Filming on Lake Tanganyika in DR Congo

Filming on Lake Tanganyika in DR Congo

Lake Tanganyika is another great filming location in DR Congo it is the second largest fresh water lake in the world by volume and the second deepest lake after Lake Baikal in Siberia. It is the deepest lake in Africa. Lake Tanganyika is share among four countries namely Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia. There is much to film on Lake Tangayinyka in DR Congo. Eco film fixers will arrange all the requirements upon contact for you to film on Lake Tanganyika. There are a lot of filming locations and particulars on Lake Tanganyika as detailed below.

What to film on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo

Fisheries on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo

Lake Tanganyika is home to 300 fish species with 95% of them endemic to this lake. Fish is the most important food source for the people living around the lake and more that 46000 people work in the fish industries.

Fishing villages and lifestyle of the people of DR Congo

Filming in the fishing Villages can be organized as well, the vast majority of Lake Tanganyika fishing communities is comprised of nucleated settlements located directly on or adjacent to landing sites. Most people live in houses of simple mud-and-wattle construction, thatched with grass or reeds. You will require permissions from Local governments/local authorities to be allowed to film in any of the fishing villages. Your production can involve the local’s lifestyle, traditions, way of life, safety, government service access and any other interest of your cast. Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo is also home to various displaced people from DR Congo due to various instabilities which were focused to use the banks of the Lake as their homes.

What are the requirements for filming on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo?

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 on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo. 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 on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo 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 on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo

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 on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo?

Yes it is safe to film on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo. 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.

What is the best time to film on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo?

Filming on Lake Tanganyika, 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 on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo

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 on Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo.