Photograph safari Uganda and Rwanda 13 days
There are few places in Africa that can be describes as being “Raw wilderness”. From the moment you touch down in Uganda you sense that something about the area is different. Perhaps it is the openess with massive trees dotted amongst them, or perhaps it is the elephants rambling in the game parks, sometimes lifting high on their hind legs to reach the branches of the sausage trees. Perhaps it is tlushness of the rainforests with their endangered residents the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Perhaps it is the lions up in the fig tree lazing as they look down at you their observer. Whichever one of these it may be, a photography safari Uganda and Rwanda will bring you to these highlights.
Day 1 ARRIVAL ENTEBBE
This safari in Uganda begins in Entebbe with an airport pick up, and then be transferred on arrival to the Protea hotel Entebbe. If you are on a day arrival, you may opt to visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.
Established in 1902, the gardens house a fine collection of plants from the country's tropical, sub-tropical and temperate zones. home to a wide variety of bird species, the gardens also offer an excellent introduction to Uganda’s many birds. Vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys are commonly spotted here as well. Meet our Excursion Leader at a welcome dinner this evening for a briefing on what to expect.
Days 2 & 3: Kibale National ParkA drive across Uganda’s green highlands takes us to Kibale, the equatorial rainforest reserve that is home to more primates, including 500 chimpanzees, than any other place in the world. Trackers help us spot chimps and monkeys, which we'll have plenty of time to watch and photograph, with tips from our safari Leader on how to capture the best shots in the low forest light. We may also see up to 100 different bird species in a wetland sanctuary. Overnight primate lodge.
Days 4 & 5: Kibale / Queen Elizabeth National ParkWe rise early this morning to track and photograph chimps again, then depart by road for Queen Elizabeth National Park, skirting the Western Rift Valley. On the Kazinga Channel we take a boat ride among the world’s largest concentration of hippos, as well as crocodiles, baboons and myriad birds. The park is also home to lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and antelope, all of which offer exciting photography opportunities.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth / Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkOn a morning game drive we may be fortunate to see the park’s famous tree-climbing lions—a dream subject for a nature photographer! Continuing into the western mountains to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, we visit a local school before reaching our gorilla trekking base in the rainforest, Mahogany Springs Lodge.
Days 7 & 8: Bwindi - Gorilla Trekshere we discover one of nature travel’s peak experiences, a visit with wild gorillas in their natural habitat. Fewer than 700 mountain gorillas remain in the world, half of them in this preserve. Our safari includes two chances to spend time among the gorillas, maximizing our prospects for amazing photographs, often at very close range. Early in the morning we depart on a trek through the dense rainforest on a quest to locate one of the "habituated" family groups. Our local guides are expert trackers, reading signs of the gorillas’ recent presence in the undergrowth. Finally we hear and see them, and watch, enrapt: they sit in the trees and chew leaves; babies cling to mothers’ backs; juveniles swing from branches; the big male silverback surveys all, including us. It’s hard to tell who is more captivated, them or us!
Day 9: Volcanoes National Park, RwandaLeaving Bwindi, we descend to the Rift Valley floor, passing local villages and coffee plantations. Entering Rwanda, we continue to Parc National des Volcans—Volcanoes National Park—named for the string of jungle-draped volcanoes inside its borders. Our camp, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, is ideally situated as our base for the next three nights. Set seamlessly into its lush surroundings, the simple yet welcoming ecolodge offers individual chalets with fireplaces to take the chill off the cool mountain air. The lodge is just a short drive from the headquarters of the national park, where all gorilla trekking expeditions depart.
Days 10 & 11: Volcanoes - Gorilla TreksAfter breakfast, we drive to park headquarters for a briefing from our guides. This area is where Dian Fossey made her groundbreaking studies on mountain gorillas before she was killed in 1985, and her grave is nearby. Several habituated gorilla families live in the park, and we learn how important our ecotourism presence is to their survival before trekking in search of them. We set out early each morning along paths into the forest, eventually leaving them behind as our trackers follow signs that lead them to the gorillas' current location. The altitude is above 8,200 feet, so while our pace is unhurried, the hike is tiring, lasting from 30 minutes to several hours. But what a reward: our destination is a specific group of habituated gorillas, which have become used to visitors and behave normally, nonchalant to human presence. With a full hour to sit with a gorilla troop, we are able to capture extraordinary photographs.
Day 12: Golden Monkey Trek / KigaliWhile gorillas are the highlight, even without them Volcanoes National Park would be fascinating. Its varied ecosystems harbor elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog, bush pig, bushbuck, duiker and hyena, as well as a habituated group of endemic and highly endangered golden monkeys, which are our focus today. On a much less strenuous hike, we look for these agile entertainers who swoop through the forest canopy and delight us with their antics. Our Expedition Leader is on hand to offer tips for capturing shots of the active primates in this low-light environment. This afternoon, we depart for Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
Day 13: Kigali / DepartAfter breakfast, we’ll take a city tour and visit the Kigali Memorial Center, a deeply moving tribute to the 800,000 people killed in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. This afternoon, our gorilla safari comes to a close as we transfer to the airport for flights home.
* Travellers are supposed to reach Entebbe on the tour starting day before 8 am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8 pm. If these times can't be respected then 1 or 2 days should be calculated for the overnight in Kampala.
* Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to see chimpanzees. Kibale NP offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities.
* Gorilla trekking is not allowed to anyone under 15 years of age.
* Prices for private safari. No extra passengers added.
* All prices are VAT included.
* Prices are in United States dollars (USD).
* Gorilla permits are available booking at least 6 months before the departure date.
* Bookings: At the moment of booking a deposit of the 40% of the total amount is due.
* Bookings must be made at least 60 days before the date of departure.
* Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to don't accept bookings made less than 60 days prior the date of departure.
* Full payment has to be made not less than 30 days before the departing date of the tour.
* If the full amount is not paid in due time, Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled.
* Cancellations: 60 days prior to departure date of the tour, full refund of deposit; between 60 and 30 days, refund of 50% of deposit; less than 30 days, no refund.
* Gorilla permits are non-refundable.
|$3,367 (2 people)||$4,507 (2 people)||$5,405 (2 people)|
|$3,169 (4 people)||$4,391 (4 people)||$4,881 (4 people)|
1.1 Gorilla Permit and 1 Chimpanzee tracking Permit per person.
2. All Meals and accommodation as will be stated depending on available options.
3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle with AC, FRIDGE, POP UP ROOF.
4. Park entrance fees.
5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
6. Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
7. All boat trips.
8. All game drives.
9. All airport pickups and drops.
10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
11. And all government taxes/levies.
1. Bar Bills
2. Phone calls
3. Personal insurance
5. Air fare
6. All other Services of a personal nature.
7. Driver guide’s gratuity.