Uganda is located in East Africa and is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo and to the south-west by Rwanda. Uganda lies on the Equator within the Nile Basin, originating from Lake Victoria, which is shared with Kenya and Tanzania to the south. Due to it’s location and being landlocked, Uganda is surrounded by mountainous regions and therefore the climate is tropical with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August). While it does rain in Uganda much of the year, the rain does not last long before the sun shines again.
Beginning in 1894, the area was ruled as a protectorate by the British, who established administrative law across the territory. Uganda gained independence from Britain on 9 October 1962. It was during this reign, that then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill coined the term “Pearl of Africa”, when describing what he saw upon one of his first visits. Uganda has gone through much turmoil over the years, including the ousting of thousands of Asians by then President and dictator Idi Amin, the lengthy conflict with the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda and the notable rescue of hostages in Entebbe in 1976, which a film was done and aptly named “Raid on Entebbe”. While all African countries have experienced conflict and war, Uganda is also one of the safest countries and the people that inhabit this beautiful country are the warmest and kindest people you will meet on the African continent. Uganda takes it’s name from the Buganda Kingdom, which is the largest ethnic group in the county and encompasses a large portion of the southern part of the country, including it’s capital Kampala. Official languages are English and Swahili, however many languages exist amongst the numerous tribes in the region.
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This group will be super small so space is limited to only 12 people. If this exciting photography adventure, has your name on it then now is the time to register! If you have any questions before registering, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
How long is the tour?
Depending on the itinerary, the tour is either 14 days or 16 days in total (2 days for travel there and back and 12 or 14 days on the ground).
Why are we training girls in photography?
Imagine changing a life of a girl through the art of photography? By giving a girl a tool like a camera, she can now be encouraged that with support, she can pull herself out of poverty, have a vocation, earn an income and not only change her life but that of her family and community. Being a traveller is not just about seeing another country, but it’s about participating in that culture and taking that part of your trip home, where it will actually mean something about where you have just been and make you more appreciative of what you already have. Through this experience, our guests get a direct interaction with these girls – enriching their lives and the guests life in the process.
What led to starting this experiential travel company. What need did you see in the market?
I am originally from Uganda and having been back twice, once in 2007 and once in 2012, I saw a need in girls education. Girls for the most part are either married off early, relegated to household duties and/or taking care of the younger children. In Uganda education is not free so not all girls and boys are given an education but there is definitely a want.
I realized that my passion for photography could be somebody else’s, only if they were given an opportunity and thus Triple F Photo Tours was born. “Where Fun, F(ph)otography & F(ph)ilanthropy Meet”.
How will the experiences you offer at Triple F Photo Tours give guests a unique perspective on the history, people or culture of your Uganda?
Not only will we be taking our guests to the typical hotspots, such as the Nile River, Gorilla trekking and Safari to name a few, but they will be completely immersed in the training as well. Three days out of each tour are carved out for training girls in photography. We are with the girls for three whole days; we train them, give them feedback while teaching them how to operate the camera, take pictures, etc. The guests are interested in learning about culture and how the person on the other side of the world lives and subsists on a daily basis.
When the guest leaves Uganda, they will not only be changing a life but they will have the option to stay in touch with that girl, encourage her through email from afar and if interested be immersed in further training with that girl. No other photo-tour company offers this.
How does the company philosophy, and in turn the experiences that you offer, align with your personal interests and passions?
My passion is photography coupled with philanthropy. The experience we offer is aligned with that. When I speak to possible guests about the experience and the trip, their eyes light up as they are interested in giving back in a world that is hugely unconnected due to social media. They like me are longing for that human connection, which they get on our trips.
What do you wish every guest knew as they consider joining your tour?
That Uganda and it’s people are the warmest and most welcoming people in the world. We are all about travel, learning new cultures, training or improving your photography and that at the end of the tour you will not only come away with amazing photographs and stories to tell but a heart full of the warmth of the people you meet along the way.
What to Pack?
For Lake Albert and at lower elevations, light clothing, a sweatshirt and a light jacket for the evening;
For Kampala and Lake Victoria, light clothes for the day, sweater and jacket for the evening, light scarf for the breeze and a light raincoat or umbrella.
For the plateau, at higher altitudes, spring/autumn clothes, sweater and warm jacket, raincoat or umbrella;
For the mountain peaks, warm clothes, down jacket, hat, and gloves.
How difficult is the Gorilla Trek?
All activities are suited to moderate exercise level with the exception of the Gorilla Trek – before going you need to prepare yourself by doing the following:
1. Make sure you can walk at least 5-10 miles
2. Make sure you can walk in both flat and steep (not overly steep just slightly) areas as we are going through the rain forest
3. If you’d like to partake in the trek, make sure you bring proper hiking shoes and that you have broken them in before the trip so you don’t incur foot problems while on the tour.
Because we know that not everyone will partake in the trek, we’ve planned an alternative set of activities for this day – it’s going to be full of photo opportunities! However, luckily our tour guide, Venex through his company Rwenzori Safaris’ is well connected and can arrange for the group to trek to the closest group of Gorilla’s thereby aleviating the harder parts of the trek.
Why do I need to buy trip insurance?
In Africa, there are good doctors and services, but not being local, you may not get medical help if it is something serious – by having trip insurance, you can get flown directly to Nairobi for a quick flight home;
Please note each participant is required to purchase trip insurance; our travel agent can offer trip insurance and/or you can arrange your own but proof of insurance will be required before coming on the tour.
Your safety is our ultimate concern.
Is there a discount if I travel with my spouse or friend?
Yes we offer a $1,00 discount on your combined package.
What happens if I don’t get my vaccines done?
You will take the risk that if you don’t get your vaccines done you may get sick. Please note that you WILL BE DENIED entry into Uganda, without proof of the Yellow Fever Vaccine, which must be administered a minimum of 3 months prior to departure. We want you to enjoy your trip so taking the time to get this done, will ensure your safety as well as the group. Please also note that currently Canada is suffering a shortage of yellow fever vaccine, so as soon as you book your trip, ensure you also get your vaccines done so that you are not at risk of not being able to get it in time. There will be no refunds if you take the risk of waiting too long. We will provide you a list of clinics that are helpful.
How do you protect my Camera Equipment?
When checking with our insurance provider, we cannot insure your equipment under our policy. We will have a policy in effect but unfortunately the one thing it will not cover is the equipment that is not owned by our company. When you call your home insurer, you can ask them to add the insurance for 1 month to your home insurance. They will need a full list of your equipment and it is a small adjustment added to your bill.
How experienced in photography do I need to be in order to participate?
Great question – the tour is geared towards both inexperienced and experienced photographers – there is something for every level of photographer to gain on this tour.