Tanzania Private Expedition

  • Trip Type: Private Expedition
  • 9 days | Round-trip Arusha

Optional Extension: Rubondo Island



Extend Your Trip: Rubondo Island

On a protected island in Lake Victoria, set out on an African wildlife experience with a twist. Go on safari by foot, vehicle, and canoe, discovering wildlife both terrestrial and aquatic. Then enjoy a rare opportunity to observe wild chimpanzees and participate in their habituation.
Note: This extension begins on day 9 of the Tanzania Private Expedition.

Day 1—Serengeti National Park/Rubondo Island

Rise early for a private game drive in the Serengeti. After lunch at camp, transfer to the Kogatende airstrip and fly to Rubondo Island Camp, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World on an island in Lake Victoria. Arrive in time for an afternoon sundowner overlooking the world’s second largest freshwater lake. Get settled in your waterfront chalet. During dinner, watch for hippos at the lake’s edge.
Rubondo Island Camp (B,L,D)

Day 2—Rubondo Island

Following an early breakfast, venture into the forest with the chimpanzee tracking team. The island’s chimps first came to the island in the 1960s when scientists rescued them from zoos and circuses around Europe. Now scientists are working to habituate their wild offspring to human presence. Spend time observing chimps, learning about their behavior and the habituation process. As you delve deeper into the subtropical wilderness, watch for life all around you; possible sightings include sitatunga and bushbuck (both endemic antelopes) as well as elephants. This afternoon, board a traditional dhow sailboat, canoe, or motorboat for a cruise past bird islands, where you can spot Rubondo’s giant crocodiles, monitor lizards, and hippos. If you’d like, enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire and fall asleep listening to the sounds of the jungle in a “fly camp,” a simple domed tent.
Rubondo Island Camp (B, L, D)

Day 3—Rubondo Island

Enjoy an experience exclusively for National Geographic travelers: Take a guided excursion to the lakeside village of Kasenda, and get to know the locals and their way of life on a village walk. Then head back to the lodge for the afternoon.  If you wish, try your hand catching (and releasing) Nile perch in Lake Victoria. Enjoy a delicious dinner set to the peaceful sounds of the lake lapping up on the shore.
Rubondo Island Camp (B, L, D)

Day 4—Rubondo Island/Arusha/Depart

After breakfast, fly to Arusha and relax at your hotel before catching your flight home this evening.
Rivertrees Country Inn (B,L)


2+ people $2,995
2+ people $3,095

Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single traveler prices are available upon request.

Internal flights between Kogatende, Rubondo and Arusha are $575 per person in 2018 and $650 in 2019 (subject to change).

Holiday pricing applies to trips operating over the following dates: December 2018/2019 – January 5, 2019/2020.

Surcharges may apply to certain travel dates based upon international or local holidays, as well as local events and festivals.

Please call 1-888-732-2379 for details.