Filming mountain gorillas

We organize gorilla filming tours for Television crews and production companies to enable them achieve their mission with ease. Individuals can film or record a video of their gorilla trekking experience but production companies will require several procedures for a smooth running shoot in Uganda.

Why shoot mountain gorillas

Mountain gorillas are among the most endangered world primates and shooting a video for television network is not only good for records but helps in creating awareness and conservation of these great apes. The following procedures for filming only apply to big companies but for a single person who has come for gorilla trekking with a small portable camera does not need any of the below.

Gorilla Permits

Any member of the filming crew is required to purchase a gorilla permit for this exercise and we do organize for you these gorilla permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Contact us for availability of gorilla permits and advise on the best gorilla family for filming and photography. Once you have your gorilla permits ready and pre purchased then you are ready for the next step.

Mountain Gorilla Filming Fees

Filming and photography of gorillas for commercial purposes requires a filming and photography fee which is paid to Uganda Wildlife Authority, a body in charge of conserving wildlife in all protected areas in Uganda. Filming gorillas per day will require you to pay USD1000 per day meaning that the more the days of filming, the more the amount of money you will need to pay in this regard. These fees keep on changing so please do contact us for the current filming and photography fees. A certain amount of the filming fee is reimbursed if you can provide a copy of the film to Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Media Cards

As an international or foreign nonresident journalist, you job to film or photograph mountain gorillas requires you to have a media card. We do organize and collect media cards on behalf of our clients who are keen photographer. Media card are processed by Uganda Media Card at a fee and what we charge you is fixing fee for the whole exercise. We will need all your passport details plus scanned photographs to be forwarded to us that we process your media cards to allow you operate as a journalist for the days you will be in Uganda. We have good relationship with Uganda Media Council and thus this work is always done in a short time even if it is on a short notice.

Clearing of your Filming kit/Equipment

As a filming or photography company, you will need to import in your kit or equipment to enable you get the best shoot in the jungles of Uganda. You need to clear this at any entry point in Uganda be it at Entebbe International Airport. You will need to forward us all the details of your equipment and their value so that we estimate how much is to be charged for clearing. Once this is done, we forward them to our trusted clearing agent who will then help you on arrival at the airport.

Logistical support and flexibility

As a local based tour operators experienced in the above, we are always privileged to organize for you transport to and from your filming spots, book for you translators, best guides who are well vast with what you will be doing. We organize accommodation for you so that your exercise moves on well.

Contact us

For more details about filming and photographing gorillas for commercial purpose, please do contact our Uganda office or Europe Offices in Holland and our experienced tour consultants will be at your service to help you with all pre filming advice that you need at no cost.

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