Serengeti Safari and Chimpanzee Encounters

7 Days


    Serengeti & Lake Victoria, Rubondo Safari. No need to worry about picking the time to witness a Serengeti wildebeest migration and chimpanzee encounter in Rubondo. This tour takes in both Serengeti National Park and Lake Victoria, Rubondo National Park for Africa chimpanzee encounter. In Serengeti you will witness wildebeests migration experiences to assure you an amazing African safari. Flying between two destinations (Serengeti and Rubondo) is no longer a problem. Now days you can fly to Rubondo Island  and start your  Tanzania Safari.

    Just as Important, you’ll stay at authentic tented camps as far as Flying Camps that offer wildlife spectacular view of Serengeti and best sunset in Lake Vicroria.  Views with plenty else to cherry-pick from, such an optional cultural visits while driving between the parks. Serengeti Balloon Safaris, guided walking safaris, and Canoeing Safaris are the iconic activities during this Safari.

    The Great Wildebeest Migration – the annual migration of giant herds of grazers across Serengeti to Masai Mara in Kenya is a truly remarkable event. In fact, Over two million wildebeest move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pasture. This is surely one of the ultimate wonders of the natural world.

    On the Safari stretches of Tanzania is the Rubondo Island National Park, remote and impressively beautiful. It is here where the best Chimpanzee interaction in Africa can be had. On the other hand, the place in Africa the world has known less about, a place where 80% of the area, human has not explored. Not only that, it is where the wilderness beauty is overwhelming.

    On the shores of Lake Victoria or Victoria Nyanza (also known as Ukerewe and Nalubaale) is one of the African Great Lakes. It is the continent’s largest lake, the largest tropical lake in the world, and the second largest freshwater lake in the world in terms of surface area.

    This tour will involve the other national parks like Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Mahale, and a day visit to the great Lake Tanganyika.


      Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, pass customs and transit to the domestic terminal on time for the flight to Serengeti Central. Depending on your flight times, you might require a pre-night in Arusha, contact us for options.

      Arrive at the airstrip and meet with the camp safari guide for the transfer. Relax at camp before the afternoon game drive and back for dinner and night. You will stay 3 nights at Dunia, including all your meals, selected beverages and the shared scheduled game drives. Chat to your guide to plan your days, you might enjoy an early morning drive and back at camp for lunch and a siesta before the afternoon game viewing; or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a full day game viewing on the Serengeti Plains.

      The camp is ideally placed to explore three excellent game viewing areas: Seronera, the Moru Kopjes and the southern Serengeti plains. The Seronera River is a gathering place for lots of wildlife, providing ample opportunity for spotting predators in action.The Moru Kopjes are a cluster of old granite boulders, favoured by big cats that like to use them as lookout points. You might even spot the rare black rhino.

      Twice per year, this area sees millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles passing through on their constant migration around the Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara. If you’re lucky, you won’t even need to leave camp to watch the vast herds grazing.

      Includes & Excludes
      >Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

      >Drinks: Local brands included

      >Activities: Included

      >Transport: Included

      After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for the flight to Rubondo.

      Arrive at the airstrip, meet by the camp guide and transfer via a meandering drive to the camp. Rubondo is a very remote and special place, your home away from home for the next 3x nights, including all your meals, scheduled daily activities and we have included 2 chimpanzees trekking permits. Your guide will chat with you to plan your days, depending on your preferences and the chimp's movements.

      Located in the southwest of the massive Lake Victoria, Rubondo Island is 26 km long and 10 km at its widest point, mostly covered in pristine forest. Rubondo Island Camp is on the beach, overlooking the water. A stay on Rubondo is the experience of a lifetime. Besides a handful of park wardens, researchers and the camp staff, the island is uninhabited by humans and has been set aside as a refuge for endangered chimpanzees and other animals.

      One of the most unique offerings of Rubondo Island Camp is the opportunity to experience Professor Bernhard Grzimek's Noah’s Ark Project. In association with Frankfurt Zoological Society, Grzimek brought endangered species to Rubondo over 1966 - 1969 including 16 west African chimpanzee. Experience a guided trek into the pristine tropical forest to track the primates. On average, 92 percent of visitors manage to see chimpanzee during their habituation experience.

      : Staying at Rubondo Island Camp

      Includes & Excludes
      >Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

      >Drinks: Local brands included

      >Activities: Included

      >Transport: Included

      Last morning at Rubondo and transfer to the airstrip after breakfast. Your return flight to Kilimanjaro is included (via Seronera). You can also extend the safari with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater or a gorilla trekking in neighboring Mahale,Rwanda or Uganda.

      What is the accommodation like on safari?


      • Safari lodges have guest rooms similar to a hotel with en-suite bathrooms. They are comfortably furnished with facilities normally associated with a hotel rooms, except your rooms are normally set in beautiful wilderness settings, with nature and wildlife around.


