Filming in Kundelungu National Park in the DR. Congo
Filming in Kundelungu National Park in the DR. Congo- The park is one of the magnificent parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, near the Upemba national park in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park was one of the hunting grounds on a private basis, but later it was reserved and protected for tourism conservation following its declaration as a protected area, and all the illegal activities were stopped.
Kendelungu National Park covers 7600 square kilometers and got its name for the plateau that it harbors. It is made up of the western part, which is dominated by the spectacular scenes of the Lofoi Falls, as a result of the tributary of the river Lufira, and it produces the largest volumes of water, with a height of up to 1,115 feet, making it the largest in terms of water volume and the highest in the Central African Republic.
Lofoi Falls are among the most spectacular and beautiful scenery that the Democratic Republic of Congo and the entire Central African Region are proud of having. Lofoi Falls can also be called the Chutes Kalobaare and it is believed to be the highest waterfall in the whole of Central Africa, found in the Kedelunga National Park that is located within the Katanga provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The water of the tributary Lufira river moves with the wind slowly until it reaches the top of the sharp and wide plateau where it makes a powerful plunge into the deep and high raised gorger, forming this powerful water fall that becomes so interesting and spectacular to everyone, especially to the film crew members and those who are interested in filming around this stunning waterfall.
What will your filming mix be at Kundelunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
Filing the Lofoi Falls is so interesting, and the film crew members will produce quality films and images considering the beautiful landscapes characterized by the green color of vegetation in the background. Because the Lofoi Falls are located in the Kudelungu National Park, filming the Lofoi Falls will also allow you to film and interact with other species such as snakes, monkeys, Porcupines, buffaloes, antelopes, hippopotamus, and other bird species such as pelicans, egrets, and pelicans. These beautiful surroundings provide wonderful scenery in the background as you film.
What to see in Kudelungu National Park during filming?
There are also a number of things that you can see in Kudelungu national park which you can even film, including the Lofoil Falls, which is so stunning, especially when the water volume is high and it is taken to be the highest point in Africa.
There are other different attractions that you can see in Kudelungu National Park that you can film, such as the rich ecosystem comprised of the savannah grassland with perches of the forest spot galleries, which is so interesting. This provides a good habitat for some of the wonderful wildlife species that you will see as you’re doing your filming activity at Lofoil Falls.
You can also film other species of wildlife such as the hippopotamus, porcupines, jackals, primates such as monkeys, rare snakes, warthogs, and some interesting bird species such as the pelicans, the marboustork, and the egrets, among others. For visitors who are lucky, you’re likely to see some lions, leopards, and zebras, but it is very hard to see these big cats.
What is the cost of filming in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
All the visitors going on the filming adventure in the Democratic Republic of Congo must obtain valid filming permits. If you’re filming for personal use, you will just need to pay the park entrance fees and then the fees and do the activity, while if you’re filming for commercial purposes or documentary, it will be the Institut Congolais Pour la Conservation de la Nature that will issue the filming permit, depending on which destination you’re going to do the filming from. But generally, you will need to pay the park entrance fees and then a percentage levied for filming, as it will be well explained by the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature. We engage with the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature to ensure that we get for you the right and affordable Congo filming permit.
What do you need to film in Kundelungu National Park?
The first requirement is to obtain filming permits and clearance.
For any related filming activity to be done in the Democratic Republic of Congo, all the filming crew members have and possess the filming permits and these are provided with permission by the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order for you to continue with your filing at Lofoil Falls. Other than the filming permits, you will also need to have your filming equipment cleared at any point of entry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whether through the international airport or by using the land borders. The filming equipment is supposed to be cleared by the customs department, which is always stationed at the point of entry.
Therefore, as Africa Adventure Vacations, this is where we can help you a lot. By merely informing us of your intentions to do filming in Kundelungu National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we are very experienced in organizing for you the whole adventure activity, including processing for you the filming permits required, organizing for you the accommodation facilities, transportation, help in obtaining for you the local authorities’ permits, as well as aiding you in clearance of your filming equipment with the customs department of the Democratic Republic of Congo at your point of entry.
There is no formal process for the allocation of filming permits in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so this is handled by negotiations between the parties, which Africa Adventure Vacations is experienced in.Also, the DR.Congo government doesn’t authorize filming in the areas of interest, especially filming the military installation projects, filming of government buildings, as well as filming along the border areas, and this is illegal and you may be penalized in the courts of law or even have your equipment confiscated. If you want to do filming that will require you to shoot by the use of drones, market filming, or filming alongside the road whereby you will inconvenience traffic, such as filming in the cities or those in the national parks, then you will also need to get permission from the local authorities. To avoid inconveniences, you will need to contact Africa Adventure Vacations so that we can advise you accordingly when to do filming in Kundelungu National Park.
Visas and work permits are required as part of the second requirement.
As you are aware, it is illegal to enter another country without a visa. It is important that all the film crew members obtain the visa to be allowed into DR. Congo. For the neighboring Congo countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda, you can get the visa immediately on arrival. For the DR Congo Visa, it’s a different story. Rather, you must apply for the visa in advance through your nearby DR Congo Embassy. The single entry visa in Congo costs $100 and is valid for one month. The one valid for two months costs $135, while for the one valid for six months, you will need to pay $400. The important thing to note is that the DR. Congo Visa will need to be applied for in advance, about 3 weeks or a month before your planned dates of travel to Congo for the filming, since this Visa cannot be issued on arrival as it is in her neighboring countries. The film crew members will not be allowed to enter the Democratic Republic of Congo to do filming activities without a visa. Another document here is the yellow fever vaccination card, and thus, please contact us at Africa Adventure Vacations for the best filming opportunities in DR. Congo.
