ULTIMATE UGANDA WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Photograph gorillas, chimpanzees, and a wealth of other African wildlife

Photograph gorillas, chimpanzees, and a wealth of other African wildlife on an exclusive Uganda photo tour!

Join us for an exclusive Mountain Gorilla photography workshop in Uganda; a chance to encounter these magnificent animals in the wild, spend time observing them, and photograph them from up close. A truly unique and thrilling experience! But while photographing gorillas is undoubtably a highlight of the trip, you’ll enjoy many other wildlife photography opportunities; we’ll take you to Kibale Forest Park, a lush forest that offers encounters chimpanzees, a variety of small monkeys, and a wealth of birds. On top of this, we’ll have a true African safari experience at two stunning national parks; Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. In a setting of rolling hills, you can see four of the Big Five – lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo – as well as many small mammal and bird species. Get ready for some incredible wildlife photography opportunities! During this Uganda photo tour, you’ll be guided by wildlife photographer Kaleel Zibe, who will offer personal tutoring and bring out the best photographer in you.

QUICK FACTS
Uganda
 January 10 -19, 2019
Wildlife Photography
Leader: Kaleel ZIbe
Group Size: Max. 6
All Photography Levels
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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Photograph the endangered Mountain Gorillas

Photograph the endangered Mountain Gorillas from up close; a true once-in a-lifetime experience

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Encounter chimpanzees in the Kibale Forest Park

Encounter chimpanzees in the stunning Kibale Forest Park, as well as many monkey species and a wealth of birds

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Enjoy a true African safari experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions

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Tutoring by Kaleel Zibe

Receive photographic tutoring by wildlife photographer Kaleel Zibe

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Inclusive Trip

Enjoy a fully inclusive trip, where luxury accommodation, meals, and transport are all provided

  1. Photograph Mountain Gorillas
  2. Encounter Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest
  3. Queen Elizabeth National Park
  4. Tutoring from Kaleel Zibe
  5. Inclusive Trip
THE DESTINATION

Uganda offers an incredibly rich wildlife experience in hugely varying natural settings; from dense jungles to open savannahs. Our main three destinations are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale Forest Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Situated on the edge of the Rift Valley, Bwindi is a magnificent misty rainforest. Given its antiquity – it’s one of Africa’s oldest forests – it has produced an incredible biodiversity, with some 120 mammal species and over 350 bird species. Most famously, Bwindi is home to an estimated 300 to 400 Mountain Gorillas, and it’s one of three parks in Africa where these highly endangered primates still live. Another lush forest we’ll be visiting is Kibale Forest National Park. This 795-sq-km national park is made up of dense tropical rainforest, home to an enormous number of primates and birds.

In contrast with Bwindi and Kibale, Queen Elizabeth National Park offers wide vistas of savannah and wetlands, mixed with shady forests and large lakes. The park provides a stunning backdrop for its abundance of wildlife, which includes 95 mammal species, 20 predators and over 610 bird species, making the park a birder’s paradise. Four of the Big Five can be spotted; lions, leopards, buffalos, and elephants. And don’t forget to point your camera up, as famously, some of the lion prides spend most of their time in trees.

At the end of our trip, we’ll spend a night in Lake Mburo, a 370-sq-km National Park that offers some excellent game viewing. While lions are rare here, we might encounter hyenas, leopards, topis, and elands, and it’s the only place in southern Uganda to see zebras and impalas.

YOUR 8-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arrival at Entebbe Airport

Arrival at Entebbe airport, where we’ll meet you and drive you to our first accommodation. Here, we’ll have a chance to meet each other and get settled.

Day 2 : Kibale Forest

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Kibale Forest, a spectacular jungle that is home to chimps, baboons, colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest monkeys, and a wealth of stunning birds. In the afternoon, we’ll start exploring the park and photographing its inhabitants. Whoever is up for it can go on a night walk after dinner to spot some of the nocturnal creatures that live in the forest, like bush babies. (Please note that the walk is optional and not included.)

Day 3 : Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

In the morning, we’ll head out for chimpanzee tracking! In the afternoon, we’ll head out to the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a wetland swamp with a hugely rich biodiversity. Bigodi was established by a local development organisation to protect the swamp area, which is home to around 200 species of birds. It’s also good for spotting and photographing butterflies and small primates.

Day 4 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

We’ll head to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an exciting African safari experience. On our way there, we’ll pass the equator where we will make a stop. After enjoying lunch and settling into our lodge, we’ll head out for our first game drive late afternoon, in that perfect warm light. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best places in Uganda to see lions. You can also expect to photograph elephants, buffaloes, hippos, and crocodiles – as well as smaller mammals and birds.

