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Rubondo Island Lodge

Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Rubondo Island Lodge is possibly one of the most unique lodges in Africa. Situated in the south-western corner of Lake Victoria it is an adventure seekers paradise in a one-of-a-kind destination, offering a mix of wildlife and lake-based activities.

At a Glance

  • As the only camp on the island, Rubondo Island Camp offers a true escape into the wilderness

  • Track the wild chimpanzees that inhabit the island

  • Sleep out in the treehouse for a night surrounded by the sounds of the forest

  • Situated on Africa's largest island national park

  • The perfect spot for someone in search of a completely unique vacation experience

  • Try and catch one of the legendary Nile perch fish and break the current record of 105 kg

Adventure, Couples, Eco/ethical tourism, Fishing

Insider's View

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan and Jane, spending a night in the romantic treehouse sleepout

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

After your island adventures, enjoy a pampering massage on the lake shore

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Description

Rubondo Island is the largest island national park in Africa and the 25,000 hectares that make up the island are all but untouched by man. Rubondo Island Lodge is perfect for anyone looking for a safari with a difference. It is a lakefront escape which offers a unique array of exciting activities without compromising on luxury.

Rubondo is an island national park meaning guests have unprecedented access to explore the island to their heart's content. Activities include forest walks, canoe trips, wild chimpanzee trekking and fishing for the iconic Nile Perch fish. The island is a bird watcher's paradise with over 200 recorded endemic and migratory species inhabiting the island.

The camp is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria and has eight luxury bandas, all of which have a spectacular view over the lake. Each banda is constructed mainly from local materials and the rooms are spacious and comfortable with an en-suite bathroom and dressing room. One of these is a family room, accommodating four, and another is a honeymoon suite. For those looking for an extra adventure, you can spend a night sleeping out in the treehouse, enjoying a romantic private picnic dinner and drinks enjoying the sunset.

This is a wild and wonderful retreat, an ideal complement to a safari and offering a perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. If you think you've seen it all, Rubondo will prove you wrong!

Accommodation

Rubondo Island Camp has eight luxury bandas which are a fusion of permanent structures and canvas tented rooms. Each room has spectacular views of the lake and are closed off by mesh and canvas. All bathrooms have a bath and the honeymoon suite has a romantic outdoor shower. There is also a family suite which has two bedrooms and a living area. Finally there is a treehouse, with a large four poster bed with mosquito nets, comfy chairs and a bathroom with a copper rolltop bath. A sleepout here is a magical and romantic experience, with sundowner drinks and a private picnic dinner, and waking to enjoy the sun rise over the island.

Childcare

Children of all ages are welcome at Rubondo Island although children over the age of 6 are most likely to have an enjoyable stay here. There are no babysitting facilities or kids clubs, but plenty of child-focussed activities on offer here, as well as a family banda and a swimming pool. Game-drives are guaranteed with a private safari vehicle for families of four or more, and other activities include nature walks, spoor tracking, making plaster moulds of animal footprints and bush skills.

Facilities

The bar and restaurant area is set within a rocky outcrop overlooking the lake where you can witness the most spectacular sunsets. There is also a small library area with a selection of books and games. Cool off in the pool after a morning of activities and try to catch a glimpse of the crocodiles and hippo in the lake below you.

Activities

Rubondo offers a unique range of fun and exciting activities. There are daily game drives through the thick forest and experienced guides will search for elephant, bushbuck, giraffe and multiple primate species resident to the island. Trek the wild chimpanzees whose ancestors were rescued from various zoos and circuses in the sixties and brought to the island which acted as a sanctuary. (NB. The sightings of the chimps are still very intermittent as the habituation process is underway, so sightings are not guaranteed). Guests can also fish for the Nile Perch and try and beat the current record of 105 kg! And for a true adventure, spend a night sleeping out in their magical treehouse, surrounded by the night time sounds of the forest - truly unforgettable. Once guests have had their fill of adventure, they can take a relaxed sunset cruise around the island.

Location & Directions

Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Rubondo Island is located on the south-western corner of Lake Victoria, the secong largest lake in the world. The park comprises of Rubondo and eleven smaller islands and covers a range of approximately 475 square kilometers. Rubondo Island is 26 kilometers long and at 10 kilometers wide.

When to go

Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.

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