Filming in Sudd Swamp South Sudan

Filming in Sudd Swamp South Sudan

The Sudd is a vast swamp found in South Sudan. The swamp covers an area that is one of the world’s largest wetlands and the largest freshwater wetland in the Nile basin. The shallow, flat inland delta covers an area of 500km between Mongalla in the south to Malakal in the north, and 200km east to west along with the Bahr el Ghazal.

The Sudd swamp is great for filming birds and the Shoebills hosting the largest population of Shoebills in Africa. It also offers an opportunity to film the vegetation found in the swamp ranging from open water and submerged vegetation to floating fringe vegetation, seasonally flooded grasslands, rain-fed grassland, and finally, floodplain woodlands. Over 400 species of birds are found here, including the Great White Pelican, Black Crowned Crane, White Stork, Black Tern, and the largest population of Shoebill in Africa at an estimated 5000. It is one of the best places to film Shoebills in Africa.

Sudd swamp is also home to various endangered mammalian species for filming especially antelopes such as the endangered Nile lechwe, tiang, Mongalla gazelle, and the world’s largest population of white-eared kob. Other notable resident species include elephant, buffalo, reedbuck and sitatunga, and place to film shoebill stock in Uganda

Requirements and fees to film in Sudd Swamp South Sudan

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film in Sudd Swamp South Sudan. Securing a filming permit in South Sudan 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 Uganda. The application will be submitted to our local South Sudan consulate so that they can complete the application. South Sudan authorities are known to be mercurial with their permitting. Be sure to have all permits in writing. Contact us here and we will help you secure a filming permit for filming in South Sudan

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 South Sudan. Penalties may include arrest, fines, and confiscation of your equipment. Filming with drones is also illegal in South Sudan however some options may be available depending on the specifics of your shoot. Please contact us here for more information on filming in Sudd Swamp South Sudan.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot in Sudd Swamp South Sudan as below;

South Sudan Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase a tourist visa or business visa to allow you entry in South Sudan. All film crew members traveling to South Sudan must obtain an Electronic visa unless they are of a South Sudanese origin, come from one of the visa-exempt countries or come from one of the countries whose citizens are eligible for visa on arrival. The cost of South Sudan visa and the application process depends on your nationality and the country where you are applying. You will therefore need to contact your local embassy for South Sudan to establish the exact fee you will have to pay. 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 South Sudan embassy or us here for the latest travel information to South Sudan.

South Sudan Vehicle Hire Services

Film Crew Fixers Uganda will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Sudd Swamp South Sudan 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 USD200-350 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 South Sudan to help you film in Sudd Swamp South Sudan.

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of South Sudan 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 South Sudan. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in South Sudan to help you film in Sudd Swamp South Sudan.

Where to Stay during filming in Sudd Swamp South Sudan

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Sudd Swamp South Sudan range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. 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 Sudd Swamp South Sudan?

Filming in Sudd Swamp South Sudan is done throughout the year and the best time is during the wet season for sighting the Shoebills and other birds May and October. For filming the mammals this is best done from January to June during the Sudd migration which is practically the best time for sighting animals in the swamp for filming.

Why use Film crew fixers Uganda to film in Sudd Swamp South Sudan

Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company based in Uganda, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in South Sudan and East Africa as a whole for the last 8 years. 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 Sudd Swamp South Sudan.


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