Rubondo Island National Park

Rubondo national park is tucked in a corner of Lake Victoria is the world's second largest fresh water lake in the world, with a smaller Island under her wing; It stretches over 457.8 square kilometers (178.7 sq miles) of which 240 sq.kms is land and remain 217.8 sq.kms is water.

Located Northwest Tanzania about 150 sq. km (95 miles) west of Mwanza the park consists mostly of dense lowland dry forest, but in the southern part are open grasslands. Towards the coastline the topography varies between sandy beaches and papyrus swamps.

The Park is best visited in the dry season June - August. Wildflowers and butterflies, Wet season November- March, December - February best for migratory birds.


Some of the birds found in this Island, Kingfisher's and fly catchers. Also is home to fish eagles as well as a rich variety bird species. Over 400 species have been recorded including endemic and a global stopover for hundreds of migratory birds



On the island you can find elephant, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, bush buck, sitatunga, suni antelope, vervet monkey, colobus guereza monkey, genet cats, otters and a small group of chimpanzees.

Fish/Fishing Life:

Rubondo Island is home to the highest density of African Fish Eagles anywhere in the world. Also, African Grey Parrots, Pin-tailed Whydah, Paradise Flycatchers and Giant Kingfishers are regularly seen. The island also offers rich opportunities for sport fishing as the waters surrounding Rubondo are a part of the national park.


Rubondo Island lies north of Mwanza, close to the Tanzanian border. Charter flights leave Mwanza, Arusha, Nairobi and the Serengeti or alternatively, private boats run from Nkome and Muganza. By road from Mwanza and then boat transfer.

To do:

Walking safaris, boat excursions, sport fishing, chimpanzee treks, plans for canoe trips.