Filming Big Five animals in Rwanda

Filming Big Five animals in Rwanda

Filming Big Five animals in Rwanda is only done in Akagera National Park. Rwanda is one of the best countries in East Africa to film the Big 5 animals. For many years across Africa including Rwanda big game hunting has drastically reduced the numbers of Big 5 animals which include Africa Lion, African Leopard, African Elephant, Cape Buffaloes and Rhinos but Rwanda’s Akagera National Park is rapidly recovering from this with the reintroduction of Lions in 2015 and black rhinos in 2017. In Rwanda the Big 5 animals can only be filmed in Akagera National Park. Other notable Savannah animals to film in this park include the topi, hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, eland, zebra, serval cats, duiker, impala, black masked civet, reedbuck, hyena, waterbuck, mongoose bush pigs, giraffe, side-stripped jackal, Klipspringer, Sitatungas, Antelopes and roan antelope. Among the primate species include vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons and bush-babies.

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Requirements and permissions for filming Big Five animals in Rwanda

You will need to get a Rwanda filming permit for you to be allowed to film Big Five animals in Rwanda. Rwanda filming permits are issued by the Ministry of Sports and Culture. Filming permits can be secured directly by contacting this ministry however if you want less hassle then Eco film fixers can assist you to do all the ground process to secure for you the Rwanda Filming permits. Filming permits in Rwanda cost $30 valid for 15 Days and $50 valid for 3 Days. The permits are strictly issued by Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture an institution under the Ministry of Sports and Culture. Then for your filming equipment will also need to be cleared with customs at the point of Entry in Rwanda. Contact us at Eco Film Fixers we will be able to process both the filming permissions with Local Authorities in Rwanda, Accommodation, transportation for you as well guide and help you with clearance processes at the point of entry into Rwanda.

Rwanda Press Accreditation

After securing the Rwanda Filming permits for filming in Rwanda, all Eco Film Fixers members must have press Accreditation from the Rwanda Media High Council to be allowed to film Big Five animals in Rwanda. For you to get the press accreditation in Rwanda you will be required to fill in the Rwanda Press Accreditation Application Form (Which we normally send to you) with all details and then attached the following;

  • Official letter requesting for accreditation addressed to the Executive Secretary
  • Two coloured passport size photographs
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of visa expect for those who come from countries that benefit from the Rwanda Visa Waiver For example From the East African Community member states, USA, COMESA Member states among others contact us here for more details
  • A copy of a press card from your country of origin
  • A receipt of Payment from Rwanda Revenue Authority
  • List of Filming equipment and kits to be used during your shoot

On top of this, we will need a letter from the filming company detailing who they are, why they are filming, where they will be filming and details of crew members on this shoot. We will attach this letter to all details provided and send them to Rwanda Media High Council for press accreditation. This takes 2-3 working days for the press accreditation cards to be ready.

For you to secure the Rwanda Press Accreditation you are required to pay as follows to Rwanda Revenue Authority depending on the length of your shoot in Rwanda;

  • $30 Press Accreditation Card valid for 01 to 15 days
  • $50 Press Accreditation Card valid for 15 days to 30 days
  • $100 Press Accreditation Card valid for 1 to 3 months
  • $200 Press Accreditation Card valid for 3 to 6 months
  • $300 Press Accreditation Card valid for 6 months to 1 year

Kindly note the rates above are used as a guide and these change from time to time. Contact us here for up to date rates for filming Big Five animals in Rwanda.

Rwanda Visa Advice

You will need to purchase a tourist or Business visa for you to get into Rwanda for Filming. Many Eco Film Fixers prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Rwanda but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Kigali International Airport upon paying USD50.00 for a Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately.

Rwanda Vehicle Hire Services

Eco Film Fixers Fixers Uganda organizes transport for Eco Film Fixers depending on their interest, budget, and the nature of roads in such selected locations they are filming in Rwanda. For rough terrains, like in National Parks, 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. We also organize both charter and schedule air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce on the number of hours.

Fixers in Rwanda to help you film Big Five animals in Rwanda

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Rwanda and are thus conversant with the local situations and can provide relevant information and fix any situation on the ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Rwanda.

Accommodation where to stay during filming Big Five animals in Rwanda

Lodge options to stay in during filming Big Five animals in Rwanda range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Akagera Game Lodge, Ruzizi Tented Camp, Karenga Bush Camp, Dereva Hotel and Magashi Camp among others. Contact us here for reservation and booking details.

What is the best time to film Big Five animals in Rwanda?

Filming Big Five animals in Rwanda is done throughout the year and the best time is during the dry season months of June to September and December to March. During this time there are fewer rains and the bushes are not fully grown making the sighting and filming them is easy.

How to get to Akagera National Park to film the Big Five animals

Akagera National Park can be accessed by air and road. The drive will take you about 3 hours from Kigali to get to the park. There are scheduled flights from Kigali to the park organized by Akagera Aviation.

Why use Eco Film Fixers to film the Big Five animals in Rwanda?

Eco Film Fixers is a local fixer company, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Rwanda and East Africa as a whole we have done this 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 in Rwanda 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 to film Big Five animals in Rwanda.