SAM CLARK PHOTO SAFARIS – BIG PAWS AND LITTLE TUSKERS, KENYA

 

BIG PAWS AND LITTLE TUSKERS PHOTO SAFARI KENYA

21ST SEPTEMBER – 2ND OCTOBER 2015

 

Kenya is the setting for one of the great Natural Wonders of the world, the Great Wildebeest Migration. Millions migrate a distance of almost 3,000 kms from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, in a continuous clockwise direction, searching for food and water. With the migration come the big cats with great viewing to be found in the Maasai Mara region.

The ‘Big Five’ animals of Africa can be found in Kenya which include the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and Elephant.

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 Kenya 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.

 

Sunday 20th September 2015

Upon your arrival at Kenyatta International Airport, meet up with your guide who will then transfer you to Fairview Hotel in Nairobi city for your quick safari briefing before relaxing in the beautiful surrounds of the Hotel gardens. Overnight.

As people will be arriving at different times, a meal will not be included on this day. Individual airport transfers will be provided depending on arrival times.

 

DAY 1 – Monday 21st September 2015

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. We will stop briefly at some of the Great Eastern Rift Valley view points before continuing onto lake Nakuru for our night accommodation at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. A stunning picturesque destination, Lake Nakuru is well known for its flocks of Pink Flamingos. Over the last few years however due to higher than usual water levels which has in turn changed the ideal feeding ground for these birds, the numbers are currently very few. There are however many other exciting wildlife encounters awaiting you! After lunch at our lodge, we will go on our first game drive where we will have a good chance of seeing Black and White Rhino as there is a Rhino Sanctuary here, the Elusive Leopard, lion, buffalo, endangered Rothschild Giraffe, zebras, numerous bird species to name a few. After our game drive, we will return to our lodge to relax over dinner. Overnight.

 

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DAY 2 – Tuesday 22nd September 2015

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 active animals for prime photographic opportunities. We will spend the morning looking for wildlife. Following our game drive, we will have our picnic lunch on route to the famous Maasai Mara National Park. Upon entering the Mara, we may game drive in to our overnight accommodation, time permitting. Time to relax over a hearty dinner. Our accommodation! The beautiful, secluded and in true African style permanent safari tents will be where we spend our next five nights. Welcome to the Mara Bush Camp.

 

DAYS 3 – 5 Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th September 2015

Adventure awaits us! Today, with an early start, plenty of coffee, tea, snacks and a packed picnic lunch, we will explore the famous Maasai Mara National Park for the entire day. The Talek area where we are camped is well known for its large predators so we will be sure to witness and photograph a lot of big cat action, including lion, cheetah and leopard. We may also encounter elephants, Giraffe, Zebra, Hyena, Warthogs, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Thompsons Gazelle and much much more.

 

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DAY 6 – Saturday 26th September 2015

Today you will be given the opportunity to see Africa from a birds perspective. Take yourself on a hot air balloon ride, an incredibly beautiful, peaceful, and memorable way to experience Africa.

This will be at an additional cost to you. $450 per person.

For those not wishing to embark on a balloon ride, you will again venture into the wilds for yet another exciting game drive.

From your morning game drive, we will travel back to camp for lunch and to meet up with the rest of the group.

When the light is at its best, we will again be traveling the Mara in search of that ultimate photo opportunity.

Return to camp for downloading, then chatting over dinner about our incredible adventures so far.

There will be an option to game drive all day if clients choose not to take a balloon ride.

 

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 DAY 7 – Sunday 27th September 2015

We will be venturing out again for an early morning game drive. We will head back for lunch before having the opportunity to experience the traditional Maasai culture. You have the option to visit a true Maasai Village to have an insight into the lives of these amazing tribal people. The cost of this excursion will be an extra $30. For those who choose, you can rest and enjoy the camp surrounds over a refreshing beverage. We will again re group in the afternoon for a game drive, returning to camp to exchange exciting stories from our days adventures. Tonight as our last night in the Mara, we will enjoy an infamous African sundowner. (Traditionally drinks out in the African bush while watching the unsurpassed African sunset from the comfort of your chair)

There will be an option to game drive all day if clients choose not to experience the Maasai village.

