Perfect place, wonderful service, unforgettable experiences
Driving around with the camp's safari vehicle is perfect for discovering the local fauna and flora, including giraffes, elephants, and some of the rarest antilopes in the world. Adventurers can track Elephant on walking safaris led by the camps experienced safari guides (special thanks to Hamza, our guide). Or why not go fishing in lake Victoria with Henk, the camp's manager, who has been a professional sports fisher for more than 15 years? The fish you will catch will be deliciously prepared by the camp's chef, who did an excellent job preparing delightful meals everyday. My personal favorite is his basil/lime sorbet, absolutely wonderful!"
Thomas (Switserland) | Stayed in July, 2013 at Rubondo Island Camp
A Slice of Paradise in Tanzania
I had the opportunity to stay at this heavenly camp for 2 nights in June 2013 - and 2 nights were just not enough. From the warmest welcome by managers Janine & Henk, to the cozy rooms, my stay here was absolutely fantastic. There is no fixed itinerary here, everything is very relaxed and laid back. The sunsets and sunrises were superb, meals were to die for, the staff so attentive and friendly - they remembered how I took my coffee after the first order. There's no way anyone can get bored. Sitting out on the viewing decks, there are hundreds of birds and butterflies providing entertainment. The nature walk was brilliant - Hamza & Habibu are 2 of the most passionate& knowledgeable guides I have ever met. The fishing excursion was heaps of fun; Henk is an extremely skilled fisherman and an afternoon on the lake is just heavenly.
The lounge area is warm and brightly decorated, making it difficult to figure out where I wanted to spend most of my time. And the pool was the afternoon chill out spot. Rubondo Island Camp is most definitely one of my top favourite spots in Africa - a paradise island that one can never get enough of. I would go back over and over and over again."
Aliya (Kenya) | Stayed in June, 2013 at Rubondo Island Camp
Outstanding pre- or post-Serengeti Safari
One of the highlights for me was a drive along one of the island tracks which is an avenue for butterfly's and a boat trip to visit a nearby island fishing community of wonderful people and Rubondo will be aiding the clinic and school in the fishing village. Go. It is ideal for a relaxing post or pre-Serengeti or Mara Safari. It's wonderful as a destination of its own. I will never forget it."
Anton Crone (South Africa) | Stayed in March, 2013 at Rubondo Island Camp
Take a chance & go here!
The island is spectacular from the moment you start flying over Lake Victoria you know you are in for something special. It is real Africa, spectacular rain forests, birds everywhere, loads of animals and incredible activities. We did boat rides to deserted beaches, walked & ran through the rain forest, fished, tracked HUGE elephants and went searching for chimps. Forget a beach add on and head to Rubondo - oh, and the lodge is top notch as well."
Tom (South Africa) | Stayed in March, 2013 at Rubondo Island Camp
An island adventure at Rubondo, feel like a true explorer
The island itself is huge, and offers a very different experience from anything else on the Eastern African trail. Covered in lush rainforest, one has the feeling of stepping back in time to an era in which explorers travelled the continent in search of adventure."
Kim (The Netherlands) | Stayed in March, 2013 at Rubondo Island Camp
This place is begging to be explored, by boat, canoe and on foot. Birding is excellent and you will be surprised around every corner in the forest with birds and birdsong that you have never seen or heard before. The forest and giant trees are beautifull and the light early morning and late afternoon makes for a photographer's paradise - filtering through the high forest canopy, lighting up butterflies and all kinds of strange insects. The forests are home to chimpanzees and elephants, and during our walking outing we saw many signs of elephants, apparantly much bigger in size than the mainland counterparts! Hippos, otters and huge crocodiles are all around, fish eagles calling everywhere."
Roelof (Kenya) | Stayed in December, 2012 at Rubondo Island Camp
5 star island hideaway in Lake Victoria, Tanzania
Rubondo Island Camp, is a private island camp very far away from the big crowds. A short 20 minutes flight by small airplane from Mwanza brings you to Rubondo Island. Think jungle, 5 star accommodation, superb fishing, forest walks with chimpanzee researchers, hippo's on your lawn at night, best ever service and gin & tonic while watching the red african sun setting over the lake with 4 meter crocs gliding past."
Robbert Koene (The Netherlands) | Stayed in December, 2012 at Rubondo Island Camp
At last Rubondo's beauty is getting noticed!
Having visited this island National park a few times in the 90's I always wondered when a decent camp/lodge experience would be established. It wasn't easy to get there then but now it's a piece of cake! The beauty of Rubondo is special and my visit in late November last year was delightful. It's all being upgraded right now I hear and after any dusty or muddy safari I would prefer this type of experience to any beach! The atmosphere at the 'new' lodge is peaceful and one feels immersed in central African forest at once. A great contrast to the open plains of the Serengeti! The fishing is great fun and the hikes around the island are beautiful but its the overall natural history diversity and the serenity that is so rewarding here. The birding is great!"
Paul Oliver (Tanzania) | Stayed in November, 2012 at Rubondo Island Camp