Rubondo Island National Park

Rubondo Island National Park is situated on the south western corner of Lake Victoria in Geita region approximately one hundred and fifty Kilometres west of Mwanza city in Tanzania. The park is an essential reproduction ground for both migratory birds and fish species.

The Size of the park is approximately 456.8 km2 of which 220 km2 is water consisting of eleven small islets of varying sizes the other 236.8 km2 is dry land
A good percentage of the park (eighty percent) is covered by a dense forest which provides a diversity of habitats to wildlife ranging from papyrus swamps, open woodland, savannah to dense forest.

The park is well known having a variety of migratory birds from different parts of the world which migrate to the region. Other animals that can be spotted in the park include bushbucks, sitatunga, genet cats, velvet monkeys, spotted necked otters, crocodiles, hippopotamus and other wild animals. Some animals that were introduced into the park include giraffes, Suni, black and white colubus monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants and African grey parrots.

Park attractions

  • A diversity of water birds
  • African fish eagles that can easily be spotted within the park
  • The wild animals that are found within the park
  • Lake Victoria which offers spectacular sights for the guests
  • Magnificent view of the forest and its unique biodiversity
  • Spectacular and attractive beaches
  • Sundowners
  • Visit to the Cultural sites such as “Maji Matakatifu”, “Ntungamirwe”, “Altare” and “Solo” that try to explain about the natives who had stayed in the park
  • Birds and the crocodiles

How to get there
The park can easily be accessed through air and by road. It can be reached by road in about four hours drive on a tarmac road from Mwanza to Geita and a morum road from Geita to Nkome. Guests travelling using this route can be picked up by the park boat at Nkome. The journey by boat to the island takes approximately one hour. The other route which takes about five hours is from Mwanza/Bukoba to Muganza/Kasenda village where you will be picked by boat. Boat cruise takes approximately 20 – 25 minutes to Rubondo National Park

Those travelling by air should check on with their tour operators to find out when there are scheduled flights to the park. The flights can either be taken from Mwanza, Bukoba, Arusha and Dar es Salaam. The scheduled flights land at Rubondo Airstrip which has a well maintained waiting lounge with toilet facilities. Chartered flights can also be flown to the park.

When to Visit
Rubondo Island National Park is open all year around. The peak season which lies between July and February is one of the best for game viewing season. The low season starts from March to June. The parks operating hours are between 0630hrs to 1800hrs after which the parks gates are closed and no one is allowed in and the guests are supposed to be in their booked accommodation.

Where to stay and Accommodation facilities
Lodges: There is one Lodge operating in the National park and can sleep a maximum of twenty people per a single night.

Rest house: This house can sleep a Maximum 7 people per night and it is owned by TANAPA. The house is situated approximately two kilometers from Park headquarters. It has 1 triple room, 1 double room and 2 singles all self contained.

Bandas: There is a banda that is situated approximately 2km from the Park headquarters. It can sleep a maximum of 13 people per night and self contained with hot shower service. The unit is well maintained with 1 triple bed and5 double bed rooms.

Resting shelters: There are 4 resting shelters situated at the bandas where the visitors can rest while having magnificent views of the lake.

Youth hostel: The youth hostel is situated at the park headquarters and can accommodate up to 36 people

Dining and Kitchen Area: There is a well maintained and fully equipped facility owned by the park where visitors can prepare their meals. The place is self catering and clients are advised to bring their own food.

Public Campsites: There are public campsites where visitors can stay.

Park Activities

  • Game Drives
  • Bird Watching
  • Walking Safaris
  • Camping