A Photographic safari in Uganda is a very unique experience. Abundant wildlife viewing, long days, different environments, changes in weather and variable Geography all offer special and excellent opportunities for a remarkable photography experience.
Any passionate photographer should not miss the chance to capture the best photos of the Chimpanzees during a Chimpanzee trek or Gorillas on during Gorilla Habituation or on a Gorilla Trek, the climbing lions in Ishasha Sector and other picturesque areas like Lake Mutanda, the Crater lakes region, Lake Bunyonyi, River Nile, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Rwenzori Mountains, among others.
Below we have listed for you some of the picturesque places in Uganda where you can have remarkable experiences during your photographic safari.
Murchison Falls National Park
Everyone planning a photographic safari cannot miss out on this Park because it has a lot to offer. Photographers can take amazing wildlife photos of Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthogs, Antelopes, Nile Crocodiles, Hippos, Leopards and various bird species. While in the park, one can go for hot air balloon safaris, game drives, hiking, nature walks, birding, and launch cruises to the delta or the bottom of the falls. Also, this park offers Night game drives. Whatever activity you opt for, you are sure to have fun and above all take the best photos.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest is home to over 13 primate species including the L’Hoest’s and Red-tailed monkeys, Baboons, Red colobus, Bush Babies, Blue Monkeys, Mangabeys, Pottos, and the Black & White Colobus monkey, also including over 1500 Chimpanzees. It also hosts about 370 bird species, about 70 mammals, several butterflies as well as different tree and plant species. Other wild animals found in this forest include buffaloes, duikers, elephants, antelopes, bush pigs, otters and giant forest hogs among others. Also around the park are scenic carter lakes which can be reached on foot and they are indeed so picturesque.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Though the less visited National Park in the country, it still ranked among Africa’s most beautiful National Parks by CNN. It is found in the North-Eastern part of Uganda and choosing this park among the place to visit during your photography safari would reward you with the amazing views of the Narus and Kidepo valleys, the beautiful culture and history of the Ik people an indigenous tribe and the shadows of the Morungole Mountain.
Apart from the breathtaking landscapes, the park hosts various wildlife species such as over 5,000 buffaloes, lions, and herds of elephants and if you are lucky sometimes you can spot the cheetah and the ostrich.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This park is home to over 400 Mountain gorillas which is half of the world’s remaining population and the main activity done here is Gorilla trekking and Gorilla Habituation.
It also harbours over 350 bird species, 120 mammals, 27 frog species, 202 butterfly species, 346 tree species, and 400 plant species. The park also has spectacular waterfalls not forgetting the amazing Batwa tribe which has a rich culture with a lot to learn and engage in. In another word, Bwindi cannot miss out on your options for photographic safaris.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
The park offers spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains, the rolling hills, enormous crater lakes, the Kazinga Channel which has amazing banks covered with elephants, buffaloes and hippos plus the outstanding Ishasha plains which harbour Climbing Lions. This park also gives chance to photographic visitors the to visit different local communities which have a mesmerizing cultural history, they can take part in any of the activities such as dance, music, and storytelling.
Lake Mburo National Park
This is the country’s smallest National Park with breathtaking picturesque landscapes which can be well-experienced while on a game drive or a nature walk or a boat cruise or even on a horse ride. The Park is a 4hours drive away from Kampala, meaning it is one of the easily accessible photogenic attractions in the country.
The savannah plains, rolling hills, beautiful lakes, and metamorphic rocks that are about 500 million years old are not to miss out. The park also hosts over 350 bird species and you will be sure to spot numerous wildlife scattered all over the park such as Giraffes, Elands, Buffaloes, Zebras, Oribis, Leopards, Hippos, Topis, Reedbucks, Defassa Waterbucks and many more.
This is said to be the country’s deepest lake ranging from 44 metres to 900 metres in depth. It is situated in the southwestern region and is one of the most photogenic lakes in the country. It is a freshwater lake with amazing scenery including the surrounding terraced hills not forgetting the most remarkable 29 islands, some of the islands can be accessed by a motorized canoe and be sure to hear the most amazing stories about them.
It is said to be one of Uganda’s most beautiful lakes, it is a freshwater lake surrounded by picturesque Mountain landscapes including the spectacular background of peaks of the Virungas. It is located in the Southwestern part of the southern region of Bwindi. Any photographer cannot miss out on the experience at this lake.
Well, we can go and on because there is a lot that Uganda has to offer to photographers, some areas that have not been mentioned above include; Lake Mulehe, Mt.Mgahinga National Park, the Rwenzori Mountains, Sipi Falls, Mirambi and Katinda Crater Lakes, Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Pian Upe, Mabira Forest, the source of the Nile and many more.
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The charge for the visa on arrival is US$50 in cash while the charge for processing the E-visa application yourself via the correct Uganda government website (http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html) is US$52.53 including the credit card fee.
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