Filming Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park

Filming Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park

Filming chimpanzees in Virunga National Park. Virunga National Park is best known as home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas, the Park is also home to Chimpanzees which live in the eastern tropical forests and the common chimpanzees include the Eastern chimpanzees which are also found in the Ubangi River in the Central African Republic of Congo. Chimpanzee in Virunga National Park live in groups of about 20 to 80 members, filming chimpanzees is easy given the fact they are very social primate species to humans unlike the gorillas. Only four people are allowed to visit the chimpanzee group in Virunga National Park per day and this means you will have to limit the crew members who visit the chimps per day for filming.  Booking of chimpanzee permits is done to Mikeno Lodge and you will have to acquire filming permit and accreditation from local government and Park Authorities for you to be allowed to film Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park. Eco film fixers will help you organize all the required permissions for you to film Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park as below;

What are the requirements for filming Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park?

You will need to have processed filming permits, Chimpanzee trekking permits for all the crew members and all Permissions with Local authorities in DR Congo for you to be allowed to film Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park. Then for your filming equipment, this will also need to be cleared with customs at the point of Entry in DR Congo. Contact us at Eco film fixers we will be able to process both the filming permissions with Local Authorities in DR Congo, Chimpanzee Trekking permits for Virunga National Park, Accommodation and transportation for all the crew members as well guide and help you with clearance processes at the point of entry into DR Congo.

DR Congo has no specific permitting system available in place so location permits for filming are negotiated on a case by case basis. Like other countries as well in DR Congo unauthorized filming of government buildings, military installations and along border areas is illegal and may result in arrest and confiscation of your film equipments. Other permissions are also required for shoots that require use of public space, traffic control in various cities, filming in national parks, filming in markets and drone filming. Please contact us at Eco film fixers and we will guide you accordingly. Other important things you need to consider for successful filming of Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park include;

DR Congo Visa and Work permits Advice

Your film crew will need a visa to be allowed to enter the Democratic republic of Congo. Unlike Uganda and Kenya, where one can obtain a visa upon arrival, the Congo visa must be applied for in advance at the closest Consulate or Embassy. The Congo Visa for Single entry costs $ 100 Single entry (1 month validity visa), Single entry (2 months validity visa) $ 135 and Single entry (6 months validity visa) $400 you will need to apply for this Visa atleast 2 to 3 weeks in advance before your travel date as it cannot be gotten on arrival. You will not be allowed to enter DR Congo without a visa that was not processed in advance. You need an invitation letter as well as a yellow fever card. Please contact us for more details on how to secure the Visa for entry into DR Congo.

 DR Congo Vehicle Hire Services

Eco film fixers organizes transport for film crews in DR Congo depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations they are filming in DR Congo. For rough terrains, like in National Parks, we recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers. 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. We also organize both charter and schedule air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce on the number of drive hours.

Fixers in DR Congo to help you film Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of DR Congo 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 DR Congo.

Is it safe to film Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park?

Yes it is safe to film Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park. Generally the Democratic Republic of Congo has for the past years been hit by various unprecedented disasters that are civil and rebel wars, Ebola disease among others which has stopped many from visiting DR Congo for filming. However Congo is now getting back to better days and it is safe for filming and as a company we keep on monitoring the security situation time to time and we will always advise you before any filming starts. Contact us here for update security situation in DR Congo.

How to access Virunga National Park for filming Chimpanzees

Virunga National Park is located in the Eastern part of DR Congo and there are options for accessing it. You will fly to Kigali International Airport then connect to Gisenyi town from Gisenyi town you will cross the Rwanda-Congo border to Goma town in DR Congo then drive towards the park headquarters. The drive to the park is approximately 2 hours from Gisenyi town to reach the park headquarters you can as well fly into Kinshasha City and then drive to the Park. You must have cleared your equipment for it to be allowed into the country as they are susceptible to security reasons and safety while on your film production.

Where to stay during filming Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park

Lodge options to stay in during filming Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park in DR Congo range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Bukima Tented Camp and Kibumba Tented Camp among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person, mid-range options include Tchegera Island Camp and Lulimbi Tented Camp among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Mikeno Lodge fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person. You let us know the best option that works for you and we will book you accordingly.

 What is the best time to film Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park?

Filming Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park in DR Congo is done throughout the year and the best time is during the dry season which occurs in the months of December, January, February, June, July, August and September. Congo is located in the tropics and with this it experiences tropical climate and weather throughout the year, with the park is prone to receiving uncertain rains any time of the day or week.

Why use Eco film fixers to film Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park

Eco film fixers is a local fixer company based in Uganda and we assist filming companies and Production agencies in DR Congo and East Africa as a whole for the last eight 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 filming Chimpanzees in Virunga National Park.