Filming in Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Filming in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, DR Congo

Filming in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, DR Congo. Odzala-Kokoua National Park is one of Africa’s Oldest National Parks first protected in 1935. The park is located at the heart of the second largest tropical rainforest in the world home to the endangered western Lowland gorillas, forest elephants and over 400 bird species have been recorded in the park. Odzala-Kokoua National Park has approximately 100 mammal species, and one of the continent’s most diverse primate populations. There is much to film in the park ranging from mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians among other wildlife.

What to film in Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Mammals

Odzala-Kokoua National Park has approximately 100 mammal species and one of the continent’s most diverse primate populations. Sighted species for filming include the western lowland gorilla and central chimpanzee, as well as eight monkeys: Angolan talapoin, black crested mangabey, crested mona monkey, De Brazza’s monkey, greater spot-nosed monkey, mantled guereza, Moustached guenon, and Tana River mangabey.

Birds

Odzala-Kokoua National Park has approximately over 400 bird species have been recorded in the park. Notable species include the African fish eagle, black-backed cisticola, black-throated apalis, black-winged pratincole, eastern wattled cuckooshrike, forest robin, forest wood hoopoe, great snipe, green pigeon, grey parrot, grey-headed broadbill, lesser kestrel, Pel’s fishing owl, pied kingfisher,red-capped crombec, red-throated cliff swallow, Uganda woodland warbler, and yellow-capped weaver. Herons, hornbills, and kingfishers are also present, including the goliath heron, black dwarf hornbill, and giant kingfisher.

Reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects

Odzala-Kokoua National Park is home to Crocodiles, lizards, and frogs. The Park also hosts a variety of insect species, including ants, bees, butterflies, and termites

What are the requirements for filming in Odzala-Kokoua National Park?

You will need to have processed filming permits for all the crew members and all Permissions with Local authorities in DR Congo for you to be allowed to film in Odzala-Kokoua 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, 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 in Odzala-Kokoua 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 in Odzala-Kokoua 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 in Odzala-Kokoua National Park?

Yes it is safe to film in Odzala-Kokoua 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 Odzala-Kokoua National Park for filming

Odzala-Kokoua National Park is at the heart of the Central basin of the Congo River very isolated and only accessed by both road and water transport. 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 in Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Lodges to stay in during filming in Odzala-Kokoua National Park range from budget, midrange to Luxury, options to stay in include Lango Camp and Mboko Camp.

What is the best time to film in Odzala-Kokoua National Park?

Filming in Odzala-Kokoua 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 fixersto film in Odzala-Kokoua 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 in Odzala-Kokoua National Park.