Uganda is a land locked country in East Africa. It’s bordered by Kenya in the east, Sudan in the north, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Uganda was made famous named “the pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill in 1908 book titled “My African Journey” about his trip to Uganda in 1907.
Uganda is among the top filming destinations in Africa because of the following reasons:
Mountain Gorillas- Its among the unique primate species in the world. In Uganda, mountain Gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park found in south western Uganda and more so, the most visited parks in Uganda. This is the most sought for destinations by the filmmakers and so,the most expensive activity but worth it.
Chimpanzee – In Uganda, filmmakers have five options to choose from. Chimpanzee filming places in Uganda include Kibale National Park, Budongo Forest, Kalinzu Forest, Kyambura Gorge and Toro- Semuliki National Park. After filming Mountain Gorillas, think of chimpanzees and you can visit any of the destinations and take pictures in motion.
River Nile – Its the longest River in Uganda and Africa at large. River Niles originates in Jinja and flow to the Mediterranean sea. It has historically been considered the longest river in the world, though this has been contested by research suggesting that the Amazon River is slightly longer. Filmmakers in Uganda shouldn’t miss River Nile.
Golden monkeys – Golden monkeys are found in Mgahinga National Park and officially trekked there. Currently, Golden monkey trekking cost US$90 per person and trekkers are entitled to 1 hour views of golden monkeys. Should you come to Uganda for filming, miss not golden monkeys in MGNP.
Murchison Falls – Situated in Murchison Falls national Park and formally called Kabalega falls. Murchison falls is a waterfall between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert on the Victoria Nile in Uganda. At the top of Murchison Falls, the Nile forces its way through a gap in the rocks, only 7 m wide, and tumbles 43 m, before flowing westward into Lake Albert. Murchison falls is the strongest water fall in Uganda and so, film makers in Uganda should not miss this.
Kazinga channel – its a water body connecting Lake Edward and Gorge. The channel attracts a large number of hippos and Nile crocodiles that is why, filmmakers should include filming Kazinga channel on the list of items to be filmed in Uganda.
Lake Mutanda – Situated in far south western Uganda. Lake Mutanda is a small, this freshwater water lake in close to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. It is drained by the Rutshuru River, flowing northward to Lake Edward.
More filming in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park, Semuliki National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Mountain Elgon National Park.
With an altitude of 1,800m, it is a great place to hike, and it offers breath-taking views of The Virunga Mountains. The above is just a few but Uganda has a lot to offer as far as filming is concerned.