Filming leopards in Kidepo valley national park – This is undoubtedly the best place to spot, and an incredible location for photography and filming leopards in Uganda. Given the fact that Leopards are very solitary creatures, the sightings are challenging, so it is advised to plan with the park authorities to monitor the movements of the Leopard so you do not miss out on the sighting especially for filming, for the regular game drives sightings can depend on luck and nature.
Great Adventure Safaris will arrange all your Filming Permissions, Press Accreditation, Kit Customs Clearing, Transport, and Accommodation, Security, and Visa advice. Following the outbreak of COVID 19, Great Adventure Safaris has since come up with SOPs for all Filming projects.
Kidepo National Park is one of the best places to film leopards in Uganda, it is as well one place where leopard populations are growing given the fact it is a remotest National Park and less visited in Uganda making their habitat less populated and uninterrupted. You can sight them for filming during the dry season months of June to September and December to February. You can film them during morning and afternoon game drives to the best place in Narus Valley.
For you to film Leopards in Kidepo Valley National Park, you will need to process a Filming Permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, and you will also need to process Media Cards from Uganda Media Council. Then for your filming equipment, you will also need to clear them with customs at the point of entry. Contact us at Great Adventure Safaris Uganda we will process both the filming permits and Uganda Media cards for you as well guide and help you with clearance processes at the point of entry into Uganda.
The cost for filming leopards in Uganda will depend on how much time you want to spend shooting them in various areas in Uganda to determine how much you will pay for your filming trip, after securing the above requirements for filming in Uganda, you will now need to cover commercial and monitoring filming fees charged by Uganda wildlife Authority.
Uganda Wildlife Authority charges 40% per person of entry fees for general commercial wildlife filming; park entry fees are now USD45 per person, meaning that 40% of USD45 is USD18 per person per day. This will cover general filming while on game drives and boat cruises. Uganda Wildlife Authority also charges monitoring fees of 10% of total costs for filming in any national park in Uganda. On top of this you will need to cover other expenses as below;
Your team will need Media cards issued by the Uganda Media Council. Each Media card costs USD175.00 per card and is valid for 30 days. It only takes 2-3 working days as long as we receive all paperwork from you. Contact Great Adventure Safaris here for more information.
On top of the above, you will need to clear your equipment in and out of Uganda temporarily. We also assist with this, and it takes 2-3 working days to handle. All we need from you is a list of all equipment showing type, value, and serial number. Once we have this, we will forward it to our clearing agent, who will let us know of the fee. The fee usually is 10% of the total value.
We also handle transport and accommodation bookings when required. We have safari vans that go for USD100 per day with a driver and our Land Cruisers that go for USD200 per day, including the driver. Fuel depends on the mileage at the end of the shoot. Then for accommodation, this will depend on which range you are interested in staying in that range from Budget USD100, Mid-range USD200, and Luxury USD300-500 per person on a full board basis.
As company Great Adventure Film Fixers will assign you a fixer who will help you throughout your filming; we will charge you a daily fixer fee to cater for him/her service during filming.
Uganda, being crossed by the equator, has a changed equatorial type of climate with two rainy seasons. Because of this, people associate drier seasons with being the best time to film leopards in Uganda. This is true because when it is raining, it becomes hard to drive through the park for wildlife viewing because of the heavy rains that make the trails too slippery. The best time to film leopards in Uganda is from December to February and then June to October, which is relatively drier than March to May and November.