Rubondo Island Chimps

In the southwestern corner of Lake Victoria, lies Rubondo Island. At 26 kilometres long and up to 10 kilometres wide, this is Africa’s largest island national park. The island is yours to explore through guided walking safaris beneath the dense forest canopy, game drives to the remote corners of the island where giraffe venture out into the sunlight, or by boat in search of spotted-necked otter amidst the multitude of birdlife. Two troops of chimpanzee, totalling over 60 in number, reside within the forest, making for an exciting tracking adventure through the undergrowth. Out on the water, the opportunity for a relaxed afternoon of catch- and-release fishing awaits, with Nile Perch weighing in at over 150 kilograms.
 
Highlights:
  • Chimp Trekking
  • Flights included
  • *Medium, Please note that the chimpanzee experience is not suitable for anyone unable to hike on hilly terrain for about two hours

1 NOV. – 31 MARCH (exclude 20 Dec. – 5 Jan)

USD$ 2399 (min 2 pax)

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Itinerary

DAY

01

Arrive

Arrive at camp mid-morning after your flight from Seronera in the central Serengeti. You have time to settle in, before having lunch on the deck overlooking Lake Victoria. In the afternoon, take the chance to head out on the water for a spot of fishing or to witness the variety of birdlife around the lakeshore, then take in the sunset views across the water.
 

DAY

02

Explore the island

This morning you will set out with a guide, researcher, and ranger to search for chimpanzees, typically travelling by boat to a different part of the island and then walking through the thick forest. The researcher will explain the habituation process along the way. Sightings are not guaranteed as this habituation programme is still a work in progress, but it offers you a unique opportunity to be part of the conservation story of Rubondo and to be some of the first travellers to meet the island’s chimpanzee. Since 2021, between 92% and 97% of visitors have managed to see chimpanzee during their habituation experience. Since 2020 visitors have been successful in observing chimpanzee within close proximity of about 10-15 meters, with most sightings lasting 30 minutes and more. This afternoon you can relax in camp, soak up the island atmosphere or enjoy the pool. As evening approaches, enjoy drinks around a bonfire on the beach, before having dinner on the lake shore. Other activities available include boating on the lake, fishing for Nile perch, found in good numbers here; birding for some unusual species, such as the African grey parrot, and forest drives, during which you may encounter sitatunga or a forest elephant
 

DAY

03

Depart by boat

This morning, depart by boat to visit the closest village on a nearby island, 90-minutes away. Rubondo Island Camp has a close relationship with the village community, as they regularly supply the camp with fresh vegetables, and Asilia are involved in many garden vegetable initiatives on the island. Discover what island life is like for local communities before heading back to camp for lunch. This afternoon, enjoy a game drive to explore the further reaches of Rubondo Island and seek out some of the other island inhabitants, such as forest elephant, sitatunga, giraffe, bush buck, and Colobus monkey.

DAY

04

End

Enjoy a final breakfast overlooking the waters of Lake Victoria, before heading out on a morning boat excursion to explore the shorelines of the island, keeping an eye out for Nile Crocodile or spotted neck otter. Head back to camp for lunch before a short drive to the airstrip for your afternoon flight back to Seronera airstrip. From here you can connect with flights onto Arusha. Alternatively, why not continue on safari and head to our all-female camp, Dunia, situated in the central Serengeti.

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