Rubondo Island: Off the beaten track

By Wandering Maasai | 07 October 2016

By Britta Foulis

It truly is a privilege to set foot on Rubondo Island – home to only a handful of people and multitude of wildlife species!


Rubondo Island – the largest island national park in Africa – lies on the southwestern corner of Lake Victoria. The untouched equatorial forests of the island are home to hundreds of species, including elephant, chimpanzee, and giraffe, as well as a phenomenal variety of bird species. The surrounding waters of Lake Victoria are also abundant with life, including hippo, crocodile and spot-neck otters.

Rubondo is both ideal for the seasoned safari-goer as well as the intrepid traveller who wants to experience something totally remote, unexplored and far off the well-worn safari track.

What is there to do and see?

Activities from camp are focused on enjoying the remarkable ecosystem of the island. An astounding array of birds and wildlife are just waiting to be discovered and highly trained guides lead game excursions deep into the forest. Activities aren’t restricted to dry land either: canoe, kayak and boat trips and fishing excursions making for a memorable way to experience the island.

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

A brand new experience launched in September 2016, the Rubondo ChimpHabituationexperience, is auniqueopportunity for you to be part of the process of habituating the chimps to the presence of humans.

The resident population of chimps is very special indeed – their ancestors were rescued from zoos in Europe and brought to the island in the 1960s as part of anambitiousconservation project. Today, and for a limited time, you can be part of the habituation process.

This secluded island offers an experience of one of the most undisturbed ecosystems on the planet, and the chance to explore this unique island wilderness.

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