Uganda with Michael Coyne - 30Sep to 10Oct 2018

This is a rare opportunity to travel with a legendary photo journalist to an authentic, unspoilt part of Africa.

Michael Coyne, who is based in Australia, has worked on assignments and appeared in magazines such as: Newsweek, Life, Time, National Geographic Magazine, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, German Geo, French Geo, Paris Match, Madame La Figaro, London Observe Magazine, London Independent Magazine, Travel Holiday, and Vogue.

Michael's assignment and personal projects have taken him to many parts of the world including the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, China and of course, Africa. He is especially well known for sensitively documenting the struggles of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

He has had a number of successful books published of his work including: Numurkah lakes & Roses, Second Spring - The Regeneration of the Jesuits, The Oz Factor, A World of Australians, Contemporary Photographer:Australia - MICHAEL COYNE, The Jew called Jesus, Tour of Duty - East Timor, Lonely Planet - People Photography, How To be A Child and Armageddon.

His work has been exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, South America and North America.

His numerous awards include: American National Press Photographers Association, Overseas Press Club of America, FCC Hong Kong Human Rights Certificate, Children's Book of the Year, The Religious Book of the Year. In April 2003 Michael was awarded the "Centenary Medal" by the Australian Government for Services to Photography. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (by Publication) from Griffith University in October 2008. He is a Senior Fellow at Photography Studies College, Melbourne.

On this tour you will be one of a handful of people who will experience and photograph rarely visited parts of Africa, with Michael at your shoulder to help you capture the images you've long thought about.

One of the highlights will be a visit to the Ik People. The Ik are rarely visited because it takes a four+ hour hike up hill to get there. You do need to be reasonably fit. Our small group was the only group of tourists to visit the Ik in 2016.

Other highlights of this tour include a visit to an authentic Karamojong village, a nature walk and several game drives in the Kidepo Valley National Park. Kidepo is famous for large mammals, including buffalo and lion as well as a huge number of bird species.

You will be accompanied by Michael Coyne and another award winning photographer, Neville Jones. Our entourage will include (as required) English-speaking drivers, Rangers (armed for the nature walk), English-speaking guides, translators (English to Karamojong and Ik) and members of the UPDF. Michael will stay overnight as a guest of the Ik and we will return to our lodge.

Whilst we will photograph people in authentic African villages and classic African wildlife in their natural habitat, we will return every night to the exquisite luxury of the Apoka Safari Lodge. The lodge is perched on a rise overlooking the Kidepo Valley. There is electricity in the rooms and the sumptuous communal lounge is ideal for ad hoc photo editing and sharing workshops.

After this incredible encounter with the people and wildlife on Northern Uganda we head south for two more exceptional experiences. We stay for four nights in a beautiful camp on the banks of the Ishasha River in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here we will enjoy game drives every day. Of particular interest will be a rare Lion behaviour that has evolved in just a couple of very remote locations. These lions climb trees!

After Ishasha we head to Bwindi Impenetrable Park to trek to the Endangered Mountain Gorillas. Thankfully, all reputable zoos have discontinued the practice of keeping Mountain Gorillas because they never do well. Their cousins, the Lowland Gorillas do better.

Today there are almost 900 Mountain Gorillas in the world and thanks to conservation efforts funded mostly by tourists, their numbers are increasing from an estimated 700 a few years ago. They exist in just two pockets of mountainous jungles near the equator. Access is limited by numbers and controlled by attentive rangers.
This tour will start and end at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda.

Tour subject to a minimum of four guests and availability.

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