This is a thrilling safari combining some of Tanzania’s most rewarding national parks with the unique opportunity to be part of a chimpanzee habituation program on an island in Lake Victoria. Begin at the Ngorongoro Crater, game-driving on the floor of this dormant volcano before flying to the Serengeti, staying in a mobile tented camp that follows the pattern of the Great Migration. Conclude your adventure on Rubondo Island, home to a chimpanzee population as well as other wildlife, including forest elephant, hippo, sitatunga and flocks of African grey parrot.
Day 1: Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to the lovely Rivertrees Country Inn for your overnight rest.
Day 2: Ngorongoro
After breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha Airport for your flight to Manyara. On arrival at Manyara airstrip you are met and transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater area and check in to the new Ngorongoro Highlands Camp. The Highlands redefines the Ngorongoro experience. Set on the edge of the mountain forest hugging the Olmoti volcano to the north of Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands strikes a perfect balance between a true wilderness experience and a high-style, contemporary escape. Seven elegant domed suites offer king-sized beds with floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows opening out to the spectacular views, en-suite bathrooms with hot running water, showers and flushing toilets, and wood-burning stoves for the cold winter evenings. Experience the highlands of the wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area surrounding camp, home to leopard, buffalo and elephant. Follow ancient Maasai trails to the summit of the Olmoti crater and visit local communities to catch a glimpse into the traditional Maasai way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries. The famous Ngorongoro Crater is easily accessible from camp, while the setting ensures maximum privacy, a rich adventure and a range of activities not possible elsewhere in Ngorongoro.
This afternoon you have a visit with the local Maasai in one of the neighbouring villages to learn about the traditional way of life that has defined this corner of Africa for centuries. School visits may be possible depending on the time of year.
Day 3: Ngorongoro
This morning you depart the camp for a half-day excursion to the Ngorongoro Crater. This protected area is located in the Great Rift Valley. The Crater actually is a gigantic fracture of the earth’s crust. The magnificent landscape consists of volcanoes, mountains, plains, lakes, forests and archaeological sites. At 1600 meters altitude the bottom of the Crater (265 km square), dotted with watering holes, offers shelter to almost 30.000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. The Crater elephants are strangely, mainly bulls. There is a small number of black rhino. The bird life is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda and fresh water on the Crater floor. You will also explore the wildlife: lions, elephants, zebra, hippo, buffalos, and rhino are just a few to be mentioned. Enjoy picnic lunch at the crater floor. After an exciting safari ascend the other side of the crater and proceed back to camp. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 4 - 6: Northern Serengeti
After breakfast you will be transferred to Lake Manyara airstrip for your flight to the Lamai airstrip. On arrival you will be met and transfer to your intimate seasonal camp set amongst the game for three nights. Kimondo is a mesmerizing mobile safari camp that tracks the seasonal Great Wildebeest Migration from the dramatic Lamai Wedge and Mara River in winter to the lush southern Serengeti grasslands in the height of summer. Handcrafted from wood and canvas in an exotic blend of traditional East African safari style with a subtle Moroccan influence. The eight traditional tents at Kimondo are an exercise in spacious and elegant safari style. Each tented suite is furnished with cast-iron king-sized beds (twins available) that rest under the canvas ceilings. The private en-suite bathroom features safari bucket shower, hot and cold running water and flushing toilet. Private verandas are furnished with a comfortable chaise longue – the perfect place for a siesta during the long, lazy afternoons. The area hosts at this time of year the annual Wildebeest Migration which lures Wildebeest in the tens of thousands to the surrounding plains.
From July to October, home for Kimondo is in the northern Serengeti on the famous Lamai Wedge, a golden triangle of grassland between the Mara River and the Kenyan border – this is an area that is regularly hailed as one of the highlights of the entire Serengeti ecosystem. A gathering point for the Great Migration in winter, the area is rich in wildebeest and antelope and the predators that pursue them. The Mara River, famed for dramatic scenes as the herds attempt the treacherous crossing past the jaws of Nile crocodiles, is only a short drive from camp, making Kimondo North the ideal place from which to experience the drama of the migration and the stillness of the Serengeti.
Over the next three days enjoy your choice of twice daily safari activities.
Our expert field guides offer daily game excursions in modern vehicles to get you up close and personal to the myriad wildlife species that call this wilderness home. For the best experience we have open game-viewing vehicles. All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty.
Cultural & Community Visits
Kimondo is within driving distance of several communities and villages. Visit a traditional homestead and be entertained by the local Kuria dancers, or spend the morning at the market, shopping for crafts and handmade souvenirs.
Day 7 - 9: Lake Victoria
There’s time for a final morning game drive and lunch in camp before you fly out to Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria in the mid-afternoon. A guide will drive you through the dense tropical forest to the camp, which will be your base for this final stage of your safari. Settle in to Rubondo Island Camp for three nights. Rubondo Island Camp is the only lodge on Rubondo Island, the largest island national park in Africa. Tropical forests provide a protected habitat for wildlife that includes sitatunga, elephant, giraffe, 200 species of birds and wild chimpanzees. The deep waters of Lake Victoria also offer spectacular fishing for record-breaking Nile perch. Meals are served alfresco at the main lodge area, with the lapping waves of Lake Victoria marking the passing hours of island life. Spend the afternoon relaxing in a hammock with binoculars and a bird guide or cool off in the swimming pool. When the sun dips below the horizon, watch the hippo emerge from the water to graze on the fringes of camp. Activities from camp are focused around discovering and enjoying the remarkable ecosystem of the island. An astonishing array of birds and wildlife waits to be discovered and highly trained guides lead game excursions deep into the forest. Activities aren’t restricted to dry land either: canoe, kayak and boat trips and fishing excursions making for a memorable way to experience the island.
Over the next three days enjoy a wide array of included activities.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Home to a very special group of chimpanzees whose ancestors were brought here in the 1960s as part of an ambitious conservation project, today you can be part of the habituation process. Available for a limited time, this is a unique opportunity to join the habituation team as they accustom the chimps to the presence of humans and witness them up close in the wild.
Daily forest drives by boat and in open vehicles are conducted by Asilia’s expert wilderness guides. These excursions take in the breathtaking scenery, diverse vegetation and prolific bird and micro life.
Guided walks through the pristine equatorial forest are tailored to each guest – walks can stretch from a one-hour stroll to full-day or multi-day hikes, incorporating a stay in the exclusive tree-house or a fly camp on the beach. With the wildlife at eye-level, there is no better way to experience the wonders of the island.
Discover the hidden corners of the island and soak up the tranquillity of your surroundings, or spot the varied aquatic life from the boat and try to catch a glimpse of the hippos, otters and monitor lizards in the water.
Rubondo Island offers some of the best fishing in East Africa and is renowned worldwide among anglers for the standard of the fishing guides and the opportunity to catch one of Africa’s biggest and most sought-after freshwater species – the Nile perch. Catch-and-release fishing can be done from the camp, on the beach or rocks on the shore or from a boat.
With over 300 endemic and migratory bird species, Rubondo Island is an ornithologist’s dream. December to March is best for spotting migratory birds, but with the varied habitat of the island, there is something new to record all year round.
Enjoy a final breakfast overlooking Lake Victoria before a short drive to the airstrip for your morning flight back to Kilimanjaro Airport in Arusha, taking a picnic lunch with you. The flight will stop a few times on the way in the Serengeti and other airstrips to drop off/pick up passengers, and the total journey will be approximately four hours. You will land at the international airport so you can simply collect your luggage and check in for your international flight home.
|Start Date:||End Date:||Price Sharing:||Single Add:|
|06 Jan 2020||31 Jan 2020||USD $8030||USD $1810|
|01 Feb 2020||29 Feb 2020||USD $8370||USD $2020|
|01 Mar 2020||14 Mar 2020||USD $7480||USD $1220|
|15 Jun 2020||30 Jun 2020||USD $8000||USD $1260|
|01 Jul 2020||31 Aug 2020||USD $9220||USD $2280|
|01 Sep 2020||31 Oct 2020||USD $8780||USD $2100|
|01 Nov 2020||19 Dec 2020||USD $8000||USD $1260|
|20 Dec 2020||05 Jan 2021||USD $8780||USD $2100|
|06 Jan 2021||31 Jan 2021||USD $8590||USD $1830|
|01 Feb 2021||28 Feb 2021||USD $8930||USD $1970|
|01 Mar 2021||14 Mar 2021||USD $8000||USD $1260|
Dates Reflect Seasonality, Departs Daily on Request. Discounts available for Children.
Transfers, all light-aircraft flights within Tanzania, all park fees and taxes, shared safari activities, one chimpanzee permit for Rubondo Island, all meals and house drinks on safari and medical evacuation insurance.
International flights, visa, gratuities, additional activities and items of a personal nature.