 

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DAY 8 – Monday 28thth September 2015

After another early morning game drive, we will return to camp mid morning to freshen up and check out from our tents. Proceed with our last game drive in the Maasai Mara until about 1pm. On returning to camp, our safari vehicles will begin their drive back to Nairobi, taking any excess baggage with them for us to collect later. This will allow us to fly with no concerns for our weight restrictions with our camera gear. We will relax over lunch, discussing photography and our amazing safari adventures so far. With farewells to our new Mara Camp friends, we will drive to the airstrip for our flight back to Nairobi at approximately 4pm. We will be met on arrival at approximately 5.30pm by our safari vehicles then escorted to our overnight at The Ole Sereni Hotel and a welcoming dinner.

 

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 DAY 9 – Tuesday 29th September 2015

An exciting day of city excursions today. After breakfast, we will be driven to the Giraffe Manor to photograph these elegant creatures and if you’re game, be ‘kissed’ by one. We will then venture to the Karen Blixon Coffee Gardens, relaxing here, chatting over lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Kasuri beads factory where woman make beautiful hand-made beads of varying designs. The money helps these impovished woman and supports their families. You will have an opportunity to do some shopping here.

Our afternoon delight, we will visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. After selecting your very own baby Elephant to adopt, we will enter the orphanage to witness these incredible and highly intelligent animals go about their playful antics, and see first hand the amazing work that their carers do to give them a second chance at life. A truly incredible and humbling experience. After a memorable hour, we will return to our hotel for relax and dinner. Overnight.

 

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DAY 10 – Wednesday 30th September 2015

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Amboseli National Park in the South East, arriving in time for lunch provided at our lodge Amboseli Serena. After lunch, and as the light softens, we will again embark on a game drive until evening. We will concentrate on the Elephant herds famous in this area, however also expect to see lion, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, egret and much more. Dinner and overnight at our lodge.

 

DAY 11 – Thursday 1st October 2015

Again rising early, and with packed lunch, we will explore the Amboseli, watching the herds of Elephant walk to the swamps for water and feeding. We will spend a full day if the light is right, photographing all Amboseli has to offer. Return to our lodge to download our images before a hearty dinner.

 

DAY 12 – Friday 2nd October 2015

Rising early, with coffee, snack and our packed lunch, we will head out for a dawn game drive, and game driver out heading back to Nairobi. You will be taken to your day rooms at the Eka Hotel to freshen up, relax before being driven the the airport to meet your international transfers.

 

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The tour price includes:

Airport transfers

Accommodation and meals as per itinerary

Ground transportation by 4×4 Extended Land cruiser safari vehicles

En-route luncheons

Park entrances

Game drives

Flight from Maasai Mara National Park to Nairobi

Evening Sundowner

Lunch at Karen Blixen Museum Coffee Garden

Giraffe Centre entrance fees

Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Adoption fee

Professional English speaking local guide

Mineral water on board

Evacuation insurance to a Nairobi Hospital (hospital stay excluded)

 

 

Exclusions:

International 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

Personal travel and camera insurance

Immunizations including Malaria medication

Cost of medical services and evacuation internationally if necessary

Any other expenditure of a personal nature

COST: total cost for this amazing wildlife photographic safari is $7,300 USD P/P based on 8 bookings and double occupancy.

$7,790 USD P/P based on 5 bookings and double occupancy.

Extra costs will be incurred for single occupancy if available.

 

 

 

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ON SAFARI WITH SAM – THE BABOON AND THE PINEAPPLE

We had so much fun with the Baboons on my last trip to Uganda!

We had just crossed the Nile River by barge. As we embarked and stood chatting, a Baboon jumped into one of the 4×4’s through a drivers open window and stole a pineapple. The African’s took chase to retrieve the fruit with plenty of squealing, shouting etc. It was so funny.. I couldn’t stop laughing!
Africans 1 Baboons 0

This image is of one looking for a food opportunity as we ate lunch, before our incredible Nile River cruise.

SAM CLARK PHOTO SAFARIS

Bookings are underway!

PASSION FOR PRIMATES PHOTO SAFARI Uganda January 2015
6 spaces available

PASSION FOR PRIMATES PHOTO SAFARI Uganda June/July 2015
8 spaces available

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BIG PAWS AND LITTLE TUSKERS PHOTO SAFARI Kenya Sept/Oct 2015
8 spaces available

 

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SAM CLARK PHOTO SAFARIS – ‘PASSION FOR PRIMATES’ UGANDA JULY 2015

 

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UGANDA PRIMATE PHOTO SAFARI, 29TH JUNE- 10TH JULY 2015

  

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 29th June 2015

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport, meet up with your guide who will then transfer you by mini bus to Cassia Lodge 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 – Monday 29thth June 2015

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 finish our day with an afternoon game drive before heading to our Fort Murchison Lodge to relax, chat and enjoy our evening meal.

