UGANDA PRIMATE PHOTO SAFARI, AFRICA 1-12 JULY 2014

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                                               UGANDA PRIMATE PHOTO SAFARI, AFRICA 1-12 JULY 2014

  

Copyright: Sam Clark Photography

 

 

Uganda is among the top 20 global tourism destinations for the year 2013, according to the National Geographic, and was voted as the number one tourist destination for 2012 by Lonely Planet.

Known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, Uganda is a friendly land-locked country in East Africa. It has a well-developed tourist infrastructure with excellent national parks that showcase Uganda’s wide variety of wildlife.

Uganda has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain Gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. It also boasts the tree-climbing lions, a Rhino Sanctuary and is one of the world’s best bird-watching destinations with over 1000 species. All this and more is set amongst stunning scenery of mountain ranges and the mighty Nile River that needs to be seen to be believed.

With a friendly and experienced Ugandan guide and myself, let us take you on an adventure of a lifetime and show you some of what Uganda has to offer.

This safari is suitable for photographers of all levels as well as nature enthusiasts as we will be maximizing our time in the field to witness and photograph wildlife in the best light available.

Monday 30th June 2014

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport, meet up with your guide who will then transfer you by mini bus to your Hotel in Kampala city for your dinner, safari briefing and overnight. Experience the scenic view of the city and hills as the cool breeze comes in from Lake Victoria.

DAY 1 – Tuesday 1st July 2014

Wake up to the sights and sounds that is Africa.

After a hearty breakfast, we will embark on our safari with our guides by 4×4 extended Land Cruiser. With a maximum of three people per eight seater, there will be plenty of room for your photographic gear, and will enable you to shoot from both sides of the vehicle without compromise. Our first stop will be at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a protected area for the last remaining Rhinos of Uganda. With our guide, we will have the opportunity to track and photograph these magnificent creatures on foot through the savannah and swamps. After lunch, we continue on to Murchison Falls National Park, where we will explore the mighty falls of the Nile, a place where the vast Nile river gushes through a gorge just six meters wide. We finish our day with an afternoon game drive, time permitting before heading to our Murchison River Lodge/Fort Murchison Lodge to relax, chat and enjoy our evening meal.

DAY 2 – Wednesday 2nd July 2014

With coffee/tea, snacks and a packed picnic lunch, we will head off at dawn for an early morning game drive to utilize the best light and hopefully active animals for prime photographic opportunities. We will spend the morning looking for wildlife, which include huge Elephant and Buffalo herds, well-camouflaged Leopards and a healthy population of Lions. This park is also known for its Giraffes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Bushbucks, Uganda Kob, Water and Bush Bucks, Warthogs, Topi and Oribi. We will have our picnic lunch overlooking the banks of the Nile River. In the afternoon, we will embark on a boat cruise along the river, where we hope to see various wildlife and bird species. We make our way to the bottom of the falls before returning to our lodge for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3 – Thursday 3rd July 2014

Today, with an early start, we will have a full day in the bush, discovering the amazing sights and sounds of Africa. We will take a packed picnic lunch to again maximize our photo opportunities and wildlife viewing time. At the end of a rewarding day, we will head back to our lodge for a fabulous dinner and discuss our exciting day.

 DAY 4 – Friday 4th July 2014

After breakfast, we will be transferring to Kibale Forest, with lunch en-route. This is a whole day drive to just sit back and admire the most amazing scenic views of the fabled mountains of the moon, the Rwenzori Mountains. We will have dinner and overnight at the Kibale Safari Lodge/Kibale Forest Lodge.

 

DAY 5 – Saturday 5th July 2014

Today we will be venturing on an incredible all day Chimpanzee Habituation trek.  With an early start, we will meet up with our guide and join our Chimpanzee community as they rise from their sleep in their purpose build overnight nests. We will journey with them as they feed, hunt, breastfeed, rest, patrol and display before building their nests for the following night. This full day allows us to witness and photograph their behavior in the wild. Be sure to keep your eyes open for other creatures of the forest including Forest Elephants, Buffalo, Bush Pigs, birds, other primate species and much more. After an amazing day with the Chimps, we will return to our Lodge for dinner and a well-earned rest, talking over our exciting days adventures.

DAY 6 – Sunday 6th July 2014

After breakfast, we will drive to Sebitoli trail in the North of the forest for a guided forest walk. We will have the chance to encounter primates such as the Red Columbus, Black-and-White Columbus, Blue Monkeys and Vervet Monkeys. We may also spot a variety of aquatic, forest and savannah birds and enjoy stunning views of the Mpanga River. Lunch en-route as you transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will go on an afternoon game drive to Kasenyi Plains where we might encounter Elephants, Lions, Buffalos, Ugandan Kobs, Water and Bush Bucks, and Warthogs amongst others. We will relax and overnight at Enganzi Lodge/Bush Lodge with a hearty dinner.

