MOUNT KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK
RUBONDO ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Island is tucked in a corner of Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest lake,
an inland sea sprawling between three countries. With 9 smaller islands under
her wing, Rubondo protects precious fish breeding grounds. Tasty tilapia and the
rapacious Nile perch, some weighing more than 100 kgs, tempt recreational
fishers with challenging sport fishing and world record catches.
A fish eagle
guarding the gentle bay shrieks an alarm, head tossed back. A well-fed monster
of a crocodile snaps to life, startled from its nap in the morning sun. It
stampedes through the crunchy undergrowth, crashing into the water in front of
our boat, leaving only sentry post eyes sceptically monitoring our movements.
is more than a water wonderland. Deserted sandy beaches nestle against a cloak
of virgin forest. Papyrus swamps host the secretive sitatunga, a shaggy aquatic
antelope and the dappled bushbuck, darting fleet footed through the maze of
tamarind, wild palm and sycamore fig, strung with a cage of trailing taproots.
The malachite kingfisher’s azure brilliance competes with the paradise
flycatcher’s glamorous, flowing tail. Rubondo is home to fish eagles and a
global stopover for hundreds of migratory birds. Wild jasmine, 40 different
orchids and a smorgasbord of sweet, indefinable smells from the forest greet
percent of the park is humid forest; the remainder ranges from coastal grassland
to like side papyrus beds. A number of indigenous mammal species – hippo,
bushbuck, monkey, genet and mongoose – share their protected habitat with
introduced species, such as chimpanzee, elephant and giraffe, that benefit from
240 sq kms (about 150 sq miles)
Northwest Tanzania, 150 km west of Mwanza
Regular flights form Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and
Mwanza. By roac from Mwanza and then boat transfer. Contact the Park for
What to do
Walking safaris, boat excursions, sport fishing, chimpanzee
treks, plans for canoe trips.
Dry season, June-August, Wildflowers and butterflies, wet
season November-March. December-February best for migratory birds.
One luxury Tented camp, Park bandas and Campsite.