If you have interest in nature and wildlife photography, there is a good chance to see them on your gorilla safari to either Rwanda or Uganda. Nature parks are popular places for nature photography like Queen Elizabeth Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Majority of these incredible photographs come about through a good deal of physical hardship, practiced patience, and healthy amount self-made luck. On this photography safari, you don’t need the latest and greatest zoom lens or space- age gadgetry in order to produce outstanding nature and wildlife photos, but you must understand any limitations so that you will have realistic expectations and avoid disappointment.
You research the animals and scenes you are likely to encounter, if you plan on photographing wildlife like birds or animals that are being scared easily, and then pack your best zoom lens so you can keep distance between you and the birds or animals.
Photographing wildlife can sometimes be difficult but it can also yield huge artistic, personal and spiritual rewards with having fun and doing what want but not forgetting to put the camera down every now and then to enjoy the world creatures around you.
On our 2 – week’s safari with budget gorilla tours in Uganda, we started from Entebbe and spent the first day at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at Amuka Lodge. We drove all the way up to Kidepo Valley National Park and went on to Murchison Falls National Park, did the Chimp Habituation in Kibale Forrest, visited Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Ishasha Plains and finally went on the Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi Forest and visited Ngamba Sanctuary to see the orphanage chimps before going back to Entebbe Airport for our departure.
The nature and wildlife photography was perfectly organized and I would do it again exactly the same way. As a photographer I felt I was in the right country. Approximately three months prior our vacation, we contacted Jackie from Budget Gorilla Trekking who responded immediately and set up a great schedule containing all the things we wanted to see and do. She was very flexible in changing accommodations and routings at our request. She also sent us copies of the highly expensive Gorilla permits in advance. We always had a very good feeling concerning this tour operator.
Upon arrival, we spent one night in a guesthouse in Entebbe at Boma Guest House which had very good services and were welcomed by our wonderful and passionate tour guide Emma the next morning. He took an amazingly great care of us during the whole tour and shared his incredible knowledge and experience about the country, its culture and its nature and wildlife.
Due to our routing, we had some very long drives, but always felt really safe in our car 4X4 with pop-up roof is a much, in our opinion it made for an awesome way to drive in the parks and take all the wildlife and views. And of course we loved all of the wildlife especially the gorillas and chimps, elephants, giraffes and the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector.
All lodges and guesthouses were booked and we did not experience any problems there. Also, all activities such as the game drives, spotlight night drives, boat safaris, chimp habituation and gorilla habituation went per our itinerary. During our tour, we learned a lot about the country’s culture and people and enjoyed the excellent hospitality everywhere.
We were also really impressed by the variety of Uganda’s landscapes and wildlife and had numerous unforgettable and very close encounters with the animals. It was really one highlight chasing the other. For this I recommend any one would nature and wildlife photography book with budget gorilla trekking because they are the best tour company to take you on this photography safari.