Uganda Photo Safari 2021

Come join me on an incredible Uganda Photo Safari in East Africa. The truth is that Uganda is one of my favorite countries on the planet. This is not only because of beautiful people, rich culture and diverse landscapes but because it is home to some of the most jaw-dropping wildlife experiences in the world. In Uganda, you will find the endangered Silverback Mountain Gorilla, located on the western edge of the country in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest. If you are looking for a profound and impactful photographic experience that you will never forget, look no further than our Wild Uganda adventure!

Please note that a COVID-19 vaccine will be required to join this photo workshop adventure…

Trip Dates

Aug 29th – Sept. 5th, 2020

Tuition Costs


Group Size

8 Max

Difficulty Level


Silverback Gorilla Eating in Uganda Photo Safari
Infant Silverback Gorilla with his Mom in Uganda Photo Safari

Throughout our time in Uganda, most of our focus will be on its amazing wildlife and diverse landscapes, although we do mix in a number of travel/cultural experiences to give you an idea about just how amazing the Ugandan people truly are.

In terms of wildlife, our journey through Uganda begins in the capital city of Kampala where you will fly into the Entebbe International Airport. From there we will head North to a special rhino sanctuary where we will not only get close access to the southern white rhino, but also one of the most unique birds in Africa, the shoebill stork. From there we start our circuit of Ugandan National Parks. First up is the largest National Park in Uganda, Murchison Falls which has over 450 different bird species, the largest Nile crocodile population in the world, and an assortment of lions, elephants, and giraffes. Next up is Kibale National Park, where we will spend the day tracking and photographing troops of wild Chimpanzees. After that, we move to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we will enjoy a mixture of game drives and boat cruises to see more hippos, elephants, buffalo and if we are lucky, the famous tree-climbing lions of the region. The workshop ends with two back to back days in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where we will spend our time tracking two different large troops of Silverback Gorillas, which will be an experience you will never forget!

Chimpanzee Looking for Troop Uganda Photo Safari
A Chimpanzee Climbing a tree in the Kibale National Park in Uganda Photo Safari

What is Included?

What is Not Included?

With two photo instructors present for the duration of the workshop, you will have plenty of opportunity for one on one instruction to further the skills that you feel you need to work on. If the workshop is full and you wanted to be added to the waiting list, click HERE.

Workshop Tuition:

* please read the workshop F.A.Q. section on this page to learn more about visiting Uganda and check out our cancellation policies if you have any questions.

A Sub Adult Male Silverback Gorilla in Uganda Photo Safari
Female Silverback Gorilla Closing Her Eyes Uganda Photo Safari

Uganda Photo Safari

What Other Animals Might You Encounter?

A small vervet monkey in Uganda Photo Safari
African Elephant in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Photo Safari
Lioness in Uganda Photo Safari

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The workshop starts on August 29th, 2021 in Kampala, Uganda. This is an arrival day so you can arrive at any point during the day and we will pick you up from the airport and take you to our hotel.

The workshop ends on September 5th, 2021 in Kampala, Uganda. We will drop you off at the airport for your flights out that day.

You will fly out of the Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in the capital city of Kamapla, Uganda.

Yes, to save time at the end of our adventure in Uganda, we will fly from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest back to Kampala, while our main luggage is driven back with our guides and driver for the 8-10hr drive that we avoid.

Yes, not only does Colby Brown Photography mandate that you have had a COVID-19 vaccine, but the country of Uganda requires it for entry as well. You will be required to show proof of vaccine once you have signed up for the workshop.

As we move around Uganda, we stay at 3 and 4-star accommodations. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, the staff are excellent, and the locations are ideal for our photographic priorities in the region.

Our adventure includes access to three major National Parks in Uganda. Bwindi with the Silverback Gorillas, Kibale with the Chimpanzees and Queen Elizabeth with the Tree Climbing Lions, elephants, hippo and much more!

Because this workshop focuses on Wildlife photography, I do recommend that you bring something equivalent to a 100-400mm lens. While wildlife certainly can get closer, we try to avoid those situations as best as possible, for both the animal's safety and ours. When it comes specifically to the Silverback Gorillas, I find a fast 70-200 f/2.8 lens usually works the best!

The truth is that you never know. There have been times where my permitted group has found Gorillas within 30 minutes of light trekking while other times it took multiple hours. A good way to support the local communities is to hire porters to not only help you carry your bag/camera gear but also help you along the paths as we move through the jungle to find the Silverbacks.

While the US and many Western countries have wide availability for the vaccine, many countries, such as Uganda, do not. While in-country we will be required to follow all COVID-19 health and safety protocols given to us as tourists from the government of Uganda. As we get closer to the workshop date, we will describe in detail what those measures will be. That said, our drivers and guides will be vaccinated that are with us throughout the duration of our adventure.

Silverback Gorilla climbing trees in Bwindi National Park Uganda Photo Safari
Young Silverback Gorilla Uganda Photo Safari Bwindi

Meet Your Instructors & Guides

Colby Brown


Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.


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Cancellation & Refund Policy

No one wants to miss out on a trip of a lifetime…but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies…

Uganda is unique in that it requires a non-transferable permit to see the Gorillas. The $1600 deposit for this adventure is, unfortunately, 100% non-refundable

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