This 25 000 hectare paradise in the south-western corner of the expansive Lake Victoria is the largest island national park on the continent.

Rubondo Island National park is Tanzania’s only park on Lake Victoria. The island attracts a small number of visitors each year, mainly game fishermen and bird enthusiasts.

Wildlife

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. These habitats form a home for various wild creatures such as sitatunga, bushbucks, velvet monkeys, genet cats, spotted necked otters, hippopotamus and crocodiles which share the ecological niches with introduced species such as chimpanzees, elephants, giraffes, black and white colubus monkeys, suni and African grey parrots. The park is famous by holding a variety of migratory birds from different parts of the world and some birds native to the area are in Emin Pasha Gulf with the African fish eagles distinctly appreciated.

Park attractions

  • A variety of water birds , Eurasian migrants and introduced African grey parrots
  • High density of African fish eagles distinctly seen
  • Animal species including Sitatunga, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Bushbucks, Pythons, Crocodiles, Chimpanzees (not fully habituated), Bush pigs and Suni
  • The Lake Victoria forming a spectacular sight for visitors with the deepest point in the lake (Irumo) forming part of the park
  • Magnificent view of one of the last remaining representatives of evergreen dense primary lowland Congolese forest with a unique habitat mosaic in the midst of high biodiversity value
  • Beautiful and attracting beaches such as Fly catcher, Mchangani and Michicoco
  • Important gulfs of Irumo and Kamea
  • Clear sighting of both sun rise and sun set
  • Cultural sites such as “Ntungamirwe”, “Maji Matakatifu”, “Altare” and “Solo” which explain the life of natives who once stayed in the park
  • “Birds Islands”, breeding sit for water birds
  • Crocodile island
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