The photo expedition is specifically for photographers who intend to get the best pictures of Uganda’s Primates including Gorilla and Chimpanzees, as well as other wild life in specific areas listed below as well as meeting people and discovering their cultures. This special trip will guarantee you the best photographs in the specific sites visited, as some activities are handled exclusively to meet the demanding pictures. therefore it brings you Mabamba swamp for shoebill stork siting, Murchison Falls national park largest savannah protected area, Kibale forest national park the primate haven of Uganda, Queen Elizabeth national park for largest concentration of hippos and lions, Bwindi impenetrable national park the home of endangered mountain Gorillas, Mgahinga gorilla national park that hosts mountain Gorillas and endangered golden monkeys, and Lake Mburo national parks a home for plain zebras, Elands and impalas, besides wildlife we focus on Uganda’s culture therefore this will bring you to feel that you are in multi-cultural country and pearl of Africa.
Highlights of this Expedition
- Rhino tracking in Ziwa sanctuary
- Visit top of Murchison Falls national park
- Boat trips up stream to bottom of the Murchison falls, and on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth national park
- Community walk Lake katwe salt mining Queen Elizabeth national park
- Game drives to the northern bank of Nile River in Murchison falls national park, in Kasenyi plains and Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, and in savannah of Lake Mburo national park
- Chimpanzee habituation Experience in Kibale forest
- Gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable forest
- Pygmies in kisoro community
- Golden monkey in mgahinga national park
- Night game drive in Lake Mburo national park
Day 1: Early morning transfer to Murchison falls national park
An early morning start after breakfast, depart to Murchison falls national park with en route visit to ziwa rhino sanctuary for Rhinoceros tracking where your photo expedition starts, take pictures of the Rhinos which is one of the member of big five animals thereafter continue to Murchison falls national park have lunch along the way before proceeding. Murchison falls national park is Uganda’ largest savannah park with largest concentration of animals, so expect to have pictures of Giraffes, Elephants, Jacksons hartebeests, Oribi Uganda kob, buffalos, birds, crocodiles in water or basking on sand hippos warthogs if lucky lions and leopards, Jackals and hyenas. You will continue and make it to the top of the falls for photography before reaching your lodge for overnight stay
Day 2: Full day in Murchison, game drive in the morning and boat cruise in afternoon
On this day, you will have you breakfast the go for morning game drive where you will have enough time to take pictures of savannah game such as Elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hartebeests, Uganda kobs, warthogs, oribi birds of different species then later you will return back to your lodge for lunch break. After lunch the guide will take you to the jetty where you will board the exclusive boat to the bottom of the falls that will reward you with hippos, crocodiles, possibly Elephants and water bucks coming to drink water at a closer view. On the falls, take enough pictures and thereafter return back to the lodge for your dinner and overnight stay
Day 3: Transfer to Kibale forest national park
A relatively early morning start, after breakfast you will be transferred from Murchison falls national park to kibale forest national park the home to 13 primate species including the chimpanzees plus other monkey species like red tailed monkey, grey checked mangabeys colobus monkeys and many more reaching there in afternoon. You will pass through different villages along the albertine rift valley as you enjoy the view. Later you will check in to your lodge for an overnight stay in preparation for chimp habituation experience the next day.
Day 4 Full day with chimpanzee in Kibale forest national park
Here on this wonderful morning, take your breakfast early and with packed lunch report to kanyanchu visitor Centre ready for you full day chimpanzee habituation experience that will bring you closer to our relative, here you have chance to photograph these chimpanzees right from their nests up to the time they make other nests of the next evening as you learn about their behaviors. The forest having many primate species, you as well have higher chances to see and photograph other animals like colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabeys, and baboons posing along the way .Later after return back to the lodge for relaxation and overnight stay.
Day 5: Morning nature walk and transfers to Queen Elizabeth national park
On the fifth day after breakfast go for nature walk in bigodi wetland sanctuary which is located few meters away from kibale forest where your focus will be to see more of the primates found in that wetland area as well as different bird species including turacos, sunbird, kingfishers and many more then when you come back from the walk, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth national park which is Uganda’s second largest protected area with lots of animals and bird species recorded compared to other national parks of Uganda. Proceed while game viewing as you head to the lodge where you will spend your night.
