Tate Drucker Photography Safari 13-23 June 2019

Tate Drucker is an America-born, Mozambique-based award-winning photographer whose pursuit of wildlife and travel photography has taken her to more than 70 countries across the globe. Tate’s work both in travel photography and documentary photojournalism has been recognized and published by countless publications and regular clients, including National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, The Guardian, NPR, Wild Magazine, The Telegraph, Empower the Children, and more. 

For four years Tate has guided photography workshops and expeditions in more than ten countries across four continents, though she specializes in safari and culture workshops throughout East and Southern Africa, where Tate has worked and explored over the course of the past eight years.

The aim of this photography tour is to enhance the client’s skills as a photographer — whether a complete beginner or a well-seasoned veteran — in order to walk away from a visit to the Pearl of Africa with photographs to be proud of. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome, whether complete beginners simply looking to learn their way around a camera or to take photos home to friends and family, or well-seasoned photography veterans or professionals looking to craft a diverse portfolio or take their skills to the next level. 

The intimate group size that this tour entails will allow Tate to work with clients on a one-on-one basis in order to figure out each person’s individual goals, skills, and weaknesses, to get the absolute most out of their time together. You will have Tate’s undivided attention and wealth of knowledge while shooting out in the field, as well as back at our accommodations where she’ll be available for personal photo critiques and questions.

Website: www.tatedruckerphoto.com

Instagram: instagram.com/tatedrucker

19th – 23rd June 2019 This safari is designed to give you an amazing photography tour to the Pearl of Africa. It takes you to four of Uganda’s fabulous national parks and a range of habitats. You spend memorable moments with the enchanting mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, get close to wildlife on a safari walk, enjoy the stunning scenery and meet the warm, welcoming, local people. An excellent tour with the full support of a talented professional photographer and a professional tour guide.

 
HighlightsItineraryAccommodation & TransportPriceTravel advice
  • Opportunities to improve your photography skills with the support of a professional tutor
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking experience
  • Game drives for a host of wildlife
  • Boat cruise on some of the most breath-taking water bodies
  • A cultural experience with the local community
Day 1: 13/06/19 – Evening arrival at Entebbe International Airport.
You will be welcomed by your guide at Entebbe International airport and s/he will stay with you throughout your holiday in Uganda. Transfer to a nearby hotel and spend your first night in the quiet surroundings of Entebbe.

Day 2: 14/06/19 – Travel to Kibale National Park. Swamp walk
08hr00 Leave Entebbe and travel (approx. 5 hours) to Kibale National Park stopping for lunch in Fort Portal town. Enjoy the lush green vegetation along the way. In the late afternoon, you drive a short distance from your lodge to a community conservation project. Your guide will lead you on a nature walk in search of primates and birds.

Day 3: 15/06/19 – Chimpanzee tracking. Community tour
Your day starts early when you join your group at 07hr30 for a briefing. Then your ranger guide will lead you trekking through the misty tropical forest in search of your chimp family. Spend one hour watching them groom, swing and forage.  In the afternoon, say hello to the local community as you have a village tour, see local farmers and tea plantations
Day 4: 16/06/19 – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Visit Katwe salt lake
Head towards Queen Elizabeth National Park via the geologically fascinating crater lakes region travelling (approx. 3 hours). Have lunch and after, at a relaxed pace drive to Katwe Salt Lake. A chance to interact with the local salt miners and learn about their salt mining experience and life
Day 5: 17/06/19 – Game drive. Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
An early game drive will take you on a lion tracking experience. This special activity will give you a deeper experience searching for Africa’s classic game. Look out for other animals including antelopes, elephants, leopard, warthogs and buffalos. In the afternoon, get on board for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to see animals and birds on the shores of the Channel.
Day 6: 18/06/19 – Game drive to Ishasha sector. Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Setting off at 09hr00, you will drive to Ishasha sector, a famous place of its tree-climbing lions. A game drive in this sector gives you a chance to look for these lions on the endless plains alongside various wildlife. After your lunch in this quiet environment, 16hr00 you continue your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 7: 19/06/19 – Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
07hr30 Prepare yourself for a thrilling experience tracking Bwindi’s gentle giants; a major highlight of your safari. Join your group and trek through the jungle in search of your gorilla family (anything from 2-6 hours). Once you find them, watch these enchanting creatures going about their daily business in the wild. If time allows later, have a community walk
Day 8: 20/06/19 – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi. Canoe Safari
09hr00 After a great day with the gentle giants, a 2-hour journey takes you to the stunning Lake Bunyonyi where you have relaxed activities as you enjoy the scenery. Spend the afternoon on a canoe safari around this beautiful lake, dotted with a number of little Islands. Your guide will share with you the history of the area as you tour. 
Day 9: 21/06/19 – Travel to Lake Mburo National Park. Community cultural experience
Today you start the return northwards, driving (approx. 5 hours) to Lake Mburo National Park – Uganda’s smallest park. Stop at Igongo cultural centre for lunch and a tour of the museum then continue to the park. Visit the Enyemebwa centre a community initiative to conserve their culture and heritage. Learn about cattle keeping and Ankole culture.
Day 10: 22/06/19 – Safari walk. Drive to Kampala. Cultural music and dance performance
Your adventure continues with a guided safari walk in the park at 08hr00 to get closer to the wildlife and really have a different feel of the park. At 10hr00, you depart Lake Mburo making your way to Kampala – Uganda’s capital city with a brief stop at the Equator and drum makers. Relax for the afternoon and in the evening enjoy a cultural music and dance performance
Day 11: 23/06/19 – Visit African craft village. Botanical gardens. Flight home
At a relaxed pace, you visit the African craft village for souvenirs shopping. You will then drive to Entebbe where you have your lunch. Spend some time at the Botanical gardens this afternoon before you head to the airport in time for your flight home

