Rubondo island lies in the southwest corner of the famous Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world. The park comprises Rubondo and eleven smaller islands covering 457 sq km. The main island is 26 km long and ranges from 3 km to 10 km in width with 80% of its surface covered by pristine, untouched forest.

A small contingent of park rangers, chimp researchers and our camp staff are the only inhabitants of the island.

Rubondo Island has a landing strip that can accommodate light aircraft.

For those on a self drive trip they can drive to Muganza or Nkome and take a boat from there. The recommended time for travel is morning or late evening.

Highlights

  • Hiking through the habitat of wild chimpanzees
  • Tracking the endemic Sitatunga antelope
  • Walking safaris, game drives and boat trips viewing the lush forest and extensive variety of wildlife
  • Boat trips to nearby Croc and Bird Island to sight many of over 200 endemic and migratory species
  • Viewing the largest population of fish eagles in Africa
  • Game fishing the legendary Nile perch (The largest fish ever caught on the island weighed 105kg!)
  • Exploring the wetlands by canoe
  • Dhow sailing on a traditional dhow

Speciality Aspects

  • University groups
  • Birding over 200 endemic and migratory species (December to February for migratory birds)
  • Sitatunga antelope
  • Wildflowers – particularly wild orchids (November to March)
  • Butterflies (November to March)
  • Otters
  • Frogs

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Lake Manyara

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Ruaha National Park

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Gombe Stream

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Ngorongoro Crater

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Mkomazi National Park

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Kitulo National Park

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Uzungwa Mountains

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Tarangire National Park

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Mikumi National Park

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Saadani National Park

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Katavi National Park

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