I am excited to announce our new Safari Photography Workshops, the first of which will be held at Queen Elizabeth National Park between the 7th- 9th October 2011.
The workshops are designed as mini versions of my longer two week safari’s and offer guests the chance to photograph some of Uganda’s incredible wildlife and scenery. Guests will get to learn from each other and i will be on hand to provide tips and skills to get more out of your safaris and photography.
Places are limited to six guests so please get in touch if you would like to sign up and reserve your place.
I look forward to seeing you in October!
Last in the Ishasha trilogy (see the other two here and here).
After spending the first couple of hours with the female lions it was time to get back to our original plan for the day: find the Lake Edward flats. On the map they are located at the end of a ‘seasonal road’. Picture impassible bog in the rainy season and you will have an idea. But this was the dry season so surely this was the perfect season for a seasonal road?
With a loop road accessing the flats we decided to try from the southern end of the loop. Everything was going perfectly, great weather, clear road…and then the clear road disappeared when we hit the flats. If for no other reason that the landscape was perfectly flat and the rain which had appeared whilst we were sitting with the lioness’ was now sitting on the flats and covering any sign of a road. Not to be outdone we nevertheless attempted to navigate our way along the road.
After two hours aimlessly driving in circles with only an elephant calf skeleton to provide any sense of direction, we gave up and headed back to the river and the last trace of a road.
Not to be outdone we still persisted, this time from the north…but when we came across the elephant calf skeleton for the umpteenth time we had to call it quits.
And so at about one o’clock and after about four hours aimlessly driving through the bush we gave up and headed into the north of the park…and just as we did we found a brand new unmarked road which had only recently been made. And low and behold this was the ‘new’ road to the Edward flats. Fifteen minutes later we rounded a bend and drove into a group of between 100 and 150 elephants all gathering round a waterhole the size of a tennis court. It was genuinely breathtaking.
Unfortunately the light was as bad as it had been in the morning and it began to rain again forcing my iso up and my shutter speed down. Technically not the best images in the world but who cares?
We stopped the car about a hundred metres away, opened the cool box and enjoyed a cold beer and some sandwiches with one of the most perfect views in the world.
If patience and experience had come together in the morning to get the images of the lioness’, then this afternoon was simply a case of sheer determination and serendipity. Had we arrived at the flats earlier in the day we would have not seen the elephants. They hung around until everyone had had their fill and then sloped off back into the forest.
Just a quick post to let you know that i have now set up a new website for my personal photography. The Photographic Safari Company website will still remain and will now work alongside the new website. Hopefully this will allow much cleaner and streamlined websites respectively for both the safaris and my own image work.
This blog will work for both websites and provide a single source for all my latest news.
Check out the new website and let me know what you think.