Rubondo Island National Park
Rubondo Island National Park is made up of a number of small islands on the southwest shores of Lake Victoria. One of the real draws of this park is the myriad butterflies and diversity of bird life, which you can enjoy from the shore.
It’s also worth keeping an eye out for the endangered sitatunga, an extremely rare amphibious antelope, darting into the marshes to hide from predators. Its speed and agility is impressive, but it is also skilled at camouflage so you’ll have to have a very keen eye to spot this elusive creature.
The tranquil setting of Rubondo Island National Park invites you to take a breath and enjoy the view, while a day trip to some of the islands within the park will hold its own thrills and excitements. If fishing is your thing, you can even arrange an expedition into Lake Victoria through any of the major lodges in the park. Rubondo Island National Park is a refreshing break from the safari circuit, with plenty of its own gems to offer.
Explore Lake Victoria from Rubondo Island
Lake Victoria is not only Africa’s largest lake, but also the largest tropical lake in the world. It has a vast surface area of 68,888 km2 and its clear waters can’t fail to take your breath away. Multiple impressive reefs and archipelagos lie beneath the surface and play host to more than 200 species of fish.
Spanning such an extensive area, Lake Victoria’s shores vary dramatically from looming precipices to papyrus and ambatch swamps, to coastal flats in the north. The largest island in the lake is Ukerewe, with its wooded hills rising 200 m above the lake. At the lake’s northwestern corner you can discover a pocket of particularly striking beauty in the form of the 62 islands of the Sese archipelago.
Lake Victoria was first sighted by the British explorer John Hanning Speke in 1858, while searching for the source of the Nile, and was named in honor of the Queen of England. The Owen Falls Dam (now the Nalubaale Dam) was completed in 1954 in an attempt to raise the water level and preserve this great reservoir, and now provides valuable hydroelectric power. A second dam, Kiira, was later constructed and began producing hydroelectric power in 2000. Today, local steamers operate around the lake to serve one of the most densely populated regions in the whole of Africa.
Rubondo Island National Park Gallery
RUBONDO ISLAND NATIONAL PARK MAP
Wito's Top Picks - Accommodation in Rubondo Island NP
Rubondo Island Camp
The only lodge on the island, Rubondo Island Camp is situated in lush tropical forests, where you can expect to see sitatunga, elephants, giraffes, birds and wild chimpanzees. As the sun sets, you’re even likely to be joined on shore by some grazing hippos. We particularly recommend this camp to clients who want to put fishing high on their itinerary, as the depths of Lake Victoria are inviting and bountiful – particularly for Nile perch.
Rubondo is also one of our top picks for families as the family chalet is fully equipped for parents with multiple children. Staff are happy to meet your requirements in terms of number and configuration of beds, and the en suite bathroom, flush toilet and running water make it a convenient and comfortable base. There are six luxury chalets, all offering en suite accommodation and unrivaled views over the lake. Relax in a dreamy hammock or in the refreshing swimming pool, with the rhythm of the lapping water as your only soundtrack.