Rubondo island national park is an outstanding paradise for bird enthuasts and tourists on sport fishing safaris, the park is located in an island in the south Western corner of Lake Victoria, the main island is a composure of ten small islands. 80% of Rubondo island national park is covered by forests, the park covers an area of 457 square kilometers. It is one of the most adventurous Tanzania safaris parks.
Rubondo island national park is about 150 kilometers from Mwanza town of Tanzania; the park is also composed of four volcanic hills covered with semi deciduous forests. In the 1960s the government relocated the Zinza tribe who lived on the island and survived on banana plantationsto the other islands. Rubondo Island was gazetted as a national park in 1977 but it was a game reserve from 1965. It is an awesome place to be for your next Tanzania adventure holidays.
During the year 1966 to 1969, Chimpanzees were introduced to Rubondo Island and other animals like elephants, antelopes, giraffes, white Columbus monkeys and black Columbus monkeys were introduced to this island.
Despite being small in size, there are a number of tourists activities to be done at Rubondo island national park. Some of the activities are listed below;
Chimpanzee trekking: Chimpanzee trekking can be done at the Rubondo island national park though the Chimpanzees are rarely seen, visitors can come across animals like; elephants, bush bucks, giraffes, hippos, pythons and bush pigs not forgetting exclusive butterflies.
Boat rides: Boat riding at Rubondo island national park offers a thrilling experience as you view the magnificent lake shores and the tropical forest canopies entangled on the beautiful hills giving you a wilderness experience in Africas latest island national park, boat rides provide you with views of the second largest fresh water lake and also the source of the longest river in the world.
Sport fishing: Sport fishing is one of the fabulous activities to do while at Rubondo island national park, the fishing is done in he designated areas and with an experienced fishing tour guide, tourists are required to come along with their fishing gears and acquire permits for fishing after paying additional for fishing which is excluded from the conservation area fee.
Camping: One of the best ways to experience and come to close contact with the wilderness is by camping, Rubondo island national park provides camping sites where visitors can enjoy a packed bush lunch the campsites offer kitchen facilities, bathrooms, toilets and dinings as you hear whispers of the wilderness.
Bird watching: Rubondo national park is reknowned for harboring the wolrds migratory birds but he most common notable birds here are; African fishing eagle, kingfishers, egrets, ibises, herons, storks and many more water birds the park is said to be containing over 200 bird species.
Guided nature walks: Tourists can engage on nature guided safaris while at Rubondo island national park, the park has got various walking trails which include: bandas to pongo camp, airstrip to pongo, airstrip to mamba point, mamba point to Mlaga kageye road, and maji mtakatifu to mchangani this walking trails give visitors a thrilling experience as they come across wildlife, butterflies and a lot of plant species.
Rubondo national park is an ideal place for a family holiday or weekend gateway’s, the park can be visited all year round however, for bird enthuasts the best time to visit the park is from November to March and for wildlife lovers it’s during June to August.
Rubondo national park can easily be accessed from Mwanza town of Tanzania to Nkome via Geita and from Mwanza to Kasenda via Chato. Once tourists are in Kasenda or Noon they can access a boat to take them to the park. Scheduled and chartered flights are also available.
When visiting Rubondo island national park, tourists should endeavor to book in advance as accommodation units are not many the place where to stay will depend on the tourists’ choice.