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    Photography Workshops & Tours. Overseas & UK

    Unique Uganda, Gorillas, Chimpanzees & the Big 5!

    In Uganda with Peter Hogel and Janette Hill
    • £4,500 /person
    • Deposit
      £500
    • Location
      Uganda
    • Dates
      February 20th, 2023 - March 8th, 2023
    • Duration
      17 days
    • Leader
      Peter Hogel and Janette Hill
    • Group Size
      Minimum of 4, maximum of 6
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    Workshop Overview

    Come to Uganda for the experience of a lifetime! This tour provides the opportunity for you to see the Big 5, Chimpanzees and Gorillas in the same trip. In addition to mammals and primates listed above Uganda has the largest recorded number of bird species of any country.

    You will have an experience of a lifetime visiting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where endangered rhinos are protected, Murchison Falls National Park where you will enjoy a river cruise on the Nile in addition to safaris, Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee tracking, Queen Elizabeth National Park for Lion tracking and a Boat Cruise in the Kazinga Channel (the wildlife sightings from the boat are just amazing), Ishasha Plains to see tree-climbing lions and finally, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Mountain Gorilla Trekking.

    It is an amazing country full of wonderful wildlife so you will come home with an amazing portfolio of images.

    What You'll Learn

    • About Uganda's way of life, Customs and Culture
    • About Chimpanzees
    • About Gorillas
    • Various different photographic techniques
    • When to use Aperture Priority
    • When to use Shutter Priority
    • About ISOs
    • About Histograms and why you should check them frequently
    • Information about the flora and fauna of Uganda

    Workshop In Detail

    This bespoke trip has been designed to provide an opportunity to go on safari to see the Big 5 in addition to seeing Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the wild.

    Uganda has a lot to see and do. It straddles the Equator and lies within the Nile basin on the East African plateau. It is the size of the United Kingdom and mostly well watered and fertile. It is distinguished from other African safari destinations by its closed canopy forest and the accessibility to enable viewings of Gorillas and Chimpanzees, along with a colourful array of birds and butterflies in their natural habitat.

    Our trip begins with our overnight flights to Entebbe. Our recommended route is with Emirates airline from Birmingham to Dubai to connect with the onward flight to Entebbe. We arrive at Entebbe where we are met by Peter Hogel who transfers us to the Malakai Eco Lodge for our first evening. Here we will settle in and unwind before meeting for dinner and chatting about our time ahead.

    The next day starts with our search for Shoebills in our own private boat tour of Mabamba Swamp near Entebbe before we transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for the first of our 2 night stay.

    The next day we head off to spot Rhino in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a reserve specifically used to protect this endangered species. We will spend the morning and afternoon Rhino tracking. In between we can photograph resident Weaver Birds at the lodge whilst thay nest build. We overnight at Ziwa leaving early the next morning for Murchison Falls National Park.

    Murchison Falls is Uganda largest protected area. It is a pleasant wilderness area of rolling grassland and wooded savannah extending from Karuna Falls in the east to Lake Albert in the west. It is bisected by the river Nile. Whilst here we should see an abundance of wildlife including hippos, Nile crocodiles, Elephant, Buffalo, Oribi, Jacksons Hartebeest, Bohur Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Lion and Leopard. There are also 350 species of birds to look out for. We will also take a cruise down the River Nile for an alternative view of the wildlife. The boat trip will take us to the Murchison falls where the Nile is forced to pass through a 9 metre gap. It is an impressive sight.

    From Murchison we transfer to Kibale National Park for our Chimpanzee tracking experience. Kibale has one of the worlds highest density of Primates.

    It supports dense forest, swamps and grassland and is home to the Forest Elephant, Golden Cat, Serval, Duikers and more than 300 bird species. Primates include Bushbabies, Pottos, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Colobus Monkeys (Red and Black and White), Red Tailed Monkeys and of course, Chimpanzees.

    After Kibale we move to Queen Elizabeth National Park which flanks both Lake Edward and Lake George. We have a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel where you will be blown away by the abundance of wildlife sightings from the boat. We are seated quite low down so the angle of view is also very special for obtaining eye level images. Here we also do our Lion Tracking where we hope to see 3 or 4 groups of Lions. Other wildlife includes Buffalo, Impala, Kobi, Bushbuck and over 542 bird species. There are also large herds of Elephants here.

    Still part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, we move to the Ishasha area to see world famous Tree Climbing Lions. Currently there are about 40 individuals split amongst 3 prides. It is suggested that the lions climb the trees to escape the attention of biting flies but this is unproven! This forms part of our journey on to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where we trek to see Mountain Gorillas.

    This is a very special experience. We will have our own guide and protectors who will lead us to one of the four Gorillas groups in the forest. Once they are located we offload our backpacks and leave our trekking poles behind just taking our cameras for the next short journey to the gorillas. We will see a family group usually including a silverback and hopefully, juveniles and even babies if we are really lucky. It is a wonderful experience to spend time with these large but seemingly gentle creatures. It is an experience you will never forget!

    After Bwindi we travel to Lake Mburu National Park for 1 night to see the Eland and Grevy’s Zebra before the next days journey back to Kampala (near Entebbe) for our last night in the Malakai Eco Lodge with dinner before transferring to Entebbe for our journey home the next day. We will have 2 half day safaris at Lake Mburu. We leave Entebbe at about 3.30pm to arrive home at about 6.30am the next day, again via Dubai.

