Gorilla and Chimpanzee Photo Safari
- 3 Gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- 2 full day Chimpanzee treks in Kibale National Forest
- 2 days of safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Small group size
- No supplement for single travelers
- Dedicated Lightroom and Photoshop assistance
- Easy to combine with our Gorilla Photo Safari
Dates: June 6, 2018 - June 16, 2018
Guide: Gerry van der Walt
Cost: USD 9,995.00 per single guest
Deposit: USD 3,200.00 per single guest (includes permits)
Max number of Photographers: 5
Dates: June 6, 2019 - June 16, 2019
Guide: Gerry van der Walt
Deposit: USD 3,000.00 holding deposit
Max number of Photographers: 5
Gorilla trekking has been described by many as a life-changing experience and is certainly one of Africa’s bucket-list experiences.
On this safari you will have the opportunity to join Gerry van der Walt for this incredible photographic adventure which includes not only the experience of getting close to and photographing the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla but also two full days of trekking Chimpanzees in Uganda’s Kibale National Forest.
A two day visit to the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park, known for its tree-climbing lions, has also been included in the safari itinerary to not only break up the more strenuous trekking activities but also give you the opportunity to photograph a much wider diversity of subjects than just primate and leave you with an incredibly well rounded portfolio of African wildlife images.
If you’re looking for a photographic safari with a difference get in touch and book your spot on a bucket list adventure that will change the way you see the world!
Did you know?
Did you know you can combine this safari with our Gorilla Photo Safari which starts the day after this trip and will not only extend your Wild Eye experience by 5 days but you will also have 3 additional opportunities to see and photograph the gorillas in Bwindi.Combine Two Safaris
Part 1: Kibale National Forest
- 6 June 2018 – Arrival in Entebbe airport and transfer to the Boma Guest House. During dinner Gerry will run you through a short presentation of the safari logistics, what to expect and share some photographic ideas and inspiration for the safari ahead.
- 7 June 2018 – After breakfast we will transfer back to Entebbe International Airport for our scheduled flight to Kasese transfer to Entebbe International airport for scheduled flight to Kasese where we will meet our local guide who will transfer us to Primate Lodge in the Kibale National Park where we will be spending the next three nights.
- 8 June 2018 – After an early morning wake up call and breakfast at the lodge we will take a small walk to the ranger’s station in Kibale National Park to meet our Chimpanzee Habituation team. We will spend the day with Kibale’s trackers and, after tracking and finding the chimps, spend the day in the forest with them, following them through the forest, and observing their behaviour and movements throughout the day. We will enjoy a packed lunch in the forest and then finish off the day at sundown when the chimpanzees retire, or when we feel we’ve had enough and want to head back to the lodge. Drinks and dinner will be enjoyed at the lodge before retiring for the day to fall asleep to the sounds of Kibale Forest all around us.
- 9 June 2018 – After breakfast we will again head out into the forest to spend another full day following, photographing and being a part of the large groups of chimpanzees in Kibale National Forest.
Part 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park
- 10 June 2018 – After breakfast we will pack up and depart from Primate Lodge as we make our way to Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park for the second leg of our safari. After arriving and settling in to our rooms at Ishasha Wilderness Camp we will head out on an afternoon game drive . The Queen Elizabeth National Park has a variety of flora and fauna and it’s acknowledged to be a habitat for over 95 mammal species with about 612 species of birds. We will return to camp for dinner and overnight.
- 11 June 2018 – After an early wake up call and cup of coffee we will make our way out into the par for a full day of game viewing and wildlife photography. We will take a packed lunch with us in order to spend as much time out in the field as possible and again return to Ishasha for dinner and overnight.
Part 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- 12 June 2018 – After breakfast and a short game drive we will depart for the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the grand finale of our safari. After checking in at Buhoma Lodge, a top quality and intimate property which commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and lunch Gerry will present a 2 hour Lightroom workshop focusing on a digital workflow and assist you in working through the images from the safari thus far. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
- 13 June 2018 – After breakfast we will make our way to the ranger’s station where we will meet our guide for a full briefing before heading out to the starting point of our gorilla trek. Mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed but viewing success rates are over 90%. Once sighted, we will have an hour with the gorillas before making our way back to the lodge. Trek times can vary from 2 to 7 hours and the day’s activities will be arranged accordingly but normally there will be ample time in the afternoon to relax, recharge your batteries, download your images and work with Gerry on some processing techniques. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
- 14 June 2018 – Another full day on the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for our second gorilla trek.
- 15 June 2018 – Another full day on the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for our third gorilla trek.
- 16 June 2018 – After a breakfast at the lodge we will transfer to Kihihi airstrip for a scheduled flight to Entebbe International Airport from where our trip will come to an end and we connect with our flights back home.
- Chimpanzee Trekking: Tracking chimpanzees may be fairly strenuous as the chimpanzees are highly mobile during the day. You will be with the chimps from sun up to sun down (unless we decided to end our trek earlier) This isn’t an activity for the faint hearted and an be quite strenuous but definitely worthwhile if you have an interest in primatology or behaviour and it makes for an incredible day of wildlife photography.
- Gorilla Trekking: Gorilla trekking timings and conditions vary tremendously as the gorillas move continuously through the rain forest. It is good to be prepared and remember the weather can change with very little warning. The terrain is often steep and through areas where there are no marked paths. It can be very strenuous – it may be just a couple of hours but it can also be for a full day of up to 8 hours or more of hiking in hot, high altitude conditions – please be prepared for this by being as fit as possible.
- Packing List: Once your spot on the safari is confirmed Gerry will be in touch with a packing list PDF which will help you to prepare for this incredible bucket list experience.
Accommodation on this Safari
Primate Lodge, Kibale National Forest
Experience the world renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivaled nature, scenery and serenity in the heart of Kibale rainforest National Park, Uganda’s primates’ paradise and home to over 13 different species of primates and numerous other mammals, butterflies and birds. Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is our location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking excursion as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation, really, two of the most genuinely breath-taking wildlife experiences on the planet.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated within the Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. This exclusive camp offers superb quality accommodation and services in this unspoilt remote sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. Being within the park the wildlife is free to also pass through the camp and elephants can be seen bathing in the river, buffalo enjoy grazing and resident troops of Black-and-White Colobus and vervet monkeys are frequently viewed.
Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Fosest
Buhoma Lodge, a top quality and intimate property, commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. One of only two lodges situated within the National Park, we’re a short walking distance from the meeting point for gorilla tracking and other activities in the area. An elevated central lounge area, complete with bar, dining and spa facilities, offers a cosy, comfortable environment to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings.
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