Great Apes Photo Safari | 10 Days
The Democratic Republic of Congo is a truly unique destination. It is a land of spectacular biodiversity and one of the most vulnerable wilderness areas on the earth, in desperate need of increased development of tourism. On this one of a kind safari you’ll accompany Daniel Dugmore to the oldest National Park in Africa - Virunga. We’ll walk deep in the jungle in search of wild Chimpanzees. This is also one of the last places on earth you can still find endangered Mountain Gorillas in the wild.
Seasoned wildlife photographers and budding amateurs alike are welcome on this extraordinary wildlife photography workshop. Every afternoon we run optional workshops on photographic techniques and post-processing while reviewing and discussing our images. Our exercises encourage you to approach your images with insight and focus.
Dates - TBC
Shared Tent - $7,560
Single Tent - $8,200
At A Glance
Professional photography mentor
Photography talks, briefings and workshops appropriate to daily activities
Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom with optional time lapse tuition
Tuition that will suit everyone’s photographic needs
Flexible instruction topics to suit photographers of any skill level
Luxurious accommodation in safari camps & lodges that allow you to safely store, recharge, clean, maintain your equipment and edit images
An environment conducive to photography tuition. No question is off limits, no enquiry too basic
A pre-departure pack with safari advice and information
World class wildlife destinations in the most scenic settings
All bookings & logistics
Internal air & road transfers
Is This Safari For You?
Whether you’re an aspiring amateur wildlife photographer or a professional, photographers of all abilities are welcome on this Photo Safari. Your tour leader is an accomplished wildlife and conservation photographer who is highly experienced in the safari industry. Each photographic safari is made up of small groups allowing for personalised photography tuition and guidance. Our goal is for you to finesse your photography skills on a truly unique safari experience, leaving you with a collection of quality images and life changing memories.
Day 1 - Road Transfer to Bukima - Upon arrival at Kigali Airport you’ll be met by your guide Daniel prior to your vehicle transfer to the DRC border. Note that your arrival in Kigali must be before 9am, so if your planned flight cannot accommodate this we can assist you with booking a night at a Kigali hotel to ensure a prompt departure in the morning. The drive to the border is approximately 4hrs and everyone will be supplied with pack lunches and water. After the border crossing we will be picked up by Virunga Rangers for a 2 hour transfer to Bukima camp. Once we have all settled into our new base we’ll meet up for a casual introduction to our photography workshop and safari briefing before supper in camp.
Day 2/3 - Gorilla Treks - The day will begin with an early morning and a light Breakfast. We’ll aim to head out on our first Gorilla trek before 8.30am. We’ll spend the whole morning searching for and interacting with the Gorillas, before getting back to camp for lunch. We’ll have the whole afternoon to relax in the stunning surroundings of the camp and meet up with our laptops to download and review our images over a casual photography and Adobe CC talk before supper.
Day 4 - Transfer to Mikeno - Gorilla Orphanage Orientation - The morning begins with a light breakfast before packing our gear for our road transfer to Mikeno Lodge. On arrival we’ll be welcomed to our new base before our Gorilla Orphanage Orientation at the Senkwekwe Centre, who play a critical role in rehabilitating orphan Eastern Lowland Gorillas confiscated from animal traffickers.
Day 5/6 - Chimp Treks - The next two days begin with an early Breakfast before our Chimpanzee habituation treks. We leave the camp at 06.30am and get back between 11.00 - 14.00 for lunch. We’ll have the whole afternoon to relax in camp, enjoy the local birdlife and meet up with our laptops to download and review our images over a casual photography and Adobe CC talk before supper.
Day 7 - Transfer to Kibati, Nyiragongo Volcano Camp - After Breakfast we’ll be transferred to Kibati Camp at approximately 8.00am. On arrival at Kibati we’ll have an activity briefing before the volcano ascent which will take between 4-6hrs, depending on the fitness of the group. Heart-stopping views of Virunga’s rainforest, Lake Kivu and the city of Goma are spread out below you. As as you approach the Volcanic crater you will begin to feel the rumbling of the volcano from deep underground. Peering into the heart of the Nyiragongo Volcano is a truly once in a lifetime experience. There are 12 simple huts where we will camp for the night. The huts are basic but at 11,380 ft, you will appreciate the shelter from the cold!
Day 8 - Descend Volcano, transfer to Tchagera Island Camp - We’ll have one more opportunity to look into the volcano before a light breakfast and our descent of Nyiragongo, arriving back in camp in the mid-morning. We’ll collect our gear and transfer into the lakeside town of Goma to board our boat transfer to the idyllic Island of Tchagera on Lak Kivu. At Tchagera we’ll have time to relax and recuperate after our big two days of trekking the volcano, a hot shower will be beckoning. You’re free to spend the afternoon at your leisure, you can take a paddle around the island in one of the camp’s kayaks, relax on the shores of lake Kivu and the birdlife around the island is especially impresive.
Day 9 - Tchagera Island - Our last full day of the trip can be spent at your leisure. For those who need extra photography guidance or would like to repeat any of the subjects covered, Daniel is available to deliver one-to-one tuition.
Day 10 - Onward Journey - After Breakfast we’ll board the ferry back to Goma. We’ll be picked up by the rangers who will escort us back to the Rwanda border. After clearing customs we’ll be transferred back to Kigali for your onward Journey.
Calling All Photographers
Whether you’re an aspiring amateur photographer or a professional, photographers from all walks of life are welcome on this expedition. Your tour leader is an accomplished wildlife and conservation photographer who is highly experienced in the safari industry. Each photographic safari is made up of small groups allowing for personalised photography tuition and guidance. Our goal is to finesse your photography skills on a truly unique safari experience, leaving you with a collection of quality images and life changing memories.