Current Photo Tours 2018/2019 Schedule 

 - Uganda Photo Tour August 11th to 22nd, 2018 

- Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour August 21st to September 4th, 2018

- Franklin Island Workshops September 7th thru October 4th, 2018

- Grizzly Bear Tour BC Interior September 29th to October 6th, 2018

- Still Life in a World of Motion with B.D. Colen Oct 2018 or Jan 2019 

- Polar Bear Photo Tour Oct 27th to Nov 1st, 2018

- Galapagos Islands Photo Tour Nov 30th to Dec 11th, 2018

- Costa Rica Photo Tour February 6th to 15th, 2019

- Bulgaria Photo Tour May 30th to 11th, 2019

- Our 2018 Tour Brochure available for download



Uganda Photo Tour - "Capturing the wonders of Africa"


This tour is now sold out - please contact james@tourcanvacations.com we can add you to our standby list incase space opens up, Thank you.

Uganda Photo Tour - A tapestry of landscapes, excellent wildlife viewing and warm welcomes from the locals, Uganda offers all the big game all packed into one small country. Uganda is home to Africa’s tallest mountain range, the Rwenzoris, the source of the Nile, the worlds largest river and the continent’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. The countries most iconic experience is tracking    mountain gorillas in their misty habitat. We will also have opportunity to experience and photograph the chimpanzee.

I would like to invite you to join us as we experience and photograph the beauty and wildlife of Uganda. This is an adventure no photographer can pass up. Uganda makes your Africa experience complete. 

We are pleased to offer our Uganda tour as a stand alone photo tour August 11th to 22nd, 2018 ... or you can combine this tour with our Kenya and Tanzania Tour August 21st to September 4th, 2018. If you wish to do both tours please see the last page of this brochure for pricing. When you register select Uganda Only or Combined Uganda / Kenya / Tanzania. I look forward to traveling with you on our Africa adventure. 

                                                                                                                        James Cowie


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 Uganda Photo Tour Itinerary - August 11th to 22nd, 2018

Day One: Saturday August 11th, 2018 Our motor coach departs London early in the morning for Pearson International airport. Guests departing from Toronto region will meet the group at Pearson International. Our flight departs for Entebbe via Addis Ababa at 11:00 a.m.

Day Two: Sunday August 12th, 2018  Our flight arrives into Entebbe, Uganda at 12:50 p.m. Welcome ... We will clear customs, meet our guides and travel to Kampala,check into our hotel and have some time to relax and settle in. This evening our welcome dinner. Overnight Lake Heights Hotel. (D)

Day Three: Monday August 13th, 2018  After breakfast check-out and begin the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle then travel on to visit the Ziwa Rhino Project. We will spend time photographing at the Rhino sanctuary, Rhino trekking is a must. After lunch we will drive to Murchison Falls including a visit to the Boomu Women community to experience their lifestyle and way of life. We will have plenty of time for cultural photography this afternoon before traveling on to our lodge. The next two nights we will be staying at Pakuba Safari Lodge. Time to relax, meet for drinks and dinner. (B)(L)(D)

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Day Four: Tuesday August 14th, 2018  Early morning rise, we begin our day with a cup of African Coffee, then cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank Murchison Falls National Park. This will be our first photo safari opportunity to see and photograph Elephants, Lions, Cape buffalo, Rothschild's giraffe, Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor Reedbuck, Hyena and also the Leopard. We will return to our lodge for breakfast and time to relax before our afternoon safari. After lunch, a boat safari upstream on the Victoria Nile to the base of the Murchison falls stopping just tens of meters from the "Devil's Cauldron". En-route, we will have opportunity to photograph hippos, crocodiles. Over this 17 km stretch of the Nile we may see Elephants, Waterbucks and Uganda Kob crocodiles. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, Kingfisher, Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill stork. There you leave the boat to photograph at the water falls. Experience where the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Our driver/guide will be waiting to drive us back to the lodge. Overnight and dinner at Pakuba Safari Lodge (B)(L)(D)

Day Five: Wednesday August 15th, 2018  After breakfast, check-out and begin our drive south to the Kibale region. We will travel via Hoima to Fort Portal through green and lush countryside as we pass traditional homesteads and farms along the Albertine Rift escarpment. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. During todays drive we will make stops for countryside photography. This afternoon check into Crater Safari Lodge. (B)(L)(D) 

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Day Six: Thursday August 16th, 2018 Our day begins with an early morning trek for chimpanzees. Kibale is the best reserve in Africa to view and photographs chimps. In this region we experience a thick jungle with a towering canopy. This afternoon we will drive to the south into Queen Elizabeth National Park, photographing and game viewing enroute. This evening check-in for dinner and two nights at Park View Safari Lodge. (B)(L)(D)

Day Seven: Friday August 17th, 2018 Begin our day with an cup of coffee and snack then begin our early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile. This region will give us opportunity to photograph Elephants, Buffalo, Water Bucks, Warthogs, Lions, Uganda Kobs lakes and a variety of birds. Mid morning we will return to our lodge for breakfast with time to relax and review our morning images. Lunch at our lodge, then we will take a two hour boat trip along the Kazinga channel. As we sail we will have opportunity to photograph Hippo, Buffalo, Kobs, Elephants, Warthogs and many spectacular shore birds. This evening return to our lodge for dinner, Park View Safari Lodge (B)(L)(D)

