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9-Day Luxury Epic Tour of Uganda

This 9-Day Luxury Epic Tour  safari will give you an exclusive and enriching memorable travel experience in Uganda. Uganda is all about its friendly people, diverse landscapes and exceptional wildlife. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. The tour introduces you to the main highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, game drives, the boat safaris and nature walk. Explore four of Uganda’s best National parks in just 8 days.

Kibale Forest National Park:

Specifically known for its remarkable chimpanzee population, Kibale Forest allows visitors to go chimpanzee tracking and observe these primates in their natural habitat. It’s an enriching experience to learn about the behavior of these intelligent creatures and witness their interactions. However you will engage in more exciting activities like the Bigodi wetland swamp walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is a fascinating eco-tourism activity located near Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda.  Furthermore, it is a community-based initiative that offers visitors a chance to explore the unique wetland ecosystem of Bigodi and encounter its diverse flora and fauna.

Murchison falls National Park.

The journey southwards will then take you to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National Park commonly known as the nature wonders of Uganda. This is the starting point of the safari, and it promises exciting wildlife encounters. The combination of a game drive and a boat cruise on the Nile River offers an opportunity to see a wide variety of animals. Such as the iconic African Big Five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceros).  Meanwhile, the Murchison Falls is where the Nile River squeezes through a narrow gorge and plummets into the Devil’s Cauldron, is a stunning natural spectacle.

 Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This park offers a game drive and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, where visitors can spot a wide array of wildlife and bird species. The diverse landscape for instance crater lakes and the Rwenzori Mountains, adds to the allure of this park.

The Ishasha Sector.

specifically renowned for its population of tree-climbing lions, which is a rare behavior observed in only a few places in the world. These lions are known to rest and perch in the branches of fig trees, providing a remarkable sight for visitors.  However, it is believed that they climb the trees to escape from the heat on the ground and to get a better vantage point for spotting prey. Apart from the unique tree-climbing lions, the Ishasha Sector is also home to other wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, antelopes, and various bird species, making it an excellent spot for wildlife viewing and photography.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lastly  our trip ends with Lake Mburo National Park. is a compact and captivating national park located in western Uganda. Despite being the smallest national park in the country, it offers a rich diversity of wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and unique experiences for visitors. The park is named after Lake Mburo, a scenic lake that forms part of its boundaries and provides a picturesque backdrop for wildlife viewing. Lake Mburo National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including zebras, impalas, elands, topis, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, and crocodiles. It is also one of the best places in Uganda to spot wild zebras.

Highlights;

Arrival At Entebbe Airport

Drive To Kibale National Park

Chimpanzee Trekking – Drive To Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game Drive, Boat Ride On The Kazinga Channel

Drive To Ishasha Sector

Drive To Kisoro, Boat Ride On Lake Mutanda

Gorilla Trekking

Drive To Lake Mburo National Park, Evening Game Drive

DNature Walk And Game Drive – Drive To Entebbe And Depart

Detailed itinerary

Day 1:Arrival At Entebbe Airport

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and after all the formalities, you shall be welcomed by our safari guide, who will then drive you to your hotel for an overnight. Depending on the time of arrival, you may choose to go for a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria. Transfer from Entebbe late afternoon for a cruise by boat out towards the equator line or local islands to view the sun over the horizon. Watch the fishermen cast their nets and enjoy the snacks and drinks provided on board.

Main Destination:
Entebbe (City)
Accommodation:
Hotel No.5

  • Luxury hotel located in or near Entebbe
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Drive To Kibale National Park

After breakfast, you will meet with your guide and then drive to Kibale National Park. Kibale National Park is suited in the western part of Uganda and covers an area of about 795km and its acknowledged to have one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forest, and the park’s highest point is at 1590m above sea level. It is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore.

The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds. Along the way you will pass many tea plantations, you will arrive later in the afternoon, stopover in Fort Portal town, and then proceed to your accommodation for an overnight. Depending on the time you arrive, you may choose to visit the nearby crater lakes, or visit the Kings Palace in Fort Portal; otherwise you will relax at the lodge.

Main Destination:
Kibale National Park (Chimps)
Best Time To Visit: December to February and June to July
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Least rain)
Accommodation:
Primate Lodge Kibale

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Kibale NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking – Drive To Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters for briefing about the does and don’ts while trekking chimpanzees thereafter proceed for chimpanzee tracking. Led by an experienced ranger guide, trekking the chimpanzees might take about 2 to 6 hours depending on the location of chimpanzees. You will also be able to see different birds, monkeys like the black and white colobus, grey cheeked Mangabey, golden monkeys among others, and various trees species as you walk through the forest.

