If you have an interest in nature photography,I bet you can easily think of a half-dozen nature photo destinations that are on your lifetime travel list, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe!
But here’s one you may not have considered, and you should…
The Mountain Gorillas of Central Africa!
Imagine trekking into the dense rainforests of Rwanda and Uganda, guided by expert gorilla trackers, to capture the special moments that come from observing one of the world’s few remaining populations of wild mountains gorillas — a species which shares 98.3% of humans’ genetic code. Snap images of babies clinging to mothers’ backs, juveniles munching on leaves and giant male silverbacks surveying their surroundings.
On our newest Nat Hab Photo Tour, we’ve taken our classic gorilla safari and added additional tracking days for more chances to gain that special image.
We’ve also arranged for one of Africa’s top wildlife photography leaders — Simon Stobbs — to guide this exceptional primate journey, allowing our small and exclusive group to gain valuable experience in photographing gorillas (four treks!), chimpanzees and golden monkeys in the wild.
There’s simply no other primate photo safari out there with this depth of experience and expertise. So if nature photography is your thing, I’d suggest you consider this special adventure!
A safari like this — with a top guide like Simon and only 11 spaces for our guests — is sure to sell out quickly.
- Four separate gorilla tracking expeditions—two days each in Uganda and Rwanda—to maximize photo opportunities with the last of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas
- Complete the primate experience in Kibale Forest National Park to photograph wild chimpanzees and colobus monkeys, and see golden monkeys as well
- Join NHA’s top Expedition Leaders as we track the famed primates, as well as traditional African plains game and predators, on the savannas of the western Rift Valley
Location of Adventure
Uganda and Rwanda
Group Size Limit
Approximately 11 travelers
A very important feature of our trips is the limited group size, as nature expeditions are best experienced with small groups of travelers.
Our Specialized 4 x 4 Safari Vehicles
The safari vehicles we use on this trip add greatly to our overall experience. They were specially designed for adventures in Uganda and Rwanda, with two goals in mind: providing comfort during overland drives on sometimes rough roads, and allowing for excellent game-viewing opportunities for each passenger. We use Nissan Patrols, Land Cruisers and Land Rovers in varying sizes. Depending on our group size, we may use a vehicle that seats seven, five, or three passengers, plus a driver, and each traveler will always have a window seat. Every vehicle has roof hatches that we leave open during game drives for 360-degree viewing and photo opportunities, but which can be closed for comfort during longer drives. All are four-wheel-drive and are fitted with high-quality, imported tires, to ensure that we can press on through rough spots. Seat belts are three-point, instead of the typical lap belts found in most safari vehicles, for added safety. All vehicles are outfitted with a cooler box with drinks, as well as tea and coffee, guide books on mammals, birds and trees, umbrellas, and bean bags upon request for avid photographers. Each vehicle was designed with an environmentally friendly oil bypass filtration system that allows for an extended engine service period. This limits the amount of waste oil that must be disposed of, as Uganda and Rwanda do not yet have oil recycling facilities.
Accommodations, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on final day, bottled water, services of NHA Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff, gorilla trackers, and one porter on gorilla treks, most gratuities, four gorilla, two chimpanzee, and one golden monkey trekking permit per person, all entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.
Moderate to Difficult
The strenuous (sometimes very strenuous) treks to the gorillas usually take between two and three hours, but can be as short as 15 minutes and as long as four to eight hours (we’ve had one trek take even longer than that). We travel at a pace to accommodate all hikers. Travelers are not required to participate in all activities and are welcome to forgo any portion of the program. Travelers should be aware that if they turn around due to fatigue, illness or any other reason, the remainder of the group, including the Expedition Leader, will go on. The returning traveler will be escorted by a local guide.
Perhaps the two biggest benefits of choosing NHA for your primate photo safari are our professional Expedition Leaders and our carefully crafted itinerary—both are integral for an extraordinary journey through the highlights of Uganda and Rwanda without backtracking. Our leader understands our guests’ needs and makes special arrangements to capitalize on impromptu opportunities along the way. This trip is designed for those seeking exposure to the range of habitats of the mountain gorilla. NHA has been visiting gorillas in Africa since 1989, and this itinerary is the pinnacle of our offerings. A total of four gorilla treks — two in each of Bwindi (Uganda) and in the Virungas (Rwanda) — are the highlight. In addition, we’ll visit the chimps of Kibale Forest and observe Africa’s classic wildlife at Queen Elizabeth National Park. We ask our guests to understand that the accommodations in this region are not, collectively, of the standard that may be found in other more established safari countries. Some lodges are very luxurious while others are plain but clean and comfortable.
Getting There & Getting Home
Please plan to arrive in Entebbe, Uganda in time for a 7 pm welcome dinner on Day 1. We encourage travelers to arrive a day or more early to rest from their long plane trip. You are free to depart from Kigali, Rwanda after 3 pm on the final day.