What to film on Lake Kivu in DR Congo

What to film on Lake Kivu in DR Congo

Lake Kivu is the 6th largest lake on the African continent. The lake is surrounded by magnificent mountains offering an opportunity to film this beautiful landscape of DR Congo with Lake Kivu as a backdrop. Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift.

What to film on Lake Kivu in DR Congo

Filming Coffee on Nyamirundi Island

Nyamirundi Island is best known for its coffee growing and processing. At the Island you will have an opportunity to film how coffee is grown and processed. You will also get a chance to taste the locally processed and made coffee.

Swimming and Beaches

Lake Kivu is a fresh water body that is crocodile free, hippo free and bilharzia free, this has attracted many to swim in it freely without fear. The lake has various beaches along its shores with fine sand for relaxing after a great swim.

Hiking and biking along Lake Kivu shores

With great views of Lake Kivu as a backdrop filming a walk and a hike at the shores of Lake Kivu with cool breezes from the waves will give you a remarkable and unforgettable experience.

How to get to Lake Kivu

The distance between Kigali and Lake Kivu is approximately 154 km. This can be accessed by road the roads leading to this town are of good quality and well maintained, the drive here takes approximately 3 to 4 hours from Kigali. Private cars are also available and can be hired for about $60 excluding fuel and a driver. However there is also an option to use public buses if you are travelling on a tight budget.

Where to stay during filming on Lake Kivu in DR Congo

Lodge options to stay in during filming on Lake Kivu in DR Congo range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Lake Kivu Hotel, The Palm Beach Resort Lake Kivu and Lake Kivu Serena Hotel among others. Contact us here for reservation and booking details.

What are the requirements for filming on Lake Kivu in 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 Kivu in 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 Kivu in 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 Kivu in 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 in on Lake Kivu in DR Congo?

Yes it is safe to film on Lake Kivu in 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 Kivu in DR Congo?

Filming on Lake Kivu 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 on Lake Kivu in 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 Kivu in DR Congo.