Filming Mongoose in Uganda – Great Adventure Safaris is a Ugandan local company based in Entebbe; we do arrange safaris and tours as well as Wildlife filming in Uganda National Parks and reserves on behalf of our film crews that do contact us. Great Adventure Safaris offer support through logistics and organization on behalf of our crew members, and give advice depending on requirements of our clients as per their planned shoot. Uganda has gotten National Parks each with different ecosystems, vegetation cover and being Ugandans and professional with the knowledge about our wildlife we are helpful.
Our National Parks in Uganda are protected with the Uganda Wildlife Authority a government body responsible for conserving wildlife in and out the National Parks. If you are interested in filming in Uganda National Parks you will require a filming contract or a memorandum of understanding between the filming company and the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Contact us at Great Adventure Safaris for more information on how to process and help you through all the arrangements.
There is always a filming fee paid to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to take a shoot in National Parks depending on how many crew members in the group and how many days you will be filming in a given National Park. The longer the filming the less fee and on top of that, the crew has to pay for vehicle and park entry fees, monitoring fees and a refundable fee that will be given back to you after providing a copy of a DVD to Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The most popular shoot in Queen Elizabeth National Park is the Banded Mongoose filming. The Banded Mongoose were habituated by the researchers from the University of Exeter and they are found in Mweya the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth national Park and are available for observation, viewing, research and filming at all times.
Filming Mongoose in Uganda is done in Mweya peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park requires you permission from the researchers who have daily access to a number of habituated families and also a fee of USD300 per day paid to the researchers. This is always done before the shoot take place and one must get an approval from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Filming the Banded Mongoose will as well require you a contract from the Uganda Wildlife Authority also known as the memorandum of understanding and the filming permits. Great Adventure Safaris is there to provide a service through all this process once all the necessary details as required by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. This will as well require you to write an official letter to the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority informing him who you are, why you want to shoot the Banded Mongoose, when you and how this will benefit the conservation of Wildlife and the tourism promotion at large. The charges depend on the number of the crew members, days you wish to spend on the shoot. Contact Great Adventure Safaris for details on the whole process and acquire a contract to film the Banded Mongoose.
The Banded Mongoose also known as (Mungos Mungo) are small diurnal mammals belonging to the herpestidae family and they live in mixed sex groups with an average number of around twenty or more individuals. Families may sometimes grow up to seventy or more individuals and each contains multiple breeding males and females with adults and off springs. They sleep together in a single communal den, changing sites every 3-5 days and also emerge at sunrise and forage as a group in the morning and afternoon before returning to the den at sunset.
There is no reproductive suppression of subordinate females in these species, and most females breed in each breeding attempt so most breeding attempts all pregnant females give birth on exactly the same day. This level of birth synchrony is unique among mammals and the pups are always kept underground for a period of 3-4 weeks before emerging from the den to join the family on foraging trips. During this time offspring are guarded at the den by one or more members (babysitters) usually males and after they joining the family they are guarded by adult escorts and usually males who forms an exclusive bond with a single pup, guarding it from predators and teaching it to find and handle food on their trips in other words all adult members are responsible for the pups at all times. Contact Great Adventure Safaris for more details about filming the Banded Mongoose in Queen Elizabeth National Park.