Photo Tour Uganda (10 days)

Uganda, the pearl of Africa, has beautiful sceneries, amazing landscapes, wildlife, birds, and water bodies, which guarantee a unique photographic journey.

For people interested in wildlife photography who are willing to improve their photography skills, we organize Photo Tours through Uganda. During these tours you will be accompanied by an experienced wildlife photographer, who will guide you on how to make good wildlife photos. And of course, during these trips, we make sure you will get the best photo opportunities.


This trip specifically includes the well known national parks of Western Uganda: Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.

Highlights

Highlights

  • See the chimpanzees and 12 other monkey species in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park
  • Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel with the biggest concentration of hippos and spectacular birds
  • Search for the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park, an experience you will never forget!
  • Do a game walk in Lake Mburo National Park to get close to the animals
  • Visit the local people and/or the pygmies and experience their local way of living
Photos

Photos

Video

Route

Route

Day 1
Entebbe Airport - Entebbe
Day 2
Entebbe Kibale Forest National Park
Day 3
Kibale Forest National Park
Day 4
Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 6
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Ishasha
Day 7
Ishasha - Bwindi Impenetrable
Day 8
Bwindi Impenetrable
Day 9
Bwindi Impenetrable Lake Mburo National Park
Day 10
Lake Mburo National Park Entebbe
Map Photo Tour Uganda (10 days)
Day to day

Day to day program

Day 1

Entebbe Airport - Entebbe

Arrival at Entebbe airport. Your guide will be there waiting for you. Pick up and proceed to your accommodation.

Day 2

Entebbe Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast we drive to Kibale Forest. You can make a walk around the lodge in the afternoon.

Kibale Forest is a spectacular jungle, with 13 primate species! Including chimps, baboons, black and white colobus, red colobus, grey cheeked mangabey and L’Hoest monkey.

Day 3

Kibale Forest National Park

Early morning we start the Chimpanzee habituation. We can stay with the chimps as long as we want. In the afternoon we will make a community walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. This is a good walk to see birds and different monkey species.

Included: chimp habituation, Bigodi Swamp Walk

Day 4

Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. On our way we pass the equator where we will make a stop. Game drive in the afternoon and a night game drive.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best places in Uganda to see lions. Expect to see elephants, lions, many hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and maybe leopards.

Included: game drive and night game drive

Day 5

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game drive in the morning. Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon.

The Kazinga Channel is one of the highlights of Uganda and has the highest concentration of hippos in the world.

Included: game drive and boat trip on Kazinga Channel

Day 6

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Ishasha

After breakfast we drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha sector in the South. Game drive in the afternoon in search of the tree climbing lions.

In Ishasha there are 4 prides of lions that climb the trees. Unique in the world! The other attraction of Ishasha are the Topis, not found anywhere else in this National Park.

Included: game drives

Day 7

Ishasha - Bwindi Impenetrable

Today we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable. On our way we pass through interesting villages and have some breath taking views of the mountains.

Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique jungle, with many monkey species. Bwindi is one of the 2 places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas!

Day 8

Bwindi Impenetrable

Gorilla tracking!!! Early morning departure with your ranger to search for one of the world’s most interesting and endangered animal, the Mountain Gorilla! You will spend one hour with one of our closest relatives. An experience you will never forget.

Day 9

Bwindi Impenetrable Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast we drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Game drive in the afternoon. In the evening we make a night game drive with high chances of seeing leopards.

Lake Mburo is one of the 2 national parks with zebras and the only national park with impalas in Uganda. There are no elephants and lions, so walking safaris are possible.

Included: night game drive

Day 10

Lake Mburo National Park Entebbe

Boat trip on the lake in the morning. On our way back we can make a stopover at the Equator for photos. Transfer to the airport for your departure.

Earliest flight departure is 20.00 hours.

Included: boat trip on Lake Mburo

Accommodations

Accommodations

Medium
Day 1
Entebbe Airport - Entebbe
Medium: Lake Heights Hotel (BB)
Day 2
Entebbe Kibale Forest National Park
Medium: Turaco Treetops (FB) or Kibale Guest Cottages (FB)
Day 3
Kibale Forest National Park
Medium: Turaco Treetops (FB) or Kibale Guest Cottages (FB)
Day 4
Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Medium: Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB)
Day 5
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Medium: Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB)
Day 6
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Ishasha
Medium: Enjojo Lodge (FB)
Day 7
Ishasha - Bwindi Impenetrable
Medium: Depends on the group of gorillas you will be tracking (FB) *
Day 8
Bwindi Impenetrable
Medium: Depends on the group of gorillas you will be tracking (FB) *
Day 9
Bwindi Impenetrable Lake Mburo National Park
Medium: Rwakobo Rock (FB)
Day 10
Lake Mburo National Park Entebbe
Medium: Flight (End of service)

Legend: BB = Bed and Breakfast / HB = Half Board / FB = Full Board

Depending on the group of gorillas you will be tracking we will choose where to sleep in Bwindi. There are 4 areas for Gorilla tracking in Bwindi: Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga.

Lodges we use for Medium Budget:

  • Buhoma: Buhoma Haven Lodge (FB)
  • Ruhija: Bakiga Lodge (FB)
  • Nkuringo: Gorilla Close up Lodge (FB)
  • Rushaga: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (FB)

 

Prices

Price 2020

Per person, in USD, based on double/twin sharing

   
Price trip March 2020 3.399
Price trip October 2020 3.449
Single Room Supplement 295
   
Gorilla permit trip March 2020 600
Gorilla permit trip October 2020 700

Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations with meals mentioned
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Knowledgeable photo guide
  • Private 4x4 custom built safari van with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Entrance fees to the included National Parks
  • Activities mentioned as included

Excludes

  • Flights      
  • Visa
  • All optional activities
  • Insurances    
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication
Groups

Group Tours - Guaranteed Departures

Medium budget, with a minimum of 2 persons

2020
18-03-2020 – 27-03-2020
21-10-2020 – 30-10-2020

2021
14-03-2021 – 23-03-2021
20-10-2021 – 29-10-2021

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.

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

Uganda visa information

The Government of Uganda has an online visa application 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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".

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.