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Chris Renshaw was the winner of the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition 2015 with his stunning image of a leopard trapping a vervet monkey by the tail. His prize was a dream safari in the wilds of Uganda's Albertine Rift with photographer Albie Venter and Premier Safaris.

   The Albertine Rift is a 1,200 km long rift valley in central Africa that splits Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. The valley, which is flanked by some of the highest mountains on the continent and includes a series of notable lakes, is also prime territory for endemic birds and rare primates.

   Chris took his dad along on the trip and their itinerary included the scenic splendours and shoebill storks of Murchison Falls National Park, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, classic game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and of course mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The journey was an extraordinary one, filled with new species, adventures and once in a lifetime experiences - one of the most memorable for Chris being the opportunity to take his father along so he could complete the epic journey he began in 1969.

  

   Chris was kind enough to share some of his stunning Uganda images with us. Click on the NEXT tab above to enjoy this gallery of one of Africa's most extraordinary destinations.

About the photographer

Zarafa-300x200Chris Renshaw’s love for anything wild and adventurous came from a deep rooted attachment to the African continent. It all started with a mother who was brought up in Kenya, and a father who hitchhiked from London to Johannesburg. Chris picked up where his parents left off adding many adventures and forays into the African bushveld, ultimately leading to a Masters degree in Zoology and the fulfillment of his lifelong dream of becoming a wildlife guide. Many years of incredible safaris later, Chris met Bradley Thomet, his current business partner. A mutual love for wildlife, conservation and amazing luxury experiences brought about Safari Architects specialising in luxury safari travel and enhanced by their drive for adventure, respect and knowledge of the African bush.