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Rubondo National Park

Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

Rubondo National Park

Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania


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Rubondo National Park is an island in Lake Victoria that is incredibly diverse in its wildlife. Because it is not easily accessible, and less frequented, it is plentiful in fish and game. Larger animals can also be seen, such as the elephants, hippos, giraffes, crocodiles and the vervet monkeys. Boat and canoe rides, as well as chimpanzee treks, are common excursions.

Rubondo National Park : Facts, Features and More


240 sq km (93 sq mi).


Northwest Tanzania, 150 km (95 mi) west of Mwanza.


Getting to:
By air from Arusha or Mwanza. Or by road from Mwanza and then a boat transfer.


Best time to visit:
Dry season, June-August. Wildflowers and butterflies, wet season November-March. December- February best for migratory birds.


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Why should you visit?

Tucked in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria on Rubondo Island, Rubondo National park protects precious fish breeding grounds. Nile perch and tilapia attract game fishermen seeking world record catches, while crocodiles, elephants, genets, giraffes, hippos, mongoose, vervet monkeys and the reclusive sitatunga are found throughout Rubondo’s sandy beaches, swamps and dense forests.

Rubondo’s inaccessibility directly benefits its inhabitants, particularly its bird life. Often nick-named ‘bird island’, bee-eaters, fish eagle, heron, ibis, kingfisher and both spoon-billed and saddle-billed stork are commonly seen in the park.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your safari now!

  • City Lake Tanganyika, Mwanza
  • Country Tanzania

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