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3 Days Bird Watching Safaris to Rubondo Island National Park in Lake Victoria

Park Bandas, Rubondo Island National Park, Rubondo Island, Tanzania

Tanzania Bird Watching and Safari

Enjoy a safari to Rubondo Island, one of the game parks on Lake Victoria. The park is located in the Southwest of Lake Victoria and it has 456 bi species. Rubondo Island also protects another 11 islets, none much large breeding ground for both migratory and fish species, Tilapia and Nile perch. The animals found in Rubondo Island include sitatunga, elephant, giraffe, hippos, crocodiles,chimpanzee and colobus.

Key Information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Group size: Maximum of 6 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Mwanza
  • English and French-speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Daily game drives and bird watching
  • There will be a tour guide, driver, and cook
  • All transfers in destination locations are included
  • Main animals to view: elephants, hippos, sitatunga, Lake Victoria's biggest fish/Nile peach, python, etc.
  • Complimentary mineral water, picnic lunches, and umbrella
  • All park entrance fees are included
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Pop-up roof 4X4 vehicle

Styles


3 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Airport transfer included: Mwanza Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:00
Check-out Time:
18:30

During this safari, you will be staying in Rubondo National Park's Park Bandas in single rooms.

Program

Day 1: Mwanza to Rubondo

In the early morning, around 6:30 a.m., after breakfast, catch the ferry at Kigongo to cross Lake Victoria to the other side and start driving to Mganza via Geita on tarmac road; a four to five-hours drive. After arrival in Mganza around lunchtime, take lunch while preparing for a speedboat cruise to Rubondo Island.

Arrive in the Island in the evening after checking in to the bandas, take some hours for evening walking on the island, bird watching, and sunset on Lake Victoria Arrive back at the bandas for dinner and spend the night.

Day 2: Full Day in Rubondo Island

In the morning after breakfast, leave the bandas with an armed ranger for a half-day walking for bird watching and animal trekking on the island till lunchtime, go back to the bandas for lunch and have an afternoon rest while enjoying the lake breeze. On evening after lunch and rest, take some more time for animal viewing till the evening sunset. Arrive at the bandas in the evening for dinner and spend the night.

Day 3: Rubondo Back to Mwanza

After breakfast, pack all the staff and take a boat back to Mganza where you will pick up the vehicle and start driving straight to Busisi for a ferry crossing but on the way, you will stop in Geita for lunch before catching up the ferry. Arrive in Mwanza in the evening for a night flight to Dar ea Salaam or an overnight in Mwanza for the next morning flight.

Vehicles

The safari fleet is made up of specially customized 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers. Each car is equipped with:

  • A pop-up roof for 360-degree viewing and photography, both in the passenger cabin and front seat next to the driver.
  • A wide window screen for guests in the passenger cabin to conveniently view the safari sights comfortably.
  • Wide sliding windows for viewing/sightseeing and photography.
  • Special suspension system to counteract the uneven safari tracks and terrain in the game parks and maximize comfort when driving.
  • Child seat can be provided when requested.
  • Mini refrigerator (a fully stocked supply of complimentary water and minerals).

Driver Guides

African Diurnal Safaris have the most experienced guides who have been traveling and sighting places almost all their lives. They are experienced wanderers. They know what’s where, who is where, and what’s what. Writing this, they fall short of saying, they are know-it-alls of wildlife and travel.

Mission

African Diurnal Safari's mission is to ensure everyone lives his or her life to the fullest and they believe that can be achieved through adventure and travel.

Location

Tanzania is a country with many tourist attractions; more than 44% of Tanzania is covered with game reserves and national parks. There are 16 national parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled areas, and marine parks. Tanzania is also home to the famous Roof of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. On January 6, 2012, the New York Times awarded Tanzania the 7th position among 45 top destinations to visit in the year of 2012.

Tanzania’s most known tourist attractions are located in the northern part of the country; they include Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and the Serengeti National Park, renowned for its spectacular seasonal migrations; the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is an extinct volcanic caldera with excellent game viewing from the crater rim, the area has large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and lions, and black rhinoceros. Tourism is also focused on the west, especially on the island of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia; diving is the main attraction in these islands.

Food

All three meals a day are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Chimpanzee trekking available with an extra cost, let us know during your booking.

What's included

  • Daily game drives and bird watching
  • Services of a tour guide, driver, and cooks
  • All parks entrance fees
  • Transportation in destination locations
  • Mineral water
  • Picnic Lunches
  • Entrance Fees
  • Umbrella
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Guide Gratitude/tips (minimum 10 USD per client per day)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Travel insurance and visas

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Mwanza International Airport (MWZ). Transfers are included in the package, African Diurnal Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Mwanza Airport Airport transfer included: Mwanza Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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