Filming in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is one of the best destinations in Uganda

Filming in Murchison Falls National Park

Filming in Murchison Falls National Park- Do you want to film in Murchison falls National Park? Murchison Falls National Park is one of the best destinations in Uganda that has attracted very many people who are interested in filming. Murchison falls National Park is one of the largest national parks which combines other different conservation areas that include Karuma wildlife reserve and Bugugu Wildlife Authority. Murchison falls national park offers a diversity of species that can be filmed and produce very good quality films and production.

The park features over 76 species of mammals and over 450 recorded bird species. This implies that there is a lot of attractions or species that you can film while in Murchison falls National Park. Visitors interested in filming the big 5 mammals of Africa will have a chance to film Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary as your heading to Murchison which protects the big 4 animals called lions, Leopards, Elephants, and Buffaloes. Apart from the big 4 species in Murchison falls National Park, other animals include hyenas, Nile crocodiles, warthogs, duikers, hippopotamus among others.

Don’t forget that you can as well film the wonderful bird species that dwell in Murchison falls national park including the rare shoe-billed stork. Africa Adventure Vacations will help and book for you all the required equipment that is necessary for you to have the best filming production.

Various activities are conducted within Murchison falls national park and of which where you can get to know and see these wildlife species and these activities include chimpanzee tracking, boat cruise safaris, game drives, hiking the top of the falls, and enjoy the powerful strong Murchison falls with water as you see how water powerfully falls from top to the top via the narrow gorge. Enjoy the beautiful sightings of then herds of buffaloes, hippos, Nile crocodiles, antelopes on the banks of the Nile as they are quenching water while enjoying the boat ride safaris.

 About filming in Murchison falls National Park 

As earlier noted, Murchison falls national park provides one of the best places for wildlife filming in Uganda. The wildlife in Murchison falls national park can be best filmed during safari game drives or boat cruise safaris on the River Nile, the game drives filming in Murchison falls National Park will introduce to you several habitats of the park that are important for harboring different species of wildlife and these habitats in Murchison falls National Park include woodland vegetation, riverine vegetation and savannah plains that harbors large species of animals such as elephants giraffes, buffaloes lions among others species of interest.

What is available for filming in Murchison falls National Park?

The fact that Murchison falls national park is the anchorage of different wildlife species, there are a lot of activities or species of wildlife that are eye-catchy when it comes to the filming fanatics. Therefore if you’re interested in filming in Murchison falls national park these should make your top filming list for Murchison Falls National Park;

Filming lions in Murchison falls National Park:

If you’re looking for one of the best places where you can film lions in Uganda, then Murchison falls national park should come first in your mind. Lions live happily with other predators such as leopards, hyena in Murchison falls National Park. In Murchison Falls National Park, Lions can be traces, seen, and found within the well-established game viewing tracks within the park and you can as well use this opportunity to film the lions within the wild. Queens’s track and the Victoria track offer interesting games drive tracks where you can comfortably film lions at ease. Lions have been sighted with the cubs in the Victoria track and most of the visitors have received rewarding experiences with these two tracks though most parts of the Murchison falls national park there lions, we recommend that while filming lions you should focus on these two adventurous tracks.

Filming leopards in Murchison falls National Park:

It is on record that the leopard’s population in Murchison falls national park has kept increasing as compared to several national parks in Uganda, the increase in the population of leopards in Murchison falls National Park signifies high lever level chances of coming up with the quality documentary about leopards in the park. Leopard habit the forest with other species of animals such as spotted hyenas, Lions, Big elephants, buffaloes, the giraffe among other species of interest. Thus, you leopard filming experience in Murchison Falls National Park will the ones of the greatest leopard filming adventure in the whole of Africa.

Filming the shoebill in Murchison Falls National Park:

Murchison falls national park is anchorages to over 450 bird species and among these bird species, there are rare shoebill species that are famous all over the world. The shoebill species is rarely seen and can be sighted in few places in Uganda. Among the places in Uganda where you can Film the shoebill include the Murchison falls National Park and thus you can come and film the shoebill in Murchison Falls National park. Filming the shoebill in Murchison falls National Park is done around the delta point downstream river Nile. Filming the shoebill can best be done through the boat cruise which goes for about 20 kilometers you’re to where Victoria Nile joins Lake Albert and this is one of the interesting experiences.

Filming elephants in Murchison falls National Park:

Enjoy one of the best filming destinations for elephants in Murchison falls National Park, the park is the largest and it is home to the big African elephant, the park is most visited because of the different attractions that it offers that include the Murchison falls known as the powerful falls in Uganda, in addition to over 75 species of mammals and over 450 bird species that the park offers. Come and enjoy filming large herds of elephants in Murchison falls National Park.