After lunch you drive to Queen Elisabeth National Park, enjoy a game drive on your way in. Named after her Majesty the Queen of England, the park is Uganda’s most famous national park and traveler’s destination. The park’s sites include several beautiful crates lakes that winding through the rolling hills, the panoramic display of the Kazinga Channel. The park stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Best Time To VisitJanuary to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High SeasonJune to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best WeatherJune to July and January to February (Less rainfall)
Accommodation:
Elephant Plains Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge bordering Queen Elizabeth NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 4: Game Drive, Boat Ride On The Kazinga Channel

Today you will head out for an early Morning Game Drive in the park, there are over 100 mammal species in the park that include Lions, Spotted Hyena, Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes, the elusive Giant Forest Hog and Leopard. The Primates include Chimpanzees, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. Thereafter you will visit Kasenyi fishing village, here life entirely depends on fishing, you will have a walk into the Fishing community and market, learn about the different fish types caught, fish preservation methods, boat making and the challenges fishermen face.

In the afternoon, you shall have a boat ride on Kazinga Channel, you will enjoy the fresh river breeze whilst observing a large selection of animal’s and views of numerous flora and fauna while on the launch cruise. The shores of this channel attracts a great number of wild animals like the hippos, elephants, crocodiles, antelopes and others.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation:
Elephant Plains Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge bordering Queen Elizabeth NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 5: Drive To Ishasha Sector

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha sector. This part of the park is eminently perceived for its famous Tree climbing lions that are an outstanding fascination and one among the features on all safaris taken inside Queen Elizabeth National park. The Lions are often spotted holding tight on braches of colossal fig trees while they prey on the Uganda Kob which are the real nourishment to the lions. You will have a game drive in search of tree climbing lions as well as encounter other animals along the way.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation:
Ishasha Wilderness Camp

  • Luxury tented bush camp (with rustic facilities) located inside Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 6: Drive To Kisoro, Boat Ride On Lake Mutanda

After an early morning breakfast, you will depart for Kisoro the south western part of Uganda which is located in an idyllic setting under the peaks of the Muhabura and Mgahinga Mountains which are part of the Virunga Mountains and home to the rare Mountain Gorilla. The area is also home to Lake Mutanda, which is a little-known jewel, hidden in the mountainous landscape of southwestern Uganda, in Kisoro District. It is one of the most scenic lakes in Africa, located in a dramatic landscape of lush and verdant sprawling highlands.

Its fresh clear water is dotted by lush trees & shrubs, and ringed by beautiful scenery of sprawling highlands clad with green vegetation, plantations, and terraces of crops along the slopes. The lake is also close to Mgahinga National Park that is famous for mountain gorillas and golden monkeys; the lakeside environment accommodates a variety of animal and plant species. Bird species include king fisher birds, kite, ibis and Uganda’s national bird.

Main Destination:
Kisoro (Town)
Accommodation:
Mount Gahinga Lodge

  • Luxury lodge located just outside Mgahinga Gorilla NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking

After an early morning breakfast, you will head to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarters Rushaga Sector or Mgahinga National Park and meet with excellent local ranger guides and trackers who will brief you about the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Thereafter continue to the forest for Gorilla trekking in the company of an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. The park protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species including Blue-throated Broadbill, bar-tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. Trekking the Mountain Gorilla is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences, although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery makes the trekking worthwhile.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Best Time To Visit: June to August and December to February
High Season: June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)
Accommodation:
Mount Gahinga Lodge

  • Luxury lodge located just outside Mgahinga Gorilla NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 8: Drive To Lake Mburo National Park, Evening Game Drive

Today, drive to Lake Mburo National Park. You will have a game drive as you enter the park. Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks, and it is home to 350 bird species including flame head Barbet, Long-tailed Zitting Cisticola (Tabora), African Bins Rail, Collared Barbet, binding Bush singer among others, as well as Zebra, Impala, Eland, Buffallo, Orbi, Defassa waterbuck, Topi, Leopard, Hippo, Hyna, Reedbuck and many more. The park forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. Once you have settled in and time allowing, you will visit cattle keeping family nearby.

Main Destination:
Lake Mburo National Park
Best Time To VisitJune to August and December to February
High SeasonJune to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best WeatherJune, July and January to February (Little rainfall)

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  • Accommodation:
  • Mihingo Lodge
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Day 9: Nature Walk And Game Drive – Drive To Entebbe And Depart

You will get up early morning for a guided nature walk and game drive in the park, thereafter return to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon you will proceed to Kampala crossing the equator along the way, you will have time to take photos and later drive to Entebbe Airport catch your flight back home.

Main Destination:
Entebbe (City)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Price Includes:

Transportation in a 4×4 WD safari Land Cruiser

Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary

Park entrance fees.

Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda

Game drive

Ranger guide

Services on an English speaking guide

Community walk Bwindi

Enroot lunches

Price Excludes:

International flights

Hire / purchase of Hiking Gear

Personal Travel insurance

Visa Fees, Drinks, Cigarettes

Tips, Souvenirs

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Tour Details

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Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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