Filming Hippopotamus in Uganda

Filming Hippopotamus in Uganda

Filming Hippopotamus in Uganda. The Hippopotamus is a semi-aquatic mammal found in sub-Saharan Africa. The hippos can stay on land as well as water. These animals can be found in the following places in Uganda.


Murchison Falls is one of the best national parks in the country.  The park is situated on the shores of Lake Albert in Northwestern Uganda. It is famous for the Murchison Falls where Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop. Murchison falls ranks high because is It has big numbers of a variety of wildlife. The park has a good number wildlife species that include hippopotamus, elephants, crocodiles, Ugandan kob, buffaloes giraffes, bushbucks and chimpanzees in the Kaniyo Pabidi mahogany forest. Murchison falls is also a birding destination with over 450 species to be spotted and these include grey crowned crane, black headed lapwing, Senegal thick knee, African jacana, giant kingfisher and many more


Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the western region of Uganda in Kasese district. It is one of the Uganda’s most popular visited tourist destinations, annually receiving one of the highest number of visitors. The hippos here are found at the kazinga channel and can always be filmed in the water bodies. The northern part inhabits a variety of wildlife inclusive of the big 4 animals namely the elephants, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, which can be spotted while on a game drive, Queen Elizabeth also inhabits a number of primate species one of popular being chimpanzees in Chambura Gorge. Activities that can be filmed include chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge, boat cruises at Kazinga channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward, guided game drives including viewing the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, night game drives, nature walks and bird watching.

Filming Hippos in Queen Elizabeth National Park


Lake Mburo National Park is a small size national park that is located in Kiruhura district in the western region of Uganda and is the nearest park to the capital city Kampala. The park is a home to the hippos, Rothschild giraffe Zebras, African buffalo, common eland, warthogs Impala, Warthogs, and crocodiles. The park also has over 300 recorded bird species. Some of them include African wattled lapwing, bare faced go away bird, black bellied bustard, African fin foot, mosque swallow and many more. The following activities can be filmed in the park and these include game drives, boat cruises, bird watching, nature walks, horseback riding and spot fishing.

Necessary Requirements for Filming Hippopotamus in Uganda

Filming in Uganda will require you to get a filming permit when filming in locations and these permits are issued by the respective authorities and management. For one to film in the national parks, one will need to get permission from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.  In order to get a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting the permit and fill out an application form which is accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, a story synopsis, and a shooting schedule. These are then sent to the respective authorities Contact us at Eco Film Fixers we will help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities for you to successfully Film Hippopotamus in Uganda.

Media Accreditation

All members of the crew are supposed to be accredited by the Uganda media council to be able to film In the country. Media accreditation is a must for all applications to make feature films or documentaries. . Each crew member is required to fill Form G with all details, scan and send it back to us with a copy of his/her passport as well as one photograph to be put on his/her media card and work IDs. 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. Crew members will also be required to seek for letters of Good conduct from Interpol (it’s a must have). We will attach this to all details provided and send them to Uganda Media Council for Media card processing and follow it up. This takes about 2-3 working days

Custom clearing

Uganda is not a member of the Carnet Free Systems Unions, so Carnet’s are not valid. The only process to get your equipment in and out of Uganda is through a bonded Agent. A comprehensive list of equipment and value needs to be submitted to URA through a bonded clearing agent for the issuance of a Temporary Import Permit (TIP). A fee equivalent to 10% percentage of the value of the equipment is payable. This fee is non-refundable but will guarantee you safe entry and exist with your equipment. We are able to handle clearing for you as we have a trusted bond agent. On the other hand, you can choose to source gear and equipment from the country to avoid the hustle of clearing.

Visa Advice

In the case of visas, we advise you to get a tourist or business visa. Both can work well. You will need to apply and the Uganda Visa online in advance.

Vehicle Hire Services

Eco film fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Uganda. The transportation services all depend on your interest, the nature of the roads and the schedule. For us to have a final estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to have an established mileage and distance to be traveled. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that are interested in flying to reduce the number of hours.

Accommodation when filming hippos

When filming hippos, you have a range of accommodation options to choose from ranging from Budget, and mid-range to luxury options. You will choose which lodges to stay in depending on your interests, budget, and location.

Best Time to film in Uganda

Uganda’s climate is of both dry and wet seasons. Filming can be done all year round but the best time is during the months of December to February and June to October which are in the dry season.

Why you should use Eco Film Fixers for Filming Hippopotamus in Uganda

Eco Film Fixers is a film Fixing Company based in Uganda, We pride ourselves in assisting filming companies and Production agencies that are interested in filming in East Africa. We are very capable in handling all fixer services required. Our team of local fixers and driver guides is very professional over the years, we have been able to get all relevant connections with other service providers and authority agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are easily processed. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for the successful Filming Hippopotamus in Uganda.