KENYA: LAKE TURKANA FESTIVAL & UGANDA
10 DAYS // MAY 15-26, 2016
May 15 - Arrival Nairobi, Kenya
Arrival in Nairobi, Kenya (NBO) where you will be met and transferred straight to the wilderness for a night in Ololo Safari Lodge, on the edge of Nairobi National Park.
May 16 & 17 - Game Drives in Lewa
Transfer to Wilson airport and fly to Lewa downs for the most fabulous game viewing in one of the world’s top locations for wildlife photography. Take a ride with us in off-road jeeps on safaris that will put you and your camera within arms reach of lions, giraffes, elephants and cheetahs. Capture breathtaking images of the "Big Five" Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo and Rhinos. Each day features early morning and afternoon game drives for amazing wildlife photography. The Lewa House is booked exclusively for our own group, comprising a cosy main house and separate cottages. Its home-like atmosphere offers the perfect base of comfort and charm for exploring the beauty of Lewa.
Two nights at Lewa House.
May 18 - Lewa to Desert Rose, Lake Turkana
After a morning game drive our private charter, a Cessna 208, will collect you from Lewa Downs to take us to the Desert Rose Lodge. This plane will be our own private plane at our disposal for the next full week. Our charter will swoop you over the Northern Frontier District’s staggering scenery:
the Jade Sea, volcanoes, deserts, mountains, and lakes will appear and disappear beneath your wings as you head toward Desert Rose Lodge. Land at Kowoop Airstrip.
Perched on the slopes of Mt Nyiru, Desert Rose commands a majestic view over the Elbarta plains, Karisia Mountains and Lake Turkana. At one with the spectacular environment, the lodge is completely eco-friendly and provides a true retreat into nature. The nearby springs yield up
beautiful walks to explore, while you prepare for the days to come at the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival. Overnight at Desert Rose Lodge.
May 19 - Lake Turkana Festival
Depart early while the light is good, flying low all the way. Fly over the Suguta Valley, through Painted Valley, Naibatum Crater, Central Island, fly low over flocks of flamingoes, and the amazing Jade Sea. Keroli Springs to name but a few. On this day you will have a picnic lunch enroute and plenty of cold drinks on the plane.
Late afternoon, land at Loyangalani where Desert Rose will have set up a simple fly camp. This evening photograph the gathering of tribes as they make their way to the Cultural Festival. Overnight at Desert Rose Fly Camp.
May 20 & 21 - Lake Turkana Festival
Spend a full day at the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival, where you will be able to photograph incredible colorful tribes like the Rendille, Gabbra, The El Molo and The Turkana. Overnight at Desert Rose Fly Camp.
May 22 - Fly back to Nairobi or choose the OPTIONAL EXTENSION to photograph Gorillas in Uganda on our 5 day/4 night Gorilla "Fly in Safari in Bwindi."
Early morning shoot with the tribes. Fly back to Nairobi. Book your flights back home this evening.
Fly from Nairobi to Entebbe and spend the night in Entebbe, Uganda.
May 23 - Gorillas in Uganda
After breakfast, fly to Kihihi followed by an hour drive to the Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The park contains almost one half of the world's population of 850 endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site.
May 24, 25 - Gorilla Trekking for two days.
Early morning after breakfast, drive to the briefing place and start of the Trail. If the guides know that the Gorillas are further away, you may need to drive a bit more to the starting point.
According to The Ugandan Wildlife Authority, there is a 95% chance that you will come across gorillas on your trek. The journey will be an exhilarating one: we will push our way through dense jungle, thick bamboo, past local homesteads and up forested hills. Tracking times do vary and can be anything from a little as 1.5-6 hours! For this reason you have to be in good physical condition! Your efforts will be rewarded with your first sighting of the gorillas, as these gentle giants shyly approach you and you come face-to-face with one of nature’s greatest animals.
It’s an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense forest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas. We have secured two permits for each photographer. Overnight Buhoma Lodge, Uganda.
May 26 - Departure to the USA
After breakfast, prepare for the return journey. Fly back to Entebbe this morning. Please book your flights back to the USA from Entebbe, Uganda (EBB). Most flight will depart around 11pm.