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Lake Victoria Safari & Rubondo Island National Park

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  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tour Price From: $885

Rubondo Island is the largest of one of only 2 island National Parks in Tanzania. and is located on the south-west corner of Lake Victoria, 150 km (95 miles) west of Mwanza city. The 2nd island park is Saa Nane Island NP, which is near by and which you will also visit during your stay. Lake Victoria is one of Africa’s Great Lakes and is the source of the River Nile (the world’s longest river), Africa’s largest lake and the second largest freshwater lake in the world.

This national park is 456.8 km2 of which 236.8 km2 is dry land and 220 km2 is water comprising of 11 small islets. The park offers a vast variety of habitats for wildlife including: velvet monkeys, genet cats, spotted necked otters, hippopotamus, crocodiles, chimpanzees, elephants and giraffes. Only here can visitors to Tanzania be sure of seeing Sitatunga (marsh bucks). It is also a paradise for bird-lovers with nearly 400 species documented on the island. Fisherman also love the challenge of coming face to face with the iconic Nile Perch!

A stay on Rubonda Island and a Lake Victoria Safari is a unique way of experiencing Tanzania and its African wildlife. It’s remoteness and lack of human influence ensures you will have very special memories that few will ever have, and you will have played your part in conserving this extraordinary wildlife refuge for generations to come.

Starting 1st September 2016 – Chimpanzee habituation experience. A unique opportunity to spend time with habitutators in the field observing these extraordinary monkeys. Please request additional price at time of booking.

Day 1
Crocodiles, Hippo pools & Campfires!

At the start of this unique Lake Victoria Safari we will meet and greet you from your flight or bus. We will drive you to Muganza to take a 20 minute boat ride across Lake Victoria to the magical Rubondo Island. On arrival you will take a 25 minute drive through the forest to your accommodation – you may spot your first game on route! You can then check in your room/banda while registration and confirming your activity plan is done by the park administration. In the afternoon after lunch, you will go on a 3 hour walking safari (guided) in the natural forest/along the beach. While hiking, you can enjoy viewing animals like sitatunga, bushbucks, suni, mongoose, bush pigs, genet cats and monkeys. There are many forest birds and butterflies on the lake and its shores. In the evening after dinner you can enjoy the quiet of the island around a campfire – a good time for a local beer or wine and reflect on an amazing day!

Day 2
Rubondo Island Lake Safari

After an early coffee, you will go on a game drive to try and spot big game like elephant, giraffe and other small animals,  reptiles and birds. You will come back to base for a hearty brunch. In the afternoon you will then take an exciting Lake Safari to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Island. You will head to bird Island to enjoy more of the lakes birds life, the secretive sitatunga’s and the breath taking hippo and crocodiles in the water. (We can also arrange for you to fish on the lake (Sport fishing-  for an additional charge)

Day 3
Island discovery  & Transfer

Today you will have a free morning on Rubondo Island to feel its tranquility and to relax. You will leave the Island after an early Brunch.  We will take you back to the mainland and on to the town of Bukoba, or else arrange a flight direct from the island to Mwanza, the Serengeti or back home!


Please note that the Tour Price listed above is the minimum price per person for camping on the island. Please see below other accommodation options available which may change dependent on high or low season:-

Budget Accommodation – 2 nights camping 2016 2017
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Tent $885 $TBA


Mid Range Accommodation – 2 nights in a Bandas 2016 2017
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Single $1150 $TBA
Double $980 $TBA


Luxury Accommodation – 2 nights at the Asilia Luxury Lodge 2016 2017
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rubondo lodge

Single $TBA $TBA
Double $1880 $TBA

Tour Price includes:

Transfer to/from Muganza or Rubondo airstrip; Boat transfer to island; Park entrance fees; 2 nights accommodation; all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner); drinking water (bottled);  1 x Lake Safari; forest walking tour; transfer by car while on island; English speaking guide.

Not included:

Transfer by air from anywhere to Rubondo (only transfer between Bukoba and Rubondo by road is included); Fishing trip (cost 100$ per person); tipping of guides; and things of a personal nature
Please note, our final tour price will include any special offers we are able to obtain at the time of booking and extra’s you require. If you are a resident with a resident permit, special offers are often available so please let us know your status!

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