Filming in Semuliki National Park

Filming in Semuliki National Park

The park is located in the district of Bundibugyo. It was established in the year of 1993 in the month of October. This park is made up of the only lowland tropical rainforest in Uganda and East Africa as a whole. The park is home to several bird species with over 400 recorded species and these Include Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Oberlander’s ground thrush, Yellow-throated Nicator, and many more. The park also has a number of primates that can be seen when you take nature walks in the forest. You will be able to see monkeys, baboons, duikers and a good number of Ugandan kobs in this park. The park also has hot springs that can also be filmed.

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Necessary Requirements for Filming in Semuliki National Park

Filming in Semuliki National Park 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 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 the Uganda Media Council for Media card processing and follow-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 get the Uganda Visa in advance online before travelling to Uganda. You can apply for the Uganda Visa here.

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.

Accommodations when filming in the Semliki

When filming in the park, 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 and budget.  Options include Semliki Safari Lodge and Nyati Game Lodge.

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 to Film 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 the relevant information you would like to know for successful Filming in Semuliki National Park.