Summit uganda

Time spent with a family of critically endangered mountain gorillas is a special experience truly like no other. As Uganda is home to more mountain gorillas than anywhere else in the world, there is perhaps no better place to visit them. In addition to Uganda’s famous apes — the gorillas and chimpanzees — the beautiful and diverse country is home to hundreds of other spectacular animal species including lions, leopards, elephants, zebras, hippos, gazelle, and more. Less visited than other more famous African wildlife destinations, Uganda is a true gem that continues to fly beneath the radar.

 

Beginning in Kigali (Rwanda), we will drive through the towering Virunga volcanos to Mgahinga National Park located on the border of Uganda, Rwanda, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mgahinga grants only one trekking permit each day which means our group, and accompanying rangers, will be the only people in the forest. After our first trek, we will continue to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is home to more families of mountain gorillas, dozens of other primates, forest elephants, and big cats. Following another extraordinary experience with gorillas, we will change ecosystems as we explore the vast savannah and waterways of Queen Elizabeth National Park which we will explore via our Landrovers and a stunning riverboat trip onto Lake Charles where hundreds of hippos, elephants, and water buffalo come to the shore each day. Our last highlight of the trip is Kibale National Park which is considered one of the best places in the world to see large numbers of chimpanzees. Hiking into the dense tropical rainforest of Kibale, we will spend our final day in Uganda with chimpanzee families and the 18 other primates and 400 bird species who call this extraordinary place their home.

A JOURNEY INTO THE LAND OF MOUNTAIN GORILLAS AND CHIMPANZEES

Throughout our Uganda Workshop we will stay in fantastic eco lodges that have been hand picked and used by Summit on past trips. All of our accommodations are comfortable, charismatic, and are located in wildlife rich environments which offer wonderful opportunities to see and photograph nature during downtime in between visits to the nearby national parks.

January 19-26, 2023

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Deposit

Due upon registration
$ 3000
  • Deposit holds your spot in the workshop
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Tuition

Full workshop tuition
$ 7595
  • Full Tuition due 60 days before the workshop begins
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Bundle Discount

Discount available if paired with the Uganda Workshop
15,795
  • Bundle Discount!

Trip Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Exclusive Mountain Gorilla Trekking in all of Mgahinga National Park During Our Visit – We Will Be The Only Group Allowed In That Day
  • Spectacular Boat Trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park on Lake Charles Bordering Uganda and The Congo
  • Trekking For Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Visitig Kibale National Park, One of the Best Places on Earth to Track Chimpanzees

WHAT TO KNOW

  • This trip will include steep hikes at high elevations. Mountain gorillas move large distances throughout the day which means our treks to find them could range between 1-3 miles each way. While porters will be available to carry your equipment, you should be comfortable hiking for an entire day.
  • Like any African safari, our trip will entail many hours in the car driving between locations and out looking for animals. Our landrovers are perfect for such a journey and include large and comfortable seating in addition to a pop-up roof for watching animals.
  • Expect a variety of temperatures ranging from cool mornings and hot afternoons.
  • Our safari lodges are charismatic and hand-picked to provide memorable accommodations on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
  • Spouse and companion discounts are available for this workshop! These discounts are for non-photographers who want to share in this amazing experience with you. Please contact us for more information.

Topics We Will Cover

Wildlife Photography
Travel Photography
conservation Storytelling
landscape photography

2023 WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

Ian Segebarth

Guide and Faculty

The founder and owner of Rainshadow Expeditions, Ian has spent the past decade traveling and guiding in over 40 countries, covering every continent. He has a background in conservation biology and environmental science, which has fueled his passion for nature and exploration. Ian is a highly experienced scuba instructor and technical cave diver, and has completed thousands of dives all over the world, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Antarctica, and the Caribbean. He is also a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, and his film work has appeared on Discovery Channel and BBC. In addition to guiding, Ian still has ongoing research and exploration in numerous locations around the world, and he will be happy to share his expertise on these topics.

Chris Steppig

Owner / Director

Chris is the owner and director of Summit Workshops. Summit was his first job out of college and nearly 20 years later, this is home.  He is in charge of all workshop operations, scheduling, logistics, faculty, social media, marketing and sponsorship. Chris has a passion for conservation, travel, and education and the workshops are a dream platform to help others reach new heights as not only photographers but as people.

Chris is an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. The iLCP is a U.S. based non-profit whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. This affiliation provides a tremendous opportunity to help deliver great content and also be an advisor on matters large and small.  He is also a professional advisor for Outdoor Photographer magazine.  Through collaboration and great communications with the editor of the magazine, there have been countless articles written by Summit Alumni in the magazine over the years.

Did we mention all-inclusive?

Costs included in tuition: 

  • Airport-hotel pick up/drop off shuttle
  • Transport in customized pop up top 4 x 4 Land Cruisers (3 rows of seats) with 4 passengers per vehicle
  • Services of experienced English speaking safari guides/drivers.
  • All accommodation in  Rwanda and Uganda
  • Park entrance fees
  • All meals on safari
  • Bottled drinking water in safari vehicle
  • Government taxes and fees
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and hotel staff

Not included: 

  • Soft drinks and alcohol
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Room Supplement
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