Filming in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest park in Uganda at the size of 3,840km2. Its one of the oldest national Parks in Uganda founded in 1952. The Park is situated in northwestern Uganda and sits on the shores of Lake Albert. Murchison Falls tops all tourist attractions in this largest National Park and thus a major item for filming. Other attractions to film here include Lions, Leopards, Hippos, Elephants, Buffaloes, Crocodiles, savannah vegetation, birds, Victoria Nile River which flows through the park, Chimpanzees in Budongo Forest among others.
Are you interested in filming Murchison Falls National Park, Crystal Film fixers is ready to walk with you to make your work a success.
Filming in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The second-largest National Park in Uganda is none other than Queen Elizabeth National Park. It’s situated in western Uganda near Uganda- DRC border. Queen Elizabeth is among the must-visit destination for all filmmakers because of an endless list of attractions. The Film crew can film stocks of elephants, the tree-climbing lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Kazinga channel, Lake Edward, Lake Gorge, Chimpanzees, birds, crocodiles, Hippos, savannah vegetation, and so on.
Filming in Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo valley is the most isolated National Park and a true wilderness in Uganda. It’s situated in north Eastern Uganda at Kenya- Uganda border. Kidepo Valley National Park is situated in a semi-arid or dry area of Karamoja – is rugged savannah, dominated by 2,750 metres. Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers. Wow! One of the suitable places for filming activities is none other than Kidepo Valley National Park. Make items for filming here include the ostrich birds, Mount Morungole, Mount Moroto, the Ik people (the minority in Uganda), Stocks of Buffaloes, Elephants, Lions, savannah grassland, birds, Narus River and the Karamajong people among others.
Filming in Mountain Elgon National Park
The mountain with the largest caldera in East Africa is none other than Mountain Elgon. It’s the second-highest mountain in Uganda after Mountain Rwenzori and the same mountain forms Mountain Elgon national park. The Park covers an area of 1,279 square kilometers and is shared by Uganda and Kenya. The Ugandan part of the park covers 1,110 km² while the Kenyan part covers 169 km².
Mountain Elgon National Park offers a lot to the Filmmakers however, to explore the mountain, the film crew must be physically fit to be able to climb to the top. Film crew members will film Wagagai the highest peak on Mountain Elgon, Caves, birds, forest animals, waterfalls, cliffs and so on. Other mountain peaks in the film include Sudek, Koitobos, Mubiyi, and Masaba.
Filming in Kibale National Park
kibale National Park is the major home for chimpanzees in Uganda and East Africa at Large. Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda, protecting moist evergreen rain forest. It is 766 square kilometres in size and ranges between 1,100 metres and 1,600 metres in elevation. It should be noted that Kibale offers the best chimpanzee and chimpanzee habituation exercise in East Africa and thus the best chimpanzee filming location. Contact Crystal Film fixers for all your film Fixing activities in Kibale National Park.
Things to Film in Kibale National Park include chimps, look for 12 other primate species, Bush babies, birds, Pottos, Tree Pangolins, Bigodi wetland among others.
Filming in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo is conveniently located along the way to western Uganda in Kiruhura district and few kilometers to Mbarara town. It’s the second last smallest National park in Uganda after Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Lake Mburo National Park is the The park is famous for hosting Zebras, Giraffes, Antelopes among others. In 1933, Lake Mburo National Park was gazetted to control illegal hunting and it was upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. Crystal Film fixers Uganda is hereby assisting you organise transportation, Security, securing media cards, Location Filming permit, Scouting, clearing equipment at Entebbe Airport and so on.
Lake Mburo hosts 68 mammal and 350 bird species in high concentration. Activities to do in Lake Mburo National Park include:
Night game drives, Horse back riding safaris, Fishing trip on Lake Mburo, Rubanga forest walks, Community walks.
Boat cruise on Lake Mburo, Birding safaris.
Filming in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla national Park is the smallest park in Uganda at 13.09 mi² and famous for hosting Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys not forgetting the Virunga ranges. Filmmakers who are willing to get memorable shoot, MGNP is a must visit. Mgahinga Gorilla national Park is bordered by Virunga National Park of DRC and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
Things to film in Mgahinga Gorilla national Park include:
Mountain Gorillas- the top tourist attraction and the major item for filming. However, you need to first secure Media card from Uganda Media card and Filming contract from Uganda Wildlife Authority to carry out any filming in MGNP.
Golden Monkey Filming – second sought after gorilla filming
Mountain Virunga Filming – Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is gifted with Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Gahinga and Mount Muhabura.
Filming in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most visited park in Uganda. The fact that Bwindi protects the majority of Mountain Gorillas existing in this world, it becomes a debt for filmmakers to pay visit to this park. BINP is situated in western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. BINP is divided into four sectors to widen filming activities thus filmmakers can visit:
- Nkuringo Gorilla Trekking sector
- Rushaga Gorilla Trekking centre
- Buhoma Gorilla sectors
- Ruhija Gorilla Trekking sector
Major things to Film in Bwindi Impenetrable National park include Mountain Gorillas, Bwindi Forest, Batwa pygmies, Birds, insects, water falls among others.
Filming in Semuliki National Park
Semuliki National Park was launched in 1993 and is one of Uganda’s newest national parks. 219 km2 (85 sq mi) of East Africa’s only lowland tropical rainforest is found in the park. Semuliki national Park is situated in the extreme west of Uganda in Bundibugyo district. It lies along the Uganda – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border within the western arm of the Rift valley. Popular filming attraction in Semuliki National park include Hot springs, Ituri Forest, Semuliki River, Batwa pygmies, swampy vegetation among others.
Filming Mountain Rwenzori National Park
Mountain Rwenzori National Park is situated in Rwenzori mountains (Mountains of the moon) which is situated in western Uganda. At 1,000 km2 (386 sq mi) in size, the park has Africa’s third highest mountain peak and many waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers. The park is known for its beautiful plant life.
While in Mountain Rwenzori National Park, Filming group can film lake Bujuku, Bulemba Bulemba Houses, snow peaks, Birds, Vegetation, U-shaped valleys, Chimpanzees, white colobus monkeys and so on.