 

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DAY 2 – Tuesday 30th June 2015

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 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 private 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 – Wednesday 1st July 2015

Today, with an early start, we will have our morning in the bush, before continuing onto Murchison Falls where we will explore the top of the mighty falls of the Nile, a place where the vast Nile river gushes through a gorge just six meters wide. We will stop here to enjoy our lunch while enjoying the falls scenic beauty. After lunch, we will head to Hoima town for our overnight stop. A rest stop to break our journey, you can wonder the town to explore and experience the local African life or rest up at our hotel.

 

DAY 4 – Thursday 2nd July 2015

After breakfast, we will be transferring to Kibale Forest, with lunch en-route. An opportune time 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 Chimp Nest Camp/Kibale Forest Lodge.

 

DAY 5 – Friday 3rd July 2015

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.

 

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DAY 6 – Saturday 4th July 2015

After breakfast, we will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, lunch en-route. We will go on an afternoon game drive to Kasenyi Plains where we hope to 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 – Sunday 5h July 2015

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 – Monday 6th July 2015

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. Overnight at Savannah resort Hotel.

 

DAY 9 – Tuesday 7th July 2015

Again rising early, and with packed lunch, we will explore the Ishasha southern sector in search of the elusive tree-climbing lions, before driving to the Bwindi Gorilla Park, with dinner and overnight at the Kitandara Lodge. This evening you will have the opportunity to watch a Batwa cultural performance put on by the Bwindi orphan children, a moving experience!

 

DAY 10 – Wednesday 8th July 2015

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, we will enjoy our sundowner with dinner then 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.

Some of you may wish to visit the Bwindi orphan children again for another Batwa cultural performance.

Copyright Sam Clark Photography

 

DAY 11 – Thursday 9th July 2015

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

We will have dinner and overnight at the Rwakobo Lodge/Mburo Eagle Nest Camp with stunning views over the National Park.

 

DAY 12 – Friday 10th July 2015

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 Cassia Lodge.

 

Saturday 11th July 2015

Today you will be escorted to the airport via mini bus for your departure, unless you have arranged for a tour extension.

“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

 

Copyright Sam Clark Photography

 

COST: Total cost for this amazing wildlife photographic safari is $6,500 USD P/P subject to 8 bookings based on double occupancy, and $6,790 USD P/P subject to 5 bookings based on double occupancy. Extra costs will be incurred for single occupancy if available. To secure your placement, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required. The deposit ensures the booking of our Gorilla Permits as numbers to see these endangered animals are very limited. It also secures our Chimp Habituation permits and accommodation. Deposits are required by 30th January 2015 with balance to be paid by 1st April 2015. Spaces are limited to eight people and once full you can be added to the wait list.

If this safari sounds like you, then come join us for this exciting, fun filled trip of a lifetime.

For further information and booking details, please email me at;

samclarkphotography09@gmail.com or samclark@tpg.com.au

Mobile: 0428 441 044

 

See you on Safari,

Sam

 

Photographer Sam Clark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAM CLARK PHOTO SAFARIS – ‘PASSION FOR PRIMATES’ UGANDA JANUARY 2015

Safari Banner for itinerary blog version

 

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 UGANDAN PRIMATE PHOTO SAFARI, AFRICA 10th-21st JANUARY 2015

 

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.

 

Friday 9th January 2015

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport, meet up with your guide who will then transfer you by mini bus to Cassia Lodge 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 – Saturday 10th January 2015

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 finish our day with an afternoon game drive before heading to our Fort Murchison Lodge to relax, chat and enjoy our evening meal.

 

Copyright Sam Clark Photography

 

DAY 2 – Sunday 11th January 2015

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 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 private 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 – Monday 12th January 2015

Today, with an early start, we will have our morning in the bush, before continuing onto Murchison Falls where we will explore the top of the mighty falls of the Nile, a place where the vast Nile river gushes through a gorge just six meters wide. We will stop here to enjoy our lunch while enjoying the falls scenic beauty. After lunch, we will head to Hoima town for our overnight stop. A rest stop to break our journey, you can wonder the town to explore and experience the local African life or rest up at our hotel.

