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Just like mountain gorillas, Uganda is one of the countries that is blessed with many primates including chimpanzees. At Encounter Africa safaris we do explore filming locations and chimpanzee filming at Kalinzu forest is very possible. Kalinzu forest ecotourism site is located in south western Uganda in Busheyi/Rubilizi district and it is an extension of Maramagambo forest. Kalinzu forest can be visited on your way to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Apart from chimpanzee filming at Kalinzu forest, other activities that can be done include chimpanzee trekking, nature walks and bird watching

Communities available for chimpanzee filming at Kalinzu forest

Kalinzu forest reserve has over 200 chimpanzees and out of these two communities were habituated with funds from the Japanese government and are available for filming and trekking. Those interested in chimpanzee filming at kalinzu forest may choose from the two communities of habituated chimps. One community has 40 members while the other has 70 members. Those interested in chimpanzee filming at Kalinzu forest should however know the behaviors of chimps. While we mention 70 members, it might not be easy to spot all of them at ago. Chimpanzees are known to live in communities and during the day, they breakup into small parties of 10 members or so to reduce competition on food. They will then team up in the evening to make their nests for the night

Filming permits for chimpanzee filming at Kalinzu forest

Kilunzu forest or ecotourism site is under national forest authority and as such all those intending to do chimpanzee filming at kalinzu forest must seek for permission. Encounter Africa safaris organizes permits for chimpanzee filming at Kalinzu forest and we will assist you with this when contacted. 2016 and 2017 rates for filming at Karinzu are USD100 per person per day. If you have a team of 4 crew members, you will be required to pay USD100 per person per day. This is all you need to do and no extra cost involved. This is slightly cheaper compared to charges by Uganda Wildlife Authority where they charge USD1000 per group per day on top of one chimpanzee permit per person per day and then monitoring fee which is always 5% of the total cost. Those looking for affordable locations for chimpanzee filming should consider doing it at Karizu ecotourism site

Other requirements for chimpanzee filming at Kalinzu forest

As you prepare to do chimpanzee filming at Kalinzu forest, you need to be accredited by Uganda Media Council, you have to import in your filming equipment, organize accommodation and transport to and from Kalinzu filming location. Encounter Africa safaris is the only expert that can arrange this for you. Contact Encounter Africa Safaris and you will not be disappointed

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