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Rubondo Island National Park, Rubondo Island
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RUBONDO ISLAND CAMP is the only camp on Rubondo Island, the largest island national park in Africa. Rubondo Island lies in the southwest corner of the famous Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world. The island is 26 km long and ranges from 3 km to 10 km in width with 80% of its surface covered by pristine, untouched forest. This is virgin paradise; uninhabited for decades. Elephant and giraffe are dwarfed by ancient trees in the shadow of which lurk bushbuck and genet. The birdlife alone, comprising over 200 species, is enough to get the most discerning birder twitching. Vervet monkey cavort amid the leaves and toward the lakeshore, the elusive sitatunga antelope hides in papyrus swamp; crocodile lie in wait along the shore and hippo crash through the shallows. Nile Perch in excess of 100 kilograms call these waters home. This is where the wild things are. A small contingent of park rangers, chimp researchers and our camp staff are the only inhabitants of the island. Rubondo Island Camp is an exclusive lake front property ensconced under a shady forest canopy with superb views across Lake Victoria. The former camp is being removed and replaced with more comfortable and upmarket facilities. An elevated outcrop of rocks amidst scattered trees provides the perfect setting for the new dining and lounge area, offering a splendid view of the lake and bay. A swimming pool surrounded by decks is located close to the beach and common area. Rubondo Island has a landing strip that can accommodate light aircrafts and takes daily scheduled flights from Mwanza and charter flights. Transfers between camp and airstrip will take around 20 minutes. For those on a self drive trip they can drive to Muganza or Nkome and take a boat from there. The recommended time for travel is morning or late evening. Boat From Muganza: ASILIA or TANAPA speed boat to Rubondo Island (30 minutes). TANAPA boat US$ 100 (return) Boat From Nkome: (1.5 hours drive from Mwanza) TANAPA speed boat to Rubondo Island (90 minutes). TANAPA BOAT US$ 180 (return) Highlights *Hiking through the habitat of wild chimpanzees *Tracking the endemic Sitatunga antelope *Walking safaris, game drives and boat trips viewing the lush forest and extensive variety of wildlife *Boat trips to nearby Croc and Bird Island to sight many of over 200 endemic and migratory species *Viewing the largest population of fish eagles in Africa *Game fishing the legendary Nile perch (The largest fish ever caught on the island weighed 105kg!) There are two fishing boats available for half day hire - "Sato", a 6 person Tom Cat and "Sangara", a smaller 4 person boat (please inquire for rates). Speciality Aspects *Chimp talks by researchers *University groups *Wellness weeks and Yoga retreats *Birding over 200 endemic and migratory species (December to February for migratory birds) *Sitatunga antelope *Wildflowers – particularly wild orchids (November to March) *Butterflies (November to March) *Otters *Frogs Library To enhance your experience our camp has an extensive library for you to choose from including these subjects: *Butterflies of Africa *Insects of Africa *Birds of East Africa, Rwanda and Burundi *Birds of Uganda *Birds of Africa *Mammals of Africa *Chimp books *Trees and Shrubs of Southern Africa *Ciclids book *Amphibians of East Africa *Reptiles of East Africa Rates include: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), game drives, boating safaris, swamp excursions (activities are shared), nature walks, chimpanzee tracking (coming soon), transfers to/from Rubondo airstrip and laundry service Rates exclude: Park/conservancy fees (US$ 30 per person), TANAPA Chimp Permit (should they be introduced), fishing permits ($50 per rod - valid for 3 days), fishing boat hire (details under Activities), flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights & airport taxes, gratuities, items of personal nature Please advise guest names, dietary requirements and flight details on booking in order for us to provide you with the best service possible. Many thanks.