Let’s Go Fishing on Rubondo Island

By Asilia Africa News | 23 March 2018

By Britta Foulis – Content Manager

The Perfect Catch

Rubondo Islandmay be more well-known for some other unique offerings, but many people may not know that it boasts some of the best freshwater fishing in East Africa!


The island is renowned around the world among anglers who travel to Lake Victoria for the opportunity to hook one of Africa’s biggest and most sought-after freshwater species, the Nile perch, a huge predatory fish whose legendary status immediately gets every angler’s pulse racing. We’ve had fishermen catch Nile perch measuring well over 2 metres and weighing in at over 100kg – impressive! The Nile tilapia is present in the waters too and is an entertaining target for recreational fishermen looking for some fun.

Rubondo is equipped for a variety of fishing techniques – including; trolling, spinning live and dead bait as well as fly-fishing. Anglers from around the world travel to the island for the opportunity to hook a monster. Please do keep in mind that at Rubondo, we practice and supports a strict ‘catch and release policy’.

Catch-and-release fishing from Rubondo Island Camp can be done off the beach and rocks, or by boat. The choice is yours. The camp has two fishing boats, which can be shared or privately hired depending on the experience you’re after.

Rubondo Island Camp

Rubondo Island Campis the only lodge on Rubondo Island. This small and exclusive camp consists of just eight waterfront cottages – all built by hand using traditional skills and local materials – that blend seamlessly into the verdant landscape.

If the sound of a screeching reel line whizzing away as your bait gets taken sets your adrenaline pumping – you need to make a plan to spend some time with us at Rubondo Island Camp. You’ll be treated to the most epic fishing experience with a hearty dose of adventure on the side.

There’s a lot more that the island has to offer. Have a look at the activities you can take part in:

  • Chimpanzee habituation experience
  • Game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Educational walks through chimpanzee habitat
  • Birding
  • Boating safaris
  • Forest walks plus one-day & multiday hikes
  • Cultural visits

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