Ultimate Gorilla Photo Safari
Our Premier Primate Adventure—Photograph Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Golden Monkeys!
To trek into the rainforest and sit with a family of wild gorillas, looking into the eyes of a huge silverback at close range, watching babies cling to their mothers, laughing at youngsters playing in the trees, is a life-changing experience for a wildlife lover. To capture amazing photographs of such an encounter allows you to relive and share these rare moments in enduring images. Our Expedition Leader is both a primate naturalist and accomplished photographer, whose expertise on both fronts will help you go home with photos you only dreamed of beforehand. Your visit to endangered mountain
gorillas and other primates in their natural habitat may also be a life-changing experience for them, as ecotourism is the main hope for protecting their future.
- Four separate gorilla tracking expeditions—two 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, too
- Join NHA’s top Expedition Leaders as we track the famed primates, plus traditional African plains game and predators on the savannas of the western Rift Valley
What Makes Our Gorilla Photo Safari So Exceptional?
Few wildlife photography trips include moments as utterly riveting as those with the primates we encounter on our Ultimate Gorilla Photo Safari. To maximize those amazing interactions, we have designed this trip with the utmost scrutiny to details that make it stand out from the rest, when it comes to a superior gorilla-viewing experience. Take a look:
- You Won't Find a More In-Depth Primate Itinerary
Plenty of gorilla safaris give you only one day in the rainforest to track these reclusive animals. But on our Ultimate Gorilla Photo Safari we include four separate gorilla tracking expeditions—two days each in Uganda and Rwanda—to maximize opportunities for incredible photos. Add wild chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest, plus a chance to see and photograph colobus and golden monkeys, and you've got the most comprehensive primate photo safari Africa has to offer.
- Experience the Full Diversity of Africa's Wildlife
While gorillas are our focus, no nature photographer should come to Africa without a chance to capture images of its iconic big wildlife such as elephants, zebra, giraffe, lions and more. Our itinerary is designed to include the best of both: primates plus general wildlife viewing, on forest treks, wildlife drives and a boat cruise, in diverse and highly scenic terrain.
- Comfortable Vehicles with a Window Seat for Every Traveler
Nothing is more critical to getting the best possible photos than a guaranteed window seat on board the highest quality safari trucks. And, unlike companies that crowd guests into pop-top mini-buses or ill-designed vans, we use 4x4 safari vehicles designed for the bush, with features that enhance photography such as multiple roof hatches. There's no way around it — central Africa has some pretty rough roads — so full 4-wheel-drive capacity with the highest-quality suspension are key features of our vehicles.
- Unique Accommodations Offer Character & Seclusion
Where you stay on safari makes a big difference to your overall experience. That's why we use small, intimate camps and lodges in remote areas. As a traveler focused on photography you'll be pleased to know that we choose our locations for their scenic settings, natural ambience and proximity to wildlife —a big contrast to large lodges in busy areas where hundreds of tourists congregate.
- A Scenic Route for Photography, Maximum Equipment Allowance
Uganda and Rwanda are small countries, and among the most beautiful in Africa. We have designed this photography-focused itinerary to include unusually scenic drives between safari locations, allowing us to photograph the countryside and people in view along the roadside. And, crucially important, driving also allows for maximum photo equipment allowances, which may be restricted on small planes with tight weight limits. Because we do a point-to-point trip from Entebbe to Kigali, we don't do any backtracking, like most gorilla itineraries—that means more for you to see and photograph en route!
- Our Expert Photographer Expedition Leader Accompanies You Throughout
Natural Habitat Adventures takes pride in hiring the finest naturalist safari guides in Africa. On our special photo safaris, our NHA Expedition Leaders are also accomplished photographers, by your side every minute to help with tips and advice. This trip is led by Simon Stobbs, a Nat Hab "Hall of Fame" guide with extensive guiding experience on the African continent. In addition to his photography expertise and exceptional hospitality, Simon's in-depth training also includes resources and guidance from WWF’s premier scientists. Check out our Photo Expedition Leader bios, and traveler comments about them.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Photo Safari Experience
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care deeply about our planet, as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund – the world's leading environmental conservation organization – has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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