Size: 450 sq. km. (including water area) Best time: June-Aug. (dry); Nov.-March (wet: birds, flowers)
Rubondo Island National Park is composed of Rubondo Island itself and eight smaller islands in Lake Victoria, just off the Tanzanian coast. The islands are very secluded and offer a glimpse of unique African habitats and wildlife. Most of the park is primary forest with a dense canopy; papyrus beds and grassland make up the rest.
Rubondo Island is home to many Sitatunga, a type of aquatic antelope that cannot be observed anywhere else in Tanzania. Rubondo is also a good place to observe chimpanzee as well as colobus and vervet monkeys, crocodiles, hippos, elephants, eagles and storks. The experience of Rubondo Island is unique in that, due to the lack of large predators, visitors can explore the African wilds on foot. The island is a naturalist’s delight with myriads of exotic orchids, lilies, insects and trees.
Although the island takes a while to reach, its pristine seclusion is well worth the trip. Chimpanzee treks, boat and walking safaris and fishing are all available. Luxury camping is possible on the island itself with advance reservations.
Did you know?
Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake in the world, second only to Lake Superior on the border of Canada and the United States.
Camping in the park
Rudimentary camping facilities are available on the island; be sure to take all your own equipment and supplies.
Luxury Tented Camp
Flycatcher Hotel Ltd. have opened a 20-bed luxury camp on Rubondo Island.
Situated on the Indian Ocean just south of the equator, the wilds of Tanzania attract photographers, adventure travellers, retirees, divers, animal lovers, archaeologists and beach lovers alike.
The country’s political stability and established tourist trade combined with an unspoiled frontier make it ideal for every traveller – from the most adventuresome wanderer to the uninitiated greenhorn.
Most visitors to Tanzania visit the north-eastern and northern coastal regions. This area is home to some of the most famous wildlife preserves on the planet including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest point in Africa – calls northern Tanzania home, as does Olduvai Gorge, where George and Mary Leakey discovered Australopithecus, the oldest known ancestor of man.
In addition, the spice islands of Zanzibar and Pemba just off the north-eastern coast entice many adventurers with their rich, romantic histories and ancient cities.
For those seeking the less travelled road, western and southern Tanzania are home to vast conservation areas and many cultures that are not experienced by travelling the northern circuit. For example, observing and photographing chimpanzees in the wild is a joy reserved for visitors to Tanzania’s western conservation areas. The famous studies of Jane Goodall were carried out in Gombe Stream National Park. A visit to Lake Victoria affords glimpses of different ways of living, a sampling of freshwater seafood and fantastically unspoiled islands.
I Dream of Africa is a very experienced and professional Tanzanian Company and we would be delighted to help you explore all the corners of our country as well as taking you to the roof of Africa for the experience of a lifetime!
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