Murchison Falls national Park is the largest in Uganda at the size of 1,503 mi². The park is situated in North western Uganda with a variety of animals like elephants, Lions, Buffaloes, Leopards, Giraffes, water bucks and Antelopes among others. Murchison Falls national Park is one of the top destinations on the list of the film makers due to a variety of attraction found in different areas of the park.
Major filming requirement in Murchison Falls National Park
Media accreditation – when planning to film in Murchison Falls National Park, the filming crew must apply for media cards from Uganda Media Council (UMC). At crystal Fixers Uganda, we assist film makers to process their media card. What you need to do is to contact us via email or phone call. It should be noted that each filming crew member need to be accredited.
Visas – the filmmakers are advised to apply for visas in advance. Online application is the best so, follow the link below https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
You can apply in advance and get the visa on arrival at Entebbe international Airport or at the border post.
Accommodation – you need a safer accommodation for sleeping in and keeping filming requirements. For accommodation, you can choose to stay in Budget, mid-range or Luxury based on your budget and interest. Murchison falls is composed of Lodges like Paraa safari Lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Murchison Falls bamboo Village, Fort Murchison, Sambiya River Lodge and so on.
Security – The need for security to keep the filming equipment. At crystal Fixers Uganda, we can hire security guards on your behalf. We can hire security personal from Uganda police or Private companies to safe guard you and your variables. More so, the Uganda People’s defense Force (UPDF) is in control of the country’s stability.
Transport – We recommend private transport for security reasons. At crystal Fixers Uganda, we have a fleet of Vehicles – comfortable for international visitors and filmmakers. Our safari vehicles are specious and strong to transport you and your variables from place to place.
Filming during game drive in Murchison Falls National Park – the best activity to see wildlife, relief and drainage features among others can best seen on a pop-up roof safari vehicle. The film makers should be ready to film elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, lions, leopards, antelopes among others. Other attractions to film include water bodies, relief features, vegetation among others.
Boat cruise filming in Murchison Falls National Park – boat cruises are organized from west region to eastern region (bottom of Murchison falls). The open roof boat offers a plat form to the filming crew to capture photos/ films of crocodiles, Hippos and the river at large among other attraction.
Top of the falls – If you want to follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Murchison Falls is one of the must-see destinations in Uganda, the country he named the ‘Pearl of Africa’. The waterfall, which stands at 141ft high, sits between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert on the Victoria Nile and for those who feel like stretching their legs, the hike to the top of Murchison Falls is well worth the effort. While at the top of the splashing waters, expect to get wet and capture amazing films.
Filming Budongo Forest – It’s a forest famous for mahogany trees and tropical forest. The forest protects a number of chimpanzees, birds, insects, reptiles, tree species, water streams and unique vegetation among others. Budongo forest protects 600-700 chimpanzees, which is the largest number in Uganda. Though the chimps are the main attraction, down by the savannah you can occasionally spot buffaloes and elephants.
Other areas of attraction to film in Murchison Falls national park include Lake Albert, River Nile, Buligi game area, Wildlife, Birds, Paraa and so on.
Best time to Film Murchison Falls national park
Murchison Falls National Park can be visited all year round, however, the best time to film in this park is in the drier months of June to August and December to February. Uganda is known to have two seasons; dry season (June to August & December to February) and wet season (March to May and September to November).