A journey into the land of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees

January 23-31, 2025 | Location: Nkanda, Uganda

Get up close with gorillas

Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart of East Africa’s most iconic landscapes and encounter some of the planet’s most majestic creatures up close.

A Once-in-a-lifetime Adventure

Summit Kenya is designed to see many aspects of the country and make the most of your trip. We will have exclusive access to Mgahinga National Park for mountain gorilla trekking. From there we will cruise along the waters of Lake Charles bordering Uganda and the Congo within Queen Elizabeth National Park and venture deep into the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for another unforgettable gorilla trekking experience. Finally, we will explore the pristine wilderness of Kibale National Park, renowned as one of the best places on Earth to track chimpanzees. 



Due upon registration
  • of total tuition

Double Occupancy

Full Tuition
  • Due 120 days before the workshop begins

Bundle Discount

Discount available if paired with the Uganda Workshop
  • Due 120 days before the workshop begins

Topics We Will Cover

Wildlife Photography
Travel Photography
conservation Storytelling
Summit Photography Workshop
landscape photography


  • 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.

Meet Your Instructors

Workshop Faculty / International Travel Provider

Ian Segebarth

Owner / Director

Chris Steppig

Workshop Faculty / International Travel Provider

Ian Segebarth

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.

Owner / Director

Chris Steppig

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: 

  • Nairobi 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 Kenya
  • 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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