Photography Workshop - Rwanda & Uganda

Encountering Mountain Gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s both exhilarating and humbling to spend time with these critically endangered primates in their stunning natural environment, and to photograph them from up close. Join us on a Mountain Gorilla Photography Workshop in Rwanda and Uganda, and experience it for yourself. Guided by BBC presenter and professional photographer Trai Anfield, this journey will take you on the finest gorilla treks, in search of the best photographic opportunities. We’ll also introduce you to the wealth of natural beauty, exciting other wildlife, and colourful culture Rwanda has to offer.

‘This is the most emotionally challenging and rewarding wildlife photo shoot I have had the privilege to experience. The intimate glimpse we gain into the family lives of these most human of animals is something you will never forget, especially when you have insightful images to bring back home.” – Trai Anfield

Highlights

Highlights

  • Encounter Mountain Gorillas from up close in Uganda, creating incredible and unique photographic opportunities
  • Photograph chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and colobus monkeys in their stunning natural environments in Rwanda
  • Receive photographing tutoring by acclaimed photographer Trai Anfield
  • Visit the most beautiful regions of this spectacular country, including Nyungwe forest and Lake Kivu in Rwanda
  • Explore Rwanda's fascinating culture in the country's capital, as well as its rural areas
  • Enjoy a fully inclusive trip, where accommodation, meals, and transport are all provided
Photos

Photos

Route

Route

Day 1
Kigali
Day 2
Kigali - Nyungwe Forest
Day 3
Nyungwe Forest
Day 4
Nyungwe Forest
Day 5
Nyungwe Forest - Lake Kivu
Day 6
Lake Kivu - Bwindi National Park
Day 7
Bwindi National Park
Day 8
Bwindi National Park
Day 9
Bwindi National Park - Kigali
Day 10
Kigali - Kigali Airport
Day to day program

Day to day program

Day 1

Kigali

Our journey through the heart of Rwanda begins in cosmopolitan Kigali. You'll arrive at Kigali Airport, where you will be picked up an taken to your accommodation. After a basic introduction to your guide and the group, you'll have time to rest and settle in.

Day 2

Kigali - Nyungwe Forest

After a short exploration of Kigali, we'll head to Nyungwe Forests, breaking our journey with tours of the Kings Palace and National Museum on the way. One of Africa's oldest and largest forests, Nyungwe Forest is home to 13 monkey species, including chimpanzees, Angolan Black Colobus, Mona Monkey and Owl Faced Monkeys. We'll spend two nights here, plenty of time to explore this magical rain forest.

Day 3

Nyungwe Forest

We'll get up for an early morning of Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest; an incredibly rich experience with great photographic opportunities. In the afternoon, we'll visit the Angolan Black Colobus monkeys, a unique subspecies of the Black and White Colobus.

Day 4

Nyungwe Forest

Another day exploring the natural wonders of the forest. This day, we will focus on photography many of the tropical bird species that inhabit the area. And in the afternoon, we'll venture to the famed and impressive canopy walk, which gives bird-eye views forest views. 

For those who are keen, there will also be time to do additional walks during our days in Nyungwe Forest, which could include a visit to some impressive waterfalls. These are optional activities that we can set up.

Day 5

Nyungwe Forest - Lake Kivu

We'll set off on a stunning drive along the shores of Lake Kivu, passing through some of Rwanda's most beautiful scenery en route. An overnight stop on the shoreline gives us plenty of opportunity to capture the striking landscape and lakescapes in the best light. For those who are keen, an optional activity is a boat trip on the lake.

Day 6

Lake Kivu - Bwindi National Park

We'll drive from Rwanda and cross over to Uganda in the south western Park of Bwindi National Park. On our way, we'll pass through interesting villages and have some breathtaking views of the mountains.

With magical misty landscapes, Bwindi is an ancient and incredibly diverse jungle. It's home to around 350 bird species and 120 species of mammals, and one of only two places in the world with Mountain Gorillas. 

