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Rubondo Island Safari

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Get to Know Rubondo Island

Little-visited Rubondo Island protects the largest extant tract of Tanzanian forest in the Lake Victoria Basin and an accompanying wealth of unusual aquatic wildlife.

Among the strangest protected areas in East Africa, Rubondo Island was set aside as a game reserve in the 1960s, with the intention of using it as a breeding centre for introduced populations of vulnerable Congolese rainforest species. This plan never quite came together, but the 240-square-kilometre island is still home to several survivors of the short-lived experiment, among them chimpanzees, elephants, giraffes, black-and-white colobus monkeys and a flock of African grey parrots.

Introduced species aside, Rubondo is undoubtedly the best place in Africa to see the localised sitatunga, a large swamp-loving antelope distinguished by its uniquely splayed hooves, while spotted-necked otters and large-spotted genets frequent its only camp.

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Why Rubondo Island National Park?

  • A peaceful and unspoilt post-safari retreat for wildlife enthusiasts
  • Good sightings of seldom-seen mammals such as sitatunga and otter
  • There’s only one permanent camp on the island, so it’s a peaceful destination
  • Guided game walks and boat trips
  • Good forest and swamp birding

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FAQs about Rubondo Island National Park

  • Rubondo Island National Park is best visited in the dry months of July to February. The jungle is less humid - however, there are also less mosquito and the temperatures are not as extreme.
  • Although some of the game parks have become quite overrun with tourists during certain times of the year, there are still many very remote and untouched areas to view games in Africa two examples of this are in Northern Mozambique and Uganda.
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