Rubondo island lies in the southwest corner of the famous Lake Victoria, the second-largest lake in the world. The park comprises Rubondo and eleven smaller islands covering 457 sq km. The main island is 26 km long and ranges from 3 km to 10 km in width with 80% of its surface covered by pristine, untouched forest.

A small contingent of park rangers, chimp researchers and our camp staff are the only inhabitants of the island.

Rubondo Island has a landing strip that can accommodate light aircraft.

For those on a self-drive trip, they can drive to Muganza or Nkome and take a boat from there. The recommended time for travel is morning or late evening.


  • Hiking through the habitat of wild chimpanzees
  • Tracking the endemic Sitatunga antelope
  • Walking safaris, game drives, and boat trips viewing the lush forest and extensive variety of wildlife
  • Boat trips to nearby Croc and Bird Island to sight many of over 200 endemic and migratory species
  • Viewing the largest population of fish eagles in Africa
  • Game fishing the legendary Nile perch (The largest fish ever caught on the island weighed 105kg!)
  • Exploring the wetlands by canoe
  • Dhow sailing on a traditional dhow

Specialty Aspects

  • University groups
  • Birding over 200 endemic and migratory species (December to February for migratory birds)
  • Sitatunga antelope
  • Wildflowers – particularly wild orchids (November to March)
  • Butterflies (November to March)
  • Otters
  • Frogs