 

DAY 4 – Tuesday 13th January 2015

After breakfast, we will be transferring to Kibale Forest, with lunch en-route. An opportune time 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 Chimp Nest Camp/Kibale Forest Lodge.

 

DAY 5 – Wednesday 14th January 2015

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.

 

Copyright Sam Clark Photography

 

DAY 6 – Thursday 15th January 2015

After breakfast, we will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, lunch en-route. We will go on an afternoon game drive to Kasenyi Plains where we hope to 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 – Friday 16th January 2015

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 – Saturday 17th January 2015

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. Overnight at Savannah resort Hotel.

 

DAY 9 – Sunday 18th January 2015

Again rising early, and with packed lunch, we will explore the Ishasha southern sector in search of the elusive tree-climbing lions, before driving to the Bwindi Gorilla Park, with dinner and overnight at the Kitandara Lodge. This evening you will have the opportunity to watch a Batwa cultural performance put on by the Bwindi orphan children, a moving experience!

 

DAY 10 – Monday 19th January 2015

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, we will enjoy our sundowner with dinner then 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.

Some of you may wish to visit the Bwindi orphan children again for another Batwa cultural performance.

Copyright Sam Clark Photography

 

 

DAY 11 – Tuesday 20th January 2015

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

We will have dinner and overnight at the Rwakobo Lodge/Mburo Eagle Nest Camp with stunning views over the National Park.

 

DAY 12 – Wednesday 21st January 2015

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 Cassia Lodge.

 

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Today you will be escorted to the airport via mini bus for your departure, unless you have arranged for a tour extension.

“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

 

Copyright Sam Clark Photography

 

 

 

COST: Total cost for this amazing wildlife photographic safari is $6,550 USD P/P subject to 8 bookings based on double occupancy, and $6,790 USD P/P subject to 5 bookings based on double occupancy. Extra costs will be incurred for single occupancy if available. To secure your placement, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required. The deposit ensures the booking of our Gorilla Permits as numbers to see these endangered animals are very limited. It also secures our Chimp Habituation permits and accommodation. Deposits are required by 1st September 2014 with balance to be paid by 1st December 2014. Spaces are limited to eight people and once full you can be added to the wait list.

If this safari sounds like you, then come join us for this exciting, fun filled trip of a lifetime.

For further information and booking details, please email me at;

samclarkphotography09@gmail.com or samclark@tpg.com.au

Mobile: 0428 441 044

 

See you on Safari,

Sam

 

Photographer Sam Clark

 

 

 

 

JOURNEY OF A PHOTOGRAPHER, UGANDA – A Life Experience!

JOURNEY OF A PHOTOGRAPHER, UGANDA

A life experience!

Sometimes in life you just need to grab an opportunity and run with it. Opportunities that enrich, enliven and evoke! I had just such an experience today. I went for a forest walk with a ranger, as it turns out, I’m the only one, which opened up an amazing opportunity for me. As we ventured deep into the jungle, we came across Elephant spore, which we decided to track. My ranger said it wasn’t something he would do with many due to the risks, and it took a certain type of person… I was that person! One that kept cool under extremes! The spore led us into the jungle for about 2 kms, before we came across the Elephants, about 5 of them although we only saw two, in thick jungle vegetation. We had tracked them to about 30 feet. It took extreme care, patience, needing to retreat on one occasion, rifle cocked at the ready to scare the Elephants if needed. We kept down wind, whispered, signing and crouching when needed. The elephant’s weren’t aware of our presence. This definitely wasn’t one for photographic opportunities, but for that life experience that builds character. All senses were on the alert at all times, everything we did, everything the Elephants did had to be observed, there was no room for error. Eventually we retreated, then the ranger made a call to let the Elephants know we were there. Once they had retreated, only then was it safe for us to pass. Wow, this is not something easily put into words, but one of life’s experiences, that you need to cease at every opportunity! Yes, it may involve risk taking, but hey, live life to the maximum I say!

 

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.

Ugandan Photo Safaris

I have just finished designing and printing my brochures for my African photo safari’s which start in July next year. These will be available at the weekend markets (weekly notification of my whereabouts on my FB page) for anyone interested in taking a walk on the wild side…

See you on safari,
Sam

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