This 11-day chimp and gorilla photo tour is held during one of the best months to undertake primate treks in Uganda, during the start of Uganda’s dry season and is hosted by professional wildlife photographers Andy & Sarah Skinner.
Photographing and viewing the highly endangered mountain gorilla is undoubtedly one of the most special wildlife encounters and Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest provides a perfect location for gorilla trekking. Here the region is home to around 350-400 mountain gorillas divided into 12 habituated gorilla families.
To ensure ample time with the gorillas the tour includes a total of three gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, giving us the opportunity to visit and photograph different family groups. Plus providing the opportunity of photographing different behaviours and interactions between family members. Spending time in the company of these magnificent and gentle creatures is both mesmerising and humbling. A truly rewarding experience that every keen wildlife enthusiast and photographer should experience in at least once in their lifetime.
In addition to photographing the mountain gorillas we also spend time photographing man’s closest relative, the chimpanzee with two full day chimp habituation experiences in the Kibale Forest. Not only does this area have a healthy chimp population but this this incredibly diverse forest is also home to over twelve species of primates. Including the rare L’Hoest, red Colobus monkey, blue monkey, black faced vervet monkeys, grey mangabey, pottos, baboons and also bush babies.
In addition to primates this photo tour also includes opportunities to photograph predator species with a visit to Ishasha, an area located in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we undertake a total of four game drives. Here the area has become famous for its tree climbing lions, who have become accustomed to lounging on the huge limbs of the endemic fig trees. However, it is not just the Lions that make this part of the park worth visiting, but also the multitude of other wildlife species that can be encountered here. That includes: elephants, buffaloes and other common herbivores include warthogs, waterbuck, Uganda kob and topi, as well as the sitatunga antelope. In addition to a multitude of bird species.
During our gorilla photo tour we use excellent mid-range accommodations and our transport for the group is provided by two extended Landcruiser’s with a maximum of four guests per vehicle. Providing a spacious experience for both our game drives and for our transits between each area.