The fact that gorilla trekking in Uganda is only done in the two prime homes of these endangered apes; Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, these are still the only two places where gorilla filming can be done.
With almost three quarters of the world’s total population of mountain gorillas, Uganda offers the best gorilla filming experiences one can ever get. Whether it’s a movies, video or documentary, don’t look past Uganda’s gorilla destinations.
Filming these mighty apes in Uganda is not something done by everyone, there is a designed criteria one has to go through in order to film the gorillas. For one to film the gorillas in Uganda, he /she needs to acquire the necessary filming permits and permission.
The very first step to film Uganda’s beautiful mountain gorillas; is applying for a Uganda filming permit from the media council of Uganda. Each individual on the film crew must fill in this form and then return it to the council for approval.
Then also write a detailed letter to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, introducing the filming company, the project and its intentions, dates of filming, and the desired location. Also including how the country is going to benefit from your filming; it ought to come with an added advantage.
Then acquire the memorandum of understanding with the Uganda Wildlife Authority in order to get the gorilla filming permits. Gorillas in Uganda are well habituated and can easily be accessed for filming whichever the cause.
For any filming activities to go on in Uganda, one also needs to clear the filming equipment into Uganda through the customs, have media cards, book accommodation and transport as well as other things that they might find important during the trip.
Uganda is the most recommended country for gorilla filming out of the three countries that are home to the gorillas, because of its relative peace, affordability and stability as well as the strong conservation efforts for these mountain gorillas that provide a good filming environment. Note that even the filming policies in Uganda are not that hardas compared to other countries, the fact that we already know that filming the mighty apes is one way of improving the awareness for the need to conserve the gorillas in Uganda.
For film makers or producers who wish to document these rare apes, Uganda is the real deal. Unlike other gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, that are sometimes overcrowded with the eight recommended people to visit a single gorilla family per day and only enjoy one hour with the mighty apes, gorilla filming tours in Uganda offer outstanding experiences in the jungle.
Note that to book a gorilla filming trip in Uganda, you need to pay for all the 8 permits, the number of visitors each gorilla family receives a day. You can obtain your permit at least four to six months before the exact filming day provided you already cleared with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Alternatively, you can use a local tour agent to help you arrange all the procedures as you sit back and prepare for the sensational experience of gorilla filming.
Gorilla filming in Uganda means that the whole filming crew will be assigned to one gorilla family, except if there are two filming crews, there you will need to book two gorilla families. About carrying the equipment during the trek, this is something not to worry about; at a small fee you can get a porter to help carry the equipment throughout the trek.
Beyond a shadow of doubt, Uganda gorilla filming is a must do activity for all adventure enthusiast. While on any Uganda safari, it is highly recommendable, it comes with a lifetime experience. Try it now in Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga national park.