Filming in Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Filming in Okapi Wildlife Reserve will give you an opportunity to film the Okapi. The Okapi is an animal that is more related to giraffes and was only discovered in 1901 at the Virunga National Park. It is only found in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Ituri forest and Virunga National Park. There are an estimated 5,000 in the Okapi Wildlife reserve alone.
The Okapi Wildlife Reserve, established in 1992 and listed as a World Heritage Site in 1996, helps protect the habitat of the okapi and preserve rare plant and animal life, as well as the lifestyle and culture of indigenous people. The Reserve encompasses 13,700 square kilometers of the Ituri Forest one of the most important centers of plant and animal diversity in Africa in the northeastern portion of the DRC.
The Okapi Wildlife Reserve is great for filming the largest population of Okapi among other wildlife to film in the reserve include forest elephants and chimpanzees, leopard, forest buffalo, bongo antelope, water chevrotain, and a wide variety of birds and insects, are among the wildlife harbored in the Reserve.
What are the requirements for filming in Okapi Wildlife Reserve?
You will need to have processed filming permits for all the crew members and all Permissions with Local authorities in DR Congo for you to be allowed to film in Okapi Wildlife Reserve. Then for your filming equipment, this will also need to be cleared with customs at the Point of Entry in DR Congo. Contact us at Film crew fixers we will be able to process both the filming permissions with Local Authorities in DR Congo, Accommodation and transportation for all the crew members as well guide and help you with clearance processes at the point of entry into DR Congo.
DR Congo has no specific permitting system available in place so location permits for filming are negotiated on a case by case basis. Like other countries as well in DR Congo unauthorized filming of government buildings, military installations, and along border areas is illegal and may result in arrest and confiscation of your film equipment. Other permissions are also required for shoots that require use of public space, traffic control in various cities, filming in national parks, filming in markets, and drone filming. Please contact us at Film crew fixers and we will guide you accordingly. Other important things you need to consider for successful filming in Okapi Wildlife Reserve include;
DR Congo Visa and Work permit Advice
Your film crew will need a visa to be allowed to enter the Democratic Republic of Congo. Unlike Uganda and Kenya where one can obtain a visa upon arrival, the Congo visa must be applied for in advance at the closest Consulate or Embassy. The Congo Visa for Single entry costs $100 Single entry (1-month validity visa), Single entry (2 months validity visa) $135, and Single entry (6 months validity visa) $400 you will need to apply for this Visa at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance before your travel date as it cannot be gotten on arrival. You will not be allowed to enter DR Congo without a visa that was not processed in advance. You need an invitation letter as well as a yellow fever card. Please contact us for more details on how to secure the Visa for entry into DR Congo.
DR Congo Vehicle Hire Services
Film Crew Fixers organizes transport for film crews in DR Congo depending on their interest, budget, and the nature of roads in such selected locations they are filming in DR Congo. For rough terrains, like in National Parks, we recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers. 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. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce the number of drive hours.
Fixers in DR Congo to help you film in Okapi Wildlife Reserve
All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of DR Congo 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 DR Congo.
Is it safe to film in Okapi Wildlife Reserve?
Yes, it is safe to film in Okapi Wildlife Reserve. Generally, the Democratic Republic of Congo has for the past years been hit by various unprecedented disasters that are civil and rebel wars, Ebola disease among others which has stopped many from visiting DR Congo for filming. However Congo is now getting back to better days and it is safe for filming and as a company, we keep on monitoring the security situation time to time and we will always advise you before any filming starts. Contact us here for the updated security situation in DR Congo.
How to access Okapi Wildlife Reserve for filming Okapis
The Okapi Wildlife Reserve is found in the north-eastern border of DR Congo, close to the border between Uganda and Congo, for you to get to the reserve you can fly to Kigali Airport and then drive to Isiro from where you will connect to the reserve. You must have cleared your equipment for it to be allowed into the country as they are susceptible to security reasons and safety while on your film production.
Where to stay during filming in Okapi Wildlife Reserve
The reserve doesn’t have many accommodation facilities you will have to arrange your own accommodation while filming in the reserve. The best place to stay is at the reserve headquarters in Epulu. Other hotels close to the Reserve are Hotel Kisangani, plaza hotel, Vuvuke guest house, plaza hotel, and Immo Baje.
What is the best time to film in Okapi Wildlife Reserve?
Filming in Okapi Wildlife Reserve in DR Congo is done throughout the year and the best time is during the dry season which occurs in the months of December, January, February, June, July, August, and September. Congo is located in the tropics and with this it experiences tropical climate and weather throughout the year, with the park is prone to receiving uncertain rains any time of the day or week.
Why use Film crew fixers to film in Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company based in Uganda and we assist filming companies and Production agencies in DR Congo 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 filming in Okapi Wildlife Reserve.
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