Filming In Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park protects an extension of the Ituri forest in the Democratic republic of Congo. The park is situated in western Uganda near mountains of the moon (Mt. Rwenzori). The park covers an area of 220km2 with altitude of 670m-760m above sea level. River Semuliki separates Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Crystal Fixers Uganda is hereby enabling you take pictures in motion from Semuliki National Park. A lot of things to film in Semuliki National Park include:

Wild animals – Film makers can film wild animals like forest elephants, buffaloes, Hippos and Crocodiles among others.

Primate filming – Chimpanzee filming can be done in Toro- Semuliki Game reserve. Other primates to film include red-cheeked mangabey, Central African red colobus and many reptiles and amphibians among others. 11 of the mammals are endemic to the park, pygmy flying squirrel, Beecroft’s flying squirrel, water chevrotain, target rat, little collared fruit bat, bay duiker, forest buffalo, mona monkey.

Birds filming – over 441 species recorded in riverine habitat and grassland provide a safe haven for bird species. The park has 46 Guinea-Congo biome species, which are found only here in East Africa. The species to look for include African Piculet, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Blue-billed Malimbe, Yellow-throated Nicator, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Nkulengu Rail, Piping Hornbill, blue-billed malimbe, Yellow-throated Cuckoo and Leaf-love among others.

Filming Hot springs in semuliki National Park – Sempaya Hot springs with amazing high temperatures up to 100 degrees Celsius. The force, strength and hotness of this springs show the strength of the geographical forces underneath.

Requirements for filming in Semuliki National Park:

  • Media card/ accreditation or pass  from Uganda Media council
  • Location permit/ pass from park authorities – in Uganda, all the parks under management of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
  • Accommodation
  • Security
  • Filming gear

Best Filming time in Semuliki National Park

Filming can be done all year round but the dry season is the best in Semuliki National Park. Dry season starts from December to February and from June to August. During the Wet season months (March to May and September to November) the trails are flooded making it difficult to walk through the forest trail.