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
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.
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, stopping in December in time for
a Christmas break. From March to April,
the long rains begin, renewing life on
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