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Uganda Primates Photo Safari

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Photograph the Primates of Uganda in 2017 and 2018

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Join us in November on a safari to photograph the wildlife of Uganda. Uganda has more primates than any other country in Africa and special highlights of this 15 day safari ane the all day chimpanzee experiences and mountain gorilla treks.

Uganda is one of the gems of Africa, Winston Churchill called it the Switzerland of Africa in recognition of its landscape scenery. Uganda hosts almost all wildlife seen elsewhere in Africa including more birds and primates than any other country.

Our 15 day safari includes three gorilla treks and three chimpanzee visits including two all day experiences. And of course our mission is to provide the best photographic experience and guidance with myself and Mark Sisson co-leading.

Photographers of all levels are welcome. Our tour leaders are full time wildlife photographers with great experience in the field as well as in guiding and photographic instruction. Each tour offers a small client-leader ratio that allows for personal attention and customized guidance on photography.

Our tour includes:

  • Rhino tracking on foot at the Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary
  • Four game drives, one in Murchison Falls National Park, and three in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Two boat rides, one in Murchison Falls National Park, and one Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Two all day chimp habituation experiences in Kibale
  • One chimp walk in the Kyambura Gorge
  • Tree climbing lions at Ishasha
  • Three gorilla treks at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

To reserve your spot on this safari please email me at email@nulldavidlloyd.net

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Safari highlights

The Vehicles
Most of our photography will be outside of vehicles but for the photography within vehicles we will use three 4×4 nine seater Land Cruisers. These will provide each photographer with a seat and window and plenty of room for all your gear. We have chosen to use three vehicles over two to ensure space and comfort for all travellers.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
We visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where we can see and photograph white rhinoceros’s outside of our vehicles on foot.

Chimp Habituation Experience
The Chimp Habituation Experience is a unique opportunity that will allow you to follow a group in its daily activities. Accompanying Kibale reserve researchers and rangers, you will be on the forest floor early in the morning to watch the chimps wake-up and search for their breakfast. Then you will follow them all day – observing the full gamut of their behavior – until they build new nests for themselves at around 7.30pm. You will be part of the Uganda Wildlife Authority initiative to habituate chimps to the human presence without changing their natural environment. This is one of the great moments of your safari.

Queen Elizabeth NP
Queen Elizabeth NP is host to thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, leopards, elephants and much more. On the programme is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside. Included is a visit to Kyambura Gorge where we can go for a 3-4 hour walk into the Gorge to meet the chimpanzees. Also included is the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha Sector, famous for its tree climbing lions.

Gorilla Trekking
From Gorilla Valley Lodge it is 30 minutes by car to Nkuringo/Nshongi/Mishaya/Kahungye group in South Bwindi. At 7:45 A:M you will be at the Offices of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for pre-briefing and at 8:30 you will start the trek after finding the Gorillas you will spend with maximum 1 hour.


Our Philosophy

Our aim is for you to leave a better wildlife photographer than when you first arrived. The photography of our guests come before our own, and while we also take pictures, we will always ensure our guests have the right of way.

As in any natural environment, the wildlife comes first, we come second. We abide by guidelines which ensure that the welfare of the wildlife is not compromised or impeded by our presence.

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How Do I Book?

Our tour groups are small (a maximum of 12-14 participants with 2 co-leaders) so space is limited.
To reserve your spot in this exciting tour please email me at email@nulldavidlloyd.net


Dates and Costs 2017

The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $6480 per person. Bookings are secured with a $1000 deposit per person, with the balance being required 12 weeks before. Payments to be made in $US.

A single, optional supplement is available at $800 extra. Single supplements are optional for single travellers who want their own room and tent. Otherwise single travellers are paired with another single traveller of the same gender.

Nov 01 – Nov 15 – With David Lloyd and Mark Sisson (only 1 place left)


Dates and Costs 2018

The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $6680 per person. Bookings are secured with a $1000 deposit per person, with the balance being required 12 weeks before. Payments to be made in $US.

A single, optional supplement is available at $800 extra. Single supplements are optional for single travellers who want their own room and tent. Otherwise single travellers are paired with another single traveller of the same gender.

Nov 01 – Nov 15 – With David Lloyd and Richard Peters (open)


Financial Protection

Payments for all safaris are made through Steppes Travel which means you have the financial protection of booking through a registered tour operator. Your money is 100% safe and if one of our suppliers goes bust, your money is fully protected. Steppes Travel can also book your flights for full financial protection.

Please download our terms and conditions here.


The cost of the safari includes

  • Park entrances
  • Game drives
  • Gorilla trekking permits (3)
  • Chimpanzee habituation permits (2)
  • Guides in the Park
  • Car (open roof, 4WD)
  • English speaking Driver/guide for boat rides
  • Bottled water
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cost does not include

  • International flights from UK
  • Uganda visa ($50)
  • Drinks
  • Tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe.
You will be picked by our driver/guide and transfer you to Airport Guesthouse Entebbe for overnight. We will brief you about the tour and what time we will leave on day two.

