Filming Chimpanzees in Mahale National Park

Filming Chimpanzees in Mahale National Park

Filming Chimpanzees in Mahale National Park. Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the remote national parks in Tanzania with un-spoilt eco environment. It is located on the western border with Congo on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The park is home to around 1,000 chimpanzees with one most significant group of the Mimikire clan which has been habituated by researchers since 1965 this group is known to have around 56 chimps. The Chimpanzee numbers and sighting in Mahale National Park makes it one of the best places to film chimpanzees in East Africa.

Filming in Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park will give you an opportunity to film large chimpanzee populations with more numerous, regular and prolonged sightings compared to Gombe National Park. The park has a wide variety of habitats ranging from miombo forest, Kasoge (lowland) forest and montane rainforest home to various flora and fauna worth filming.

Apart from the large numbers of chimpanzees in Mahale National Park, the park is also home to other notable Primates of East Africa worth filming which include red colobus, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, giant squirrel, red-legged sun squirrel, brush-tailed porcupine, bushy-tailed mongoose, Angolan black-and-white colobus monkeys. These are best filmed during the wet and fruit seasons which makes tracking and filming them easy.

Filming Local Community interactions with the Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park.

This is another item to film in Mahale Mountains National Park. The park is surrounded by various community groups leaving in harmony with the large chimpanzee communities. You will have an opportunity to film and learn how the local communities get to survive along with the chimpanzees in close proximity.

How to get to Mahale Mountains National Park to film Chimpanzees

The park can easily be accessed by a scheduled or charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Mwanza or Arusha. You can as well use a slow train or fast train from Dar es Salaam to get to the park. You can as well access the park from the neighboring countries that is Burundi or Zambia by road.

What is the best time for filming Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park?

The best time for filming Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park is during the rainy season which is best for chimpanzee sporting while the green vegetation blooms providing an astonishing scenic view (November to Mid- May) while dry season provides a chance for best photo taking , short and long hike (May to October). During this time fruits have grown and it is easy for chimpanzees to find food and gather their making it easy for filming and tracking. Primates can however be filmed all year round in Tanzania.

Requirements and fees to film Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park

You will need to get a filming permit from Tanzania Film Censorship Board and Tanzania National Park Authority for you to be allowed to film Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Securing a filming permit in Tanzania can be an expensive and time consuming process so make sure to allow plenty of time for us to help you secure the permit for you. The first step is to complete all necessary applications with the help of your Tanzanian production service producer/fixer. The application will be submitted to your local Tanzanian consulate so that they can complete the application. Once that is done you will send the original documents back to your Tanzanian service producer/fixer for finalizing with local Tanzanian authorities.

A regular Tanzania Filming permit costs US$1,000 if you apply 3 months in advance and a last minute Tanzania Filming permit costs US$3,000. Contact us here to help you secure the Tanzania filming permit. We advice you secure your Tanzania filming permit in advance to avoid disappointments. Contact us here for details on how to get the Tanzania filming permit.

Other permissions and fees for filming Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park

Once you have obtained a filming permit for filming in Tanzania, there may be other permissions needed depending on what you want to film Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Permissions include filming inside the national park or conservation area, drone filming and night filming. Tanzania has many rules and regulations when it comes to filming and therefore it is important to be properly guided through this long bureaucratic process.

Various filming fees apply for filming within Tanzania national parks, wildlife areas and conservation areas. National Parks and conservation areas have specific fees to film crews that change regularly. Contact us here for up to date filming fees Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot of Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park;

Tanzania Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase the tourist visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Tanzania but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point in Tanzania upon paying USD100.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local Tanzanian embassy or here for the latest travel information to Tanzania.

Tanzania Vehicle Hire Services

Eco film fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film in the park. 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.

 Film Fixers in Tanzania to help film Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Tanzania 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 Tanzania. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in Tanzania to help you film Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park.

Where to stay during Filming Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park

Lodge options to stay in during filming Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options in Mahale Mountains National Park include Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge, Greystoke Mahale Camp and Kungwe Beach Lodge among others.

Why use Eco film fixers to film Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park

Eco film fixers is a local fixer company based in Uganda, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda and East Africa as a whole 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 Tanzania 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 successful filming of Chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park.