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Rubondo National Park

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Rubondo National Park

Rubondo National Park is located on the south-west shores of Lake Victoria. Rubondo Island National Park includes Rubondo Island and several other small islands of Lake Victoria.

The park boasts for its rich and diverse variety of butterflies and bird life, easily viewable from the lake shore. The rare Sitatunga, an extremely endangered amphibious antelope, can sometimes be viewed escaping from the charging predators by hiding and camouflaging itself in the lake shore marshes.

A visit to Rubondo Island National Park offers visitors a break from game viewing in the tranquil peace of a lake shore setting. Exploring the islands within the park creates an excitement for day trips. Fishing expeditions into Lake Victoria are easily arranged through the major lodges. Rubondo Island National Park is a relaxation from the severe safari circuit and a relaxing place from which to explore Lake Victoria.

  • Established in 1977, covers around 456km2 of land and water area, including 11 small islets, Tanzania’s only Island Park.
  • It only Tanzania’s Island National Park
  • Lake Victoria is the largest in Africa, andsecond largest lake in the world and the source of the Nile River
  • Life on the Island is much relaxing, a perfect way to relax after incredible game drives and mountain climbing in some of Tanzania other National Park
  • High density of African fish eagles distinctly seen
  • Rubondo Island boasts a number of the indigenous species such as hippo, bushbuck, vervet, sitatunga, crocodiles, elephants, chimpanzee, giraffe, black and white colobus monkeys, suni and grey parrots, buffalos, bushpig, hyrax, warthog and large spotted genet cat. During your game drive – expect to spot this listed wildlife
  • The Lake Victoria forming a spectacular sight for visitors with the deepest point in the lake (Irumo) forming part of the park
  • Magnificent view of one of the last remaining representatives of evergreen dense primary lowland Congolese forest with a unique habitat mosaic in the midst of high biodiversity value
  • Beautiful and attracting beaches such as Fly catcher, Mchangani and Michicoco, a clear sighting of both sun rise and sun set
  • Cultural sites such as “Ntungamirwe”, “MajiMatakatifu”, “Altare” and “Solo” which explain the life of natives who once stayed in the park
  • “Birds Islands”, breeding sit for water birds and Crocodile Island


  • Birding Safari
  • Chimpanzee trek
  • Fishing Safari
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Boating and Canoeing Safari


The park offer limits number of accommodations.

  • Rubondo Island Camp as a deluxe camp
  • Rubondo Island bandas, Rest house, campfire and campsite

Best time to Visit

Rubondo National Park is accessible all year around and is less visited than other National Park in Tanzania. Even during the peak season from July to February.

Getting there

Rubondo Island can be reached by park boat and airplane from two different locations.

  • By the boat from Nkome in Geita, or Kasenda Village near Muganza in Chato District
  • By airplane from Arusha, Serengeti , Mwanza airport, Bukoba Tanzania and Kigali Rwanda, can be reached with Auric air or Coastal Aviation

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