 DAY 7 – Monday 7th July 2014

We will again rise early with a hot coffee/tea and snack in hand, for our dawn game drive at Kasenyi mating ground to experience and photograph the wildlife, then to the Kasenyi fishing village to view Hippos before stopping for our picnic lunch. After lunch, we will take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel that connects Ramsar Lake George to Lake Edward. We can expect to see more wildlife and birds along the shores of the channel before heading back to our Lodge for dinner and overnight.

DAY 8 – Tuesday 8th July 2014

After an early breakfast, we will transfer to Kyambura gorge. Here, we will enjoy the beautiful scenic views before entering the forest in search of the Chimps as well as other primates, and numerous bird species. After lunch, we will view the picturesque craters before an evening game drive for yet more wildlife photographs. Return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.

DAY 9 – Wednesday 9th July 2014

After an early breakfast, and with packed lunch provided, we will drive to Ishasha southern sector to search for the tree climbing Lions, Buffalos, Elephants and much more. In the evening we will drive to the Bwindi Gorilla Park, with dinner and overnight at the Kitandara Lodge.

 

DAY 10 – Thursday 10th July 2014

A highlight of our trip!

As the American Zoologist George Schaller once said: “No one who looks into the eyes of a Gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”

After a hearty breakfast, we will head off to start our unforgettable Gorilla experience. After our de-briefing, we will trek through the jungle in search of our Gorilla group. Depending on the location of the Gorillas to how long this will take us. Once we have found them, we have one memorable hour with these incredible animals before returning to the park office. In the evening, over a sundowner, we will enjoy a Batwa Cultural performance, with dinner and overnight.

Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla Beringei Beringei) are found in Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. Along with the Chimpanzees, Orangutans and Bonobo, the Mountain Gorillas are the closest living species to man with DNA very similar to ours. They are highly social animals, and although strong and powerful, are generally shy and gentle. The males, known as Silverbacks due to the silver saddle down their back, can weigh in at 220kgs or more, and will defend their group from external threats.  Gorillas will groom each other and females will allow nursing young to nest with them. The young Gorillas like to play games including wrestling, chase and somersaults, which helps them learn how to behave and communicate within the group. Gorillas can be identified by nose prints, with each one being unique to the other. Even though Gorilla numbers have increased to an estimated 880 individuals, they are still regarded as a threatened species. Mountain Gorillas are listed as critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and are dependant on conservation efforts to survive.

DAY 11 – Friday 11th July 2014

Today after breakfast, we will transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and spend the evening on a game drive in search of more wildlife. Here we can expect to see wildlife species like Elands, Impalas, Zebras, Warthogs, Lions, Buffalo, Oribi, Defassa, Water Buck, Leopard and Hyena.

We will have dinner and overnight at the Rwakobo Lodge/Mburo Eagle Nest.

DAY 12 – Saturday 12th July 2014

Rising early, with coffee and a snack, we will head out for a dawn game drive. Our last game drive coming to an end, we will head off to the Equator for lunch, and souvenir shopping, before returning to Kampala. Farewell dinner and overnight at your Hotel.

Sunday 13th July 2014

Today you will be escorted to the airport via mini bus for your departure.

“Mutuuke Bulungi – Safe journey back home.

The tour price includes:

Airport transfers by mini bus

Accommodation and meals as per itinerary

Ground transportation by 4×4 Extended Land cruiser safari vehicles

Riwa Rhino Sanctuary entry

Equator visit

En-route luncheons

Chimpanzee permits

Park entrances

Game drives

Boat cruises

Gorilla permits

Batwa Cultural performance

Professional English speaking local guide

Mineral water on board

Exclusions:

Airfares

Visas and Passport costs

Meals and accommodation outside of the safari itinerary

Personal expenditure like; alcoholic drinks, curios, laundry, phone, Internet etc

Gratuities for the local guides and staff at your accommodation

Porter fee while trekking

Personal travel and camera insurance

Immunizations including Malaria medication

Cost of medical services and evacuation if necessary

Any other expenditure of a personal nature

COST: total cost for this amazing wildlife photographic safari is $6,500 USD P/P based on twin share prices. Extra costs will be incurred for single occupancy if available.

Sound like you, then come join us for this exciting, fun filled trip of a lifetime. To secure your placement,  a non-refundable deposit of $1000 USD is to be made which ensures the booking of our Gorilla Permits as numbers to see these endangered animals are very limited. Deposits are required by 15th January 2014 with balance to be paid by 12th May 2014. Limited places are available and once full, you can be added to the wait list.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 

The Ugandan Government may be raising the Gorilla permit price from the current $500 USD to $600 USD in January 2015. To avoid this possible price increase, paying your deposit by December 15th is advisable.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT SAM AT SAM CLARK PHOTOGRAPHY

Wildlife Photographer | Photo Safaris | Conservation

M 0428 441 044

samclark@tpg.com.au

 

Sam Clark Photography will also be running this safari in January 2015, dates to be confirmed.

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