Day 7

Bwindi National Park

Two days of gorilla trekking, undoubtably the highlight of the trip! To make the most of this incredible opportunity, we'll have early morning departures to search for Mountain Gorillas. The fragile nature of the gorillas’ existence becomes apparent as we trek deep into the forests of the Virunga mountains, one of their few remaining habitats. Once we find them, you'll get to spend around an hour with them, observing them carefully, enjoying their presence, and photographing them. It's an awe-inspiring, unforgettable experience. 

(Please note that while porters will carry our photography kit and belongings, a reasonably good level of fitness is required to negotiate the steep and rough terrain for several hours.)

Day 8

Bwindi National Park

Second day of Gorilla Tracking

Day 9

Bwindi National Park - Kigali

We'll offer an optional trek through the national park in search for Golden Monkeys. Afterwards, we'll head back to Kigali.

Day 10

Kigali - Kigali Airport

We'll spend the morning in Kigali, where we will do a fascinating community walk through some of the capital's most vibrant suburbs, sampling Rwandan hospitality and day to day life. The Genocide Memorial museum puts the whole of our Rwandan experience in context and, although it can be deeply affecting, should not be missed.

In the afternoon, we'll wrap up the workshop and take you back to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

Accommodations

High Budget
Day 1
Kigali
High Budget: Hotel Des Mille Collines (BB)
Day 2
Kigali - Nyungwe Forest
High Budget: Nyungwe Top View Hotel (FB)
Day 3
Nyungwe Forest
High Budget: Nyungwe Top View Hotel (FB)
Day 4
Nyungwe Forest
High Budget: Nyungwe Top View Hotel (FB)
Day 5
Nyungwe Forest - Lake Kivu
High Budget: Hill View Hotel Kivu (FB)
Day 6
Lake Kivu - Bwindi National Park
High Budget: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)
Day 7
Bwindi National Park
High Budget: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)
Day 8
Bwindi National Park
High Budget: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)
Day 9
Bwindi National Park - Kigali
High Budget: Hotel Des Mille Collines (BB)
Day 10
Kigali - Kigali Airport
High Budget:
Prices

Price 2017

The price for this photography workshop is USD 4.995 per person – NOW WITH 10% LAST-MINUTE DISCOUNT!

For more information please send us an email!

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast on day 1 and 2, and full board for the rest of the trip
  • Airport transfers
  • All transport during the workshop
  • All national park fees
  • Museum entry fees
  • All activities as per the itinerary (community walk in Kigali, chimp trekking, Angolan Colubus trekking, bird watching at Nyungwe, Canopy Walk, Pygmy village visit)
  • Guidance by knowledgable local guides
  • Photography tuition by Trai Anfield throughout the trip

Excludes

  • Flights to Kigali
  • Visas
  • Gorilla trekking permits (USD 600 per person per permit)
  • Optional activities (boat trip on Lake Kivu, Golden Monkey trekking)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcohol drinks
Groups

Group Tours Guaranteed Departures

Group Tour - Photography Workshop

From 6 August to 15 August 2017

Travel info
Health Uganda

The Government of Uganda requires mandatory proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination for travelers 1 year of age and above. Travelers should possess a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate (vaccine received at least 10 days ago) prior to entry into Uganda. Travelers who do not meet this requirement must be vaccinated at the Airport (with possibility of isolation as determined by the Aiport health authority) prior to entry into Uganda at the travelers own costs.

Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent with you. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements, inoculations and personal recommendations!

Normally you need the following vaccinations (but please always consult a doctor):

  • Yellow Fever
  • DTP
  • Hepatitis

For Malaria you need to take tablets,  Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).

Hygiene is not at the same standard as in your home country, so we advise you to bring a disinfectant cream with you. Always drink bottled water instead of tap water.

Health Rwanda

A certificate proving that you have received a yellow fever vaccination is obligatory. Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent with you. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements, inoculations and personal recommendations!

Normally you need the following vaccinations (but please always consult a doctor):

  • Yellow Fever (you must have this can even be checked on arrival, especially when flying within East Africa)
  • DTP
  • Hepatitis

For Malaria you need to take tablets,  Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).

