Gorilla and Chimp Trekking, Safari in Kenya
March 4–15, 2023
Join us in Kenya and Uganda for a safari like no other. We will focus on two of Africa’s iconic primate species, the mountain gorilla and the chimpanzee, along with an opportunity to see not only the “Big Five” but also so much more!
Apes in Africa are under increasing threat, and the reserves we’ll visit provide one of the last remaining strongholds for these animals anywhere in the world. We’ll be tracking habituated families on foot, with a chance to get quite close. Our goal is peaceful, meaningful encounters, with ample opportunity to capture great images of natural behaviors and interactions.
To learn more about what it is like on a gorilla trek, read this first-hand encounter with a drunken gorilla.
We’ll begin our journey in Kenya, where we’ll spend four days in one of our favorite wildlife areas: Lewa. Situated near the base of Mt. Kenya—Africa’s second tallest mountain—Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s oldest, most private, and most wildlife-rich safari destinations. The Craig family has passed down from one generation to the next a distinct passion for wildlife, conservation, and tourism, and they proudly continue to run Lewa Wilderness lodge with these tenets in mind. This place is as much a home as it is a truly unique and personal safari experience—while located in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, we’ll have the opportunity for rich game viewing without the crowds. There is a very good chance of seeing all of the “Big Five” and Lewa is one of the only places where visitors regularly see both black and white rhinoceros. With the backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kenya and the diversity of scenery from open plains, rolling hills, valleys, escarpments and rivers, Lewa is perfect for our photographic safari experience.
We’ll travel next to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to visit with the mountain gorillas. Treks will start early in the morning. A minimum of two hours hiking is usually required to see the gorillas, but can involve a full day if they’ve moved a longer distance away. It’s all up to them, but either way it’ll be more than worth the effort!
For the chimpanzees, we will be based in Kibale National Park. In addition to chimps, we’ll also be looking for other species of primate—forested, wildlife-rich Kibale is home to 13 species, including black-and-white colobus monkey, red colobus monkey, blue monkey, and L’Hoest’s monkey.
Travel between camps is by private bush planes and we have secured a generous extra weight allowance for our flights so that you can bring the necessary gear. Game drives will be in custom Land Cruisers with only one photographer per row.
Expect plenty of photography instruction in the field, post-processing guidance, and image reviews.
Limited to 7 Guests