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Photo Safaris in Uganda

Giraffe at dusk with mountains in the background

In collaboration with Tambula Safaris I will be organising a limited number photo safaris to Uganda. The first of these will take place from 26 October to 9 November 2020. Our goal is to enable you to capture intimate portraits of the iconic wildlife for which Africa is renowned in their natural environments, and to improve your photography skills.  

Uganda is unique as a wildlife destination because it is the only country in the world in which you can see the classic Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos and elephants – as well as wild chimpanzees and gorillas. In Uganda you can track rhinos, gorillas and chimps on foot and spend time photographing them close-up in their natural environments.

There is nothing quite like the experience of observing gorillas and rhinos feeding peacefully a few meters away, or of being caught in the midst of a band of wild chimps rushing through the forest screaming and drumming on the buttresses of large trees, whether you are a photographer or not. The experience is made all the more poignant by the knowledge that many of these animals are under threat due to poaching, habitat loss and conflict with local communities. This is particularly true for the rhinos, mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. 

Our goal in organising these photo safaris is to enable you to capture intimate portraits of these and many more iconic animals in their natural environments and to improve your photography skills. 

SOME HIGHLIGHTS

Photo safaris - Silverback mountain gorilla

Tracking gorillas on foot

Photo safaris - Herd of elephants charging

Large herds of elephants

Grey crowned crane

Exotic birds

Photo safaris - Rhino portrait

Tracking rhinos on foot

Murchison Falls

The spectacular Murchison Falls

Photo safaris - Chimpanzee calling

Chimp tracking

Photo safaris - Lion in tree

Tree-climbing lions

Crater lake at sunset

Crater lakes

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1: Arrival at Entebbe
    A warm welcome will await you at Entebbe airport and then at Guinea Fowl Guesthouse where you will stay overnight before embarking on your journey.
  • DAY 2: Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and afternoon rhino tracking
    Early departure for the Rhino Sanctuary, stop for lunch on the way, and arrive at Ziwa for afternoon rhino tracking on foot.
  • DAY 3: Rhino tracking and on to Murchison Falls National Park
    Our second rhino tracking expedition will attempt to capture rhinos in a different environment. We then proceed to Murchison Falls and an afternoon game drive.
  • DAY 4: Murchison Falls
    We start with an early morning game-drive in the delta, followed by lunch, a boat trip to the foot of the falls, and an optional walk to the top of the falls.
  • DAY 5: Murchison Falls
    Early morning game-drive in the northern sector of the park, where we will be looking for herds of elephants.
  • DAY 6: Drive to Kibale National Park
    We will pass though typical Ugandan trading towns and roadside villages as we travel south parallel to the shore of Lake Albert. We will stop on the way to stretch our legs and have lunch.
  • DAY 7: Kibale Forest
    Morning and afternoon chimp tracking on foot in the spectacular Kibale forest.
  • DAY 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Drive to Queen Elizabeth and afternoon game drive.DAY 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Morning game drive in the Myeya section of the park and afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga channel.
  • DAY 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Morning game drive in the Mwyeya section of the park and afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga channel.
  • DAY 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park
    Morning game drive in the Mwyeya section of the park and afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga channel.
  • DAY 10: Kasenyi plains and Ishasha
    Morning game drive on the Kasenyi plains, and then on to the Ishasha sector with an afternoos drive in search of the tree-climbing lions for which Ishasha is famous. 
  • DAY 11: Ishasha and drive to Bwindi
    Morning game drive and then on to Bwindi and the mountain gorillas.
  • DAY 12: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    First trek up into the mountains to find and photograph gorillas.
  • DAY 13: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
    Second trek up into the mountains to find and photograph gorillas.
  • DAY 14: Lake Mburo National Park
    Drive to Lake Mburo and evening game drive.
  • DAY 15: Walking safari, the equator and return to Entebbe
    After an early breakfast we will explore the park on foot with a park ranger. We then head to the equator for lunch, before heading back to Entebbe. 
Rhino mother and calf

Mother and daughter, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda



IS THIS PHOTO SAFARI FOR YOU?

Our photo safaris are aimed at photographers at beginner and intermediate levels, although all levels are welcome. It includes group and individual instruction adapted to your level. We aim to meet everyone’s photographic needs. There are daily group sessions in which we discuss your photos and give advice, and individually tailored feedback and assistance with editing your images. This is all optional and you are free to make as much or as little use of this as you like. 

We travel with a small group of maximum six people. So everyone has a window seat in the vehicle and gets sufficient attention and feedback. The approach is hands-on and we spend most of our time taking photos, evaluating them and working on the techniques needed to capture great wildlife photos.

Non-photographer travel companions are most welcome and will also enjoy these safaris because the focus is on taking our time to experience and get to know the animals in their natural environments and enjoy Uganda and all it has to offer.


Young male lion resting on a rock

DATES & COSTS

The next available photo safari is 26 October to 9 November 2020.

The cost of a 14 day all inclusive safari is $7800 per person based on two people sharing. There is a single supplement of $700 if you do not want to share. 

This includes:
•   Accommodation on a shared basis (single rooms may beavailable – please inquire)
•   Private meet and assist services at the airport in Entebbe
•   Road transfers to/from the airports and the hotels
•   All meals while on safari (drinks are on your own account
•   All permits and fees for the chimpanzees, rhinos, game drivesand mountain gorillas
•   Private vehicles and drivers for all road transfers throughout the trip

It does not include:
•   Flights or other transportation between your home and Entebbe
•   Dinner and drinks on your arrival evening
•   Tips
•   Drinks
•   Laundry
•   Visas, travel insurance, personal purchases (souvenirs, SIM cards, etc.)
•   Optional tours and meals or accommodation before or after the trip (though we would be happy to arrange any and all additional overnights or extensions).

A 50% deposit will be due on confirmation of booking and full payment due 12 weeks before departure.

Photo safaris - Leopard decending from a tree


ARE YOU INTERESTED?

Then contact me for more information:
robert@robertpool.org
+31 6 2115 3391

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