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Top Bonobos filming locations in Democratic Republic of Congo

Top Bonobos filming locations in Democratic Republic of Congo

Top Bonobos filming locations in Democratic Republic of Congo

What are the top filming locations for Bonobos in Democratic Republic of Congo? DR Congo is the only country where bonobos are found in the great forests. Bonobos can only be found in the Democratic Republic of Congo in their natural habitat. The Bonobos are the greatest and are classified as the-endangered on the ICUN red list. Like the chimpanzees, the bonobos share 98% of their DNA with humans, an implication that we are close relatives to these wonderful apes. Today we look at the best spots or areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo where you can find these bonobos for filming;

Filming bonobos in Salonga National Park

Salonga is one of the biggest national parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and it is divided into both northern and southern sectors, with both sides separated by the main road. The park is found just 4 kilometers wide, on the Congo River basis, covering more than 36,000 square meters. The bonobos hold a special place in the salonga national park, and some of the people say that the bonobos were the humans during their accentual period. In general, the bonobos’ proximity to people and behavior toward them are highly regarded in Bolongo society, where they are referred to as “koko,” “progenitor,” or grandparents. A no-no on hunting and eating bonobos is vital for the neighboring customs in many Congolese settlements where bonobos live. Salonga National Park is home to up to 40% of the world’s bonobo population. The dominant chimp species found in this part of the Congo Basin is the bonobo. Salonga National Park, which is home to 15,000 people starting in 2018, addresses one of the obstacles to the preservation of bonobos in this way.

Filming bonobos in Upemba National Park in DR Congo

Upemba National Park is one of the prominent national parks found in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the south-eastern province of Katanga. The Upemba National Park covers 10000 square kilometers as a result of redefining its size from 17730 square kilometers with the aim of conserving the ecosystem and great wildlife species found within this wonderful national park. The park harbors several troops of bonobos, which can be filmed along 

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.

Requirements for filming bonobos in Salonga 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, especially in Salonga National Park, 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 filming of Bonobos in Salonga National Park. 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 do help you a lot. By merely informing us of your intentions to film bonobos in Salonga 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 clearing your filming equipment with the customs department of the Democratic Republic of Congo at your point of entry.

With the Democratic Republic of Congo filming procedures, there is no formal process for the filming permits allocation and thus this is handled by negotiations between the parties, and at Africa Adventure Vacations, we are experienced in doing this. 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 film bonobos in Salonga National Park.

Top Bonobos filming locations in Democratic Republic of CongoVisas 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 in Salonga National Park 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.

You need to hire the vehicles for filming in Bonobos.

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 filming bonobos, 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 a 44 wheel drive vehicle that will be able to navigate the hilly terrain, especially in the Salonga 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 and knows all the corners of the country from the point of arrival up to the Salonga National Park 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 Salonga filming safaris with Africa Adventure Vacations.

Is filming bonobos in DR Congo 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 bonobos in Solanga 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 Salonga National Park starts. Always contact us at African Adventure Vacations for more information about filming in Salonga National Park.

How to get to Salonga National Park for  bonobo filming

Salonga National Park is one of the hardest to reach national parks in Congo, as it can only be reached by water transport, which entails a boat ride along the Congo River. When you arrive at the park gate, the experience is always commendable because of the problem and the time invested during the Congo filming safari visit.

What to wear during filming Bonobos in Congo?

In order to have a successful filming safari in Salonga 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 protect 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.

Where to stay during Bonobo filming in DR Congo

The film crew members heading for filming in Salonga National Park can find some of the lodges in the Kisai district, particularly in the town of Llebo, while others can be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai-Occidental province. Good lodges where you can stay include the Hotel Amika, Hotel Med, Douze Maisons Motel, Guest House La Vernaise, and Guest House Woodland, among other wonderful lodges.

What is the best time to film bonobos in DR Congo?

Filming bonobos is done throughout the year. However, it has been established that the best time to film in Salonga 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 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.