About Rubondo Island National Park

Discover the Untamed Beauty of Rubondo Island National Park with Lyimo Expeditions

Are you yearning for an unforgettable adventure where pristine nature and wildlife thrive? Look no further than the enchanting Rubondo Island National Park in Tanzania. Nestled in the southwestern corner of Lake Victoria, this hidden gem is a sanctuary for both wildlife enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil escape. With the expertise of Lyimo Expeditions, your dream Tanzania tour and safari can become a reality. So, pack your bags, let your spirit of adventure soar, and get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of Rubondo Island!

A Jewel in Lake Victoria

Rubondo Island National Park is an exquisite haven that spans approximately 456 square kilometers. This lush island paradise is the largest island national park in Africa, offering visitors a unique blend of landscapes, from dense forests and open savannahs to pristine beaches and serene waters. Its relative remoteness has preserved its natural beauty, making it a pristine destination for eco-tourism and wildlife enthusiasts.

Wildlife Wonderland

One of the most remarkable aspects of Rubondo Island is its rich biodiversity. The island was designated a national park in 1977, and since then, it has become a haven for various species of wildlife. The island’s diverse ecosystems support a wide range of animals, making it a true wildlife wonderland.

Primates and Chimpanzees

Rubondo Island is perhaps best known for its population of chimpanzees. In the 1960s, a group of captive chimpanzees was introduced to the island as part of a rehabilitation project. Today, these chimpanzees thrive in the wild, making Rubondo one of the few places in the world where you can witness these intelligent creatures in their natural habitat. Tracking chimpanzees in Rubondo’s dense forests is an exhilarating experience that will leave you in awe of their behavior and intelligence.

Avian Paradise

Birdwatchers, rejoice! Rubondo Island is a paradise for bird enthusiasts, boasting over 300 species of birds. From the striking African fish eagle to the elusive shoebill stork, you’ll be treated to a symphony of avian diversity. The island’s varied habitats provide the perfect backdrop for a birdwatching adventure, and our experienced guides at Lyimo Expeditions will ensure you don’t miss a single feathered wonder.

Majestic Mammals

Rubondo Island is home to a variety of mammals, including elephants, hippos, and giraffes. These majestic creatures roam freely in the island’s forests and savannahs, creating awe-inspiring moments for visitors. Imagine the thrill of spotting a family of elephants taking a leisurely stroll along the shoreline or witnessing a graceful giraffe nibbling on the leaves of an acacia tree. With Lyimo Expeditions, you’ll have the chance to experience these encounters up close and personal.

Aquatic Treasures

Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, surrounds Rubondo Island, offering a wealth of aquatic adventures. The lake is teeming with fish species, making it a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. Whether you prefer fishing from the shore or venturing out on a boat, Lake Victoria’s waters are sure to provide a rewarding angling experience. Additionally, the lake’s calm, clear waters are perfect for kayaking and boat safaris, allowing you to explore the island from a different perspective.

Exploring Rubondo Island

Rubondo Island National Park offers a range of activities to suit every adventurer’s taste. With Lyimo Expeditions as your guide, you’ll have access to a variety of engaging experiences that will make your visit truly memorable.

Guided Nature Walks

Embark on guided nature walks through the island’s forests and savannahs with our knowledgeable guides. These walks provide a unique opportunity to learn about the island’s flora and fauna, as well as its fascinating history. Our guides will share their expertise on the island’s ecosystems, ensuring you gain a deeper appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Chimpanzee Tracking

Tracking chimpanzees in Rubondo’s dense forests is a highlight of any visit to the island. Our experienced guides will lead you on an exhilarating adventure, as you follow the signs and sounds of these incredible primates. Witnessing chimpanzees in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a newfound respect for our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.

Birdwatching Safaris

For bird enthusiasts, Rubondo Island is a dream come true. Our birdwatching safaris will take you to the best spots for observing the island’s diverse birdlife. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or a novice, our guides will help you identify and appreciate the island’s avian wonders. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera – you won’t want to miss a moment of this avian spectacle!

Boat Safaris

Explore the shores and waters of Lake Victoria on a boat safari. Glide along the tranquil waters, keeping an eye out for hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of waterbirds. The boat safari offers a unique perspective of the island and its wildlife, providing ample opportunities for photography and wildlife observation.

Fishing Adventures

Lake Victoria’s rich waters make it a prime destination for fishing enthusiasts. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, our fishing excursions will give you the chance to catch some of the lake’s prized fish species. Enjoy the thrill of reeling in a Nile perch or tilapia, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Rubondo Island.

Accommodation Options

Rubondo Island offers a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. From luxurious lodges to cozy campsites, you’ll find the perfect place to unwind after a day of adventure.

Rubondo Island Camp

For those seeking a blend of luxury and nature, Rubondo Island Camp offers spacious and comfortable tented suites that blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment. Wake up to the sounds of nature and enjoy stunning views of the lake from your private veranda. The camp’s attentive staff and delicious cuisine will ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Eco-Friendly Lodges

Rubondo Island is home to several eco-friendly lodges that prioritize sustainability and conservation. These lodges provide a unique opportunity to experience the island’s natural beauty while minimizing your environmental footprint. Enjoy comfortable accommodation, delicious meals, and a range of activities, all while supporting the island’s conservation efforts.


For the more adventurous traveler, Rubondo Island offers well-maintained campsites where you can immerse yourself in the island’s wilderness. Set up your tent under the starry African sky and fall asleep to the sounds of nature. Camping on Rubondo Island is a truly immersive experience that allows you to connect with the natural world in a profound way.

Your Adventure Awaits with Lyimo Expeditions

At Lyimo Expeditions, we are passionate about creating unforgettable experiences for our clients. Our team of experienced guides and staff are dedicated to ensuring your visit to Rubondo Island National Park is nothing short of extraordinary. With our extensive knowledge of the island and its wildlife, we will provide you with a safe, enjoyable, and enriching adventure.

Why Choose Lyimo Expeditions?

  1. Expert Guides: Our guides are highly knowledgeable and experienced, ensuring you have an informative and engaging experience. They are passionate about wildlife and conservation, and their enthusiasm is contagious.

  2. Customized Tours: We offer a range of tour packages to suit different interests and preferences. Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, birdwatcher, or adventure seeker, we have a tour that will cater to your desires.

  3. Responsible Tourism: We are committed to responsible and sustainable tourism practices. By choosing Lyimo Expeditions, you are supporting conservation efforts and local communities.

  4. Personalized Service: We pride ourselves on providing personalized service to each of our clients. From the moment you contact us to the end of your tour, we will ensure your needs are met and your expectations exceeded.

Book Your Rubondo Island Adventure Today!

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey to Rubondo Island National Park? Contact us at Lyimo Expeditions to start planning your dream Tanzania tour and safari. Our team is here to assist you with every aspect of your trip, from itinerary planning to accommodation arrangements.

  • Email: info@lyimoexpeditionskilimanjaro.com
  • Phone: +255718442953

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore one of Africa’s most pristine and enchanting destinations. Book your Rubondo Island adventure with Lyimo Expeditions today, and let the magic of this island paradise captivate your heart and soul.


Rubondo Island National Park is a hidden treasure that offers a unique and diverse array of experiences for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. From tracking chimpanzees and birdwatching to fishing and boat safaris, the island provides endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. With the expertise and personalized service of Lyimo Expeditions, your dream Tanzania tour and safari will become a reality. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today and let the journey to Rubondo Island begin!

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