Filming in Bwindi Community Hospital

Filming in Bwindi Community Hospital

Bwindi Community Hospital was founded in 2003 by Scott and Carol Kellermann, it is based in the Buhoma sector where gorilla tourism in Uganda started. It began as an outreach clinic under a tree and has grown into a 112-bed hospital providing health care and health education services to a population of over 100,000 people in South Western Uganda. The Hospital began with a special mission to help the Batwa pygmies who were displaced from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest after it was made a National Park in 1991 to ease conservation of the Mountain Gorillas. Since leaving the forest many Batwa have lived in extreme poverty and are affected by the health issues that poverty brings including diseases.

While the hospital was started particularly to provide health care to the Batwa pygmies, it quickly found itself treating all people living in the areas neighboring Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The hospital serves the population in 3 sub-counties of Kayonza, Mpungu, and Kanyantorogo in Kanungu District. Are you a producer or filming company and you have a project of filming in Bwindi Community Hospital contact us here and we will help you secure all the filming permissions accordingly.Bwindi Community Hospital

What are the requirements and Permission to film in Bwindi Community Hospital?

Those intending to come to Uganda to film in Bwindi Community Hospital must seek permission from Bwindi Community Hospital Authorities and Buhoma Town Council. This process is a lengthy one and one must allow at least 6 to 8 months in advance securing permission to be allowed to film in the hospital. The reason we insist on many months is that the process involves the government with its bureaucracies. We need time to press a formal and written request which we have to be made aware of different offices and authorities within the ministry of health. All this requires enough time, connections, and patience. The nature of your shoot or proposed documentary will determine whether permission will be granted or not. Ministry of health looks at whether your filming project will not in any way affect patients and works in a given hospital. The ministry of health in Uganda takes the privacy of its patients and workers highly. Send us a brief of your documentary project and we will start processing your filming permission with the ministry of health.

Press or Media Accreditation in Uganda

The most important step to film in Uganda is to acquire your press accreditation or media card issued by the Uganda Media council. No one is allowed to film or shoot in Uganda without a media pass. Film Crew fixers assists in process media cards in 2-3 working days as long as we have the required paperwork from you. The cost of each media card varies depending on the duration of your shoot. A media card for days not more than 30 costs $175 which is paid to the Uganda Media council. Please contact us for more information about the processing and cost of your media pass.

Visa and Work permits

To enter Uganda for any purpose, one must hold a valid passport and visa issued by the government of Uganda. Uganda Visa can be obtained on arrival at Entebbe International Airport or any border point. You need a valid passport and yellow fever and COVID 19 certificate. A fee of not less than $50 dollars will be paid at customs in cash. For those interested in staying longer because of work-related issues, a work permit will be needed.  Contact us for all these and more and we will be glad to advise.

Kit customs clearing at Boarder points or Airport

Filming in Uganda requires you to bring in your filming equipment or hiring from neighboring countries like Kenya or South Africa. Uganda is not a carnet free Country and as such, a fee to create a bond is mandatory. Please send us a list of your film equipment showing type, serial number, and value of each and we will send it to our clearing agent for evaluation to establish the cost of clearing. This process takes 2-3 working days to complete this process. Please send us an email for more information on this.

Film Fixers in Uganda to help you film in Bwindi Community Hospital

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Kampala, Uganda and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Uganda. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer to help you film in Bwindi Community Hospital.

Where to stay during filming in Bwindi Community Hospital

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Bwindi Community Hospital range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. Hotel options include Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Guest House, Mahogany Springs, Bwindi Lodge and Buhoma Community Havens Lodge among others. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for booking and reservation details

What is the best time to film in Bwindi Community Hospital?

Filming in Bwindi Community Hospital is done throughout the year.

Why use Film Crew Fixer Uganda to film in Bwindi Community Hospital

Film Crew Fixers Uganda is a premier and specialist fixer agency with head offices in Uganda and branches in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We have been in this business for some time and we have the needed connections and expertise required for a successful shoot. We have worked with top local and international companies (Please see PORTFOLIO). For more information about our services, please contact us.


Film Crew Fixers offers Pre-Production. Production and Post production fixer services in East Africa. Such services include, filming permissions, Press Accreditation, Kit Customs Clearing, Location Scouting, transport and accommodation, visa and work permit advice, security and so much more