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Uganda – Great Apes & Wildlife Photo Safari 2022

Uganda – Great Apes & Wildlife Photo Safari 2022

US$8,295 per person sharing





Equipment setup – camera body, lenses, flashes, tripods etc


Discussing envisaged photographic subjects and how to photograph them


Learning to use light


Composition – classic rule of thirds, and when to break the rules


Story telling with your images – what are you wanting to portray and what message does your photograph deliver


Processing of images

Please note that permit and park fees costs for 2022 tours are subject to change. Should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees as close to original cost.

12 Nov 2022 – 22 Nov 2022

ORYX Photo Tours is proud to present our Uganda Photo Safari, which takes us to some of Uganda’s most iconic and thrilling wildlife destinations.


Our photo tour takes place in Churchill’s “Pearl of Africa” – Uganda, beginning with a search for the iconic Shoebill, a denizen of large central African swamps, and one of the world’s most sought-after birds. Onwards to Kibale Forest in search of our closest living relative, the Chimpanzee. Here we will amble along the gentle slopes in search of these highly intelligent creatures.


The next leg of your journey will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This vast reserve boasts impressive crater scenery, expansive grasslands, tropical forests and large herds of Elephant, Buffalo, Uganda Kob as well as the famed tree-climbing Lions of the region.


Our incredible photo tour ends with a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to view and photograph the astounding Mountain Gorilla. Trekking for these primates is undoubtedly one of the world’s most thrilling wildlife experiences! We will have 2 treks to find and photograph these gentle giants, allowing us more opportunities to capture an array of stories.


Why this Photo Safari is for You

Destination Allure

Uganda is home to an abundance of wildlife, boasting the largest concentration of primates in the country (Kibale NP) and the biggest diversity of primates of any East African reserve. Home to the Big 4 (no Rhino) and a whopping species of birds, Uganda is a destination not to be missed.

Trekking our Great Apes

Chimpanzee Trekking - For 2-days over morning & afternoon sessions we are offered a unique opportunity to follow, document and observe our closest living ancestors in their daily activities. Mountain Gorilla treks - We will partake on 2 Gorilla treks to afford us the best opportunities to find and photograph these incredible creatures. Upon finding the Gorillas, we will spend a maximum of 1 hour with our designated family.

Tree Climbing Lions and other Beasts

Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to an assortment of wildlife and bird species. We will stay in the Ishasha Sector which is famous for its tree climbing lions. Other wildlife includes the Uganda Kob, Leopard, Elephant and more.

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its inhabitants is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader Penny Robartes, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Charlotte Arthun

12 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
  • per person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, multiple primates, Shoebill, Lions, Leopards, Elephant, Buffalo, Uganda Kob, and more
  • Guide

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe and transfer to accommodation

Today is an arrival day in the Uganda capital for the start of our African photo safari. You will be met at the airport by an ORYX representative, who will escort you to your lovely guesthouse via a short drive (5 – 10 minutes, depending on traffic) away.  Your guide will meet you at the hotel for dinner where they will discuss the exciting upcoming photo tour with you.

Day 2: Excursion for Shoebill, drive onwards to Kibale Forest

After breakfast we will head out for our primary photographic target, the legendary Shoebill, where we commission motorised canoes from the nearby fishing village and search the maze of channels in an attempt to find and photograph this iconic bird. Afterwards, we will continue through rural Uganda to Kibale Forest.

Days 3 & 4: Chimpanzee Trekking

We have two full-days in the wondrous forest of Kibale searching for our closest living relative – the Chimpanzee! In the mornings and afternoons we will embark on a dedicated Chimpanzee trek in search of these great apes. They are often noisy and, when we manage to come across a troop, their thrilling whoops, shrieks and grunts are likely to betray their presence long before we see and photograph them! We will spend 1 hour with the Chimpanzees on each trek so that we can document the lives of this fascinating primate, returning to the lodge in the evening for dinners and well-deserved sleep!

Day 5: Drive Kibale Forest to Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today we make our way to the remote southern section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we will spend the next three nights. Photographic targets include Leopard, Spotted Hyena, African Buffalo (this form sometimes known as Lake Chad Buffalo), Uganda Bushbuck, Hippo, impressive Defassa Waterbuck, Olive Baboon and comical Warthog. Uganda Kob form some impressive leks, fleet-footed Topi scan the grasslands for competitors, and African Elephant stroll through the plentiful savannas, browsing the nutritious Acacia’s that dot the area.

Days 6 & 7: Ishasha area

The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the place to search for “tree climbing lions” often to be seen in the vicinity of the camp which is situated just off the Northern circuit game viewing track. The lions also favour the large fig trees on the Southern circuit game viewing track and this offers alternative game viewing routes. On early morning and late afternoon game drives, we may explore the area’s game routes in search of the different species. The area is still pristine and untouched with only a handful of game vehicles found around the area at any time. Being the only camp within this section of the park, it offers flexibility of timings for drives allowing us to maximise our game sightings in this area.

Day 8: Road transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After a final morning game drive, we will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for our next leg of the journey; 2 days of trekking Mountain Gorillas.

Days 9 & 10: Gorilla Trekking

On these mornings, we will head a short distance to the debriefing area (3 minutes’ drive), before departing to the starting point for our hike (this could be a walk from the park HQ, or it could be a drive over 1 hour long). Depending on where our allocated Gorilla family are located, our treks will vary in length and ease from one trek to the next. Upon reaching the Gorillas, we will spend an hour with these gentle giants which is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting and emotional wildlife experiences on Earth. Although the Gorilla families are habituated, they are still wild and sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, there is a 99% success rate of meeting a Gorilla group when trekking in Uganda

Day 11: Fly Kihihi to Entebbe and depart

Today sadly marks the end of our Uganda photo tour as we transfer to Kihihi in time for flight back to Entebbe International Airport.
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