Day 5 : Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel

We’ll start the day with another game drive. In the afternoon, we’ll mix it up with a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, which gives an interesting new angle on the wildlife we’ll encounter. (And get ready to be surrounded by many hippos! The Kazinga Channel has the highest concentration of hippos in the world.)

Day 6 : Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We’ll drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, passing Ishasha Sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is home to the famous tree-climbing lions. On our way, we’ll also pass through interesting villages and have some breath taking views of the mountains.

We’ll take our time (and stop for photography breaks whenever we want!), and we’ll probably reach Bwindi late in the afternoon, where we’ll settle in and prepare for our upcoming gorilla adventures.

Day 7 & 8 : gorilla tracking

Two days of gorilla tracking! We’ll have an early morning departure to search for the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas. The hike, guided by knowledgable local rangers, will be worth it once we find these magnificent animals. We’ll be able to spend about an hour observing and photographing the gorillas.

You may wish to only do one day of gorilla tracking; this is up to you. If you decide to just join the first day, you’ll have the opportunity to do village tours, shorter forest walks, or to just rest.

Day 9 : Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Lake Mburo National Park, where we can enjoy a game drive in the afternoon. While lions are rare here, we might encounter hyenas, leopards, topis, and elands, and it’s the only place in southern Uganda to see zebras and impalas. In the evening, there’s an optional night game drive, with high chances of seeing leopards.

Day 10 : Transfer back to Airport

After enjoying the park for one last morning, we’ll head back to the airport for our flights home.

QUICK FACTS
Uganda
January 10 -19, 2019
Wildlife Photography
Leader: Kaleel ZIbe
Group Size: Max. 6
All Photography Levels

£ 3 895

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INCLUDES
  • All accommodation at comfortable lodges and hotels
  • All meals, except for dinner on the first day
  • All game drives, forest walks, and other activities as per the itinerary
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • Park entrance fees
  • Photographic tutoring by Kaleel Zibe throughout the trip
  • Guidance by a local guide
  • An indirect contribution to the Penda Trust, as part of our proceeds, go towards funding the running costs of our charity
  • A tree that will be planted on your behalf by Greenpop, as a way to help compensate for your carbon footprint
EXCLUDES
  • Gorilla tracking permits ($600 per track)
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

We recommend the following equipment:

  • SLR camera
  • Range of lenses
  • Tripod or bean bag
  • Sturdy camera bag
  • Plenty of spare cleared memory cards
  • Tripods and monopods can be useful during some parts of the trips, but they are forbidden during the gorilla treks, as unfortunately some of the gorillas have memories of poachers with spears, sticks and other weaponry, and can’t distinguish these from tripods.
  • A waterproof cover for your camera and lens.
  • A laptop if you’re keen to improve your post-production skills, and/or if you’d like to review your images with Kaleel

WORKSHOP LEADER

Kaleel Zibe is an award-winning freelance wildlife and sports photographer / filmmaker. Based in the UK, he has worked with a wide range of clients including the BBC, the RSPB, Montane and Wild Planet Photo and Bird Watching magazines. In 2011, he published ‘Wildlife of the Farne Islands,’ an extensive photography and guide book that documents the islands’ natural beauty in a stunning way. Kaleel also leads photography safaris in Kenya and Uganda and is passionate about creating incredible photographic opportunities for his participants.

$ 4 495

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INCLUDES
  • All accommodation at comfortable lodges and hotels
  • All meals, except for dinner on the first day
  • All game drives, forest walks, and other activities as per the itinerary
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • Park entrance fees
  • Photographic tutoring by Kaleel Zibe throughout the trip
  • Guidance by a local guide
  • An indirect contribution to the Penda Trust, as part of our proceeds, go towards funding the running costs of our charity
  • A tree that will be planted on your behalf by Greenpop, as a way to help compensate for your carbon footprint
EXCLUDES
  • Gorilla tracking permits ($600 per track)
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks

WORKSHOP LEADER

Kaleel Zibe is an award-winning freelance wildlife and sports photographer / filmmaker. Based in the UK, he has worked with a wide range of clients including the BBC, the RSPB, Montane and Wild Planet Photo and Bird Watching magazines. In 2011, he published ‘Wildlife of the Farne Islands,’ an extensive photography and guide book that documents the islands’ natural beauty in a stunning way. Kaleel also leads photography safaris in Kenya and Uganda and is passionate about creating incredible photographic opportunities for his participants.

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