A chalet and table on a beach on Rubondo Island CampA chalet and table on a beach on Rubondo Island Camp

Rubondo Island Camp

From: $480.00

Rubondo Island Camp is nestled in the South Western corner of Lake Victoria. This is the only island National Park in Africa and more than sixty percent of its 25 000 acres is pristine equatorial forest. This is the home of elephant, chimpanzee, antelope and myriad bird life.


Rubondo Island Camp

Lake Victoria

Closed 1 April – 31 May

Rubondo Island Camp is the only island park in Africa. As such the island enjoys a very unique diversity of wildlife inhabitants. One of the highest points on the island is the Masa Hills reaching over a thousand meters above sea level and gives guests a very unusual perspective of its location. The majority of the island is equatorial rain forest, some grassland and the sandy beaches of the lake shores make up the habitats here. The Sitatunga Antelope is a very sought after sighting for visitors.

There are over forty species of wild orchid that bloom within the forest from around November to March. These orchids attract a fantastic diversity of butterflies that pollinate them. With over three hundred resident species of birds there is no shortage of things to do on the island.


Activities are centered around the conservation practices that are ongoing and guest are able to take part in a Chimpanzee habituation project, forest walks, exploring the lake shores on kayaks as well as birding, fishing and game drives.


The camp has just eight guest chalets that are all set slightly back from the lake shores. Each chalet has been built using local stone and grass materials and the interior has a warm and natural feel. Views from each chalet over the lake are beautiful.

The main area of Rubondo Island Camp is the center piece of the camp with a spacious feeling and panoramic views of the lake. The lounge, bar and dining room are comfortable and peaceful and the ideal location for quiet time to yourself. While the dining area is slightly separated all guests dine together creating a very warm and hospitable feeling.

Read our Country Information for advice on travel to Tanzania. Read our blog on the Top 6 island paradise retreats. 

If you’re interested in island holidays have a look at Fanjove Island or the Al Fajiri Beach Villa’s.

If you love the intimacy of small camps then Chem Chem Forest Lodge will make your Africa safari dreams come true, the slow style of safari.

Learn more about the Chimpanzee Re-Habituation Project on the island.

How to Get There

Fly In

Flying to Rubondo Island can be a mere 40 minute flight from one of the Serengeti airstrips. The island is a perfect place to complete a safari circuit.

Get in touch with us for flight arrangements.



  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Local brand drinks
  • Game drives
  • Boating excursions
  • Swamp excursions
  • Nature walks
  • Fishing + fishing permits
  • Airstrip transfers
  • Laundry
  • Walking safaris


  • Premium brand drinks
  • Chimpanzee Experience Permit $90-00 pp per 24 hours
  • Exclusive boat hire
  • Medical evacuation insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Additional lunch


  • Fishing
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Swamp excursions
  • Forest walks
  • Birding
  • Kayaking

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