Rubondo Island, Tanzania is a remarkable treasure – splendor, nature and wonder found in Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest lake, its shore share among the three sisters Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

Crocodiles swarm over a pebbled island while hundreds of birds squabble and squawk, shoving for space on Bird Island. Rubondo is a vast deserted lush gem and harbours fantastic ecosystem and surprisingly diverse wildlife.

The Hippopotamus cool themselves by submerging in the cool lake while the fish eagle floats effortlessly over the sandy beach, searching for prey. In this dense leafy forest canopy you may catch a glimpse a giraffe, elephants and elusive chimpanzees. 

What Game:

  • Indigenous species in the island includes the rare sitatunga, hippos, bushbuck, vervet monkeys, genet cats and crocodiles and other attractions such as the spotted neck otters, birdlife and fish.
  • The Park protects fish breeding grounds; the national park status includes Rubondo, but 9 smaller close by islands.   World record breaking catches of Nile Perch and Tilapia can be found.

What Activities:

  • Game Drives
  • Walking Safaris
  • Boating Safaris
  • Fishing
  • Birding

Best time to visit:

  • Dry season, June - August for Wildflowers and butterflies
  • Wet season November-March.
  • Migratory birds - December- February best for migratory birds

Where to stay:

Rubondo Island Camp


    • Rubondo Island Camp

      Rubondo Island Camp is beautifully set on an island in Lake Victoria with views of fishing dhows with their magnificent sails plying the waters for their daily catch of Nile Perch and Tilapia. Lake Victoria is a large mass of fresh water and the source of River Nile. The tranquil Island offers you a very good opportunity to unwind and sink into the serene environment. Rubondo Island Camp Highlights: Sit out on the wooden deck by the shore and enjoy a sundowner Enjoy watching the sunset over the lake, turning the sky into glistening gold and orange, mirrored in the waters of Lake Victoria. White egret sit and chatter on the rocks, Egyptian geese paddle quietly and tiny jeweled kingfishers, all shiny blue and orange, flit from rock to rock. The hippos swimming in the bay, coming up to the shore for a midnight meal, leaving foot prints across the golden sandy beach. Rubondo Island Camp Accommodation: The camp has ten charming, comfortable and luxurious tent with ten rooms en suite and a private verandah Rubondo Island Camp Activities: Selections of books are available as well as copies of the studies on the island’s chimpanzees. Enjoy the sight of vervet…