Day 2: To Murchison Falls NP
In the early morning we will depart our Guesthouse for Murchison Falls National Park. We will stop for lunch in Masindi and then drive through the park, aiming for Paraa. On the way we will visit the Top of the Falls, with a wonderful view over Murchison Falls and the Nile. We will stop at Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary for tracking the Rhinos and also have Lunch here before contuining via Karuma Bridge to reach later in the afternoon at Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries. The day will close with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile, and the evening coming with all the noise of an African night.

Day 3: In Murchison Falls NP
This day in the morning we go for the game drive at the northern bank of the Nile, special are here the lions and giraffes. In the afternoon we have the impressive launch trip on the Nile to the Falls. Hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and many birds will be seen!!.

Day 4: In Murchison Falls
Early morning the boat will take us downstream to the delta. The place where the Nile enters Lake Albert. This trip of 5-6 hours will show us all the beauty of this national park especially the delta with all the different birds. Here is a good chance to see the elusive Shoebill stork! In the afternoon is a visit to the top of the Falls, a wonderful view.

Day 5: To Kibale Forest
Early morning departure for the journey to Kibale Forest. We will pass close to Lake Albert, on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest, sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest.

Day 6: Chimp Habituation Experience
The Chimp Habituation Experience is a unique opportunity that will allow you to follow a group in its daily activities. Accompanying Kibale reserve researchers and rangers, you will be on the forest floor early in the morning to watch the chimps wake-up (de-nesting) and search for their breakfast. Then you will follow them all day – observing the full gamut of their behavior – until they build new nests (nesting) for themselves at around 7.30pm. You will be part of the Uganda Wildlife Authority initiative to habituate chimps to the human presence without changing their natural environment. This is one of the great moments of your safari!

Day 7: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
This is our second day of the Chimp Habituation Experience.

Day 8: To Queen Elizabeth NP
Early morning we will leave for Queen Elizabeth NP. We will travel through Fort Portal and reach Mweya in Queen Elizabeth NP at midday, with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. You will check in at your accommodation and have lunch, and in the late afternoon (4.00-7.00pm) we will go on a game drive.

Day 9: In Queen Elizabeth NP
This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth NP, with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the programme is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside.

Day 10: In Queen Elizabeth NP
Our second day in this beautiful park. Very early in the morning after breakfast we will go to Kyambura Gorge. Here people can go for a 3-4 hour walk into the Gorge to meet the chimpanzees. After Lunch, we will drive for 2 hours to the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha Sector, famous for its tree climbing lions. Game drive in the afternoon to search for the tree climbing lions.

Day 11: To South of Bwindi
In the morning we leave for South of Bwindi. For people who like to walk, there is a stunning beautiful walk along the lakeshore and above on the hills. The road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, in the vast plane of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo the Virunga volcanoes dominate the view.

Day 12: Gorilla tracking
The day of Gorilla tracking. From Gorilla Valley Lodge it is 30 minutes by car to Nkuringo/Nshongi/Mishaya/Kahungye group in South Bwindi. At 7:45 A:M you will be at the Offices of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for pre-briefing and at 8:30 you will start the trek after finding the Gorillas you will spend with maximum 1 hour. All visitors are expected back to the starting point by 7:00 P:M. Being physically fit is recommended.

Day 13: Gorilla tracking
This our second day of Gorilla tracking.

Day 14: Gorilla tracking
This our third day of Gorilla tracking.

Day 15: To Entebbe and Departure
After breakfast the last part of the journey will bring us back to Entebbe. We will stop in Mbarara for Lunch and then continue, after Masaka town we will stop at the Equator for Tea/Coffee break and buying souvenirs. We will bring you to Airport Guesthouse Entebbe for refreshing and dinner before flying out to onward destination.


Guide Biographies

We are a small team of award winning wildlife photographers and experienced photography tutors in the field of natural history. We have won awards in Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature’s Best and GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and our work is published regularly. Our photographic experience extends back to the days of film, paper and manual focus cameras.

David Lloyd is an exhibiting wildlife photographer, having won awards for his work which favours a fine art style in both colour and black & white. David has been awarded twice in Wildlife Photographer of the Year and in 2011, his image A Flick of the Tail was chosen as the cover of that year’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year portfolio.
His images have been published widely in the press and several photographic monthlies, in both the UK and abroad. David also holds exhibitions of his work, most recently at there Royal Geographic Society in London in 2014. His long awaited debut book As Long As There Are Animals was published in late 2014.

Richard Peters is a Nikon Ambassador with a style that often favours dramatic light and contrast. He offers a relaxed, down-to-earth approach to his guiding and has won multiple international awards including twice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also one of the only British photographers to have received the accolade of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His first eBook, Back Garden Safari, combines a detailed look at his year long project, alongside a wealth of advice and tips to help others.

Mark Sisson is a professional nature photographer who lives in Shropshire, UK. He is widely published and his images regularly appear in magazines such as BBC Wildlife, Wild Planet Photo Magazine, Birdwatching and a wide range of countryside publications. He has had 4 books published including The Secret Lives of Puffins and Bird Photography: Art and Techniques.
In 2011 he won Outdoor Photography Magazine’s Photographer of the Year, hot on the heels of winning the first ever video category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards along with Highly Commended images in both 2011 and 2010.

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