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Responsible tourism: where possible, we use locally owned accommodation with good environmental credentials.

Accommodation

On this safari you will stay at the following hotels:

Boma Hotel – Entebbe

Kibale Guest Cottages – Kibale National Park

Ihamba Safari Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Engagi Lodge – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Rwakobo Rock – Lake Mburo National Park

Cassia Lodge – Kampala

Transport

As standard, we use a spacious 7-seat, 4×4 safari Land Cruiser, with pop-up roof, fridge and phone/camera charging facilities. This is the perfect safari vehicle.

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All vehicles include a driver/guide and fuel for your itinerary. Our vehicles are comprehensively insured, in good mechanical condition and have seat belts fitted.

Please let us know if you have any special travel requirements. For example, if your group has disabled members we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Price: USD 5,250 per person, based on people sharing a double or twin room. Group size 4-6 people. Book a place on this safari

Price includes:

  • 1 gorilla & 1 chimp tracking permit each
  • Full-board, non air-conditioned accommodation
  • Private safari vehicle with a driver and fuel for this itinerary
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • Mineral water in transit
  • All government taxes
Price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs
  • Tips (normally 5–10% and around $100 for your guide).

 

Insurance

AMREF flying doctors provide a medevac service in case of illness or injury during your safari. This costs $25pp for 31 days. We recommend this service and can include it in your package price.

Booking

If you would like to join this safari, you need to send us a booking form. When we receive this we will  issue an invoice for a 40% deposit plus the full cost of tracking permits (in case of cancellation permit fees are non-refundable). Only once your payment is received can we  issue a booking confirmation. Full payment is required 70 days before travel.

Payments and cancellation

We charge in US dollars. Payment is by bank transfer into our Standard Chartered USD bank account in Uganda. You can also pay by credit card although there is a 5% administration charge. For those booking from within Uganda, cash payments are possible at our office.

When we book your safari, we have to pay non-refundable deposits on your behalf, for example to hotels. Therefore, we charge cancellation fees as follows:

30% of reservation costs if you cancel more than 50 days before your arrival date

100% of reservation costs if you cancel less than 50 days before your arrival date

We strongly recommend that you include cancellation cover in your travel insurance.

Disclaimer: We enter into an agreement with you in good faith but we sometimes encounter unexpected changes in local conditions which can affect your itinerary or price. These changes are beyond our control and we are not liable for them. While we endeavour to protect you against the effects of these changes, we reserve the right to amend the agreed itinerary and price in response to them. Such changes include but are not limited to weather conditions, road conditions, supplier price increases, fuel increases, government tax increases, supplier service changes e.g. cancellation of ferry services for river crossings or national park operations (track maintenance, animal translocations). We assure you that, we will always give you as much notice as possible of changes, suggest alternative plans and keep additional charges to a minimum.

For general advice please see our travel advice webpage.

Specific advice for this safari

Permits are required to track gorillas. The minimum ages is 15 years.  Gorilla permits are limited to eight people per gorilla family. Permits are also required to track chimps and the minimum age is 12 years.

Please read the information about primate tracking on our primates web page and remember to look at our suggested packing list.