Requirement 3: You need to hire the vehicles for filming Lofoi Falls.
Yes, at Africa Adventure Vacations, we make sure that we make transport arrangements for you such that when you are in the Democratic Republic of Congo for filming, you don’t get stranded. We have got our own fleet of cars and we book and arrange the vehicle services for the film crew members depending on their interests, budgets, and the terrain of the area that is going to be filmed. For the film crew members going to film in the rough terrain, we advise them to use the 44 wheel drive vehicle that will be able to navigate the hilly terrain, especially in the Kudelungu National Park. We shall be able to tell you how much it cost in terms of the furl and the mileage covered in order to determine how much you will spend on the vehicle per day. Africa Adventure Vacations also organizes both chartered and scheduled flights within the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially for visitors who are interested in flying and do not have the time to drive long distances on the road.
Our hired vehicles will be manned by a well-experienced driver guide who has been in the Democratic Republic of Congo River before and knows all the corners of the country from the point of arrival up to the Kudelungu National Park for filming in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The driver fixer will be able to share with you the basic information about the Democratic Republic of Congo and will give you all the solutions required when it comes to film fixing, so you are lucky to book your Kundelungu National Park filming safaris with Africa Adventure Vacations.
Is filming in Kundelungu National Park safe?
It is very safe. Well, we all know that over recent years, DR. Congo has been affected by instabilities which have threatened investors as well as the tourism industry in the country. Such instabilities and disasters have come because of Ebola and other rebellion conflicts which have halted the filming process in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, as of recently, the Congo has returned to peace, with only a few cases of insecurity, and the filming industry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is safe and thriving, so we can assure you that filming in Kundelungu National Park is safe. As Africa Adventure Vacations, we keep tracking and monitoring any security threat from time to time, and we are very cautious in that anytime we feel the threat, we can let you know and this advisory service is always given before the filming in Kundelungu National Park starts. Always contact us at African Adventure Vacations for more information about the safety of filming in Kudelungu National Park.
How to get to Kundelungu National Park?
The Kundelungu National Park is located within Lubumbashi Town, and it will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to drive from Lubumbashi Town to the Kudelungu National Park. There are domestic flights or chartered flights to fly to Lubumbashi town, where you can link up with your safari guide to Kundelungu National Park. For security reasons, all the film crew members are urged to declare and clear all the equipment in order to get clearance so that they are not suspected for filming. Therefore, by doing this, you will travel to Kundelungu National Park to film so comfortably, so comfortably.
What to wear during filming in Kundelungu National Park, Congo?
In order to have a successful filming safari in Kundelungu National Park in Congo, there are some of the items that you should not miss from your packing list, especially the right dressing code depending on the conditions available. Therefore, our visitors or the film crew members should put on or come with the following during filming:
- You need to wear long-sleeved shirts or long trousers while filming. It is good when they are waterproof, as these will protect you from being harmed by sharp tree branches and stones as well as thorns while in the Congo wildness filming.
- You need to wear water-proof shoes during filming. This will help you to navigate through the slippery trails that you will be following while filming in Congo as these will give you stability on the ground.
- Don’t miss out on putting on the gardening gloves when filming, which will be so influential in protecting your hands, and you can put them off when you feel you no longer need them.
- You also need to come with a rain jacket because, in most cases, filming is done in the tropical rain forests that are always wet, and this is why putting on a rain jacket is of great help to you.
- Since filming is always done in the wild, it is good that you have insect repellent with you to safe guard against various insects such as mosquitoes and any other biting insects.
Other clothes that you should not leave out are the water-proof safari back and jacket, as this will help safeguard your filming equipment from getting in touch with water. You can also put on the African safari hat, safari socks, and shorts that you can sometimes put on, among others.
Accommodation during filming in Kundelungu National Park
The film crew members can at least get where to put-up around the Kundelungu National Park, but the park has not yet fully developed accommodation facilities around it. However, you can find where to sleep in the nearby guest houses, and if you’re interested in camping, then you can come with items such as water, the night guards, and also the food that you will use throughout camping. There is a shelter, however, at the Katwe station where you can decide to have a night at the small lodge.
When is the best time to film in Kundelungu National Park?
Filming in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kundelungu National Park is done throughout the year. However, it has been established that the best time to film in Kundelungu National Park is during the dry season, which runs from June to October and then from December to February. The Democratic Republic of Congo is covered with tropical rain forest and this has influenced the country to experience the tropical rain climate, meaning that at times you can also experience certain rains unexpectedly. Therefore, you need to prepare accordingly for the changing weather conditions.
Why should you choose Africa Adventure Vacations for your filming safaris?
Africa Adventure Vacations is a local company based in Uganda but operates in East African countries that include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and South Africa, and we have over 10 years’ experience in aiding filming and production companies, especially those interested in filming nature-related wildlife, cities such as Kisangani and the culture of Africa. We provide services such as booking for the filming permits, clearing of the filming equipment, booking for the accommodation facilities, organizing transportation to the filming companies, all in the shortest period of time. We organize other wildlife packages to all of the above-mentioned countries, including gorilla packages to Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Therefore, you should not hesitate to choose us to be your film fixers in East Africa.