Filming in Rusizi Nature Reserve

Filming in Rusizi Nature Reserve

Rusizi Nature Reserve is close to Rusizi National Park, it is located 15km north of Bujumbura city near Rusizi River just a few kilometers to the border with DR Congo. Rusizi Nature Reserve is best known for filming hippopotamuses and sitatungas in Burundi. It is also home to Gustave, a Nile crocodile rumored to have killed 300 people’s lives here.

What to film in Rusizi Nature Reserve

Wildlife Spotting and Birding in Rusizi Nature Reserve

Rusizi Nature Reserve ranks as one of the best places for wildlife viewing and filming in Burundi, it is great for birdwatching, game drives and nature walks. Wildlife species to film in Rusizi Nature Reserve include antelopes, hippopotamus, sitatungas, monkey species, and various species of birds.

Rusizi Nature Reserve is also close to Kahuzi Biega National Park giving you an opportunity to film the lowland gorillas in DR Congo. Rusizi National Park is as well great for filming the Nile Crocodiles. It is home to Gustave an enormous man-eating crocodile that has for decades haunted the Rusizi and the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika which is believed to be over 20 feet.hippos in burundi

How to get to Rusizi Nature Reserve

Rusizi Nature Reserve is located 15km northwest of Bujumbura, a few kilometers to the border with DR Congo. Rusizi National Park Burundi can be accessed through various routes and Roads, as it can be accessed by road and airlines from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bukavu, or Rwanda, or via Airlines to Burundi International airport in Bujumbura the capital city. The Best way to get around is by 4×4 vehicle to explore the diversity of the Park.

Where to Stay when filming in Rusizi Nature Reserve

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Rusizi Nature Reserve, Burundi range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us for booking and reservation details.

What is the best time to film in Rusizi Nature Reserve

Filming in Rusizi Nature Reserve is done throughout the year and the best time is during the dry season between June to September and is practically the best time to have safari walks.

Requirements and fees to film in Rusizi Nature Reserve

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film in Rusizi Nature 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 for more information on filming in Rusizi Nature 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 Rusizi Nature 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 obtaining 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 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 Rusizi Nature 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 you film in Rusizi Nature 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 can 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.

Why use Film crew fixers to film in Rusizi Nature 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 Rusizi Nature 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