Rubondo Island National Park – “A jewel in Lake Victoria” A water wonderland comprising Rubondo Island and nine smaller Islands tucked into a corner of Lake Victoria north-west of Mwanza. The Park provides a variety of habitats ranging from savannah to open woodlands, dense forest, papyrus swamps and sandy shores fringed by palms.
There is also a wide variety of animals including bushbuck, sitatunga antelope, crocodile, elephant, genet, giraffe and hippo.
The birdlife is very unique with species from east, central and southern Africa flocking to the “Bird Island” to breed. The common birds are – Cormorant, African darter, hadada ibis, sacred ibis, little egret, hamerkop, African open-billed stork, Egyptian geese, Bee eaters, fish eagle, heron etc. Nile Perch and Tilapia are the common fish in the Lake.
What you will experience in Rubondo
- A unique combination of forest and lake environments.
- A heaven for nature-loving tourists specializing in birds, plants, butterflies, or reptiles such as snakes.
- Breeding Island from for water birds.
- Sitatunga Antelopes; Chimpanzees have been introduced.
- A remote Park arrival by boat and air.
- An excellent holiday destination: nature-loving visitors will find a pleasant tropical atmosphere, tranquillity, soft, sandy beaches fringed with palms, all combined with the opportunity to watch wildlife. Walking safaris, boat excursions, sport fishing, chimpanzee treks, and canoe trips.
- Watch the migratory birds (December – February).
- A great feeling of solitude.
Information on the Park:
- Established 1977.
- 460 Square km. Half of this island – 258 Sq. km (93 sq miles).
- 1130 mtrs above sea level.
- Access is by road from Mwanza then by boat. Also by air charter.
- 150 Kms / 95 miles west of Mwanza.