Photographic safari in Uganda

enter image description here

Uganda’s spectacular wildlife, birds and dramatic landscapes are a treat for any photographer. The best region to visit for a photographic holiday is Western Uganda, where the biggest highlight will be photographing mountain gorillas from just a few metres away in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A camera that performs well in low light is ideal, as the forest environment can be quite dark and dense. A zoom lens (70 – 200 mm is best) is great for getting close-up shots of the gorillas. Ideally, it’s best to have two camera bodies with different lenses on each one, as there often isn’t any time to change lenses when the gorillas are on the move. Remember to turn your flash off – flash photography is not permitted on a gorilla trekking expedition.

In the same region, Queen Elizabeth National Park should be on all photographers’ itineraries, for the highlight of capturing photos of the famed tree-climbing lions – a rare sight in Africa – as well as a plethora of other big game against beautiful scenery of quintessential East African savanna. Murchison Falls National Park is regarded as one of the best places in Uganda for photographic safaris, because of the park’s astonishing landscapes of palm-dotted savanna, the animal and bird life seen from the Victoria Nile which bisects the park and the dramatic Murchison Falls.

In terms of landscapes, Western Uganda’s crater lakes near Fort Portal and the jagged, dramatic Rwenzori Mountains will provide endless inspiration for photographers.

Make sure that you have all of the photographic gear that you need for your trip to Uganda, as outside of Kampala and Entebbe, it will be hard to buy something you may have forgotten. Spare memory cards are essential, and packing a spare battery is a good idea, especially if you are going on a multi-day trek. A lightweight tripod is an essential gear item for wildlife and landscape photography, while another great item is a small beanbag that you can use for steadying your camera lens when you’re shooting wildlife out of the car window on game drives.

As with anywhere that you travel to, always ask people for permission before you take their photo.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

day 1

Entebbe, arrival
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

day 2

Semliki, a birders paradise
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

day 3

Semliki, focus on Shoebill

day 4

day 5

to Kibale for some Chimps
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

day 6

Kyambura Gorge, Queen
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

day 7

Ishasha, Queen's wild side
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

day 8

Bwindi and more forest birds
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)
  • Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

day 9

Gorillas while you there

day 10

day 11

Fly Home

View Full Itinerary

You might also like

Uganda in July

Because of its low rainfall, July is one of the best months for safaris and gorilla trekking in southern Uganda. In parks such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, animals are congregating around water sources, making them easier to spot. This is also a great month for gorilla trekking, as the mostly dry weather means that the paths are easier to hike on. It’s one of the most popular…

A relaxed holiday in Uganda

Travelling by road in Uganda can feel like a hassle – distances are deceiving, as the rough road conditions mean that it takes a long time to travel between destinations. For the most relaxing holiday in Uganda, you could consider doing a flying safari, where you travel between national parks by plane, landing on small airstrips in the bush and getting transfers to your lodges.…

Walking safaris in Uganda

Guided walks and treks are offered in many of Uganda’s parks and reserves, the most popular being gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest and Budongo Forest Reserve. In Bwindi and the forest reserves you can also do guided walks to spot other primates, as well as butterflies, birds and small mammals. On the Big Four reserves of…

Uganda in June

June is one of the driest months of the year in the south of Uganda, while it’s the rainy season in the north of the country. It’s one of the best months for wildlife viewing in the parks in the south, and it’s also a great month for gorilla trekking. It’s the start of the peak season in Uganda, and you’ll need to book far in advance for gorilla trekking permits and lodging in…

Uganda in October

October is another rainy month in Uganda, and it’s not an ideal time to visit if you’d like to see wildlife and go gorilla trekking. ...

Budget travel in Uganda

Credit: RoadTrip Uganda As with many safari destinations, if you want to save money on lodging on your holiday in Uganda, choose to stay at hostels and campsites outside of the national parks. Transport-wise, the most affordable way to travel is via public transport on buses and minibus taxis, although it’s difficult to reach the more remote national parks on public transport. If…

Popular Uganda Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Chimpanzee | Meet the Primates of Uganda and Rwanda (12 days)

Meet the Primates of Uganda and Rwanda (12 days)

See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial ...

 | Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

Birding Tour through Uganda (11 days)

This is a safari for the serious birder wanting to see exciting new bird species, as well as chimpanzees and mountain gorillas...

Ready to start your adventure?

+27 (0)21 422 3498
   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    Mon - Fri: 8AM - 9PM GMT+2