What to film in Bujumbura City

What to film in Bujumbura City, Burundi

Bujumbura is the former main capital of Burundi. It is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika the second deepest lake in the world. December 2018 the capital of Burundi was changed from Bujumbura o Gitega by the late President Pierre Nkurunziza full filling the promise he made in 2007. There is much to film in Bujumbura ranging from culture, Rivers Ruzizi, Burundi culture among others. Bujumbura has a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Its wet season is from October to April, while the dry season covers the remaining five months.

What to film in Bujumbura

Saga Beach

Saga Beach is one of the Bujumbura’s Lake Tanganyika beaches and one of the best urban Beach of any landlocked country in Africa.

Institute Français Burundi

The institute hosts a diverse and exciting array of cultural events which take in everything from art-house films to exhibitions and food. It has a great standard with French cultural institutes.

Zoo in Bujumbura

The Zoo in Bujumbura is home to various animals which include chimps, a leopard, several crocodiles, various snakes and some antelopes in cramped, dirty, and exposed cages. The guinea pigs for sale at the reception are food for the carnivores, and if you buy one, you’ll get a graphic demonstration of the food chain in action, you will need advance permissions for you to film in this zoo.

Central Market in Market in Bujumbura

Central Market in Market in Bujumbura is the largest in Burundi and is an interesting place to poke around with its maze-like corridors and closet-sized stalls. The market is organised into sections, from the colourful fresh produce stores to shops selling nothing but secondhand clothing donated by western nations. The tiny fish, which smell so bad when fresh, are a local delicacy when dried (mukeke), you will have an opportunity to film the local foods of Burundi and how local vending is done in Burundi

Requirements and fees to film in Bujumbura City, Burundi

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film in Bujumbura City, Burundi. 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 infrastructure 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 Bujumbura City, Burundi.

On top of the above, you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transportation services

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 getting 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 Bujumbura City, Burundi 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 Bujumbura City, Burundi.

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.

Where to stay when filming in Bujumbura City, Burundi

Lodge options to stay in when filming in Bujumbura City, Burundi range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Sanga Resort Beach, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika, Urban Lodge, Hotel Blue Velvet among others.

What is the best time to film in Bujumbura City, Burundi?

Filming in Bujumbura City, Burundi is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November.

Why use Film crew fixers to film in Bujumbura City, Burundi

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 Bujumbura City, Burundi.


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