Filming in Jinja town Uganda – What to film in Jinja city? – All you to know about filming in Jinja Town
Filming in Jinja town Uganda – Jinja City is a great film location in the South-Eastern part of Uganda and is known as the adventure City in Uganda for both local and international travelers. Jinja City was once a fishing village that has evolved over the years and obtained a city status on 1st July 2020. Jinja City is found in South Eastern Uganda, East of Kampala the capital of Uganda, and on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is the administrative place of Jinja district and the Busoga Kingdom. There is much to film in Jinja City, Uganda ranging from its River Nile source point, various waterfalls, and Fisheries, Electricity dams, Mabira Forest, and Sugarcane Plantations en-route to the city among others.
The River Nile in Uganda
The River Nile is known to be the longest river in the world. Its source starts right from Jinja City Uganda, and some people may still be wondering how the name Nile came about. It’s a famous Greek word merely meaning valley. It flows from the surrounding areas close to the Equator line to the outrageous Safari desert and up to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The River is about 6696kilometres long and pours its water to over nine countries, although it’s more centered on Uganda as well as Egypt. This famous River and longest comprises two major twigs, the white and blue Nile that connects in Khartoum to form the core Nile that is made up of Cataract Nile along with the Egyptian Nile.
Jinja City is one of the best areas for fishing in Uganda, Nile perch being the main fish caught here. Most filming companies have shown interest in this species, Great Adventure Safaris shall organize your Nile perch filming, and you will have a fantastic time and great shooting. These fisheries have improved standards and earned a living for the locals through the fish trade. Fishing markets are daily flooded with fish for commercial and human consumptions, and recent fishing festivals were introduced; these are some of the other things to cover in your documentary.
The Source of River Nile Point
For many years there have been many conversations to confirm which area is the source of the River Nile the world’s longest River apart from Jinja City, River Kagera in Rwanda and Mountain Rwenzori in Uganda are other areas which have for the past claimed to be the source of the River Nile, however, all still stands and confirms that the source of River is in Jinja City which was identified by the great British explorer John Hannington Speke and a monument was built as confirmation. This is one of the great documentaries to shoot on and about the great River Nile. You will take a boat cruise to this point and as well visit the communities living on the shores of the River Nile.
Requirements to film on River Nile in Uganda
You will need to have a filming permit from the Local government and Local Authorities to film in any location in Jinja City, Media Cards from the Uganda Media Council, and all permissions. You are also required to pay filing fees, then for your filming equipment will also need to be cleared with customs at the point of entry. Contact us at Great Adventure Safaris, and we will be able to process both the filming permits, Uganda Media Cards, accommodation, transportation for you as well as guide, and help you with clearance processes at the point of entry into Uganda.
All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by the Uganda Media Council. Once this process is completed, each crew member will be given a Media Card, which costs USD175 for 30 days of filming and USD225 for up to 60 days of shooting. Each crew member is required to fill Form G which we usually send to you with all details, scan and send it back to us with a copy of his/her passport as well as one photograph to be put on his/her Media Card. On top of this, we will need a letter from the filming company detailing who they are, why they are filming, where they will be filming, and details of crew members on this shoot. We will attach this letter to all details provided and send them to the Uganda Media Council for Media Card processing. This takes 2-3 working days to have these Media Cards ready.
You will need to obtain an Uganda Visa online or upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport or any point of entry into the country. Many film crews prefer obtaining their Visas before they come to Uganda but Visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Entebbe International Airport upon paying either USD50 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately.