Rubondo Island National Park

Details

Details of Rubondo Island National Park

Size: 258 square kilometres.
Location: Northwestern Tanzania.
Best Time: June to August.
To Do: Walking safaris, boating, fishing, and chimpanzee trekking.
Known For: Birding.

A series of eleven islands at the heart of Lake Victoria, the world's second largest lake, Rubondo National Park is a picturesque paradise populated with a mix of native animals and introduced species such as the chimpanzee, elephant, and giraffe.

The park's beaches and virgin forest are a sight to behold, and in the wooded interior can be found a dizzying array of bird life as well as the semi aquatic sitatunga antelope that is hard to spot elsewhere in the country.

More a place for relaxation and fishing than game viewing, Rubondo makes for a great add on to a longer safari along the Northern Circuit or between Tanzania and Kenya.

Short Overview

Officially Tanzania's smallest national park, tiny Rubondo Island on the heart of Africa's largest lake packs a lot into its 240 square kilometres. Known as the Jewel of Victoria, Rubondo Island National Park bvoasts a unique diversity of flora and fauna including the endemic Sitatunga.


Other animals you're likely to spot in the park include hippos, otters, bushbucks, mongoose, elephants, suni antelope, and a variety of primates that has even been known to include the park's resident chimpanzee population.


In addition to all of this animal life, the park is also a recognised destination for bird lovers, with a huge variety of bird-life calling the forested island home.

Size: 258 square kilometres.
Location: Northwestern Tanzania.
Best Time: June to August.
To Do: Walking safaris, boating, fishing, and chimpanzee trekking.
Known For: Birding.

Let us plan your dream
African trip!

Tour ideas to get you dreaming

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Luxury
Serengeti Central
Have you seen Netflix’s Our Great National Parks series yet? Are you feeling inspired by the episode featuring Kenya’s incredible Tsavo? The biggest national park in Kenya hosts an amazing variety of animals, plants, and adventure! The new Netflix documentary series, narrated by none other than former American president Barack...
It has long been a thorn in the side of travel agencies like us to send out safari vehicles packed with single-use plastics. Our Tanzania team has already found and implemented a solution: we have now installed refillable water canisters in our safari vehicles. We designed custom brackets to fit...
A safari can be much more than sitting in a car - one of the coolest ways to explore the natural beauty of Tanzania is by bike! There are so many things you can do with a mountain bike in Tanzania. From a short 2-hour ride through the coffee plantation...
The thrilling drama of the crossing at the Mara River is arguably the highlight of the wildebeest migration. Every year, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest brave the treacherous currents and lurking predators in the water to reach the safety of the Maasai Mara on the other side and continue on...
Witness Tanzania’s breathtaking landscapes from the sky If you ask the average person the best way to enjoy a safari, the idea of flying over the wilderness in a balloon may not come up. But, if you ask us, we will definitely tell you all about the wonderful and unique...