Filming Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

Filming Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park

Are you planning to film Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Rwanda is one of the best places to film Mountain Gorillas in the world in their natural habitat, Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda are found in Volcanoes National Park one of the national parks which make the great Virunga ranges other national parks located in the same Virunga ranges include Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in Congo all home to the endangered mountain gorillas.  Volcanoes National Park is located in the northwestern part of Rwanda, home to the remaining endangered mountain gorillas which live in the montane vegetations of bamboo forests.mountain gorillas in Rwanda

Requirements and permissions for filming Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

You will need to get a Rwanda Gorilla filming permit for you to be allowed to film Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. A Rwanda Gorilla Filming Permit costs USD5000 Per Group plus a security deposit of USD2000 (which is refundable to you if you give two copies of the film to the Rwanda Development Board). On top of this, you will also need to purchase the Rwanda Gorilla trekking permit which costs USD1500 per person per day to be allowed to film Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. The Gorilla Permits are secured from Rwanda Development Board directly or through Film Crew Fixers Uganda.

The crews will also need to apply and get Rwanda filming permits are issued by the Ministry of Sports and Culture. Filming permits can be secured directly by contacting this ministry however if you want less hassle then Film Fixers Uganda can assist you to do all the ground process to secure for you the Rwanda Filming permits. Filming permits in Rwanda cost $30 valid for 15 Days and $50 valid for 3 Days the permit is strictly issued by the Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture an Institution under the Ministry of Sports and Culture. Then for your filming equipment, this will also need to be cleared with customs at the Point of Entry in Rwanda. Contact us at Film crew fixers Uganda we will be able to process both the filming permissions with Local Authorities in Rwanda, Gorilla Trekking permits, Accommodation, transportation for you as well guide, and help you with clearance processes at the point of entry into Rwanda.

Rwanda Press Accreditation

After securing the Rwanda Filming and Mountain Gorilla trekking permits for filming Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, all film crew members must have press Accreditation from the Rwanda Media High Council to be allowed to film Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. For you to get the press accreditation in Rwanda you will be required to fill in the Rwanda Press Accreditation Application Form (Which we normally send to you) with all details and then attach the following;

  • Official letter requesting for accreditation addressed to the Executive Secretary
  • Two colored passport size photographs
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of visa except for those who come from countries that benefit from the Rwanda Visa Waiver For example From the East African Community member states, USA, COMESA Member states among others contact us here for more details
  • A copy of a press card from your country of origin
  • A receipt of Payment from the Rwanda Revenue Authority
  • List of Filming equipment and kits to be used during your shoot

On top of this, we will need a letter from the filming company detailing who they are, why they are filming, where they will be filming, and details of crew members on this shoot. We will attach this letter to all details provided and send them to Rwanda Media High Council for press accreditation. This takes 2-3 working days for the press accreditation cards to be ready.

For you to secure the Rwanda Press Accreditation you are required to pay as follows to Rwanda Revenue Authority depending on the length of your shoot in Rwanda;

  • $30 Press Accreditation Card valid for 01 to 15 days
  • $50 Press Accreditation Card valid for 15 days to 30 days
  • $100 Press Accreditation Card valid for 1 to 3 months
  • $200 Press Accreditation Card valid for 3 to 6 months
  • $300 Press Accreditation Card valid for 6 months to 1 year

Kindly note the rates above are used as a guide and these change from time to time. Contact us here for up to date rates for filming Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.

Rwanda Visa Advice

You will need to purchase the tourist or Business visa for you to get into Rwanda for Filming. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Rwanda but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Kigali International Airport upon paying either USD30.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately. Those who come from countries that benefit from the Rwanda Visa Waiver For example From the East African Community member states, USA, COMESA Member states among others don’t need to pay for the Visa and they will be cleared upon arrival at any point of entry into Rwanda contact us here for more details.

Rwanda Vehicle Hire Services

Film Crew Fixers Uganda organizes transport for film crews depending on their interest, budget, and the nature of roads in such selected locations they are filming in Rwanda. For rough terrains, like in National Parks, we recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers which costs from USD200-250 per vehicle per day with Driver/Fixer or 4×4 Safari Vans from USD200 per Van per day with driver/Fixer. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be traveled. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce the number of drive hours.

Fixers in Rwanda to help you film Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Rwanda and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on the ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Rwanda.

Lodges to stay in during filming Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

Lodges to stay in during filming Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options, Luxury options include Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Virunga Volcanoes Lodge, Five Volcanoes Hotels, and Mountain Gorillas’ Nest Lodge. The price ranges from USD300 to USD1000 per person per night.

The Midrange lodge options at Volcanoes National Park include Mountain Gorilla View Lodge and Lebambou Gorilla Lodge, Davinci Lodge. For budget lodges in Volcanoes National Park options are many from basic accommodation to camping which includes Kinigi Hotel, Hotel Muhabura, Gorilla Solution Lodge, Villa Gorilla, Virunga Hotel, Faraji Hotel, and La Palme Hotel or Home Inn.

How to access Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park can be best accessed by road the park is just 2 to 3 hours drive from Kigali town.

What is the best time to film Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda?

Filming Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda is done throughout the year and the best time is during the dry season months of June to September and December to March.

Why use Film crew fixers Uganda to film Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.

Film crew Fixers Uganda is a local fixer company, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda and East Africa as a whole we have done this for the last 8 years. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies in Rwanda to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know to film Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.

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