Documentary Japan in Uganda

Last week, a Japanese filming crew from Documentary Japan travelled to Uganda to capture its natural beauty as well as the impressive wildlife on camera.

Documentary Japan is an independent visual production company based in Tokyo. They are currently producing a series of Nature documentary for archival purpose and were eager to include “The Pearl of Africa” in their documentary, to introduce the great nature of Uganda to the Japanese audience.

The crew spent a number of days in Kibale Forest National Park to participate in the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, while staying conveniently near at Primate Lodge Kibale. They then transferred to the impenetrable forest of Bwindi to film the mountain gorillas.

Among the crew was the famous Japanese wildlife photographer Takayuki Maekawa, who in 2013 won the first-ever Nikkei National Geographic Photo Award with a photo of a chimpanzee that was taken in Kibale National Park.

In close cooperation with Japanese tour operator Dososhin and Uganda Wildlife Authority, Great Lakes Safaris was honoured to host the Japanese TV production company  during their visit in Uganda and contribute to a successful filming trip. The documentary will be broadcasted to millions of Japanese on nationwide TV and is scheduled for December 2014.

Chimpanzee Kibale Forest

Photo: Takayuki Maekawa

Visit the website of award winning photographer Takayuki Maekawa to to see more striking photos.