What equipment to bring for mountain gorilla photography?

Africa adventure vacations suggests that you come along with your SLR camera and a range of lenses and batteries.

Mountain Gorillas Photography Tips In Uganda And Rwanda

Are you looking for mountain gorillas photography tips in Uganda and Rwanda?  Africa adventure vacations introduces you some of the tips about photographing of endangered mountain gorillas in their habitats from our nature photography expert. Our company provides in-depth advice, to the wildlife photography lessons. Whether you are a photography beginner or a seasonal photographer, it will be necessary for you to read these tutorials before heading into the rainforest to trek chimpanzees, golden monkeys and ironic mountain gorillas.

Meeting mountain gorillas feels like a special privilege. The estimated number of mountain gorillas left in the whole world is 1080 and all these are endangered primates. The remaining mountain gorillas in the whole world live in 3 countries in 4 national parks of Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national parks in Uganda, Virunga national park in DR Congo and volcanoes national park in Rwanda.

On our mountain gorilla photography, you will be photographing these great apes in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, which is a habitat to the biggest number of mountain gorillas. Seeing mountain gorillas from here is a humbling experience. The activity is a challenging and rewarding wildlife photo shoot to experience. The close sight we gain into the family lives of these mountain gorillas is something you will never forget, especially when you have insightful pictures to bring back home.

You will set out on our gorilla trek in search for these endangered animals. You are briefed first on what to do before finding these animals. Don’t look straight into the eyes of the gorilla because this seen as a threatening behavior. Just bend down, lower your voices and avoid prolonged eye contact and you will be welcomed as one of the family.

You are also advised to keep a distance of 7 meters from the mountain gorillas to protect them from catching human germs and diseases. However there are cases when mountain gorillas voluntarily come closer to human beings than this. Don’t be shaken for they are gentle and it’s amazing to be so close to these beautiful and intelligent animals.

Being near to a mountain gorilla will give you an incredible photographic opportunities. To make many of these, it’s better to be prepared. Africa adventure vacation safaris offers some tips on how to get the best photographic results

What equipment to bring for mountain gorilla photography?

Africa adventure vacations suggests that you come along with your SLR camera and a range of lenses and batteries. Given how close you are to the mountain gorillas, you will find 70 – 200mm f2.8 very important. Although wider habitat shots from a 24-70 mm are also very effective, and detail shots at 300 or 400 mm give amazing ups, especially when shooting through foliage. Faster lenses will work because here for they allow wider aperture and have lower f –stop values, as you will sometimes be shooting in cloudy conditions and in the shadow of undergrowth and trees. They will as well give you a shallower depth of the field and therefore a more attractive blur to the surrounding.


When choosing lenses many people elect for long telephoto zooms when moving for a safari and these are the best tool for photography when you are on a safari. They can be a bit too much when visiting the endangered mountain gorillas. The reason for this is that you must be 7 meters away from mountain gorillas, which is relatively closer than you are likely to be to a leopard or a lion in the tree.

If somebody else was paying for it and carrying it I would prefer to go with 2 x canon 1dx bodies fitted with canon EOS battery grips, a medium telephoto i.e. Canon EF 24- 70 mm f /  / 2.8 L II USM attached with a Canon EF 70 – 300mm f/4 – 5.6 L IS USM. But as these trips are based on reality, we went with none of these. It’s all well and good saying that this is the best but I shot completely on a canon 50D with Sigma 18 – 250 mm f/ 3.5 – 6.3, which is relatively cheaper and lighter


A decent quality digital SLR is the finest tool for the job in most wildlife photography and photographing gorillas is no exception. Those that are lucky enough to own a full frame SLR then its good due to higher performance in low light situations that you are likely to find yourself in. however that does not mean that a cropper sensor will not do a decent job for you, in fact for ,any people the performance would be more than suitable.

It is worth nothing that on a cropped sensor SLR your zoom lenses will be stretched relying on the size of the sensor. A 1.6x sensor for example will multiply the focal length of your lenses by the factor, this can be more important for the parts of your photography safari. E.g. a 200 mm lens on a 1.6x sense would be equal to a 320mm zoom (200 x 1.6 = 320) handy

Try spending more time on learning how to use your equipment and this will get you a lot further than just spending money on flashy equipment.

At Africa adventure vacations we are wildlife specialties, not led by commissions but rather by putting people in the right place at the right time. When you get in touch with us you will discover what makes our trips so different. Our mountain gorilla photography safaris can’t be replicated by other companies.

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