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Rubondo Island National Park

Considered as the jewel of Lake Victoria, this national park comprises of Rubondo Island and several other small islets that surround it. It is the largest island-based protected area in entire African continent which covers the entire Rubondo archipelago. An astonishing variety of habitat and wildlife and found in this park and is perfect for capping off your Tanzania safari tour by relaxing in its alluring lakeshores.

The park is located in the south-western reaches of Lake Victoria. Besides Tanzania, the lake is stretched deep into Kenya and Uganda. But visiting this lake on the Tanzanian territory is a special experience as it rewards tourists with glimpse of endemic flora and fauna. Animal species found in this park include Sitatunga, elephant, giraffe, bushbuck, hippo, chimpanzee, bush pig, suni etc. The diversity and concentration of avian population is significant in this park as well. At any given day, expect to get sightings of a verity of birds as more than 200 species of birds are recorded in this park.

The park is also home to many cultural sites like Altare, Solo, Maji Matakatifu, and Ntungamirwe which are reminiscent of the tribal era during which native people stayed around these areas.

For accommodating the tourists coming into the park, there are a number of accommodation optiosn ranging from authentic African Bandas to youth hostels. Public campsites and picnic sites are also available within the park, mostly around the shores of Lake Victoria. These give direct view of the lake, islands, and surrounding hills.

You Will See

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

50%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

70%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

0%

When to go

It is open for 10 months of the year and closed during April and May because

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It is open for 10 months of the year and closed during April and May because of long rains. The time of your visit determines your tour experience. The best time to visit this park is during the dry season, in between the months of July through November.

For birding tours, January and February is the best time to visit when migratory birds come into the park following short rains.

Art & Culture

As one of the virginal beauties of the western circuit park Rubondo is an enthralling

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As one of the virginal beauties of the western circuit park Rubondo is an enthralling opportunity encompassing the delights of game viewing, birding, fishing, canoeing, and trekking. But one of the many enduring memories is provided by the cultural sites of “Ntungamirwe”, “Maji Matakatifu”, “Altare” and “Solo”. A hike to the sites will explain the life of the natives who once stayed in the park and how they sustained themselves by fishing in the lake beside many other vignettes of the social and traditional life are will be part of your takeaway

Culinary

The only thing remote about the place is the park. The culinary panache remains

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The only thing remote about the place is the park. The culinary panache remains unaffected and serves delectable fares that are truly filling. For breakfast, you can have Chapatti, flatbread or of Mandazi, a fried dough (donut) with chai or cereals, eggs, and jam. For lunch Ugali, or chapatti bread or rice along with beans, veggies such as Mchicha, which are a variety of spinaches. Dinner gets exquisite with the addition of succulent lamb, beef or goat meats to go with salads, pieces of bread and desserts of fruits and honey.

How to go

Previously, it was difficult to get to this magnificent island park, but with.

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Previously, it was difficult to get to this magnificent island park, but with recent development in tourism infrastructure, it is now easier than ever. It can be reached either by airplane or boats.

Airways:

It is best reached by charter flights taken either from Kilimanjaro International Airport or from parks like Serengeti themselves. From Serengeti, it is 40 minutes of flight time.

Waterways:

The best way to reach Rubondo by boat is from Kasenda which is a small port. From here, it’s about half an hour of boating time. Second option is from Nkome which takes about two hours.

Activites

Tourists of this park are opened up to world of possibilities which are not on

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Tourists of this park are opened up to world of possibilities which are not on offer on other Tanzanian parks (or at least not in the same context). Some of these are:

  • Game drives
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • Wildlife photography
  • Walking safari
  • Bird watching
  • Sundowner
  • Camping
  • Cultural tours

What to see?

The fascinating island scenery and the tranquil atmosphere of it should be the

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The fascinating island scenery and the tranquil atmosphere of it should be the main thing tourists should look forward to. Lush mountain, wetlands, savannah, islets, shores; everything is at its pristine best.

Game animals are profound in this park with giraffes, elephants, sitatunga being easily spotted. More than 200 bird species inhabit the park.

The Uniqueness of Rubondo Island National Park

  • Rubondo National Park, on the south west of Lake Victoria, is one of Tanzania’s smallest National Parks.
  • Lake Victoria is the world's second largest lake and is often referred to as an 'inland sea'.
  • It is a protected haven for rare species, such as the chimpanzee and the African grey parrot.

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