Are you wanting some peace and quiet in a beautiful place? If yes go to Rubondo Island.
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Lake Victoria, Tanzania
Rubondo Island Camp
- Pristine forest is habitat of rare creatures such as wild chimpanzee
- The birdlife alone is enough to get the most discerning birder twitching
- This is a virgin paradise that has been uninhabited for decades
Facilities includeSwimming pool Beach Lounge
- Fly Camping
- Canoe Safari
- Dhow Sailing
- Forest Hiking
- Forest Walking
- Boating Safari
- Cultural Visits
- Wild Chimpanzee Experience
Seasons in Tanzania
About Rubondo Island Camp
This 25 000 hectare paradise in the south-western corner of the expansive Lake Victoria is the largest island national park on the continent and is all but untouched by man. Elephants roam wild, families of chimpanzees cascade through the boughs of pristine indigenous forest, and the waters teem with the iconic Nile Perch.
At Rubondo Island Camp the sunlight glinting off Lake Victoria will be your alarm call. Or perhaps a Fish Eagle will rouse you from your slumber, beckoning you to a day of island wilderness adventure. From the lake front location to the eco-friendly design of the eight luxurious cottages, Rubondo Island Camp immerses you in the unique ecosystem of the largest island national park in Africa.
Lush indigenous forest shades the private cottages - each crafted by hand from local materials, to ensure they blend seamlessly into this unspoiled landscape - while through the trees sits Lake Victoria. A hammock sways in the gentle breeze coming in off the Lake, while the swimming pool vies for your attention. Lace up your boots for island adventure, wander down to the beach, or simply settle into an armchair with binoculars and a bird guide and let the wildlife come to you. At Rubondo, the wilderness is never far away.
The lapping waves will be the ticking clock marking off the passing hours of island life. As the sun dips, barrel-chested hippos emerge to graze on the fringes of camp. As the birds sing, guests gather in the stylish dining area for a taste of Africa and to exchange tales from the day. Moonlight plays on the waters of the Lake as you drift off to sleep. Get some rest; the eagles will be rousing you soon enough.
Lying in the south-western corner of Lake Victoria, the Rubondo Island is 26 kilometres in length and ranges from 3 km to 10 km in width. This unique corner of Africa is more importantly set-aside as a refuge for wildlife, a sanctuary to be enjoyed by just a handful of fortunate – and intrepid – travellers. Turning Rubondo into a profitable sustainable travel destination will have many local economic benefits. At present we are identifying which projects benefiting local communities and natural habitat we will support. Some key initiatives are listed below.
It’s a rare privilege to set foot on Rubondo. For decades the island – the largest island-based national park in Africa – has been a refuge; for threatened chimpanzees, for families of elephant and the shy sitatunga antelope.
Lying in the south-western corner of Lake Victoria, the island is 26 kilometres in length and ranges from 3 km to 10 km in width. Over three-quarters of Rubondo’s 25 000 hectares are blanketed by pristine and untouched equatorial forest. Bar a handful of park wardens, wildlife researchers and camp staff, the island is uninhabited by humans.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
Rubondo Island has a landing strip that can accommodate light aircraft
Daily flights from Mwanza and charter flights
Transfer between camp and airstrip is about 20 minutes
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
Boat from Muganza
Asilia or TANAPA speed boat to Rubondo Island (30 minutes)
TANAPA boat return ticket US$ 100 (£62)
Boat From Nkome
1.5 hours drive from Mwanza
TANAPA speed boat to Rubondo Island (90 minutes)
TANAPA boat return ticket US$ 180 (£113)
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Rubondo Island is closed between April and May.
1st January - 28th February
1st July - 31st October
20th December - 31st December
1st March - 31st March
1st June - 30th June
1st November - 19th December
All power is run by a generator with battery charging facilities available.
Private vehicles are not included in the rates. They can be booked with a private driver/guide but must be booked in advance. Please enquire for more information.
Travelling with children
Children below 5 years are not allowed unless the lodge is booked exclusively
Child 5-15 sharing with adults 60 % of adult rate
Children below 12 should always share a room with an adult
Child 13 years and older full adult rate
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