Hygiene is not at the same standard as in your home country, so we advise you to bring a disinfectant cream with you. Always drink bottled water instead of tap water.

On arrival

On arrival on the airport our guide will be there waiting for you. During safari we use custom made safari vehicles, custom made for an optimal view of the wildlife. Safari vehicles (and small aircrafts) provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might be difficult to be taken on board.

Visa Uganda

The Government of Uganda has introduced the online visa application system with effect from 01 July 2016.

When you are visiting Uganda you must apply for a visa online:

  • Go to the website https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
  • Please make sure you have the following documents in .pdf, .jpeg, .png or .bmp format: a copy of your passport, copy of recent passport size photograph and a vaccination certificate (Yellow Fever)
  • Fill in the form (normally you need an “ordinary” visa, single entry)
  • When you send the form you will immediately receive a tracking code. This code helps you to keep track of how far your application has progressed. You can check its status from this webpage
  • The Ugandan authorities will send you a letter in the email after they have approved your application (please check you SPAM folder too)
  • Print this letter and bring it with you when you arrive at the overland border or at Entebbe International Airport. You need this letter to be allowed to purchase the entree visa there for USD 50.

Some nationalities do not require a visa, please check this in advance.

Visa Rwanda

For Rwanda the visa procedure is very different and very strict. When you are visiting Rwanda you must take these steps.

First go to this webpage: https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=203. You are now on the website of the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration. Here you find the necessary information about the ‘Class V-1(s) Single Entry Visa-Online Visa’ which is suitable for most people who travel to Rwanda for holiday purposes. Please read the information on the website carefully.

Nationals of Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America will be issued with entry visa valid for a period up to 30 days and pay for a visa (USD 30) upon arrival without prior application.

On this webpage you will see a link to the online application form through which you can apply for the visa you need. Fill this form in its entirety. You will be asked to mention your entry point. Normally we use entry point number 5 (Cyanika) when you are coming from South-Western Uganda. This is the border crossing near Volcanoes National Park. When arriving in Kigali by plane, you will use entry point number 1 (Kigali International Airport). You are also requested to attach an invitation letter. This letter will be send to you by your Kazinga Tours contact person. When you send the form you will immediately receive a tracking code. This code helps you to keep track on how far your application has progressed. You can check its status from this webpage: https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=27. The Rwandan authorities will send you a letter in the email after they have approved your application (please check you SPAM folder too). Print this letter and bring it with you when you arrive at the overland border or at Kigali International Airport. You need this letter to be allowed to purchase the entree visa there. It is your own responsibility to arrange your visa(s) correctly and in time, but if anything is unclear of course we will be glad to assist you.


Note:  This information is subject to change! Always consult the Rwandan embassy in your country if you are not sure.

Note: The Rwanda website is offline every now and then, if so, please try again later.

Money

In most of the cities it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM. Travelers Cheques are not widely accepted and it is very difficult or impossible to pay by credit card outside the cities. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference. We advise to bring some Dollars for daily expenses and tips.

Dollar bills should not be older than 10 years.

Currency Uganda

The unit of currency is the Ugandan Shilling. Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please note you will get a better exchange rate in the bigger cities.

Currency Rwanda

The unit of currency is the Rwandan Franc. Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please note you will get a better exchange rate in the bigger cities.

AMREF Flying Doctors


We advise you to apply for a Flying Doctors membership. The membership provides a quick and reliable air evacuation and medical care if needed.

AMREF Flying Doctors offers 2 covers (Annual and Tourist). You can choose between the Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) or Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia).

Please check out the AMREF Flying Doctors website for more information and to become a member.

Language in Uganda

Educated Ugandans are generally fluent in English, which is the official language in Uganda. Next to English there are about 30- plus different indigenous languages.

Language in Rwanda

The official languages of Rwanda are French and English, the local language is Kinyarwanda.

Climate Uganda

Uganda is a tropical country, with higher temperatures at lower altitudes (Kampala, Murchison Falls, Kidepo and Bundibugyo).

Areas around Bwindi, Mgahinga, and Lake Bunyonyi are generally cooler.

