Famously named the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, this landlocked country known as Uganda is flooded with wild wonders. The small country offers some of the most outstanding wildlife that Africa has to offer, ranging from Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees to Elephants, Lions and much more.
Uganda has been well known for its exploration and range in biodiversity attracting wildlife photography enthusiasts that are willing to experience something a bit different in Africa. Today, this destination is one of the least explored locations in the photo safari world. You will expect to get close to some of the most remarkable primates on the continent.
Time of Year
Best Time to Visit
Located on the Equator, Uganda’s temperature has little year round fluctuation. The hottest months are in January and February where temperatures reach up to 40°C making wildlife hard to photograph due to animals trying to stay out of the heat of the African sun. You will find most wildlife resting under the trees or laying in the long grass.
Uganda is gifted by not only one, but two rainy seasons each year. These fall during the months of March to May and October to November. During these times, trekking through the forest in search of the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees can get quite difficult for the unexperienced and less physically fit guests. Slippery slopes and thick mud are not the ideal conditions when trekking with camera gear.
Our favourite time of year to visit Uganda is during the months of June through September. During this time, the country experiences moderate temperatures with the days being comfortably warm and the nights cooling down. There is not much chance of rain during this time of the year meaning the bugs (including mosquitoes) are at a minimum. Trails in the forests are dry and easily walkable, making this time of year ideal for Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking. Wildlife on safari is easily spotted due to the comfortable temperatures during these months.
Get your lens close and personal with endangered Silver Back Gorilla of Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest
Trek through the forest for fantastic photo opportunities of wild Chimpanzees of Kibale Forest
Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park in search for the famous tree-dwelling Lions that inhabit the Ishasha sector of the park
Take a 45 minute boat ride across Lake Victoria, arriving in Mabamba Swamp to photograph the famous Shoebill Stork and hundreds of other bird species
Great Hippopotamus sightings and photography opportunities along the Ishasha River. Also an incredible area to spots primates and birds such as the Casqued Hornbill
Learn More About The Locations:
Kibale National Park situated in West Uganda, is well known as the best location in Africa to spot wild Chimpanzees in their natural environment. Guests can trek on foot through the forest for an authentic experience. This park is home to the largest number of Chimpanzees on the planet with approximately 1,450 individuals. Along with Chimpanzees, this forest is home to many other species of old-world primates such as L’Hoast’s Monkeys, Red Colobus Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Bush Babies and many more!
Our guests will experience a day of trekking through the forest, spotting different primates and a beautiful array of birds. You will walk the same trails as the elephants and see evidence of this along the way, even stepping in the footprints of an elephant while on trail.
If you are unsure on how to start planning your Ugandan wildlife photo holiday, we are here to help. Our specialists have been working in the area for years and are the perfect people to talk to when it comes to making sure you are choosing the right tour for you. Speak to one of us today to see if Uganda is the destination for you. Why wait? Speak with an expert today!
WHAT TO EXPECT ON TOUR WITH
UNTAMED PHOTO SAFARIS
This exciting safari visits some of the most incredible wildlife on the planet, requiring our staff to be highly trained and respective of the wildlife we visit
If guests plan to participate in the Chimpanzee tracking and Gorilla trekking, you can expect to be trekking in the forest for a few hours before finding the troops. Comfortable walking boots are a must have for these activities
Safari Game drives will take place in both Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park, giving guests the authentic African Safari Experience
Two boat rides will be offered throughout the tour. Our first will be to enter Mabamba Swamp to photograph the Shoebill Stork, the next will be offered in Queen Elizabeth National Park in search for Hippo and wildlife congregating on the Lake
Photographic guidance/tutorials/critiques will be offered daily by your photography guide. These are optional, but will be offered each day
Have any questions?
Uganda is a vast country full of many different wildlife photography opportunities. If you are not sure where to begin, start will speaking to one of our experts about your Ugandan photo tour. From the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, to the Chimpanzees of Kibale Forest, and everything in between, Uganda is home to some of the most incredible African wildlife. Let us help you plan your next photo holiday in Uganda.