We believe that your expedition into the African bush does not mean that you must forego certain comforts that your safari should not be at the expense of a certain deserved luxury. Our luxury camps are tailored to the needs of individual clients that stay there, so to ensure the privacy and comfort that Safari of distinction demands, whilst allowing the interaction with nature that only camping can indulge.

Our spacious walk in tents are of the traditional, time-honored safari style, with sewn in floors and windows, large wooden beds, comfortable mattresses, and fresh cotton bedding, soothed by African breezes that circulate freely through the shade cloth windows. The en-suite bathrooms include a toilet and shower, filled by your personal camp attendant, according to your needs and fully enclosed to keep unwanted visitors away. Each tent is individually pitched on our own private campsites, and appointed To face the unfurling majesty of the African bush so that even when sat on your verandah, cold drink in hand, your affinity to the surrounding environment is one of intimacy and solitude.

A dedicated safari crew, intent on making your overnight stay as memorable and superlative as possible, enhances our canvas luxury. Our well-trained chefs rustle up the finest in bush cuisine, serving up multi-course meals to the dining tent, complemented by a selection of fine wines, ice-cold drinks and spirits brought to you by the ever-attentive waiters. Silver service dinners, served by courteous waiters traditionally dressed in Swahili kanzu and fez, beneath the glistening brilliance of the African night sky is perhaps the very epitome of safari style, experienced only by a privileged few since the earlier explorers. The evening unwinds around the campfire, during which you might learn about Maasai culture from a local elder, discuss the arrangements for the following day with your guide or simply soak up the nocturnal orchestra that pervades around the bush. As your retire to your spacious tents, gently lit by the dancing flicker of lantern –light, the drama of the African plains continues around you, the chorus of wildlife provided a memorable reminder of your whereabouts.

Ultimately, the advantage of our luxury camps is the mobility, the freedom to go into remote areas of bush, well away from the beaten tracks of the main tourist circuit. We carefully choose optimum sites for the luxury camps, locating game routes and migration corridors that will provide the perfect proximity to the wildlife that is after all the main reason for your visit. Mobile luxury camps allow us the independence to better correspond your hopes with our safari operation and take you to the places that you want to go, to see the wildlife that you want to see. It is Africa you seek, and then there is no surer way to find it.

Our camps are designed as retreats for physical and spiritual wellbeing – as a rejuvenation experience. Our camps are limited to a maximum of eight tents as part of our commitment to low impact, high-quality tourism.

Special diets can be arranged that are light and innovative so that your safari can also be one of renewal.

The plane soars over Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest lake, its shore stretching across Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Beneath you, crocodiles swarm over a pebbled island, hundreds of birds squabble and squawk, jostling for food and space on Bird Island. On the horizon, Rubondo comes into view, a vast uninhabited green jewel, home to an incredible ecosystem and astounding diverse wildlife. 

Hippos play in the bay, submerging themselves in the cool lake, taking refuge from the sun. A fish eagle glides effortlessly over the sandy beach, swooping down over the water to catch its prey. You stare down into the dense leafy forest canopy, hoping to catch a glimpse of the island’s giraffe, stately elephants and elusive chimpanzees. Ahead, the swamp glistens like an emerald. Your plane circles, approaching the grassy runway for a smooth landing. You’ve arrived.

Welcome to Rubondo Island, Tanzania’s undiscovered treasure. Home to nature, beauty and wonder.

About ARybondo Island Camp

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.

The island offers a host of attractions. Between November to March, the forest blooms with beautiful wild flowers. December to November see it play host to migratory birds. The climate is most pleasant from June to August. November sees the start of the short rainy season, s/files/includes/top.jsping in December in time for a Christmas break. From March to April, the long rains begin, renewing life on the island.

Whatever time of year you visit Rubondo, it’s best to pack some insect repellent to keep away the mosquitos and other insects that make their home on the island.