Rwanda, also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, is a landlocked country with breathtaking scenery of lush mountains, green valleys, national parks with a variety of wildlife species, and magnificent lakes. Several blockbuster films, including “Hotel Rwanda” and the documentary “Life on Earth,” have been shot here. Film permits to shoot in public locations around Rwanda are generally quick and easy to obtain, and our team at Mbrella Films can help secure specific locations for your production.
Filming Locations in Rwanda
Mbrella Films can provide you with experienced producers who have over 10 years of experience and are ready to efficiently guide you through the film production process. Whether you are interested in filming in the hilly cities or national parks throughout the country, Rwanda offers excellent locations for your production. Keep reading to learn more about these locations, or contact us directly for any inquiries you may have.
Kigali, the capital and largest city of Rwanda, is located in a region of rolling hills, with a series of valleys and ridges joined by steep slopes. The city is famous for its beautiful views of the cultivated, terraced countryside, and hilly town. Any film looking for this particular scenery would consider Kigali as one of the choices.
Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is a national park in northwestern Rwanda, mostly rainforest, and encompasses five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains. The park is also home to the mountain gorillas. A documentary on the mountain gorillas’ life would be an ideal genre to shoot here. .
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is a protected area in eastern Rwanda, covering a large area along the international border with Tanzania. The park is known for its woodland, swamps, low mountains, and savannah, as well as the species of animals such as zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, and deer. It is a perfect location for wildlife documentaries seeking this kind of scenery.
Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe, one of the oldest rainforests in Africa, is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful. The mountainous region is home to several wildlife species, including chimpanzees. In addition to documentaries, this location is ideal for horror or vacation-themed movies.
Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes and lies on the border between Congo and Rwanda. The world’s tenth-largest island in a lake called Idjwi lies in Lake Kivu. It is an ideal location for film productions seeking lake landscapes.
Film Equipment and Crew in Rwanda
Rwanda’s film crews have experience working on a few international film productions, so you can be assured of their expertise. However, most of the equipment in Rwanda is limited to standard options. For advanced or specialized crew and equipment, it’s best to bring them in from abroad. If needed, Mbrella Films can assist you with the brought-in process. We have a team of diverse English-speaking producers who can ensure that your film production runs smoothly in Rwanda from pre-production to post-production.
Budget for production in Rwanda
Our producers have more than 10 years of experience in film production and are familiar with every aspect of the industry. They can create a detailed line budget that includes the permitting and brought-in process, if necessary. If you believe that Rwanda is the perfect location for your next film production, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below. Mbrella Films is fully prepared to assist you from pre-production to post-production!