3 Day Luxury Fly-In Safari Rubondo Island Lake Victoria Tanzania

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3-Day Rubondo Island Fly-in Safari

Our 3-Day Rubondo Island Fly-in Safari offers an unforgettable wildlife adventure on the remote island in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria, Rubondo Island – a pristine sub-tropical ecosystem where elephants and chimpanzees roam wild.

Rubondo Island is located southwest of the massive Lake Victoria, 26 km long and 10 km at its widest point, mostly covered in a pristine forest. 

Rubondo Island might just be the most unique destination in Africa for those seeking exceptional adventure experiences in the wilderness. This 25 000 hectare (250km²) paradise in the southwestern corner of the expansive Lake Victoria is the largest island national park on the continent and is all but untouched by man.

Elephants roam wild, colorful birds and butterflies flit through the boughs of pristine indigenous forest, and the waters teem with the iconic Nile Perch. The Island is some 28 km in length along the north-south axis between 3 km and 10 km wide.

Lake Victoria covers 68,000 square kilometers and is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world – comparatively it is twice the size of The Netherlands. Rubondo Island boasts a unique diversity of flora and fauna. Only here can the visitor be sure of seeing Sitatunga and have the chance of observing small gangs of chimpanzees.

Other mammals frequently seen include hippos, otters, bush-bucks, and vervet monkeys. Rarer sightings are Genet, Colobus, marsh Mongoose, and Suni antelope (DikDik). Rubondo is a paradise for bird-lovers, with nearly 430 species documented on the island.

The diversity of habitats, from open woodland to papyrus swamps and evergreen forest, together with its geographical location in the heart of Africa, attracts numerous resident and migrant species.

The island has an abundance of herons, storks, egrets, ibises, cormorants, kingfishers, flycatchers, bee-eaters, hornbills, and birds of prey, including the highest density of fish eagles anywhere in the world.

Rubondo Island National Park Lake Victoria Highlights | What to Do and See

Birding: Rubondo Island National Park is a twitchers paradise with over 300 endemic and migratory species
Guided walks through the forest are tailored to each guest and can stretch from an hour to half a day
Canoe Safari:
Guided canoe trips (self-paddle or assisted) allow you to explore the quiet corners of the island and soak up the tranquility of Rubondo
Massage and Relaxation: Unwind and rejuvenate with a massage in the privacy of your own room, looking out over the soothing views of Lake Victoria

Forest Hiking: Guided longer day hikes and multi-day hikes are available for keen hikers. Overnight in a fly-camp set up on the beach or on a platform in the forest
Game Viewing: Daily boat excursions and game drives in open vehicles are conducted by expert driver guides. Wildlife includes monkeys, hippos, elephants Nile crocodiles, etc
Family Safaris: Rubondo Island is Half Jurassic Park, half rainforest, and the most unexpected adventure destination in Africa. Families with children of 5 years and above stay in a charming hand-built cottage tucked away amongst leafy trees. Forest walks, game and bird watching, canoeing, trekking through wild chimp territory, and fishing for huge Nile Perch are the order of every day in this unique wonderland.
Wild Chimpanzee Experience: Explore the habitat of Rubondo’s wild chimpanzees on foot and learn about these remarkable primates. Although the island’s chimps are slowly habituating to humans, sightings unfortunately cannot be guaranteed. As these are wild chimps the emphasis of this experience is more on learning about chimps and the habituation process.
Fishing: Rubondo Island offers some of the best fishing in East Africa and is renowned worldwide amongst anglers who travel here for the opportunity to hook into one of Africa’s biggest and most sought-after freshwater species – the Nile Perch, which can weigh in excess of 100kgs. Catch-and-release fishing from Rubondo Island Camp can be done off the beach and rocks, or by boat. Fishing boats can be shared or privately hired

3 Day Luxury Fly-In Safari Rubondo Island Itinerary

3 Day Luxury Fly-In Safari Rubondo Island Lake Victoria Tanzania

Day 1: Arusha/ Dar es salaam/ Mwanza – Fly to Rubondo Island

Our 3-Day Rubondo Island Lake Victoria Tanzania Flying Safari could start from Arusha, Dar es Salaam, or the Serengeti to Mwanza. Rubonda Island gateway holiday is ideally added after any safari ending in the Serengeti National Park – Tanzania.

