Filming Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy in Rwanda

Filming Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy in Rwanda

Filming Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy in Rwanda gives you an insight into the life of Dian Fossey and the great work she did to conserve the Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga region. You will cover a documentary about her interest in the gorillas and how she managed to do her work amid hard times in Rwanda. It is globally believed that without her efforts mountain gorillas would have been extinct or numbers very drastically reduced. Her greatest contribution was to discover how to make wild gorillas get used to human presence.

You will trek up arriving at Dian Fossey’s house where she was mysteriously murdered in 1985 and later buried next to Digit her favorite gorilla friend. You will also have an opportunity to film the gorilla graveyard where about 20 mountain gorillas were buried that were killed either by poachers or by natural causes.

Filming the Dian Fossey Research Camp

The Karisoke Research Center was founded by Dian Fossey Sept 24, 1967. Dian Fossey’s main objective of founding this research camp was to study the gorilla ecology, demography and social organization of the gorillas. At the research camp you will have an opportunity to film how Fossey studied the gorilla ecology and behavior.

Filming Dian Fossey's Living Legacy in Rwanda

Requirements and permissions for filming Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy in Rwanda

You will need to get a filming permit for you to be allowed to film Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy 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, and 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 film crew members must have press Accreditation from the Rwanda Media High Council to be allowed to film Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy 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 attach 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 Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy in Rwanda.

Rwanda Visa Advice

You will need to purchase a tourist or Business visa for you to get into Rwanda for Filming. Many film crews 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 organizes transport for film crews 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 Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy 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 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 Rwanda.

Lodges to stay in during filming Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy in Rwanda

Lodges to stay in during filming Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy in Rwanda range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options, Luxury options include Sabinyo Silverback Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Virunga Volcanoes Lodge, Five Volcanoes Hotels and Mountain Gorillas’ Nest Lodge. The price ranges from USD300 to USD1000 per person per night.

The Midrange lodge options include Mountain Gorilla View Lodge and Lebambou Gorilla Lodge, Davinci Lodge. For budget lodges in Volcanoes National Park options are many from basic accommodation to camping which include Kinigi Hotel, Hotel Muhabura, Gorilla Solution Lodge, Villa Gorilla, Virunga Hotel, Faraji Hotel and La Palme Hotel or Home Inn.

Why use Eco film fixers to film Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy in Rwanda?

Eco Film Fixers is a local fixer company, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda 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 Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy in Rwanda.