When to visit Uganda

Uganda can be visited at any time throughout the year. But please keep in mind that mountain hikes, gorilla tracking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rainy seasons (March - May and October - November).

For birders the rainy season is considered to be the best time to visit Uganda.

Rainy season means it rains more often, but not every day and not the whole day.

Climate Rwanda

Rwanda is a tropical country, with higher temperatures at lower altitudes (Akagera).

Areas around Nyungwe, Lake Kivu and Volcanoes National Park are generally cooler.

When to visit Rwanda

Rwanda can be visited at any time throughout the year. But please keep in mind that mountain hikes, gorilla tracking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rainy seasons (March - May and October - November).

For birders the rainy season is considered to be the best time to visit Rwanda.

Rainy season means it rains more often, but not every day and not the whole day.

What to wear Uganda

Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes (areas around Bwindi, Mgahinga, Lake Bunyonyi and Kabale) so carry a couple of sweaters too.

Those who intend to do mountain hiking will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Do not forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a waterproof jacket.

During safaris we advise to avoid black and dark blue clothes (because they can attract tsetse flies).

If you are planning on doing a community walk or visit the local people, we advise you to wear appropriate clothing. For example women putting on long skirts and a top that covers the shoulders

What to wear Rwanda

Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes (areas around Volcanoes National Park and the Virungas), so carry a couple of sweaters too.

Those who intend to do mountain hiking will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks.

When you are doing gorilla tracking some gardeners gloves are handy because of the thick vegetation and thorns.

Do not forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a waterproof jacket. During safaris we advise to avoid black and dark blue clothes (because they can attract tsetse flies).

If you are planning on doing a community walk or visit the local people, we advise you to wear appropriate clothing. For example women putting on long skirts and a top that covers the shoulders. We also advise you not to wear purple clothes. Rwanda has “adopted” purple as the official color of mourning after the Genocide of 1994.

What to bring

A valid passport is mandatory (passport must be valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and visa requirements for all countries you are planning to visit should be checked before you travel.

To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks, we advise you to carry binoculars and field guides.

Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or more). Please make sure to carry enough memory cards with you. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.

A torch (flashlight) can proof to be very useful

Electricity Uganda

We advise you to take an international adapter with you for your electric equipment. The system used in Uganda is the British system. In most lodges it is possible to charge your batteries.

Electricity Rwanda

We advise you to take an international adapter with you for your electric equipment. The system used in Rwanda is the Western European system. In most lodges it is possible to charge your batteries.

Driving Uganda

Driving in Uganda is on the left-hand side.

Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to travel with a 4x4 vehicle driven by a knowledgeable driver/guide, rather than self-drive.

All our guides are well trained in "Defensive Driving".

Driving Rwanda

Driving in Rwanda is on the right-hand side.

Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to travel with a 4x4 vehicle driven by a knowledgeable driver/guide, rather than self-drive.

All our guides are well trained in "Defensive Driving".

Stopover Points

Please mind that washrooms along the road are sometimes not to European standards, for example squatting toilets, no flushing toilets or no toilet paper available. Like the locals say: T.I.A. This Is Africa.

Facilities and accommodations

Bathroom facilities and accommodations can be more basic when traveling on a medium to low budget. In the eco lodges mind that the water reserves are limited and in most cases there are no sockets in the room, but you can always charge your devices at the reception.

Tipping

Tipping will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% in hotels and restaurants. Guides, drivers and carriers should always be tipped. Indication: for carriers USD 1-3 and for your driver/guide USD 5-15 per day, depending on the group size, number of days and your satisfaction.

Further information Uganda

The Bradt Travel Guide is the most detailed guidebook for Uganda. The Lonely Planet (East Africa), Footprint Guides and Spectrum Guides produce other guidebooks. For wildlife, the best guidebook is ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ from the Lonely Planet. For birding, the best guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most updated copy.

Further information Rwanda

The Bradt Travel Guide is the most detailed guidebook for Rwanda. The Lonely Planet produces another guidebook (Lonely Planet East Africa). For wildlife, the best guidebook is ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ from the Lonely Planet. For birding, the best guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most updated copy.