The fully protected island habitat ranges from open grasslands, dense woodland thickets and swampy lakeshore papyrus, ensuring that there is always some new to experience or record. Rubondo Island is also a crucial refuge for chimpanzee and an ambitious habituation project.
During a stay at Rubondo Island Camp in the middle of this protected island sanctuary you will have plenty of superb sightings and game-viewing opportunities.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Home to a very special group of chimpanzees whose ancestors were brought here in the 1960s as part of an ambitious conservation project, today you can be part of the habituation process. Available for a limited time, this is a unique opportunity to join the habituation team as they accustom the chimps to the presence of humans and witness them up close in the wild.
Explore the island by canoe and boat
Discover the quiet and unexplored corners of Rubondo Island on an intrepid paddle safari by canoe to experience this remarkable wilderness area from the water.
Daily forest drives by boat and in open vehicles are conducted by Asilia’s expert wilderness guides. These excursions take in the breathtaking scenery, diverse vegetation and prolific bird and micro life.
Fish for Nile perch (catch and release)
Try to hook a magnificent Nile perch, Africa’s biggest and most sought-after freshwater species – a single specimen can weigh in excess of 200kg!
Guided walks through the pristine equatorial forest are tailored to each guest – walks can stretch from a one-hour stroll to full-day or multi-day hikes, incorporating a stay in the exclusive treehouse or a fly camp on the beach. With the wildlife at eye-level, this is far and away the best to experience the wonders of Rubondo Island.
With well over 300 endemic and migratory bird species, Rubondo Island is an ornithologist’s dream. December to March is best for spotting migratory birds, but with the varied habitat of the island, there is something new to record all year round.