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Photographing in Uganda: Tips for Capturing Beautiful Scenery, Wildlife, and Adventure
Uganda is one of the most beautiful and photogenic countries in Africa, home to abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced photographer, there are plenty of opportunities for capturing amazing photos here. On this page, we will give you some tips on photographing in Uganda, from the best places to shoot to what camera equipment to bring with you.
So pack your bags, buy some more memory cards and get ready for an adventure!
Uganda is a great destination for photographers of all levels.
The country offers a fantastic variety of landscapes, from the lush green hills and forests of the Rift Valley to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Elgon. The roads that wiggle their way through the rolling hills and mountainous terrains. Those pristine lakes dotted around almost every corner, as well as those coffee and tea plantations. Uganda is exceptionally scenic and an excellent choice for landscape photographers.
There are also plenty of opportunities for wildlife photography, with Uganda being home to some of the most iconic African animals, gorillas, chimpanzees, lions and elephants. National parks abound, and they all offer something different in terms of wildlife and birdlife; our favourite parks and attractions include; Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains, Semliki, Mgahinga Gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Lake Mburo National Parks. Yes, we agree that the wildlife cannot be compared to the likes of what Kenya and Tanzania have to offer, but on the right day, you will be surprised at what one can photograph. The other bonus of a safari in one of the above National Parks is that they are a whole lot quieter in terms of tourist numbers, so bumping into your neighbour, ex-girlfriend and Bob from down the street is highly unlikely.
When photographing in Uganda, it's important to have the right camera equipment. A wide-angle lens (28-35mm) is ideal for capturing scenic shots, while a telephoto lens (200-500mm) will come in handy if you want to photograph wildlife at a distance. An ultra-wide-angle of say 16-28mm is never a bad idea either.
Uganda has many different wildlife species that move at various speeds (elephants slow, birds fast), so make sure your camera has a quick and accurate focus system. Otherwise, one might end up with a series of blurred out images. Most modern cameras do have a fast autofocus system. Please check how your autofocus system behaves in low light before you depart for your safari; photographing gorillas in a dense jungle environment in low light can stump a whole host of cameras.
A trip-pod or mono-pod is recommended, but what is a must is a waterproof bag of sorts; Uganda is humid, damp, and often raining. Protect your gear as best you can. Our other top tip is to have your kit ready and tested before you leave home. Camera shops in Entebbe and Kampala might not carry what you are after.
Take advantage of what Uganda offers and capture memories with a camera while you enjoy the scenery. The country is gorgeous, as are her people.
All photographs have been taken by us here at Uyaphi.com over the last 22 years; please enjoy.