Day 6: Early morning game drive and boat cruise in the afternoon hours.
Wake up and take breakfast or a cup of tea or coffee and head out for game drive in search of savannah game such as Elephants, lions, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bush backs, warthogs leopards and birds of the savannah to mention but few. Thereafter you will return back to the lodge for lunch break. In the afternoon, report to the jetty for your exclusive boat cruise along the Kazinga channel that connects the two rift valley lakes George and Edward. This boat will enable you photography on closer view of hippos, crocodiles, and birds. Plus animals like Elephants coming to drink water; afterwards you will be taken to a short game drive and thereafter, back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Transfer to Ishasha sector south of Queen Elizabeth national park
After morning breakfast, transfer to the southern part of the park called ishasha which is famous for tree climbing lions that are always sighted clinging in between the branches of the fig trees, have your lunch and do game drive in the afternoon in search of them. Here you stand more chance to see as you take more pictures of other animals like topi found only in this part of the park, Elephants, hyenas, Uganda kobs, herds of buffalos, birds, warthogs and possibly leopard and schools of hippopotamus in Ishasha River. Later check in to your lodge for overnight stay.
Day 8: Game drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park
On this day after your breakfast, you will go for another game drive in ishasha for more chances to see tree climbing lions as well as other savannah game and thereafter transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which is the home to the rare mountain Gorillas and other forest mammals like duikers chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and many more. Check in to your lodge for relaxation in preparation for the next day’s activity.
Day 9: Gorilla tracking experience!!
Wake up early and take your breakfast, then with your packed lunch and drinking water plus your tracking gear report to the ranger station ready for the exiting encounter to these gentle giant the mountain Gorillas, tracking here takes approximately few hours to a full day so a reasonable fitness is needed to hike up and down the mountains where these gorillas feed from. Be ready with enough films to be able to take as many pictures as you can but no flush photography with these animals. You will be briefed by a ranger guide about the dos and don’ts for gorilla tracking before you ascend to the forest for this experience. On return if time allows and you are still strong enough, go for community walk for cultural entertainments where you can even meet the pygmies, the race of short people who used to be forest dwellers and fruit gatherers before they were evicted from the forest for conservation purposes. return to the lodge later for overnight stay.
Day 10: Transfer to Mgahinga national park
After breakfast, enjoy the drive to kisoro where will go for community walk to see and meet the local people including the batwa “pygmies” in the afternoon. This place is adjust to mgahinga national park which stand in the boarder of Rwanda volcano and virunga national park of Congo, accommodation here will be in this town in preparation for a visit to rare and endangered golden monkey.
Day 11: Golden monkey tracking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
On this day wake up and take breakfast thereafter drive to the park office for the briefing about the golden monkey tracking well prepared in your tracking attire visit take photographs of these rare monkeys that will take you approximately a half a day, on return, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi which is the most beautiful lake that lie between the kigezi rolling hills of the south western corner of Uganda special for canoeing and boat rides to visit historical islands and relaxation.
Day 12: Enjoy the boat ride and transfer to Lake Mburo national park
After your morning breakfast, go for boat ride or canoeing to visit the historical islands such as Punishment Island, upside down and many more, thereafter set off to Lake mburo national park lunch on the way. This is Uganda’s smallest savannah park but with diversity of animals, here you have opportunity to spot and take photographs of Zebras, buffalos, Elands, rare impalas special for this park in the whole of Uganda’s protected areas, topi, giraffes, and on lucky occasions leopard and hippos in the lake. Proceed and check in to the lodge for dinner early dinner. Afterwards you will go out for a night game drive in search of leopards, bush babies zebras and many more and overnight stay.
Day 13: Game drive and transfer to Kampala
On this day after your breakfast, go for game drive to have clear pictures of zebras, topi, buffalos, Impalas, Elands and later transfer to Kampala with a stopover at Uganda equator for photography and shopping then proceed to Kampala for an overnight stay.
Day 14: Birding Mabamba swamp and departure.
On this last day, after breakfast you will visit Mabamba swamp for a half day birding in search of shoe bill stork, lesser jacana, and other swamp birds using a canoe and later when you return, you will transfer to Kampala or Entebbe if it’s your scheduled flight day. This will be the end of the trip
Accommodations will be in either luxury, mid- range or budget.