Overview of Rubondo Island Camp

This exquisite gem of a camp is located on an unspoilt paradise, Rubondo Island, on Lake Victoria. The island’s extraordinary natural bounty has attracted national park status and earned it the nickname, ‘Noah’s Ark’.  Its sweep of sunny shoreline is home to sunbathing hippos and cruising crocodiles; chimpanzees and monkeys populate the lush forest canopy; and the woodlands teem with elephant and giraffe. The island’s emerald heart is a papyrus swamp that helps support over 200 bird species, including the African grey parrot. Almost 70 species of butterfly and 40 species of orchid thrive here – truly, a paradise found!

The island offers a host of attractions to explore on guided nature walks, safari-style game drives and dhow cruises. Take a scenic stroll along the pristine beach looking out for rarities, like the spotted neck otter, or catch a glimpse of the elusive white-striped situnga antelope in the papyrus. Game drives offer excellent opportunities to observe the island’s larger game. Dhow cruises provide crocodile watchers with plentiful sightings of these prehistoric beasts, known for their cinematic proportions in this, the world’s second largest lake. Safari activities are balanced with an invitation to utter relaxation, to days spent reclining beside the large swimming pool or on the pristine beach, soaking up the views of Lake Victoria. For a private retreat, escape to your veranda with a chilled bottle of wine to watch the forest canopy’s comical vervet monkey soap opera.

For a very limited time, guests at Rubondo can sign up to be part of the research team’s project to habituate chimpanzees to humans as part of their ongoing conservation project. This involves three nights on the island, including one night fly-camping near the chimps as they bed down for the evening. This activity is seldom available to non-scientists and researchers, and promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Make a Positive Impact Through Travel

Asilia empowers crucial wilderness areas in East Africa, benefitting people and nature alike. By making bold, and often pioneering, investments into areas that are ecologically and economically vulnerable, Asilia aims to turn these areas into viable conservation economies, benefitting both the local communities as well as the environment. With the help of guests, who contribute a levy of US$ 5 for each night that they stay at an Asilia property, Asilia is able to make a significant positive impact towards their goal of empowering these areas, including the communities and wildlife that call them home.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Magnificent island setting on Lake Victoria
  • Rich diversity of game and birdlife
  • See chimpanzees in their natural habitat
  • Game fishing for legendary Nile perch
  • Limited time to be part of chimp habituation project

4x4 Drives

Bird watching

Boat excursions

Boat-based safaris

Bush dining

Bush walks

Cultural visits (additional cost)

Dinner under the stars

Fishing

Fly fishing

Full-day safaris

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walks

Hiking

Local school visits

Local village visits

Nature drives

Nature walks

Photographic safaris

Picnics

Scenic drives

Specialist guides

Sundowners

Sunset cruises

Rooms at Rubondo Island Camp

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
  • Rubondo-Island-Twin-room-set-up
  • Rubondo-Island-Interior-room
  • Rubondo-Island-Exterior-of-the-room

    Luxury Chalet

    Retreat to one of eight en suite Afro-chic chalets surrounded by the forest and only 60m from the shores of Lake Victoria.

    Open your sliding screen door and step out onto your outdoor patio to admire a gorgeous pink sky as the African sun goes to bed.

    General Facilities

    Select from a range of local and imported beer, wines, spirits and soft drinks from the charming bar and relax in the serene lounge surrounded by a canopy of trees.

    Take a cool dip in the large swimming pool and soak up the African sun on the surrounding wooden deck. Keep warm with a good read beside a crackling log-fire on chillier days.

    Bar

    Curio shop

    En-suite bathrooms

    Fire pit

    Housekeeping service

    Laundry service

    Library

    Local airstrip transfers

    Lounge

    Mess dining tent

    Private beach

    Private veranda

    Safe

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    Hearty meals are prepared by a dedicated chef with fresh ingredients flown in from Mwanza. Freshly prepared buffet breakfast is served while lunch and dinner is a 3-course affair  inspired by African, Asian and European flavours.

    Unwind in the lounge or dining area with a cup of coffee, tea or a refreshing drink from the bar, available throughout the day.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Lauren Johansson

    Lauren Johansson

    Africa Safari Expert

    This gem of an island is the perfect safari add on with sandy white beaches, forest creeping right to the water’s edge, and secret forest trails to explore to your hearts content. My favourite moments… cruising in our kayak at sunset, sitting under the stars with my toes in the sand in front of a flaming bonfire, hearing the forest alive around me as we explored ancient animal paths. A bit of a magic forest really!

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