Uganda Photography Tour: Gorillas and More

Of all the photography trips in the world, I think there are about 5 or 6 that fall in the category of truly bucket list. Visiting and photographing the gorillas in Uganda is one of them.

In 2026, I’ll be leading my first ever adventure into the natural wonder that is Uganda. Of course, the highlight of that trip will be seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, and having the time with them to photograph them. But, Uganda is beyond under-rated in so many other categories. There are also world-class waterfalls, landscapes, and safaris to see lions, elephants, rhinos and other big game.

This photography tour to Uganda in 2026 will be epic!

Costs / Info

  • Dates:
    • January 8-17, 2026
  • Start / End City: Entebbe, Uganda
  • Days: 12
  • Maximum Group Size: 12
  • Trip Style: Adventure
  • Fitness Level: Medium. No hiking. However, some long days on game drives and trekking to the gorillas.
  • Price: €6,300 (€1,500 deposit)

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What’s Included

  • Transport within Tour Dates
  • Accommodation within Tour Dates
  • All meals
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee permits
  • National Park Fees
  • Photography Instruction by Brendan van Son

What’s Not Included

  • Transport to/from Uganda
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged)
  • Tips for local guides
  • Visas for Uganda (if needed)
  • Snacks and alcoholic beverages

The Uganda Photography Itinerary

This tour of Uganda is focused on the wildlife and nature. Due to the requirement of permits, our itinerary is pretty fixed.

Day 1 – Arrival in Uganda. Stay in Entebbe
Day 2 – Travel to Murchison Falls National Park. Enroute visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and track the rhinos on foot.
Day 3 – Game drive of Murchison Falls National Park. Afternoon boat trip to the falls and game sighting along the river.
Day 4: Kibale National Park. In the evening, explore the crater lakes region.
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest. Nature walk within the Bigodi Swamp.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel.
Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – En route search for the tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector.
Day 8: Trekking to visit the habituated mountain gorillas. 4 full hours photographing and observing the gorillas.
Day 9: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi. Canoe safari along the lake.
Day 10: After breakfast, embark on a return trip to Entebbe. Drop off at the airport or hotel. Tour ends.

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To reserve your space on this trip, please pay the deposit below. Before booking, please read the terms and conditions of payment here. If the tour is sold out, or you have any questions, please send me an email to inquire (brendanvanson at gmail dot com).

Meet The Workshop Instructors

Brendan has been a professional travel photographer for over a decade. Over those years, he’s visited well over 100 countries and worked for some of the world’s most renowned companies and publications.

His journeys around the world are documented on his travel photography YouTube Channel.

FAQs For the Uganda Photography Workshop

What Style Trip is This?
This is an adventure class workshop. The reason for this being graded as an adventure class is due to the fact that we’re out in the wild for a lot of the trip. Moreover, there are a couple days of jungle trekking – which isn’t too intense, but isn’t a “stroll in the park” either. We’ll have comfortable accommodation every night, but there will be some bumpy roads in between.

Find out the difference in my trips here.

Is the Deposit Refundable?
Yes. The deposit is refundable up to 120 days before the tour’s start date. I do charge a 10% fee. You also have the option to move your deposit onto another trip or to keep on file as credit without a fee.

What’s a Single Supplement?
If you’re booking solo, you’ll be paired up with a roommate of the same gender as the pricing is based on double occupancy. However, if you’d like your own private single accommodation you can pay the single supplement.

When are Final Payments Due?
We send a request for final payments about 180 days before the tour’s start date. Final payments are due 120 days before the tour’s start date.

Tell me about the accommodation
The accommodation is a mix of lodges and guesthouses.
Guests are booked on a “twin share” basis and each room will have its own private toilet facilities.
The accommodation isn’t prestigious. However, the location of the accommodation is unreal. Usually set close to a beautiful lake or on a hilltop with an incredible view.
The accommodation is comfortable enough to relax after days exploring.

And besides, who goes to Uganda to spend time in their rooms?

Single Supplement?
The trip’s price is on a twin share basis which means that if you book solo, you’ll be matched with a roommate of the same gender.

However, if you do want to book a single supplement and have private accommodation throughout the trip, it is possible. This option can be booked at a later date.

The cost of a single supplement on the Uganda trip is 1,200 Euros.

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At the moment, we have trips to places like Patagonia, and Namibia – among many other amazing photography destinations. We’d love for you to join us out in the world.