Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania Vacation: Shoebills, Gorilla Trekking, and Serengeti Safari

This Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania vacation allows you to see the elusive shoebills, go gorilla trekking, and witness the magic of the Serengeti.

This very special Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania Vacation was planned for a mother and daughter from Houston who had survived a very difficult year. They wanted a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience plus a little relaxation, so we sent them to see shoebills, gorillas and the Serengeti.

Their Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania Vacation began in Uganda for a sighting of the rare and unusual Shoebill.

Then they continued on to Rwanda, to the beautiful, mountainous landscape of Parc National des Volcans. They were transferred through Rwanda’s scenic mountains to the luxurious One&Only Gorilla Nest Lodge. The next day, they took the ultimate adventure: gorilla trekking in the rainforest. Their expert guide led them through the forest to a gorilla nesting site, where they were able to watch these rare creatures interact with each other up close. On their final day at Virunga, they took a day hike to the top of the Visoke volcano.

Continuing their Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania Vacation, they spent a few nights at a luxury hotel in Kigali, then transferred to a safari camp in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. During their stay at Singita Sasakwa. And were also able to see lions stalking their abundant prey. They enjoyed exciting game drives and bush walks to search for the Big 5. In between safari adventures, they indulged in relaxing spa treatments, scrumptious meals, and world-class wine at the lodge.

At last, their Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania Vacation came to an end. They were transferred to the airport to begin their journey home.

  • 3 Nights Entebbe Forest Lodge
  • 3 Nights One&Only Gorillas Nest
  • 2 Nights The Retreat Kigali
  • 5 Nights Singita Sasakwa
  • All airport transfers
  • Flight from Entebbe to Kigali
  • Return flights Sasakwa Airstrip
  • 2 Days Private Shoebill Excursions
  • Dian Fossey Gorilla Center
  • Gorilla Trekking Permits
  • Golden Monkey Permits
  • Coffee Plantation Visit Kigali
  • Game Drives

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Uganda! Upon your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your accommodations at Entebbe Forest Lodge. The lodge is located on a peninsula on the shore of Lake Victoria in between Entebbe and Kampala.  Relax in your modern, stylishly furnished rooms to prepare for your Ultimate Ugandan Wildlife Safari.
Entebbe Forest Lodge

Days 2 – 3
For the next two days, you will search for the elusive Shoebill. You will travel across the lake to Mabamba Wetlands. While the prime target is to see the elusive Shoebill you will see many other birds on your way. Kingfishers, herons, african jacana, duck and many more. It is also possible to see the papyrus gonolek. The boat tour across Lake Victoria is magnificent with a great view of Entebbe, the Airport and you will also see fishermen busy with their nets. You also can spend time in the local Botanical Gardens or enjoying the activities of the lodge.
Entebbe Forest Lodge

Day 4
After a short transfer and a flight, you will arrive in Rwanda, be met by your guide at the airport and be transferred to Virunga National Park. Enroute you will make a stop at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Center. Your journey north goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterize much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome Virunga volcanoes. Settle into your luxury accommodation.
One&Only Gorilla Nest Lodge

Days 5 – 6
On these days, you’ll go on an unforgettable journey: gorilla trekking in Parc National des Volcans. Your expert guide will take you through the rainforest to find a family of elusive mountain gorillas. Once you find them, spend an hour watching these fascinating creatures interact.
One&Only Gorilla Nest Lodge

Day 7
Today, you are in for a treat, you get to find the local Golden Monkeys. Golden monkeys are known to have unique characters and are a rare species that are endangered at the moment and they are currently found in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. They are easily recognized due to the yellow patches that can be seen all over their bodies. The Golden monkeys are also known as ‘the Old world monkey’ and the only way to separate these primates from others is by their noses. There is a unique character about the golden monkeys and that is most of the monkeys have their nostrils pointing to the sides but if you look closely at the golden monkeys, their nostrils face upwards. After your trek, you will be transferred to Kigali.
The Retreat

Day 8
Spend the day discovering Kigali with a stop at a Coffee Plantation. Enjoy local cuisine, visit the museum and shop before you leave for the next stop on your trip.
The Retreat

Day 9
This morning, you’ll be transferred to Kigali Airport, where you’ll connect with your scheduled flight to the Serengeti. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by your Singita guide and driven to your accommodations in the Grumeti. Singita Serengeti Grumeti is located adjacent to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, bordering the national park, and encompasses 350,000 acres of magnificent unrivalled wilderness. Vast river valleys meander through the plains, grasslands, woodland, and forest. The area forms part of the famous migratory route, which is travelled by hundreds of thousands of animals every year through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem
Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Days 10 – 13
Spend these days exploring the Grumeti Reserves of Serengeti National Park. Enjoy game drives and witness the herds of wildebeest, zebras, and other animals. Keep your eyes open to spot lions stalking their prey and leopards resting in the trees at dusk. You can even take a hot-air balloon tour at dawn and watch as the Serengeti awakens below you.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Day 14
Today, bid farewell to the beautiful Grumeti Reserves. This morning, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport, where you will board your flight home.

About this vacation
Cost Per Person

Based on
14 day stay
2 travelers