Mountain Rwenzori National Park is one of the ten National Parks in Uganda which was formed 3 million years ago. Mountain Rwenzori National Park is made up of Rwenzori mountain also called Mountains of the moon. The series of mountain peaks here include Mount Stanley’s Margherita Peak at 5109 metres, Mount Speke at 4890 metres, Mount Barker at 4843 metres, mount Emin at 4798 meters, Mount Gessi 4715 metres and Mount Luigi Di Savoia at 4627 meters.
Mountain Rwenzori is about 120Km long and 60km wide. Mountain Rwenzi National Park is inhabited by 18 mammal species, 217 bird species, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. Large mammals include elephants, chimpanzees, leopards, Buffaloes, Giant Forest hog, Bush Buck and so on.
Things to Film in Mountain Rwenzori National Park
The snow – Snow is among the top tourist attraction in Mountain Rwenzori national Park and indeed a filming feature. The highest heights on Mt, Rwenzori favour the formation of glacier which flows to form glacial land forms.
Mountain Peaks – Margherita peak- the highest point in Uganda at 5109 ft is amazing and worth filming. However, its not a walk over to reach this peak since you need 7-10 days of hiking.
Forests – the five forest ranges gives filmmakers more time to say in this park includefive different Vegetation Zones found in the Rwenzori Mountains. These are grassland (1000-2000m), montane forest (2000-3000m), bamboo/ mimulopsis zone (2500-3500m), Heather/ Rapanea zone (3000-4000m) and the afro-alpine moorland zone (4000-4500m).
Birds -there are a diversity of bird species likeRwenzori Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Long-eared Owl, Handsome Francolin, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Archers’ Robin-chat, White-starred Robin, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Slender-billed Starling, Blue-headed to mention but a few.
Lakes – There are 20 Lakes but the common and popular ones are Lake Mahoma (2,651m) in the bird-rich forest of the Central Circuit.The beautiful Lake Bujuku lies at the head of the deep, glacier carved Bujuku valley in the shadow of Mounts Stanley, Baker and Speke. Film makers can capture motion pictures of lake, swamp vegetation, water loving birds and so on.
Rivers – Popular rivers include Nyamwamba, Mubuku, and Ruimi Rivers; they debouch into Lake George. The Nyamugasani River drains into Lake Edward, and the Butawu and Lamya Rivers join Lake Edward’s outflow, the Semliki, en route to Lake Albert. Here, you can take pictures of the rivers, water birds, land forms on Rivers and so on.
Vegetation – Mountain Rwenzori National Park is known for its beautiful vegetation that ranges from montane tropical rain forest through the alpine meadow to snow, the ranges also support its own species and various giant groundsel and giant lobelia and other 6-meter tall heather covered in moss that found on one of its peaks.
Valleys -Bujuku valley among others gives film crew members more time to stay in Rwenzories. The Valleys are formed by continuous movement of glaciers along the slopes of mountain Rwenzori.
Requirements for Filming in Rwenzori National Park
- Every film crew member must apply for a media card from Uganda Media Council. Here, crystal film fixers Uganda comes in to assist you in the processing of getting media permit.
- Sign a filming contract with Uganda wildlife Authority since the park is managed by UWA.
- Filming kit clearance with customs at the point of entry.
Note: contact crystal Film Fixers Uganda to assist you process media card, sign filming contracts and clearing filming kit.
The cost of filming in Mountain Rwenzori National Park depends on the duration you are planning to spend in the park.
Best time to film in Mountain Rwenzori National Park
Though filming is done throughout the year, the best time is during the dry season which occurs in the months of December, January, February, June, July, August, and September.