Wildlife Group Tour

Uganda Group Tour - Wildlife Photography with Harry Skeggs

8 days

from £5,895pp
  • Get close to a mountain gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Spot tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Trek in search of chimpanzees in the dramatic Kyambura Gorge
  • Benefit from the Harry Skeggs's photographic tuition throughout

Explore two of Uganda's most dramatic national parks, in the company of wildlife photographer Harry Skeggs. Spot primates and predators on this journey across western Uganda, staying at two beautifully positioned lodges.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an afternoon visit to the Mabamba Swamps in search of elusive shoebills, fly west to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Bordering the vast Lake Edward, this beautiful wilderness is home to Uganda's greatest populations of big game and birdlife.

Cruise along the Kazinga Channel, where elephants and buffalos come to drink. Take game drives across the various ecosystems, spotting Ugandan kob and tree-climbing lions. Trek in the beautiful Kyambura Gorge, in search of chimpanzees. Finish by joining resident researchers on a morning game drive, as they drive off-road in search of lions.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to one of just two surviving populations of endangered mountain gorillas. Set out on foot to track down one of several habituated families. Joined by Harry, get close to the gorillas and spend an hour in their presence. Photograph them as they play, eat and groom one another. This is a captivating sight and one that can be challenging to capture.

For those who want more time, there is the option to trek again on the following day. Alternatively, explore the forest on guided walks, meet the local community or relax at the beautifully situated Bwindi Lodge.

HARRY SKEGGS

Harry Skeggs is a multiple award-winning wildlife and travel photographer. His work has been exhibited around the world and regularly features in the pages of large publications such as National Geographic.

Harry will be on hand throughout the trip and will work with you to take your artistic and technical skills to the next level. He will be available for personal image reviews, where he will spend time with you to discuss the photos taken on the trip and provide his insight into how these can be further improved. Throughout the trip, Harry will be on hand to give ad-hoc shooting tips and to answer all questions you may have.

 In addition to the one-on-one advice, sessions will be set up to make sure a wide range of topics are covered, including scenario-specific advice. These sessions are optional but will ensure that you get a diverse range of shots from the trip.

The exact scenarios are dependent on weather and other factors but may include the below. Harry will also be happy to include any subject requests, either as a one-on-one session or as a group session:

  • Star photography
  • Macro photography
  • Sunset/sunrise photography
  • Slow shutter/pan photography 
  • Post processing 
  • Shooting in manual

WHY WE LIKE IT

The unrushed yet focused nature of this trip makes the most of what Uganda has to offer. No visit is complete without spending an unforgettable hour in the company of mountain gorillas, but the diverse landscape of Queen Elizabeth National Park, with its unusual tree-climbing lions and troops of chimpanzees, adds a taste of safari with a distinctly Ugandan twist.

This, combined with Harry’s guidance throughout, means that this trip is rich with photographic opportunities, both for amateur and experienced photographers.



Departing on:
  • 30th November 2020

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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what is included

  • Accommodation at Kyambura Lodge and Bwindi Lodge on a full board basis
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation at Boma Guesthouse
  • Guidance of Harry Skeggs throughout
  • Internal flights with an extra freight seat (shared) for luggage
  • One gorilla trekking permit
  • Private vehicle and guide

what is excluded

  • International flights
  • Second gorilla trekking permit
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Visas

TO ALLOW FLEXIBILITY, OUR GROUP TOURS DO NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AS STANDARD. WE CAN ARRANGE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON YOUR BEHALF AND THE ABOVE IS AN INDICATION OF COST, BASED ON RETURN FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM LONDON. ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Suggested Outbound Flights

The suggested group flight for this tour is: 


KLM KL1020, scheduled to depart London Heathrow at 16:05 on Friday 29th November, arriving into Amsterdam at 18:20. This connects with Kenya Airways KQ117, which departs at 20:35 and arrives in Nairobi at 05:55 the following day. This connects with KQ420, which departs at 08:30 and arrives in Entebbe and 09:50.


An arrival transfer will be provided to connect with this flight. You will then be met and transferred to the Boma Guesthouse.


For those making their own way to Entebbe and not taking the suggested group flight, the starting point for the group is the Boma Guesthouse. Please speak to one of our team regarding organising an arrival transfer for you.


