Filming Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi National Park

Filming Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi National Park

Burundi is one of the best places to film the Nile Crocodiles in East Africa. It is best known for an enormous man-eating crocodile that has for decades haunted the Rusizi and the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Filming Gustave, the man-eater crocodile

Gustave weighs over a ton and is about six meters long, and he is capable of frightening even hunters. Every time Gustave was seen, his appearance was linked to a questionable number of deaths some sources say there were 300 deaths in total. While the largest Nile crocodiles typically measure something over 20 feet, Gustave the man-eater supposedly reaches 30 feet; some people who have seen him claim he is 40 feet, teeth to tail. Locals describe how he has devoured fisherman after fisherman, swimmer after swimmer.

Gustave has been the subject of study for a long time a preliminary analysis estimated that it was on average 100 years old. However, a new study pointed out that due to his intact dental arch he is likely to be 60 years old.crocodiles in selous game reserve

How to get to Rusizi National Park to film Nile Crocodiles

Rusizi National park is located 15km the 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 airline based 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 in Rusizi National Park during filming Nile Crocodiles

Lodge options to stay in during filming in Rusizi National Park Burundi 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 Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi National Park?

Filming Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi National Park 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 although wildfires are common.

Requirements and fees to film Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi National Park

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi National Park. Securing a filming permit in Burundi can be an expensive and time-consuming process so 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 Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi National Park.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot 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 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 Rusizi National Park 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 Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi NP

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 Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi NP

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 of Nile Crocodiles in Rusizi National Park.


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