Rubondo Island is Tanzania’s tenth National Park and the only one in Lake Victoria. This beautiful island stretches just 28km long and is a tranquil forest refuge with palm fringed sandy beaches.

If you want peace, beauty and superb nature trails, Rubondo should appear on your safari itinerary. With no vehicles and few visitors, you could find yourself with just the wildlife for company.

island Style safari

Lying in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria, Rubondo covers only 240 km2 – no more than a dot in the second largest lake in the world (68,000 km2 ).

Several species of animal were introduced to the island in the 1970’s including elephant, giraffe, chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus monkeys and suni antelopes.

As there are no vehicles on the island (except for two ancient Land Rovers and a tractor), nature viewing in conducted on foot, along a good network of trails, or by boat.

Fewer than 500 visitors make the journey to Rubondo every year, giving a it special feel that we haven’t encountered anywhere else.


  • Animals indigenous to Rubondo include large numbers of crocodiles and hippopotamus. Sitatunga, bushbuck, vervet monkeys, genet, marsh mongoose and otters are also indigenous.
  • Introduced species include elephant, giraffe, chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus monkeys and suni antelopes.
  • Rubondo’s birdlife is spectacular. Almost 430 species have been recorded on the small island from papyrus to woodland and forest species.
  • Rubondo boasts the highest density of fish eagles anywhere in the world.
  • Other birds commonly sighted include herons, storks, egrets, ibises, cormorants, kingfishers, flycatchers, bee-eaters and hornbills.

Relaxing and nature trails are the main past times on Rubondo.
Fishing, boat trips and bird watching are also popular.

The nature of the island means that game viewing is good year round.

However, the wet season (December-February) is best for migratory birds.

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