      • Tented lodges have rooms which are tents on a platform and with a roof and also have en-suite facilities with showers, flush toilets and hot water. Basically all the amenities of a hotel room, except canvas walls and roof.


      • The boutique lodges and camps can be very stylish and smart in terms of design and decor, often with very spacious rooms and even going so far in some cases as having plunge pools for each room.


      • Eco-camps and smaller tented camps have insect-proof tents with en-suite facilities including a safari shower and flush toilet.  They give a more authentic safari experience but the tents are comfortably furnished with proper beds and you don’t need to bring your own sleeping bag! The emphasis is usually on having excellent guides and great wildlife viewing away from the crowds. Guests often eat together and people travelling alone usually say that they found the atmosphere friendly and enjoyed meeting other like-minded travellers around the campfire in the evening or at dinner.


      • The Adventure Camps are a budget option with guests bringing their own sleeping bags and towels. Accommodation is in small dome tented with a mattress on the floor. Each tent has its own nearby cubicle with a flush toilet, safari shower, and wash basin. The Adventure Camps are suitable only for those who don’t mind “real camping” and can put with some degree of “roughing it”. Apart from the accommodation in simple dome tents, the meals and the guiding are the same standards as the higher quality camps and game drives are in 4×4 safari vehicles. For those on a limited budget, the Adventure Camps are a good alternative to the big tourist lodges and minibus tours for those for whom the safari experience is more important than hotel accommodation.

        What languages are spoken in Tanzania?


        • The official language in Tanzania is Swahili but there are hundreds of other local dialects.


        • English is the second official language and the country’s commercial language. It is also the main teaching language used for all higher education institutions.


        • You will find that the majority of the people that you come in contact with are fluent in English and have a surprisingly good command of the language.

          Can you see the Big 5 in Serengeti?

          The Big Five in the Serengeti. The Big Five define that ultimate African safari experience: seeing these impressive animals – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and Cape buffalo – roaming freely in their own habitat is something you will never forget.

            Can visitors go on a chimpanzee trekking in Rubondo Island National Park?


            Visitors can go on a chimpanzee trek in Rubondo Island National Park.

            The park is home to a significant population of chimpanzees, and visitors can join a guided tour to see these fascinating primates in their natural habitat

              Are there any cultural experiences available in Rubondo Island National Park?

              Yes, visitors can experience the local culture of the surrounding communities by participating in guided cultural tours. These tours offer a unique insight into the local people’s traditional ways of life, customs, and traditions.

                Is it safe to go swimming in Lake Victoria at Rubondo Island National Park?

                Swimming is generally safe at Rubondo Island National Park.

                However, visitors should take precautions to avoid bilharzia, a parasitic infection that can be contracted in fresh water. It is recommended to wear protective clothing and to avoid swimming in stagnant water.

                  Can visitors go fishing in Rubondo Island National Park?

                  Yes, visitors can go fishing in Rubondo Island National Park.

                  The park is home to various fish species, including the Nile perch and tilapia. Fishing is allowed in designated park areas, but visitors must obtain a permit from the park authorities.

                    Can visitors bring their food and drinks to Rubondo?

                    Yes, visitors can bring their food and beverages into the park. However, visitors must dispose of their waste properly, as the park is committed to maintaining a clean and sustainable environment.

                      Are there any restrictions on photography in Rubondo Island National Park?

                      There are no specific restrictions on photography in Rubondo Island National Park.

                      However, visitors should respect the wildlife and avoid causing any disturbance. It is also recommended to ask for permission before taking photos of the local people or their homes.

                        Are there any entrance fees to enter Rubondo Island National Park?

                        Yes, there are entrance fees to enter Rubondo Island National Park. The fees vary depending on the visitor’s nationality and residency status.

                        Visitors can check the park’s official website or contact the authorities. However, the fees are usually included with a local tour operator in your tour package.

                          Can you visit Rubondo Island National Park on a day trip?

                          While it is possible to visit Rubondo Island National Park as a day trip, spending at least one night on the island is recommended to fully experience the park’s unique environment and wildlife. The park has limited accommodation options, so visitors should book their stay in advance.

                            Important to Know

                            • This tour is not available to solo travelers.
                            • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
                            • This tour accepts children who are 10 years and older.


                            • All optional activities (balloon safari, Sukuma Culture tribe, Olduvai Gorge)

                            What’s Included

                            • All airport transfers
                            • Transport in a Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 with pop up roof
                            • English speaking guide
                            • All park/entry fees, crater fees & government fees
                            • Meals and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
                            • Amref Flying Doctors/emergency medical evacuation insurance.
                            • Domestic  flights

                            What’s Excluded

                            • Domestic and international flights
                            • Visa fees and traveling insurance
                            • Tips
                            • Items of a personal nature – spa treatments, laundry, mini-bars, internet, etc

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                              Serengeti Safari and Chimpanzee Encounters
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                              / Adult

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