Filming chimpanzees is Murchison national park (Budongo section):

Murchison falls national park is a big Conservation area that even takes Budongo forest reserve, a forest with many habituated chimpanzees which you can film at ease. Budongo forest is controlled by the National Forestry Authority and apart from chimpanzees, other primates such as olive baboons, monkeys can as well be sighted here in this forest.

Filming the famous Murchison Falls:

Murchison falls national park is famous because of the Murchison falls from where the park delivers the name from. The falls are interesting and you can see how the water squeezes itself through the gorge and pouring strongly down within the river and they are the strongest waterfall in Africa which you don’t Miss film in Uganda.

Other interesting features that you can film in Murchison falls National Park include filming the giraffes, African caped buffaloes, among others.

How much to pay for filming in Murchison Falls National Park?

How much money you will pay for filming in Murchison falls national park will depend on how much time you will stay within the park for this interesting activity. This means if you film for a long time or many days then that’s how much it will cost you. You will have to pay the commercial wildlife filming fee that is charged by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and as the current tariff of UWA read each film crew member in Murchison falls National Park will have to pay 40% of the fees per person for Comercial wildlife filming in Murchison Falls National Park. The current park entrance fee for Murchison Fall National Park is USD40 and this means that 40% of this will be 16USD per person per day and also you need to know that you will be charged 10% of the total cost of Wildlife filming as the Mentoring fee for researchers. Other than these costs, you will need to cover other additional charges as well-articulated below;

Customs clearing fees for Filming equipment: 

You will also first clear with customs depending on the value and type of the equipment or the kit and this is cleared with the Uganda Revenue Authority that is always at your point of entry and exists. At Africa Adventure Vacations, we assist you in clearing this and what is needed s you to provide us with the list of the equipment, value and then type and we shall forward the list to customs who will charge according to but usually they charge ten percent of the total value of the kit and this usually last for about two days.

The Transport and Accommodation fees for Wildlife Filming: 

We usually use cruiser 4×4 vehicle which is hired at around USD200 or the supper customer 4 wheel drive vehicles that are offered at around USD150 per vehicle per day. All this provides once you have booked with us. We also book for you the lodges where you will stay and what you need is to tell us where you need luxury, midrange, or budget lodges. For you can get a budget lodge from USD90-100, Midrange from USD200-300, and then a Luxury lodge from USD300-400 or 500USD per person per night with the full board meal plan

Media Accreditation fees: 

For you to do filming you will need to pay USD175 for the media card which is issued to you by the media council. You will need to submit the necessary documentation to the Uganda media council to get this media card and usually it goes monthly and this means that it experts at the end of the month approximately thirty days. Contact Africa Adventure Vacation for more this information.

When is the best time for filming in Murchison Falls National Park?

Murchison falls national park is open for visitors and film crew members throughout the year and feel free to book the filming adventure in Murchison Falls National Park. However, it has been proven that the dry season is the best time for filming in Murchison Falls National park. The dry season comes in December. January, February, then June, July August, and September. It is important to note that while in Uganda and Murchison falls you can as well receive rains in this period but less compared to the wet season.

The dry season is the best time to film because it makes the trails and road within the park so comfortable and passable and animals are easy to be seen since most of the vegetation dry off and animals rush to green areas which is usually the water source hence making it easy to Film them. However, the rainy season is slightly much wet and sometimes roads become slippery and it is from this basis that we advise you to use a 4×4 vehicle that is strong enough to navigate through muddy park conditions but still, during this time there could be some good shoots proving the documentary background because the vegetation is always greener to improve the quality.

Where can you stay in Murchison Falls National Park while Filming?

Lodges in and you will choose where to stay depending on your budget class and interests. The film crew member in Murchison falls National Park May stay at various lodges that include Chobe Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge, and Bakers Lodge. Midrange safaris lodges in Murchison falls National Park include Pakuba safari lodge, Kabalega lodge, Murchison River Lodge among others. Visitors can opt for UWA Bandas and Red chili Rest Camp for Budget accommodation facilities.

How to access Murchison Falls National Park for Filming Adventure

Like any other park in Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park can be accessed by the use of both road and air transport. By road, you can use multiple routes to get to Murchison Falls National Park since the park has got a lot of the main gates of entry in the north of Kampala and you will travel for about 4 hours from Kampala to get to Murchison falls National Park for filming. The road leading to the park are all tarmacked except those within the park. There are also domestic flights or chartered flights that are operated by Air Uganda and Aero link Uganda that departs at Kajjansi airfield or Entebbe international airport to various airstrips around and in Murchison falls National Park such as Pakuba, Chobe, and Bugungu airstrips. Within one hour you will be in Murchison falls National Park from Kampala and you get time to relax as you prepare to start your filming activity in Murchison Falls National Park.

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