Filming in Kigwena Natural Reserve

Filming in Kigwena Natural Reserve

Kigwena Forest Nature Reserve is located in southwestern Burundi. The reserve has a variety of vegetation species ranging from Terminalia Superba, Elaeis guineensis, and Albizia zygia among others. Kigwena Natural Reserve is made up of Kigwena forest which is a peri-Guinean forest like the Congo Basin forest.

What to film in Kigwena Natural Reserve.

Kigwena Forest Natural Reserve is home to 97 species of mammals including large groups of monkeys and baboons. The reserve is also home to Hippos and snakes including Python sebae, Naja melanoleuca, Thelotornis capensis, and many species of butterflies.

Kigwena Forest Nature reserve is also located close to Lake Tanganyika giving you an opportunity to film various water animals and bird species found here.birds in Rwanda - birds in Kigwena Natural Reserve

Requirements and fees to film in Kigwena Natural Reserve, Burundi

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film in Kigwena Natural Reserve in Burundi. Securing a filming permit in Burundi can be an expensive and time-consuming process so make sure to allow plenty of time for us to help you secure the permit for you. The first step is to complete all necessary applications with the help of Film Crew Fixers. The application will be submitted to our local Burundi consulate so that they can complete the application.

Unauthorized filming, photography, or any other recording of government buildings, military installations, and key infrastructures such as airports and border controls is illegal while filming in Burundi. Penalties may include arrest, fines, and confiscation of your equipment. Please contact us here for more information on filming in Kigwena Natural Reserve.

On top of the above, you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot in Kigwena Natural Reserve as below;

Burundi Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase a tourist visa or business visa to allow you entry into Burundi. Many film crews prefer getting their visas before they come to Burundi but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point in Burundi upon paying for Tourist Visa you will get it immediately. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit, and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you to contact your local Burundi embassy or us here for the latest travel information to Burundi.

Burundi Vehicle Hire Services

Film Crew Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Kigwena Natural Reserve depending on their interest, budget, and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers which costs from USD200-250 per vehicle per day with Driver/Fixer or 4×4 Safari Vans from USD200 per Van per day with driver/Fixer. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be traveled.

Film Fixers in Burundi to help up shoot in Kigwena Natural Reserve

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

Where to stay during filming in Kigwena Natural Reserve

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Kigwena Natural Reserve in Burundi range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Sanga Resort Beach, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika, Urban Lodge, Hotel Blue Velvet among others.

What is the best time to film in Kigwena Natural Reserve?

Filming in Kigwena Natural Reserve is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November.

Why use Film crew fixers to film in Kigwena Natural Reserve

Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company based in Uganda, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda and East Africa as a whole. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Kigwena Natural Reserve.


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