Meet Harry and the rest of the group. After checking in, set out for the Mabamba Swamps.


Mabamba Trip
The Mabamba Wetland Swamp is one of the best and most convenient places to see the elusive shoebill. After a few minutes in a small canoe, the papyrus reeds open up into flat grassy wetlands where a number of shoebills can regularly be seen. The birds are most easily seen in the morning, when they stalk their main prey, either mudfish or frogs, but may be spotted all day.

Lazily spread out along the shore of Lake Victoria and straddling the equator, Entebbe exudes a more relaxed atmosphere and tropical charm than the capital. As a night or so here is usually included as part of a trip to Uganda, those who take time to explore can visit the botanical gardens, where many of the ancient trees are taller than most of Entebbe’s buildings.


Lunch included.


You will be staying at Boma Guesthouse, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Travel from Entebbe to Kasese (Air Transfer Journey)

Drive from Kasese Airport to Queen Elizabeth National Park


After meeting your guide on landing, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is a beautiful two-hour drive through rural landscapes, offering wonderful views across the countryside.


Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, and encompasses Lake Edward and Lake George. This is a park with an incredible variety of habitats, which in turn are home to an astonishing diversity of wildlife. From volcanic craters and grassy plains to stunning tropical forests, wetlands and rivers, there is something different to see at every turn.


Kyambura Gorge Lodge Excursions
The area in Kyambura offers much more than just wildlife and most people could easily spend a day or so exploring several fascinating community projects in the region. It is best known for its excellent coffee, and a visit to the nearby community cooperative gives you the chance to see the processing of Uganda's famous coffee beans - all done by hand.

There is also the opportunity to visit the excellent Rwenzori Sculpture Foundry and Gallery, established by Damien Hirst. All of the works here are inspired by the people and culture of Uganda, with upcoming Ugandan artists' works alongside western sculptors. Depending on timings, it may be possible to meet some of the artists in residence to discuss their work, with many pieces for sale.


You will be staying at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, full board and house beverages

Day 3

Morning Game Drive
Take an early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Kasenyi Plains are excellent for sighting lions and large herds of Uganda kob and Harry will be on hand to give advice on how best to take advantage of Africa's beautiful morning light. If Kasenyi is not productive then the guides may head to Mweya Peninsula where the dense, scrubby thickets mean a high density of leopards.


Afternoon Cruise on the Kazinga Channel
This afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lake Edward and Lake George. Kazinga is a great location for photographers as it is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippos in Africa, while herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope all come to drink at the water's edge. Bird lovers will not be disappointed as the channel is a magnet for water birds and waders, with great flocks of pelicans congregating on the shore and the African fish eagle often seen hunting over the deeper waters.


You will be staying at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, full board and house beverages

Day 4

Morning Chimpanzee Trek in Kyambura Gorge
Wake early and travel into the Kyambura Gorge for a morning of chimpanzee tracking. The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and provides a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. The trek will be accompanied by local guides from Kyambura Lodge. The chimp population is mobile and, unlike mountain gorillas, they are far more unpredictable. However, this is a beautiful environment and is also home to red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus, baboons, vervet monkeys and numerous birds.


Afternoon Game Drive

As the afternoon sun begins to cool and golden hour approaches, set off by 4x4 to explore the park. Led by one of the lodge's expert guides, drive across the savannah, woodlands and marshes. This time, perhaps explore the Ishasha region. Home to a huge variety of game and few tourists, this western arm of the park offers a spectacular mix of both riverine and savannah habitat. The area is of course, most famous for the tree-climbing lions found in the area, but is also home to a diverse mix of plains game, other predators and birdlife.


You will be staying at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, full board and house beverages

Day 5

Lion Research and Tracking
This morning, join one of the local lion researchers based in QENP to spend several hours tracking the park's tree-climbing lions for a behind-the-scenes look at big cat conservation.
Using locator devices to find these elusive animals, this unique experience will allow you to gain first-hand knowledge and insight into lion research, as well as a fantastic opportunity to encounter the park's largest predators by going off-road - the only circumstances in which you are allowed to do so.

Drive from Queen Elizabath National Park to Bwindi


Continue south, from the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park to the thick mountain forests of Bwindi. The journey takes around four hours, with game drives on the way, passing through lush scenery.


