Pre-application advice:

  • UWA welcomes an initial conversation and/or site visit with filmmakers to discuss the logistics of your request and determine from an early stage what we may and may not be able to achieve.
  • You should direct all your enquiries to the Communications Manager at UWA Headquarters.
  • After initial discussions with the filmmakers or photographers to agree on activities, a formal application and letter must be submitted.

Fill in an application form (download from link below) and send:

  • Applications should be made using the UWA official application form only.
  • UWA will acknowledge receipt of all applications within 24 hours and no later than 48 hours.
  • All film requests must be sent in at least 3 weeks prior to start date of filming/photography.
  • All film requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the various sensitivities and other commitments of the protected areas but with a flexible approach aimed at helping filmmakers/photographers meet their objectives.

    Application form download here.

Agree on a fee

  • UWA is committed to proactively raising income with an aim of promoting and developing tourism facilities and enterprises in and outside the protected areas and will therefore charge for permit fees and monitoring fees among others.
  • The Communications Manager will be happy to quote for a range of additional services based on your specific requirements. 
  • No filming can take place without prior payment

Sign legally binding contract and receive permit(s)

  • Once all relevant documentation is completed and both parties have agreed on the fee, the applicant should ensure payment is made to UWA. Once the payment is received, filming can take place.
  • The contract should be signed and witnessed by either the filmmaker/producer in person or a notarized representative/attorney (documents must be sent by post)


  • UWA is happy to have a conversation or meeting once filming is completed to discuss what worked and what didn’t in order to continually improve our service to filmmakers and photographers.
  • After filming / photography has taken place the filmmaker or photographer can have a meeting with the CAM/designated UWA official who will send a report to the Communications Manager.

Refundable fee

  • A refundable deposit of $1,000 shall be returned after clause 15 is complete. Clause 15 states “15. REPORTING: The filming crew shall be required to submit to UWA at least two DVD copies of the Programme as broadcast, to be supplied following the first transmission. UWA shall use these DVDs for educational and non-profit making purposes only.”

News and current affairs

  • Any filmed or photographed material intended for news and current affairs should be cleared by UWA’s Public Relations Manager.

Please note:

  • For all Arial shooting, approval must be granted from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF). 
  • Accreditation from Media Centre must be obtained before any filming can be carried out.

For more information on filming and photography please contact:
Communications Manager
Uganda Wildlife Authority
Plot 7, Kiira Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 3530
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 355 000
Fax: +256 414 346 291
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