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Visit Rubondo Island National Park

Rubondo Island National Park is one of two Tanzanian National Parks located on an island in Lake Victoria (the other being Saanane Island National Park).

Rubondo Island National Park Tanzania Horizon SafarisThe island attracts a small number of visitors each year. Rubondo Island is located in the south-western corner of Lake Victoria, Tanzania about 150 km (93 mi) west of Mwanza. The main island, Rubondo is 237 km2 in size. The island protects another 11 islets, none much larger than 2 km2. The highest point on Rubondo Island is the Masa Hills in the far south, at an elevation of 1,486m (350m above the level of the lake). The main island measures 28 km from north to south and is 3–10 km wide. Rubondo Island is located on a rift inside Lake Victoria. Rubondo essentially consists of a partially submerged rift of four volcanically formed hills, linked by three flatter isthmuses. The island has no rivers and the soil is volcanic.

In 2012-2014 a research group from University College London undertook a study of the Rubondo chimpanzees. Since 2015 Tanzania national park managers have been running a habituation project. The process of transporting the chimpanzee to the island is covered in a wonderful book by professor Grzimek. The habituation process, which is overseen by TANAPA park managers, is proving to be successful. Guests are more frequently having the opportunity to spend time with the chimpanzees while staying at the island’s accommodation. Common native fauna include the monkeys, sitatunga, hippopotamus, genet and bushbuck.

How to arrive Rubondo Island

Rubondo Island can be reached by park boat from two different locations. One option is the boat from Kasenda, a small village near Muganza in Chato District. The other option is the boat from Nkome in Geita District. Both villages can be reached best by jeep from Mwanza. By airplane, Rubondo Airstrip can be reached with Auric Air or Coastal Aviation from Mwanza airport.


Visit Rubondo Island National Park with Tanzania Horizon Safaris

Welcome to the extraordinary world of Rubondo National Park with Tanzania Horizon Safaris, where every moment is a unique adventure in the heart of nature. As your specialized tour operator, we’ve crafted an experience that blends excitement, exploration, and the magic of wildlife.

First up, let’s set sail on our fantastic boat safaris! Cruise along the sparkling waters of Lake Victoria with our expert guides, spotting hippos, crocodiles, and a rainbow of birds. It’s like a floating safari with a front-row seat to nature’s water show.

But that’s not all – get ready for our walking safaris, a special journey where you can feel the earth beneath your feet. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you through forests and open spaces, revealing hidden treasures like colorful birds and maybe even a surprise encounter with the park’s famous chimpanzees. It’s a walk on the wild side, and you’re invited!

Now, let’s talk about the stars of the show – Rubondo’s unique wildlife. Tanzania Horizon Safaris brings you up close and personal with the park’s residents, from playful chimpanzees to majestic elephants and graceful giraffes. This is your chance to witness the wonders of nature in a way you’ve never imagined.

At Tanzania Horizon Safaris, we believe in making every moment special. Our boat safaris, walking safaris, and wildlife encounters are not just tours – they’re memories waiting to be made. So, come join us on an unforgettable journey to Rubondo National Park, where adventure meets comfort, and nature welcomes you with open arms

Best time to visit Rubondo:

  • June-August: Boat Safaris & Walking Safaris to spot the chimpanzees
  • December-February: Best for bird watching

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