1700 Hours: Depart Mwanza Tanzania to Rubondo Island National Park. Rubondo Island is tucked in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria – the world’s second-largest lake, an inland sea, sprawling between Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.

About 80% of the park is covered by a dense forest thus providing a variety of habitats to wildlife ranging from savannah, open woodland, and papyrus swamps to dense forest.

These habitats form a home for various wild creatures such as sitatunga, bushbucks, velvet monkeys, genet cats, spotted necked otters, hippopotamus and crocodiles. Other species include chimpanzees, elephants, giraffes, black and white colobus monkeys, suni, and African grey parrots.

1730 Hours: You will be welcomed on arrival at Rubondo Airstrip by our guide and a 20 minutes transfer takes you to Rubondo Island Camp.

Accommodation Options
Luxury Accommodation:
Rubondo Island Camp

Meal Plan {Dinner}

Day 2: Full Day in Rubondo Island National Park

Enjoy various game-watching activities in Rubondo Island National Park which include Boat safari, game drives, and Walking Safari. Rubondo is the best place for a Fishing safari in Tanzania whereby it provides visitors to fishing in Lake Victoria.

Spend your day exploring Rubondo Island home to a number of indigenous mammal species – hippo, vervet monkey, genet, and mongoose – share their protected habitat with introduced species such as chimpanzee, black-and-white colobus, elephant, and giraffe.

The shaggy-coated aquatic sitatunga, elsewhere the most elusive of antelopes, is remarkably easily observed, not only in the papyrus swamps it normally inhabits but also in the forest interior. Birds are everywhere.

Your guide will arrange a game drive and also take you on a boat trip around the main island and the numerous islets around to watch hippos, crocodiles, monitor lizards, and spotted neck otters.

Accommodation Options
Luxury Accommodation: Rubondo Island Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Rubondo Island National Park – Fly to Mwanza Tanzania

Depending on your onward journey schedule you either leave after early morning breakfast or spend the day enjoying activities available until the evening flight at 1730 Hours back to Dar-es-salaam/ Arusha/ Zanzibar/ Mwanza. Our short 3-Day Luxury Fly-In Safari Rubondo Island Lake Victoria Tanzania comes to an end.

Meal Plan {Breakfast & Lunch}

3 Day Luxury Fly-In Safari Rubondo Island Prices

3-Day Luxury Fly-In Safari to Rubondo Island Rates Includes:

Government taxes + All park fees and guiding fees + Driver’s Salary and allowances + Service of an English-speaking guide + Arrival and departure Airport Transfers + Scheduled domestic flights as per itinerary + Scheduled Game Drives in Rubonda National Park + Accommodation at Rubonda Island Camp + Full board accommodation in Rubonda National Park & Professional Chimp tracking with a knowledgeable guide

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* Our 3-Day Luxury Fly-In Safari to Rubondo Island could start from Arusha, Dar es Salaam, or Mwanza. Kindly request a quote
* What to expect during the year: The weather in Rubondo is fairly consistent, with temperatures ranging from 25˚C/77˚F to 32˚C/90˚F and a low of 15˚C/59˚F to 20˚C/68˚F throughout the year. The best time to visit is during the cooler, dry season from June to October. As a tropical island, it may rain on Rubondo on any given day.

Our 3-Day Luxury Fly-In Safari to Rubondo Island Rates Do Not Include:

* International Airfare
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver guide
* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps, and airports
* Accommodations in Dar-es-salaam/ Arusha/ Zanzibar/ Mwanza
* Airport/airfare-related charges applied and collected directly by the government/ airline, international airfares
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Personal expenses such as traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes, and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, and wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

3 Day Luxury Fly-In Safari Rubondo Island Lake Victoria Tanzania

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