Best Gorilla Filming Locations In Africa
Are you looking for the best gorilla filming locations in Africa? Yes, Mountain gorilla filming locations are Volcanoes national park in the northwestern part of Rwanda, Virunga national park in eastern DR Congo, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, and Mgahinga national park in southwestern Uganda. The best place for mountain gorilla filming is volcanoes national park in Rwanda because the bushes here are short with bamboo unlike Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park Uganda and Virunga national park DR Congo where the park is covered with thick vegetation and forests making you not to get more great views, especially in the rain season.
Gorilla filming can be done at any location of eth above-mentioned gorilla national parks, the location or the mountain gorilla family your film will always depend on the availability of permits in that region and the ability of the trekkers to hike up to the location of the family.
In Uganda, the best gorilla filming location in Rushaga sector in the southwestern sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where you will not only capture mountain gorillas but breathtaking views of their habitat as this is the most scenic part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Gorilla filming permits
The gorilla filming prices vary according to the national park your filming mountain gorillas from, Uganda chargers $4200 for gorilla filming per hour, and on top of this, every member must obtain a normal gorilla trekking permit which costs $700 for foreign nonresidents and $600 foreign residents or gorilla habituation permits $1500. $100 will be refunded back when you give a copy of your CD to the Uganda wildlife authority. If you would like to do the activity for more hours it’s good you book a gorilla habituation permit when is $1500 and it goes for a maximum of 4 hours.
Rwanda charges $5000 for gorilla filming permits and every member has to pay $1500 for a normal gorilla trekking permit. You also have to pay $2000 for security as this money will be refunded back once you give a copy of your CD to the Rwanda Development Board and proof that the film was for promoting and conservation of mountain gorillas.
Mountain gorilla filming permits are $3500 and each member must buy a normal permit at $400.
Before going for a mountain gorilla filming safari, you must first know the terms and conditions of gorilla filming in that particular county and also make use you have all the necessary requirements for gorilla trekking.
Best time for gorilla filming
Before planning to visit the best gorilla filming locations in Africa, you need to study the best time for the activity. Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo can be visited at any time of the year but some months are better than the rest. The best time to visit these countries is the dry season which happens to be from June to September and December to February when filming can be easier with thin vegetation, the trails are also not muddy and slippery during this period.
What to carry for gorilla filming?
After choosing the best gorilla filming locations in Africa, you need to pack and carry some items to make your trip memorable. Mountain gorillas stay on higher elevations of tropical rain forests of DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda that can receive rainfall at any time of the day even sometimes during the dry season, tourists should pack a hat, garden gloves, enough drinking water, rain jackets, warm long-sleeved clothes, good waterproof hiking boots, energy-giving snacks, incest repellents, sunscreen and much more.