    Included

    • All internal transfers
    • Gorilla permits
    • All park fees
    • Chimpanzee permits
    • Private boat tours
    • Accommodation
    • All meals
    • Photographic hints and tips as required
    • Driver and Guide

    Excluded

    • Personal Insurance
    • Items of a personal nature
    • International Flights
    • Visa
    • Drinks
    • Tipping (Entirely up to each individual)

    Workshop Itinerary

    Please note: Sometimes the itinerary may change but this will not interfere with game viewing and photography opportunities!

    Day 1

    • Depart for Entebbe

    Day 2

    • Arrive Entebbe
    • Transfer to Malakai Eco Lodge
    • Unwind and relax over evening meal and chat about the trip ahead

    Day 3

    • Shoebill safari at Mabamba Swamp
    • Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
    • Stay at Amuka Safari Lodge

    Day 4

    • Morning Walking Safari to see Southern White Rhino
    • Afternoon Walking Safari to see Southern White Rhino
    • In between photograph birds at the lodge including Weaver Birds nest building
    • Stay at Amuka Safari Lodge

    Day 5

    • Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
    • Private Boat Cruise on River Nile
    • Stay at Tembo Safari Lodge

    Day 6

    • All day Safari at Murchison Falls National Park
    • Stay at Tembo Safari Lodge

    Day 7

    • Transfer to Kibale
    • Stay at Isunga Lodge
    • Kibale Rain Forest

    Day 8

    • Chimpanzee Tracking
    • Stay at Isunga Lodge
    • Kibale Rain Forest

    Day 9

    • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake Edward and Lake George
    • Stay at Kingfisher lodge

    Day 10

    • Morning safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Lion Tracking all morning
    • Transfer to Ishasha
    • Stay @theriver

    Day 11

    • Search for tree climbing lions at Ishasha
    • All day safari
    • Stay @theriver

    Day 12

    • Search for tree climbing lions at Ishasha
    • Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    • Stay at Buhoma Community Lodge

    Day 13

    • Gorilla Tracking
    • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    • Stay at Buhoma Community Lodge

    Day 14

    • Transfer to Lake Mburu National Park
    • Afternoon Game Drive at Lake Mburu
    • Stay at Rwakaboo Lodge

    Day 15

    • Morning Game Drive Lake Mburu
    • Transfer to Kampala
    • Stay at Malakai Eco Lodge
    • Evening Dinner at the lodge

    Day 16

    • Depart for UK

    Day 17

    • Arrive Home

    Workshop FAQs

    What currency will I need?

    The local currency is the Ugandan Shilling. At lodges you will be able to use US$. On the way from the airport at Entebbe we will stop at an exchange facility so you can obtain local currency for purchasing drinks and other sundries throughout the tour. We will also at times have access to ATMs.

    How long does it take to get there?

    We usually fly from Birmingham to Dubai and connect to a flight to Entebbe. It is around 12 hours flying time. We leave on day one (about 8.30pm) and arrive on day two (about 1.30pm). Our return flights are similar, leaving Entebbe at about 3.30pm and arriving back in Birmingham at about 6.30am the next day.

    How much are the flight costs?

    Return flights, economy class, are in the region of £500.00 – £750.00 per person depending on route and airline chosen. Flights costs will vary from year to year.

    How do I get my Visa?

    This is done using the online visa service. The process is simple and fast. You will complete an on line form and confirmation of your visa will be sent to you. When you arrive at Entebbe you will be given your visa at immigration.

    How much does the Visa cost?

    The cost varies from year to year.

    What is the weather like?

    At this time of the year it is about 30 degrees, hot and dry BUT it can sometimes be cool at night and also in the mornings so you will need to take with you additional layers to keep warm if it is cooler at these times. Sometimes it can rain so a waterproof is required, especially when we are in Bwindi Impentetrable Forest trekking to see Mountain Gorillas. At Bwindi it may be cold and wet so best to be prepared. We are travelling throughout Uganda and temperatures vary from very hot in the North to much cooler and wet in the South!

    What is the Accommodation like?

    Accommodation is clean and of a good standard. Where possible wifi is available (sometimes it is difficult in Uganda to access wifi)

    What is the time difference?

    3 hours ahead. Greenwich Mean Time + 3 hours.

    Do I need to have any inoculations?

    There are no specific requirement but we recommend Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A. Anti Malarial medication is a must. It is best to check with your GP to ensure that you are protected.

    What is the transport like?

    There are no internal flights! All transfers will be in our own vehicle. We will have the same driver and guide (Peter Hogel) throughout our trip.

    What is the language?

    The official language is English.

    How far is it to the Gorillas?

    They are wild animals and so they move around the forest. They are monitored at all times and there is more than 1 group to visit. They may be close or far away so your trek to find them can be a little as 1 hour or as much as 6 hours. Either way you will be rewarded with an experience of a lifetime. There are no guarantees but we do always try to get a shorter trek.

    How long do we stay with the Gorillas?

    1 hour is permitted to sit with the Gorillas and take photographs or to just watch them behaving naturally in the wild.

    How long do we spend with the chimpanzees?

    1 hour is allowed to spend with the chimpanzees. We can take photographs or to just watch them behaving naturally in the wild.

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