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Key Information
• Dates: June 3, 2017 through June 12, 2017
• Duration: 10 days
• Safari Host: Primatologist David Baluku
• Expert photography instructors Dean J. Tatooles and Tim Vollmer
• One gorilla and one chimpanzee permits
• Full board accommodations
• All intra-Ugandan ground and air transportation

• Return airfares to/from Entebbe, Uganda
• Gratuities and tips for guides, rangers, drivers, and park and hotel staff
• Alcoholic drinks, visa fees, laundry services, items of a personal nature
• Cost of travel insurance, passports, and immunizations

The Albertine Rift Valley
This is a once in a lifetime safari that brings together two must do activities, trekking the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees of Bwindi and Kibale forest. Chimpanzee habituation experiences will be the major activities in Kibale forest national park. In addition to our primate excursions, we will be observing herds of game travel across the rolling savannahs of Western Uganda and see many other species of wildlife such as lion, leopard, elephant, and rhino. Our expedition will traverse the western edge of the Great Rift Valley, known as the Albertine Rift Valley. Our route will take you in Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park (“QENP”), and finally Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (“BINP”).

What makes dedicated primate photo safaris special?

Dedicated primate photo safaris major aim begins and ends with each primate lover’s desire to capture the essence of Africa’s wildlife. Kifaru African Expeditions and the Southern Cross Galleries Team works tirelessly so that each guest is in the best position to photograph primates at a close range.
And when that moment comes, we will ensure that there is nobody else standing in front of you! Each primate lover will be guaranteed a dedicated row on each game drive or boat launch to ensure you have the optimum access to every photographic opportunity.
A dedicated primate photo safari allows guests to spend as much time as they need to get the shots they desire. Great flexibility on deciding which locations to visit and how long to stay at each site will be made by us as a group whenever possible.
If guests want to spend the entire day out in the field to get that one shot, we will do everything we can to make sure you do not come back until you get it. Unlike other standard tours, each guest on a dedicated primate photo safari will get personalized support from David and the Southern Cross Galleries Team, both in the field and during one-on-one instruction sessions.
Our dedicated primate safaris are not only reserved for experienced and skilled photographers. Anyone who wants to travel to Uganda and return with a collection of rewarding and memorable photographs and knowledge will get a great deal from our safaris.


Itinerary for Uganda Photo Tour with Tim Vollmer and Dean J. Tatooles

 Mabamba Swamp for the shoe bill stork canoe trekking.
 Kibale forest National park
 Queen Elizabeth National park
 Bwindi impenetrable national park
10 days trip of photography in one of the world’s top locations, the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and the Virunga volcanoes. One trek each in Uganda to meet the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas as well as chimpanzees face to face. Landscapes ranging from afromontane forests, equatorial savannahs, to papyrus swamps.

Day 1 – Entebbe
Arrival in Uganda.
Accommodation at The Boma Guest House in Entebbe.

Day 2- Entebbe – Mabamba
Birding to Mabamba. Early breakfast and transfer to Mabamba Swamp 25 km west of Entebbe. Move to Mabamba swamps a board a canoe as we look out for the exceptional Shoebill Stork, African Water rail, Allen’s & Purple Gallinule (swamp hen) Squacco, Goliath, Purple, Grey Herons, a variety of Egrets, ducks etc. There are also chances of encountering the elusive Sitatunga Antelope adapted to swampy habitats. Overnight stay at The BOMA Guest house.

Day 3- Day 3: Fly from Entebbe to Kibale forest national park.
Pick-up from Kasese airfield to Kibale (2 hours drive). Afternoon hike – excellent for birdlife and for seeing primates at close quarters. Our hike will feature 8 primate species, numerous water birds, over 200 bird species, many reptiles, and uncounted varieties of trees, shrubs, and vines. Overnight at Primate Lodge. Lunch and Overnight at Primate lodge.

Day 4 – Kibale National Park:
Kibale National Park: An exclusively day in Kibale forest national park which supports 13 species of primates. The 795km2 Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzee. Forest cover predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fort Portal plateau. Kibale is highest
at the park’s northern tip which stands 1590m above sea level. Northern Kibale is also the wettest area, receiving a mean annual rainfall of up to 1700mm, mostly during March-May and September-November. The climate is generally pleasant with a mean annual temperature range of 14-27oC. Temperatures are highest (and rainfall lower) in the south where the terrain drops down onto the hot rift valley floor and forest gives way to open
grassland. Southern Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park and together these protected areas maintain a 180km long migration corridor for-wildlife which extends from Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP, to the Sebitoli forest in the north of Kibale. The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding areas to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area.
One day chimpanzee habituation Experience The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) allows you to search for a community of chimpanzee which is under-going habituation. Habituation is a process whereby wild animals get used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour. This takes a whole day and early visitors may be able to see the spectacular scene of chimps de-nesting between 6:00 -6:30 am, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire for the night around 7.00 pm. The Habituation experience runs throughout the year. To enjoy this activity, you will need packed lunch, enough water and raingear. This activity is guided by the park ranger guide and where necessary one may ask for a porter who may help carry your rucksack during the experience. Overnight at Primate Lodge FB.

Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). QENP has a number of mammal species and a remarkable 612 species of birds. Residents of the park include elephants, cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, lion, leopard and hyena. Lunch at Mweya Safari lodge. Afternoon game drive along the crater zone to photograph the stunning crater lakes. Overnight at the fabulous Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 6 – Queen Elizabeth national park
Early morning game drive to Kasenyi Kob mating area for lion and other game viewing. Return to the lodge for lunch Launch trip on the Kazinga channel in the afternoon for a magnificent
water safari on kazinga channel and Lake Edward. Photographic and game viewing opportunities abounds as you pass through the huge herds of hippos and watch animals coming to drink at the water edges. Bird life is colourful and abundant. Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge F/B

Day 7 – Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national Park in the south.
After breakfast drive to Ishasha sector with a possibility of tracking and seeing the tree climbing lions restricted to the Ishasha sector. Ishasha sector is an ecosystem that extends to DR. Congo and animals here range freely including the Elephants. Lunch and overnight stay at the Ishasha Wilderness Camp F/B

Day 8 – Ishasha Queen Elizabeth NP– Bwindi Impenetrable NP:
After an early breakfast, half day game drive in Ishasha and then travel to Bwindi impenetrable National park in the afternoon hours. Ishasha is the home to the famous Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions. Ishasha lies 100Km south of the northern sector of QENP and provides a true wilderness experience. Lunch at the Ishasha Ishasha Wilderness Camp. Afternoon drive to Bwindi, for an overnight stay at the exclusive Engagi lodge.

Day 9 – Bwindi
This day will be spent tracking the Mountain Gorillas. As time spent with the gorillas is restricted to only one hour per visit, each primate lover will have one opportunity to visit the mountain gorillas getting breath-taking photographs with these majestic animals. Overnight at Engagi Lodge.

Day 10 – Bwindi – flight to Entebbe
Flight to Entebbe after an early morning breakfast at Engagi lodge. (A charter has been arranged for this transfer as the distance requires 10 hours drive) For those not travelling immediately, accommodation will be provided for at The Boma.



June 3 – 12, 2017


10 days / 9 nights

Photographic themes:

landscape, Villages, mountains, culture, people, wildlife



Kibale Forest National Park,

Queen Elizabeth National Park,

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park


USD $6999
per person in double room
USD $760
Single supplement

Price includes

  • Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
  • all acomondations
  • Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Private transportation + fuel,
  • Flight Entebbe-Kigali
  • Flight Bwindi-Entebbe
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • 1 Chimpazee tracking (750US$)
  • 1 Mountain Gorilla tracking (750US$)
  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide
  • Safari Host: Primatologist David Baluku
  • Professional photography instructors Tim Vollmer and Dean J. Tatooles

not included:

  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance, health insurances.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
  • Model fees
  • What is not mentioned as included


Photography Instructors


Tim Vollmer

Tim has devoted his life to photography, which has been his long held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt himself drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and in many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that are unique to each country. His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur and an adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family currently lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in Czech Republic.

Phone: (00420) 732203764

See his Website:

Photography workshops

Dean J. Tatooles

Chicago-based photographer, Dean J. Tatooles, is the owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris. In his professional career, Dean has specialized in landscape and wildlife photography and indigenous portraiture. His travels have taken him across all seven continents multiple times.

Dean works primarily with Nikon digital SLR equipment to capture his wildlife images and indigenous portraits and a Linhof 617 S III Technorama medium format panoramic camera to produce his majestic landscapes. At a young age, Dean became fascinated with the topography, culture and wildlife of certain locations in the Southern Hemisphere. In that spirit, he created Southern Cross Galleries after the constellation that bears its name and is only visible from below the Equator. His hope is that his work touches that sense of adventure in everyone and that viewers of his photographs will be transported to another time and place, even if it’s for just a moment.

As owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris, Dean in conjunction with his global partners, has lead photo tours all across the globe. The world is his workplace and Dean is eager to share his passion for photography with others whenever he can. Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris’ photo tours are always small and intimate –with rarely more than six to eight guests on a given trip. Wherever possible, mass tourism and the norm are avoided, opting for the more “off the beaten path” locations. Dean understands that light and timing are everything in creating that perfect photo and makes sure to have his guests in the right place at the right time to maximize opportunities. Accordingly, scheduling is flexible and his tours adapt constantly to conditions on the ground. Dean is happy to have many return guests over the years and hopes that you will choose to travel with us on your next adventure.

Phone: +1 (312) 898-0248

See his Website:

Dean J. Tatooles

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