MAY 20-27, 2016

$6,278 (per person, based on double occupancy)

Join photography experts Tim Vollmer and Dean Tatooles as we journey through the natural beauty of Africa. Wildlife and landscapes will be major photographic themes covered during this workshop, along with a focus on natural light and other nature. Each person joining us will receive the special and reserved CHEX permit, which allows day-long access to habituating chimpanzees. Other highlights include lunch picnics and an afternoon boat trip along the famous Kazinga Channel.


Day 1 - Arrival in Uganda

Arrival in Uganda.

Overnight at the Boma Guesthouse in Entebbe F/B. 

Day 2 - Kibale Forest

Fly from Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park. Pick-up from Kasese airfield to Kibale.

Lunch and Overnight at Primate Lodge F/B. 

Day 3 - Kibale National Park

Spend a full day exploring the Kibale Forest National Park, which supports 13 species of primates. Kibale Forest 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 the  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 1590 meters above sea level. Northern Kibale is also the wettest area, but the climate is generally pleasant with a mean annual temperature range of 57-80 F. 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 Full Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience:
The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) allows you to search for a community of chimpanzee which is undergoing habituation. Habituation is a process whereby wild animals get used to human presence without altering their natural behavior. Unlike one hour permits, a CHEX permit allows us to spend a whole day with these amazing animals. Early visitors may be able to see the spectacular scene of chimps de-nesting between 6:00-6:30a.m., feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire for the night around 7:00p.m. CHEX experience runs throughout the year, but limited to a lucky few. All CHEX activities are guided by park rangers.

Overnight at Primate Lodge F/B. 

Day 4 - 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 boat trip along the famous Kazinga Channel for two hours and late drives to photograph the stunning crater lakes at sunset.

Overnight at the fabulous Mweya Safari Lodge F/B. 

Day 5 - Queen Elizabeth NP - Bwindi Impenetrable NP

After an early breakfast, travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park via Ishasha sector, the home to the rare Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions. Ishasha lies 100km south of the northern sector of QENP and provides a true wilderness experience. Picnic lunch at the Ishasha riverside campsite.

Afternoon drive to Bwindi, for an overnight stay at the exclusive Engagi Lodge F/B. 

Day 6 - Bwindi

Today we follow in the footsteps of Dian Fossey and spend a full day tracking Mountain Gorillas in the misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Overnight at Engagi Lodge F/B. 

Day 7 - Bwindi - Rwanda (Parc National de Volcans) 

Drive into Rwanda via the rolling hills of Kisoro and via the Cyanika border. Arrive Ruhengeri-Kinigi town in the afternoon hours. Picnic lunch en route.

Overnight stay at the famous Mountain Gorilla View Hotel F/B. 

Day 8 - Parc National de Volcans

After an early Breakfast, we head into the Parc National de Volcans to track Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat. Arrive back at the lodge for a late lunch and then journey south through the spectacular volcanic landscape and terraced hillsides, that characterize Rwanda, gradually descending to the base of the capital city of Kigali. Evening visit to the memorial to the genocide victims if time permits, before our evening transfer to the airport for onward flights.

End of tour (please note when booking your international travel, this tour begins in Entebbe, Uganda and ends in Kigali, Rwanda).

PRICE: $6,278

  • Per person in double occupancy room

  • $950 additional for single room accommodation

price includes

  • Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
  • Private transportation to all locations
  • 7 nights in hotels
  • All meals
  • Boat trips
  • Entrance fees to all national parks and locations
  • Photographic guidance and instruction from two expert professional photographers

price does not include

  • International airfare to and from Africa
  • Return airfare (if desired) from Kigali, Rwanda back to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • What is not mentioned as included


tour overview:

  • Dates: May 20-27, 2016
  • Price: $6,278 (per person, based on double occupancy)
  • Price includes: Hotel accommodations, all meals, all national park entrance fees, private transportation within Africa, expert photography guidance and lessons, local guides, transportation from arrival and departure airport
  • Countries: Uganda, Rwanda
  • Education: field instruction, class instruction and one-on-one critiques
  • Points of interest: Entebbe, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha,  Sebitoli Forest, Kibale-Fort Portal, Ndali-Kasenda Crater Area, Mweya Safari Lodge, Kazinga Channel, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Engagi Lodge, Kisoro, Cyanika Border, Ruhengeri-Kinigi, Mountain Gorilla View Hotel, Parc National de Volcans

Photography instructor: Tim Vollmer

Photography instructor: Dean Tatooles

Photography instructor: Dean Tatooles

Tim has everything. He has the knowledge, the eye, the patience. He is an amazing photographer, one of the best I know. A great person and professional photographer. Highly recommended him - he is just amazing.
— Sharon Hahn
One part Indiana Jones, one part Ansel Adams - Dean Tatooles is steadily circling the globe and capturing it on film. I own a limited edition print of [Dean’s photograph] “Moraine Lake” and am still awed by its brilliance.”
— Kevin Kenyon