ALL BIG AND SMALL
WITH AWARD WINNING AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
10 DAYS - 9 NIGHTS
Sergio Pitamitz, National Geographic Image Collection Photographer
Award-winning photographer and journalist Sergio Pitamitz has both French and Italian nationality. He is a National Geographic Image Collection contributing photographer. He is mainly concerned with stories about nature, nature conservation and wildlife. As a photographer and journalist, he has traveled in more than 80 countries while carrying out his assignments, crossing all seven continents, from the Americas to Australia, from the North Pole to Antarctica, from Africa to Asia and the Middle East.
He is a contributor of the Italian edition of National Geographic Magazine and his images and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications including BBC Wildlife, Terre Sauvage, Oasis, Africa Geographic, Geo, The New York Times, Time, News Week, Figaro Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic website, as well as other National Geographic publications.
His first book, Wild Africa - with a conservation quote from the famous National Geographic photojournalist Steve Winter and the introduction by the world famous fashion photographer Giovanni Gastel - was launched in 2016 at the international nature photography festival of Montier-en-Der in France.
He is involved in raising funds for the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative through lectures and the traveling exhibition Wild Africa, which shows a selection of the best images of the book.
He has received recognition in many international photography competitions such as Nature's Best, National Wildlife, Oasis and Audubon. He won the NPPA - National Press Photography Association "Best of Photojournalism 2016 - Environmental Category". His photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection. When he is not commissioned, Sergio conducts photography trips in the polar regions, in Africa and in the habitats of the big cats.
Sergio will bring all of the above knowledge as well as his experience in tracking animals and animal behavior. Sergio is fluent in Italian, English and French allowing for easy communication from no matter where you are. He will be at you disposal and help you to improve your skills on:
Creating great composition
Best way to use the gear that you have
Editing tutorial, whether you are just starting or an advanced photographer
Daily recaps and discussions to help make you a better photographer
Storytelling. Using your images to tell a story and give a perspective
The power of photography as conservation tool
Learning about the environment and the animals
Uganda Photo Expedition
Lake Victoria - Murchison Falls National Park - Uganda - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Lake Bunyonyi
10 Days / 9 Nights
Day 1 : 2 Friends Guesthouse and Lake Victoria
After clearing customs at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative who will then transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe where you'll have your dinner.
Known as one of Africa’s ‘Great Lakes’, Lake Victoria is world-renowned as the source of the Nile. This massive 6.5 million-hectare lake is three times the size of Wales and is shared by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It is both Africa’s largest lake and the source of its biggest river, the Nile. Its waters are rich in fish life with shimmering shoals of colourful cichlids and large Nile Perch which is sought after by fishermen. It boasts an impressive 3440 kilometre stretch of shoreline and is dotted with over 3000 inhabited islets. Visitors can look forward to a variety of activities including: excellent fishing; wildlife viewing; visiting Ukerewe, the lake's largest island and enjoying the picturesque island beaches and spectacular scenery.
Overnight: 2 Friends Guesthouse
A comfortable retreat in the heart of Jinja.
Day 2: Itinerary Pakuba Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast you'll meet your guide and leave for Murchison Falls National Park, where you'll have the first afternoon game drive in the park. Overnight and dinner at the lodge, lunch on route.
Murchison Falls National Park
Stretching from the shores of Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest National Park. The Nile River flows through the middle of the park creating the impressive Murchison Falls which is the park’s major attraction. The landscape features dense rainforest, undulating savannah and a diversity of abundant wildlife. Visitors can enjoy prime game-viewing along the Buligi Circuit. The forests are home to numerous primates, including Chimpanzees, and near the river, buffalo, elephants and Rothschild-Giraffes can be seen. Other commonly spotted wildlife include: lions, antelope, waterbucks, hippos and crocodiles.
Overnight: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Pakuba Safari Lodge is located in North West of Uganda on the Eastern Bank of the Albert Nile. The tastefully furnished rooms offer comfort, style and serenity. Here you can enjoy a variety of excursions and activities; from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the River Nile, ending at the foot of Murchison Falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls and marvel at the views through the mist.
Day 3: Pakuba Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park
This day, you will have Morning game drives and in the afternoon, take the launch cruise to the bottom of the Murchison falls, with the option of walking up the top of the falls. Sundowners will be served on the boat.
Day 4: Bugoma Jungle Lodge, Uganda
After a morning game drive you'll leave for Bugoma Forest, after lunch you'll have the first walk in the forest looking for the various species of primates that leave in the area. That's you base to explore the Budongo Forest the next morning.
Budongo Forest is situated approximately 3 hours drive northwest of the capital city Kampala on the way to the prominent Murchison Falls National Park. This is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa as well as habitat to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. The major tourist sites within this forest are: the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site, Busingiro Ecotourism site and Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site which are located at boundaries to Murchison Falls National Park and dominated by Mahogany and Iron-wood trees. The 115 kilometer expanse is a remote chunck of the Budongo forest. Its isolation once in a while offers a safe haven for the Lions, Leopards as well as Buffaloes. Early in the morning is the ideal time to set out touring because then you will have an opportunity to find a number of the forest inhabitants licking salt by the forest glades. River Waiga offers refreshment to the various Uganda safaris wildlife species within this forest.
Some of the Activities to enjoy within this forest include:
Birding; the forest is among the most ideal places in Uganda to have a guided bird watching tour by the Royal Mile that extends from Nyabyeya Forestry College to the research station.
The Chimpanzee Tracking experience: is the number one priority here. Starting in October up to January, the time when the fruits are shorter in supply, the chimps move a lot covering a wider area so the success of seeing them drops to about 50% rate. Fortunately there is a diversity of Accommodation facilities available from where you can base to enjoy Uganda tours ; Chimpanzee trekking as well as the exciting forest walks.
Uganda, or the ‘Pearl of Africa’, as it was famously dubbed by Winston Churchill, is characterised by relatively dry and flat savanna in the north, with verdant mountains in the West, and vast dense and remarkably lush forests in the central region. The nation is home to an astonishingly diverse range of African wildlife including the highly endangered mountain gorilla which can be found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. A popular spot for wildlife watching is Queen Elizabeth National Park, which hosts four of the Big Five, a flock of flamboyant flamingos and the rare tree-climbing lions of Ishasha. Outdoor enthusiasts can get their adrenaline fix with plenty of whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, quad biking and horse riding facilities on offer. Add to this some friendly locals, a burgeoning cultural scene, and a capital city full of lively bars, clubs and restaurants, and it is easy to see why Uganda has gained itself a reputation as 'Africa's friendliest country'.