Filming in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve

Filming in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve

Filming in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve. Bururi Nature Reserve is located in the southwestern Burundi. It was created in 1951 it covers an area of 15.35km and it is managed by the Institute National pour l’ Environment et la Conservation de la nature. The uniqueness about this Nature reserve is the consideration the local community had about the forest as the link between heaven and earth. The ancient Burundians attached a great conservation importance to the forest especially the mountains in the forest as a place of worship this in turn helped conserve the forest.

What to film in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve


The Nature reserve is home to about 22 species of mammals including 5 species of primates and 6 species of carnivores. The notable primates include Chimpanzees, the Rwenzori Batis and the ascacus monkeys. It is also believed that the forest has a leopard but it is very rare and hard to sight.


Bururi Forest Nature Reserve is home to about 250 species of birds making it one of the best places to film birds in Burundi. The major notable species include the Ross Turaco and The Gray Checked Hornbill among other forest birds.

This forest is also home to many species of amphibians, including very rare species the small long finger frog Cardioglossa cyaneospila rediscovered in 2011 by a recent mission of the Universities of Texas and California after its first discovery in this forest in 1949.

Local community interaction with Bururi Forest Nature Reserve

Bururi Forest Nature Reserve is surrounded by a large very poor population that depends entirely on natural resources from the forest. With this various local associations have been established to engage with these local communities to benefit properly from the forest. The local people also support the conservation of the reserve through various activities like nursery management and tree planting for reforestation of the degraded areas of the reserve.

Requirements and fees to film in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve. Securing a filming permit in Burundi can be an expensive and time consuming process so make sure to allow plenty of time for us to help you secure the permit for you. The first step is to complete all necessary applications with the help of Eco film fixers Uganda. The application will be submitted to our local Burundi consulate so that they can complete the application.

Unauthorized filming, photography or any other recording of government buildings, military installations and key infrastructure such as airports and border controls is illegal while filming in Burundi. Penalties may include arrest, fines and confiscation of your equipment. Please contact us here for more information on filming in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve as below;

Burundi Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase the tourist visa or business visa to allow you entry in Burundi. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Burundi but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point in Burundi upon paying for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local Burundi embassy or us here for the latest travel information to Burundi.

Burundi Vehicle Hire Services

Eco film fixersUganda will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film. 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 travelled.

Film Fixers in Burundi to help you film in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve

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

Where o stay during filming in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve in Burundi range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Moonlight Hotel, Tanganyika Bluebay Resort and Hotel Phoenicia among others

What is the best time to film in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve?

Filming in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November.

 Why use Eco film fixers Uganda to film in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve

Eco film fixers is a local fixer company based in Uganda, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda and East Africa as a whole 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 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 for successful filming in Bururi Forest Nature Reserve.