Covered in thick tropical rainforest and often shrouded in mist, Bwindi provides a perfect habitat for mountain gorillas. Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys it looks the part and having survived the last ice age is considered one of the most diverse forests in Africa. The birding here is big and colourful, the forest dark and inviting and the sense of adventure palpable.


You will be staying at Bwindi Lodge, full board and house beverages

Day 6

Day of Gorilla Trekking

Head out early to meet your rangers for a briefing, before stepping into the park to search for one of the gorilla families that inhabit Bwindi's forests. Track the gorillas across the steep hills they call home, through dense jungle, with the rangers clearing the way. Each gorilla family is different and some are far more elusive. Trekking can take most of the day, especially when it is wet and muddy. Though there is no upper age limit, good health and fitness are necessary to enjoy the trek.


Spot flora and fauna en-route, stopping to take photographs. Harry will accompany you on the trek and will be on hand to offer tips and advice. Once the gorillas have been located, leave any bags with the porters and spend an hour close to the group. Admire a dominant silverback, marvel at a newborn infant clinging to his mother's fur or simply watch as the family members play, eat and groom one another. 


Whilst with the gorillas, Harry will be on hand to help tackle the challenges of photographing them and their environment. The dark, dense forest moving subject make gorilla photography surprisingly challenging. During the actual gorilla encounter, conversation and movement should be kept to a minimum, so Harry will deliver some key advice beforehand.

Afterwards, return to the lodge to freshen up and relax. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or take advantage of some of the other activities on offer. These include tours of the tea plantation, various walking trails and visits to the local community hospital.


You will be staying at Bwindi Lodge, full board and house beverages

Day 7

Optional Second Day of Gorilla Trekking

Have the option of a second gorilla trek, subject to availability of permits and at an additional cost. Harry won't accompany you this time, but he will be on hand before the trek to give you tips and advice. Another hour with the gorillas should give you the chance to capture the shots you missed out on previously and correct any mistakes you made on the previous day.


For those who choose to stay behind, there is a range of activities available at Bwindi Lodge. The schedule is flexible, so discuss the options with Harry and your guide. Perhaps head out on a guided walk in the rainforest, which is home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. Or walk through the local village learning about a variety of community initiatives, such as the Amagara Project that assists local farmers and their communities.


You will be staying at Bwindi Lodge, full board and house beverages

Day 8

Drive from Buhoma Lodge to Kihihi


Leave Bwindi and travel to Kihihi, a journey of around two hours, passing through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Here you will catch your flight back to Entebbe, flying over the rolling terraced hills and mountains of the south west, making for some great photographs.

Travel from Kihihi to Entebbe (Air Transfer Journey)


You have use of a day room until your flight in the evening.


Suggested Inbound Flights

The suggested group flight for this tour is: 


KLM KL535, scheduled to depart Entebbe at 23:59 on Sunday 1st December, arriving into Amsterdam at 07:25 the following day. This connects with KL1007, which departs at 08:35 and arrives into London Heathrow at 09:00.


A departure transfer will be provided to connect with this flight.


For those not taking the suggested group flight, please speak to one of our team regarding organising a departure transfer for you.


Only breakfast included.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Bwindi Lodge

Bwindi Lodge

This attractive, low key lodge was one of the first to be built in the area and sits in a fantastic location, with uninterrupted views of Bwindi Forest....

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Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Colourful, bright and contemporary, this great little lodge feels like a Mediterranean garden home, livened up with coloured glass and even more colourful fabrics....

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Boma Guesthouse

Boma Guesthouse

Welcoming, very friendly bed and breakfast in a leafy suburb of Entebbe with a beautiful and bird filled garden....

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Tour Lecturer

Harry Skeggs

Harry Skeggs
Harry Skeggs is a multiple award-winning wildlife and travel photographer. His work has been exhibited around the world and regularly features in the pages of large publications such as National Geographic.

Harry’s love for nature has taken him to over 60 countries, from the high Arctic to the Papuan jungles, to document and garner awareness for some of the world’s most endangered animals. A graduate of art history at Cambridge University, Harry is a particular expert in the compositional and artistic elements of photography, with an emphasis on helping each photographer identify their own unique style and taking their work to the next level.

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Min 4 / Max 6

Tour Expert:

Harry Skeggs

Departure Date (S):

  • 30th November 2020

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