Filming the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo
A Pygmy refers to any human group whose adult males reach less than 150 cm (4 feet 11 inches) in height. Pygmies in DR Congo can be filmed in various forest parts of the country. Pygmies are nomadic hunter-gatherers who rely on a healthy forest to survive for many years. Here below are the best places to film the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo;
Ituri forest pygmies in DR Congo
Ituri forest covers a total area of 24300 sq miles the forest is one of the best places to film the populations of pygmies in DR Congo. It is home to both Bantu-speaking and Pygmy people. In Ituri Forest DR Congo there are four populations of Pygmies collectively called the Bambuti, living in the Ituri Forest.
The Congo Basin is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world, home to Batwa pygmies. It is also home to a variety of birds and is great for filming primates in DR Congo.
The Congo River is also the world’s deepest recorded river. It is one of the best places to film birds in DR Congo. There is much to film on the Congo River some of the notable wildlife to shoot include the Western Lowland Gorillas, African Forest Elephants, and the pygmies in the famous Ituri Rain Forest.
What are the requirements for filming the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo?
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 the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo. Then your filming equipment will also need to be cleared by 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 as 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 border areas is illegal and may result in arrest and confiscation of your film equipment. Other permissions are also required for shoots that require the 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 of the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo include;
DR Congo Visa and Work permit Advice
Your film crew will need visas 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 the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo
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 the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo?
Yes, it is safe and possible to film the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo. Generally, the Democratic Republic of Congo has for the past years been hit by various unprecedented disasters are civil and rebel wars, Ebola disease among others which have stopped many from visiting DR Congo for filming. However Congo is now getting back to better days and it is safe for filming as a company, we keep on monitoring the security situation from time to time and we will always advise you before any filming starts. Contact us here for the updated security situation in DR Congo.
Where to stay during filming the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo
Lodges to stay in during filming of the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo can be found around Ilebo town, which is located in Kasai district, Kasai-Occidental province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other good lodges to stay in include the Douze Maisons Motel, Guesthouse woodland, Hotel Med, Guesthouse La Vernaise, and Hotel Amika among others.
What is the best time to film the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo?
Filming the Batwa Pygmies 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 the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo
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 for the last eight 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 filming the Batwa Pygmies in DR Congo.
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