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GORILLA PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

My husband Bob and I have been on safari eight times since 2000. On a typical African safari, I rely primarily on a Canon 1D series DSLR body together with a 100 to 400 mm telephoto zoom lens and also have a second DSLR available coupled with a shorter lens. I have found this equipment is suitable for most of my safari photography, due to the large distances between the animals and the vehicle.
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Posted in: Africa Travel Guides and Tips, Gorilla Trekking Safari, African Wildlife Photography

If the World is Your Oyster, in Uganda You’ll Find Many Pearls by David Bristow

Whenever someone wants to do a PR job on Uganda they trot out the fact that Sir Winston Churchill called it the “pearl of Africa.” As with just about all things past and distant the truth turns out to be far more interesting than the myth. Way back in 1907 Churchill was the newly appointed under-secretary for colonial affairs (not a top job in the day). At age 33 he made the arduous journey – by ship, train, lake steamer, by canoe, on foot and even by bicycle. All the sir business and war accolades were still far in his future.
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Posted in: African Safari Tours, Gorilla Trekking Safari, Uganda, David Bristow, African Wildlife Conservation

Gorilla Trekking and Photography Safaris in the Congo Jungle in Africa

After having photographed mountain gorillas in Rwanda and chimpanzees in both Uganda and Tanzania, I wanted to photograph lowland gorillas and bonobo monkeys. My research for an African safari ground operator who could provide us access to lowland gorillas led me once again to Bushtracks. Bushtracks was providing a trip to Doli Lodge in the Central African Republic where there were habituated families of lowland gorillas, forest elephants and forest buffalos. With the rampant bush meat trade ongoing in Central and Western Africa, locating primates that were available to photograph was very difficult. If they hadn’t been habituated to not fear humans, they were long gone before you could get a photo.
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Posted in: Gorilla Trekking Safari, African Wildlife Photography, African Wildlife Conservation

How Your Safari Protects Africa’s 900 Remaining Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorillas are still under threat. Even though the mountain gorilla population in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is growing, the species remains endangered. Poaching, habitat loss, and human–wildlife conflict threaten to halt the progress of this species.   African Wildlife Foundation's Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge Gorilla lodge makes tourism a win–win. Officially opened in the spring of 2008, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is located just outside the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The lodge idea was introduced in 2002, when the Uganda Wildlife Authority, along with the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), sought to address human–gorilla conflict in the region. What resulted was a high-end lodge based on gorilla tourism, co-owned by a private operating partner and the local communities—represented by the Nkuringo Community Conservation and Development Foundation (NCCDF). This unique partnership was facilitated by IGCP and AWF. 
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Posted in: Gorilla Trekking Safari, African Wildlife Foundation, African Wildlife Conservation

Bushtracks' Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Bushtracks' Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Uganda is home to approximately half of the world’s population of mountain gorilla families – the largest living primates on earth. A recent 2011 census puts the total population in Bwindi at around 400 gorillas, up from 302 in 2006. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park now has as many as 11 habituated gorilla families available for tracking. These families can be tracked from ranger posts in four different locations in Bwindi – Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo. Please see page 6 for Gorilla Family Location Map for their precise locations. 
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Posted in: Gorilla Trekking Safari, Trips to Uganda, Gorrillas in Africa

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda: A Mother & Daughter Adventure

    Very few mothers and daughters share the experience that my mom and I did in March 2010 when she joined me on Bushtracks' safari in Rwanda to go gorilla trekking. We were in Rwanda for 3 nights and 4 days, with one gorilla trek, before connecting on to our safari in Kenya. We arrived in Kigali off our international flight, and enjoyed a recovery night before being met by our private guide the next morning. He made sure we saw all the city’s highlights in the morning, the most notable being the genocide memorial. Although we came to Rwanda to see mountain gorillas, the genocide memorial’s self-guided tour through photography, video, and most poignantly, the tattered clothes and belongings of the victims, made a very strong impression on us.
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Posted in: Trips to Africa, Chimpanzees, Gorilla Trekking Safari

Best Places to Stay in Uganda: Bwindi Safari Lodge

Best Places to Stay in Uganda: Bwindi Safari Lodge A SMALL-FOOTPRINT BASE FOR GORILLA TRACKING The Bwindi Safari Lodge is among the best places to stay in Uganda and is a Bushtracks favorite. The Bwindi Safari Lodge in Uganda overlooks the primeval Bwindi Forest, home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Tracking gorillas in the so-called ‘impenetrable' forest is a magical experience. At this stunning eco-lodge with eight bandas, clients can spend the day on the terrace, which juts out into the forest, mesmerized by its exotic sounds, watching primates and birds in the canopy. 
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Posted in: Africa Travel Guides and Tips, Gorilla Trekking Safari, Uganda, Best Trips to Eastern Africa, Best Places to Stay in Uganda

Top 3 Reasons to Go on an African Safari in Uganda

Top 3 Reasons to Go on an African Safari in Uganda By Samantha Barbitta Expert Safari Planner Best single-country combined big game viewing and primate experience  As we think about Jane Goodall’s achievements on her 80th birthday, we are reminded that primate encounters capture the imagination and the heart in a way that few other wildlife viewing experiences can do. “No one who looks into a gorilla’s eyes – intelligent, gentle, vulnerable – can remain unchanged, for the gap between ape and human vanishes…” said American biologist George Schaller, and we agree. We’ve found that only Uganda allows you to enjoy gorilla and chimpanzee trekking plus Big Five game viewing in a single-country safari experience. Progressing from north to south, you can experience the chimpanzees of Kibale, head on to big game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and conclude with mountain gorillas trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in a straightforward program that requires no back-tracking.
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Posted in: Trips to Africa, Gorilla Trekking Safari, Uganda

Hiking with Chimpanzees in Uganda: Why Haven't You Done This Yet?

Hiking with Chimps in Uganda: Why Haven't You Done This Yet? A chimpanzee mother rests with her four-month-old infant while babysitting an older baby from another mother. Kibale Forest National Park researchers are inviting safari travelers to help habituate a chimpanzee family to human observation so that future visitors can get up close and personal with our closest genetic relatives. One of the best places in Africa to hang with our closest relatives is Uganda's Kibale Forest National Park, home to more than 1,400 chimpanzees and the continent's highest diversity and density of primates. Most safari travelers opt for one of the twice-daily, ranger-guided, three-hour chimpanzee hikes. But as rewarding as this experience is, you are limited to spending just one hour with the primates once the guide locates them to avoid provoking stress or transmitting human-borne diseases.
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Posted in: Africa Travel Guides and Tips, Gorillas in Africa, Chimpanzees, Gorilla Trekking Safari, Jane Goodall, Uganda, Trips to Eastern Africa, Colubus Monkey

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