Rubondo Island Lodge
Lake Victoria, Tanzania
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
Best time to Visit
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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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experiences at Rubondo Island Camp
Rubondo Island is a 25,000 hectare wilderness in the south-western corner of Lake Victoria. Described as half Jurassic Park, half rainforest, the opportunities to explore are endless.
Fishing on Lake Victoria at Rubondo Island Lodge
The waters of Lake Victoria around the island national park of Rubondo Island are some of the richest fresh water fishing in East Africa. The grand prize are the huge Nile Perch, record fish weigh in over 100kg!
Game drive in the Serengeti
Explore the vast grasslands of the Serengeti with your safari guide on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. This is one of the most famous national parks in Africa, and it's easy to see why.
Rubondo Island Lodge Treehouse Sleepout
A stay at Rubondo Island is not complete without a night in the lodge's fantastic new tree house. Perched high in the branches, this has to be one of the most uniquely located bedrooms in Africa.
Rubondo Island Wild Chimpanzee Experience
Explore the beautiful forests of Rubondo Island on foot with your guide. As you move through the forest you will learn about this remarkable habitat and pick up clues which will guide you toward the wild chimpanzee family groups.
Search for the migration herds
One of Africa's most iconic moments - the migration of two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles around the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.
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.
How to get there
To get to Rubondo Island it is a short flight from the Serengeti, making it a perfect add on after a safari.