Rubondo Island National Park

While one doesn’t go to Rubondo Island National Park to track lions or leopards, the wildlife experience here is equally touching, you are surrounded by the restraints of a dazzling array of ecosystems. It is easy to get out and discover it all here, and best of all, there are very few other people competing for wildlife sightings. Birders and anglers find this place to be paradise, but so do travelers in search of an active wilderness experience full of breathtaking surprises.

About 80% of the park is covered by a dense forest thus providing a variety of habitats to wildlife ranging from savannah, open woodland, papyrus swamps to dense forest

Location: size

The park is located on the south-western corner of Lake Victoria in Geita region about 150 km (95 miles) west of Mwanza city. The Lake (Victoria) is the second largest lake in the world. The Lake is also the source of the longest river in the world, River Nile.

The park has 456.8 km2 of which 236.8 km2 is dry land and 220 km2 is water comprising of 11 small islets of varying sizes.

Park highlights

  • A diversity of water birds,& their breeding site
  • Different wild game species including ie (Sitatunga, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Bushbucks, Pythons, Crocodiles, Chimpanzees, Bush pigs and Suni
  • Great series of eleven islands at the heart of Lake Victoria
  • Superb view of one of the last remaining representatives of evergreen dense primary lowland
  • Beautiful and attracting beaches
  • Imperative gulfs of Irumo and Kamea
  • Exciting sighting of both sun rise and sun set
  • Cultural sites such as “Ntungamirwe”, “MajiMatakatifu”, “Altare” and “Solo” which explain the life of natives who once stayed in the park
  • Crocodile Island


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