Rubondo Island, in the south west corner of Lake Victoria, is Africa’s largest island national park. Almost three quarters of the island, which measures16 miles long and between two and six miles wild, is swathed in pristine equatorial forest. There is just one camp on the island, and no permanent inhabitants apart from the staff and national parks personnel.
Accommodation & Facilities
Rubondo Island Camp has eight spacious cottages set beneath huge shady trees about 60 metres from the lake-shore. The cottages have been built using locally sourced materials that are sympathetic to the environment and the setting. Each light and airy cottage has a huge main bedroom, an en-suite bathroom with flush loo and shower, and large deck to the front with comfortable chairs. The camp has a lovely big mess building close to the shore, with a dining room and a lounge offering great views across the lake.
Wildlife & Activities
Resident wildlife includes elephant, giraffe, colobus monkeys, sitatunga, chimpanzees, more than 300 bird species, and an astonishing variety of frogs. Guests at Rubondo Island Camp can take forest walks in the local area or can spend several days trekking across the island. Game drives and boat trips offer the best wildlife viewing opportunities and there is some superb fishing on Lake Victoria. Additional activities include cultural visits to local fishing communities on neighbouring islands, dhow sailing, canoeing, and overnight sleep-outs in the forest.