16 Day Uganda Photo Expedition

Starts/Ends: Kampala | Murchison Falls, Kibale, QENP, Bwindi, Lake Mburo, Mabamba Swamp, Hoima

16 Days Uganda Photo Expedition

16 Days Start/End: Kampala Murchison Falls, Kibale, QENP, Bwindi, Lake Mburo, Mabamba Swamp

Overview

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

  • 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

Included in the package

  • Airport transfers
  • Kampala city tour
  • Rhinoceros tracking in Ziwa sanctuary
  • Chimpanzee Habituation permit
  • Park entry fees
  • Golden monkey tracking in mgahinga national park
  • Game drives
  • Birding Mabamba
  • Exclusive Boat cruise
  • Nature walks in lake Mburo and Bigodi wetland sanctuary
  • Cultural visit fees
  • Transport costs in a 4wd vehicle with pop up roof
  • Full time English speaking knowledgeable guide/driver and his allowance
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Drinking water during the tour
  • Government local tax on Accommodation

Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival and Transfer to the hotel

On arrival at Entebbe international Airport, the guide will pick you up and transfer to your Hotel for an overnight stay.

Accommodation - Cassia Lodge/ Le Petite Village Hotel

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

Accommodation - Luxury: PARAA SAFARI LODGE, Mid-range: PAKUBA SAFARI LODGE, Budget: FORT MURCHISON

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 at DAY1.

Day 3: Morning Game drive and transfer to Hoima town for a night

In the morning after your breakfast, you will go for another game drive in search of more game animals, elephants, buffalos, harte beest, Uganda Kob, giraffe, lions, leopards birds warthog and many more which you might have missed in the first game drive then later cross the river nile with the ferry, proceed and exit the park to go spend the night in Hoima to shorten the next day’s journey to Kibale.

In Hoima you will stay at HOIMA CULTURAL VILLAGE, or HOTEL KONTIK

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale forest national park

A relatively early morning start, after breakfast you will be transferred from Hoima 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.

Accommodation Luxury: NDALI LODGE, Mid-range: PRIMATE LODGE, Budget: CHIMPANZEE GUEST HOUSE.

Day 5 - Full day chimpanzee Habituation Experience 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 at DAY4

Day 6: 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 here we have Luxury: MWEYA SAFARI LODGE, Mid-range: KASENYI SAFARI CAMP, Budget: BUSH LODGE

Day 7: 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 at DAY 5.

Day 8: Transfer to Ishasha sector south of Queen Elizabeth national park and game drive in afternoon

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 at ISHASHA WILDERNESS CAMP/ ISHASHA JUNGLE LODGE,

Day 9: 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 duiker, chimpanzees, Colobus monkeys and many more.

Check in to your lodge for relaxation in preparation for the next day’s activity Luxury: MOHOGNY SPRING, Mid-range: GORILLA MIST CAMP, Budget: BUHOMA COMMUNITY CAMP

Day 10: 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 at DAY 8.

Day 11: Transfer to Kisoro town and community walk visit the pygmies

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 stay at BWINDI JUNGLE LODGE/ KISORO TRAVELERS REST HOTEL.

Day 12: Visit Mgahinga national park, 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.

You will stay at Luxury: BIRDNEST @LAKE BUNYONYI, Mid-range: NATURES PRIME ISLAND LODGE, Budget: BUNYONYI OVERLAND RESORT.

Day 13: 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 occasion 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 at MIHINGO LODGE/ MANTANA TENTED CAMP /LAKE MBURO SAFARI LODGE.

Day 14: 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 at CASSIA LODGE/ LE PETITE VILLAGE HOTEL/SOJOVALO HOTEL

Day 15: Birding Mabamba swamp

On this last day, after breakfast you will visit mabamba swamp for birding in search of shoe bill stork, lesser jacana, and other swamp birds using a canoe and later, you will transfer to Kampala for your overnight stay at CASSIA LODGE/ LE PETITE VILLAGE HOTEL/SOJOVALO HOTEL

Day 16: Kampala city tour and Departure

You will wake up have relaxed breakfast and thereafter start your city tour around Kampala, visit the Kasubi royal tombs, National museum, Namugongo martyrs church, Gadhafi mosque, Nakasero fruit market and any other local market if time allows later head to Entebbe Airport if it’s your scheduled departure time.

Note that accommodation will be in either budget: mid- range: or luxury; according to your choice as selected

END OF TOUR.

However the tour excludes:-

  • Any domestic or International flights
  • Visa fees
  • All optional activities
  • Medical and travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to the guide/driver and hotel staffs.
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary of personal nature like laundry and beverages, souvenirs and telephone bills.
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