One of Tanzania’s least visited, Rubondo National Park is an island and several close by islets covering 490km sq of unspoiled rainforest in southern Lake Victoria. The lack of visitors makes Rubondo national park a tranquil place to relax, with wildlife viewing guaranteed despite heavy forest.

Animals include  elephants, hippos, crocodiles, (non-habituated) chimps, and the endemic aquatic sitatunga antelopes, as well as a wide variety of birdlife. There are also huge swarms of fireflies by the lake shore come evening time, making quite a spectacle.

Cost:
Park entry is $20 per day, and you’ll need to also pay for either a boat of charter flight transfer.

Rubondo National Park Highlights:
Best places to see sitatungas. Family of hippos in the bay in front of the bandas. So few people make it to Rubondo it feels like a visit to a lost world.

Getting to Rubondo National Park:
Somewhat out o fthe way, charter flights from Mwanza are possible, but expensive. The more realistic option for most is public transport to Muzanza or Ngowe, then a boat transfer ($100/$185 respectivley), arranged with the park office.

Staying at Rubondo National Park:
There are 8 beachfront bandas with electricity and hot water, and lake views for $20pppn. Camping is available for $30pppn, and there’s a large communal kitchen and dining area. There are no shops or restaurants, excluding one luxury lodge offering full board or meals only for $20 a head.

Activities at Rubondo National Park:

Guided walks $10, boat safaris $50.

Photos of Rubondo National Park: