Encountering Mountain Gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s both exhilarating and humbling to spend time with these critically endangered primates in their stunning natural environment, and to photograph them from up close. Join us on an amazing mountain gorilla photography tours in Rwanda and Uganda, and experience it for yourself in Virunga Massifs and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Our journey through the heart of Rwanda begins in cosmopolitan Kigali. You’ll arrive at Kigali Airport, where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation. After a basic introduction to your guide and the group, you’ll have time to rest and settle in. During this photographic adventure, you’ll have exciting opportunities to explore city photography, landscape photography, as well as wildlife photography. However, the main focus, and undoubtedly the highlight of this photography safari is photographing Mountain Gorillas. This is a unique experience and an absolute privilege.
This is a photographic experience that we truly have to work for – we have to be prepared to trek steep paths hacked out of dense undergrowth for between 2 and 6 hours in order to find our family group. Gorillas change the location of their sleeping nest each night and it is only thanks to our dedicated guides, who track them day after day, that we will be able to find them. When we reach our gorilla group, the photographic opportunities are incredible. While we are always fully respectful of the need to keep a distance of seven meters from the gorillas, the animals themselves might choose to approach us, as they are inquisitive and assertive. So they might come very close indeed – an awe inspiring experience!
We’ll drive from Rwanda and cross over to Uganda in the south western Park of Bwindi National Park. On our way, we’ll pass through interesting villages and have some breath-taking views of the mountains. With magical misty landscapes, Bwindi is an ancient and incredibly diverse jungle. It’s home to around 350 bird species and 120 species of mammals, and one of only two places in the world with Mountain Gorillas.
In Bwindi, we will encounter the gorillas on two separate day treks, with a less physically challenging but very rewarding trek to photograph the region’s golden monkeys in between. These beautiful and charming primates are easier to access than mountain gorillas, often gather in great numbers, and provide excellent photographic opportunities. We can also expect to photograph a variety of other exciting wildlife, including chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, chameleons, and stunning tropical birds.