Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania

One of the main highlights of visiting Rubondo Island is the rocky areas and sandy beaches that surround the island. With sandy beaches and tropical waters the area becomes a travellers dream!

Rubondo Island is located 150 km west of Mwanza. The “Rubondo” area actually includes 11 islets but the biggest island measuring 237 km2 is what the area was named after. The highest point on Rubondo Island is the Masa Hills (1486 m) found far south.

In 1965 Rubondo Island was declared a Game Reserve for the sanctuary of animals. In 1977 the Rubondo Island National Park was gazetted and is now completely uninhabited. 80% of the island is actually forest. Within the forest one can find the most amazing types of plant life as well as colourful animal life. One of the main attractions within this Tanzania national park are the chimpanzees – they are born wild and interestingly not born within this area; they were relocated to the Rubondo Island National Park many years ago. The chimpanzees are currently highly protected and under observation. A lot of the animals within this national park have being introduced, such as; roan antelope and the rhino. Both of these animals are now extinct. There are other animals on Rubondo Island that have being introduced (not natural) and are still thriving on the island, such as; elephants, giraffes, monkeys and African grey parrots. Not all the animals within the Rubondo area have been introduced; there are some natural animals that are still happily living on the island such as; hippos, vervet monkeys, genet and bushbuck.

The average temperature ranges from around 19̊C to 26̊C throughout the year making this a great holiday destination. The best time to visit Rubondo Island is in the non-rainy months as the weather is exceptional and the sights are amazing… not to mention the wildlife! The rainy months are December and October to May.