Uganda is home to half of the population of world mountain gorillas and also the only place where you can do gorilla habituation giving you great opportunities of being with mountain gorillas for four hours in their natural habitat. Gorilla filming in Uganda can be done at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park; these national parks offer photographers, film makers and those who wish to make documentaries about Uganda an opportunity with mountain gorillas.
Before embarking on a gorilla filming safari in Uganda, one must know that flash cameras are not wanted for filming gorillas because this can irritate the gorillas and make them feel insecure therefore you can either carry a camera without a flash or turn off your flash when filming mountain gorillas.
Gorilla filming in the country is an added advantage because through filming mountain gorillas there is increased awareness of gorilla conservation and the Uganda is also being marketed hence attracting more tourists to the country. Gorilla film photographers will also need to clear at Entebbe international airport for gorilla filming equipment and media cards for all professional photographers, crew members, individuals or journalists.
The gorilla filming can take between 2-8 hours depending on the guerrilla movement, speed of the film crew or the hours paid for.
Gorilla filming permits in Uganda
The Ugandan commercial gorilla filming permits cost $4200 per hour and at the end of gorilla filming, you can get a refund of $100 if you give a copy of your CD to Uganda Wildlife Authority and this copy can be used for marketing Uganda mountain gorillas. Gorilla filming permits can be acquired from Uganda wildlife authority or any trusted tour operators, these permits should be bought six months in advance before travelling to the country.
Potters are always available to help film makers as it might become hectic carrying language while filming and mountain gorillas will also be moving.