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Day Eight: Saturday August 18th, 2018 Breakfast check-out and get ready for our guided Chimpanzee primate photo walk along Kyambura Gorge to look for chimps that live along the gorge. After our primate photo walk, we drive to Ishasha. We will travel along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes us through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Arriving in the Ishasha sector we will take a game drive in search of tree climbing lions then continue our journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Our journey takes about 4 hours as we drive through interesting regions. Arriving at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park this evening. The park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are many streams running through it. Check-in to Gorilla Safari Lodge time to relax and dinner. (B)(L)(D)

Day Nine: Sunday August 19th, 2018  Breakfast then set off early with our guides to track and photograph the gorillas. Good place to note to bring water proof hiking shoes and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rainforest, so ancient that it survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it's one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas - believed to number just 720. There's also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together. Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. This afternoon return to our lodge, time to freshen up and relive todays experiences over a drink before dinner. Overnight Gorilla Safari Lodge (B)(L)(D)

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 Day Ten: Monday August 20th, 2018 Early morning breakfast, then depart for our second gorilla tracking photographing and experiencing another group of gorillas as we visit a different area of the park. More great landscape photo opportunities as we explore the dense rainforest region. Late in the afternoon return to our lodge for time to relax. We will have time for some additional sightseeing and photography around the lodge. Dinner and overnight Gorilla Safari Lodge. (B)(L)(D)

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Day Eleven: Tuesday August 21st, 2018 After early breakfast, We will drive back to Kampala with different photography stops including a visit to Igongo Cultural village to explore and learn the Bahima and Ankole culture. This is the place where the future meets the past. Our drive to the Equator crossing. We will have lunch enroute driving back Kampala Entebbe for our overnight stay at Lake Heights Hotel in Entebbe. (B)(L)(D)

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Day Twelve: Wednesday August 22nd, 2018 Breakfast and some time in Entebbe before transferring to the airport for our 3:30 p.m. check-in for our return flight to Canada connecting in Addis Ababa arriving in Toronto 8:25 a.m. on Thursday August 23rd, 2018. Saying goodbye to our Toronto and connecting guest our meet our motor coach arriving in London at approximately 11:30 a.m. (B)

Day Twelve: Wednesday August 22nd, 2018 - For our guests who have selected to stay in Africa with us and take our Kenya and Tanzania Photo Tour our flight departs mid day for Nairobi, Kenya. We will have a traditional Kenya Welcome at the airport transferring to our hotel to meet up with the photographers arriving today from Canada for our Kenya and Tanzania experience. Overnight Sarova Panafric Hotel. (B)

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Uganda offers up great wildlife and landscape photo opportunities. This time of year temperatures in Uganda have a average daily temperature of 25 C to 28 C more humidity in the rain forest region. The northern part of Uganda is clear and dry with little rain this time of year.


The cost of our Uganda Photo Tour is $8,750.00 per person CAD based on double occupancy including air via Ethiopian Airlines, plus air taxes of $801.03 CAD and $11.47 HST. Single supplement is available for an additional $1100.00 CAD. 

Includes:

- Round trip motor coach via Cherrey Coach Lines to Pearson Airport, Toronto,

- Departures from London, and Woodstock, other pick up points where possible,

- Round Trip Airfare via Ethiopian Airlines,

- All airport and hotel transfers,

- Accommodations and meals during our tour, as specified in our itinerary,

- Private use of 4x4 safari land cruisers with guaranteed window seats for our photographers,

- All games drives as per itinerary,

- $1,400 US Gorilla and Chimp permits per person

- Park entry fees

- Igongo cultural village visit

- Two Boat Trips

- Batwa Cultural experience

- Unlimited bottled water supplied in your safari vehicle during game drives and transfers

- Tour hosted and escorted by photographer James Cowie

Excludes:

- Alcoholic beverages, laundry and tips.

- Tourist visa fees (we will assist with applications and processing) 

A non refundable deposit of $1800.00 CAD is required at time of booking. You may select one of two payment options. Three payments of $2587.50 Apr 6th, May 6th and June 6th, 2018 or full balance on June 6th,, 2018. We recommend the purchase of travel and health insurance as this tour takes us out of the country. 


 Optional Uganda / Kenya & Tanzania Extended Tour - Aug 11th to Sept 4th, 2018

The cost of our combined Uganda / Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour is $15,825.00 per person CAD based on double occupancy including air via Ethiopian Airlines, plus air taxes of $780.22 CAD & $11.47 HST. Single supplement available for an additional $2275.00 CAD.

To select the Extended tour please choose Combination Tour under the pricing section when registering for the tour.


Click here to register

Click here to download a copy of Uganda Photo Tour Brochure


 Booking space for this tour may be done online by clicking on the registration link above.

Questions please contest:

James Cowie by email:  jcowie@tourcanvacations.com
                          phone: 1-416-391-0334 ext. 2688
                                      1-800-263-2995 ext. 2688
 
Padma Rao by email:    padma@tourcanvacations.com
                          phone: 1-416-391-0334 ext. 2672
                                      1-800-263-2995 ext. 2672

 
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