Rubundo Island National Park Flora & Fauna
About 80% of the park is covered by a dense forest thus providing a variety of habitats to wildlife ranging from savannah, open woodland, and papyrus swamps to dense forest. These habitats form a home for various wild creatures such as sitatunga, bushbucks, velvet monkeys, genet cats, spotted necked otters, hippopotamus, and crocodiles which share the ecological niches with introduced species such as chimpanzees, elephants, giraffes, black and white colubus monkeys, suni and African grey parrots.
Rubondo Island National Park is also famous for holding a variety of migratory birds from different parts of the world and some birds native to the area such as the Emin Pasha Gulf and the African fish eagle.
However the island park is most noted for its effort in bringing rescued animals back into a complete wild. In addition to chimpanzees, seven other species were introduced to the island: Roan antelope and rhinoceros both now extinct, Suni antelope), elephants, twelve giraffes, 20 black-and-white colobus monkeys, and African grey parrots confiscated from illegal traders.
Rubundo Island National Park Location
Rubundo Island National Park is located on the South-Western corner of Lake Victoria in the Geita region about 150 km West of Tanzania’s Mwanza city. Lake Victoria is the second largest lake in the world. The Lake is also the source of the longest river in the world, River Nile. The park itself occupies a group of islands covering 456.8 km2 of which 236.8 km2 is dry land and 220 km2 is water comprising of 11 small islets of varying sizes
The best way to get to Rubundo Island National Park is via Mwanza, which can be reached via Mwanza Airport that is served by regional flights from Dar es Salaam and Arusha. From Mwanza airport it is possible to fly to Rubundo’s airstrip via Auric air for a cheap fee.
Alternatively, Rubundo Island National Park can be accessed by road in approximately 4 hours drive on a tarmac road from Mwanza to Geita and a morum road from Geita to Nkome. Visitors travelling through this route can be picked up by the park boat at Nkome, and will take a maximum of one an half hours cruising to Rubondo main island (Kageye, the park HQ). Another route is from Mwanza/Bukoba to Muganza/Kasenda village where it takes a maximum of five hours from Mwanza to Muganza/Kasenda and only two hours from Bukoba to Muganza/Kasenda (this route also connects Tanzania with the neighboring countries of Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Uganda and Kenya). Visitors travelling through this route can be picked by the park boat at Kasenda village, and will take about 20 – 25 minutes to Rubondo National Park.
Total Land Area
240 sq km About the same size as Cook Islands
Elevation above sea level
About 365 stacked giraffes
Nearest Major City & Airport
About 100km East By Boat
When To Visit Rubundo Island National Park
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec