It was wildest, untouched Africa, and it was magic.
Rubondo Island National Park in Tanzania lies on Lake Victoria in the South-Western corner and represents a paradise for wildlife and a chimpanzees sanctuary.
Rubondo is Africa’s largest island national park characterized by an untouched equatorial evergreen forest, patches of grassland and some acacia woodland are dotted between the forests, rocky areas and sandy beaches make up the Eastern lakeshore, while the papyrus swamps on the Western shore are a watery heaven for the shy sitatunga antelope, a semi-aquatic animal that is a prized sighting.
In the park there is only one luxury camp that makes this private island getaway an exclusive experience.
This unique island wilderness experience is the perfect destination to enjoy a wild chimp track; in the 1960s, 16 chimpanzees were released on the island to be protected and studied.
The unique opportunity to be part of the chimpanzee experience is just one of the activities that the island reserves, birdwatching in the subtropical rainforest is outstanding with over 300 species recorded, incredible scenery with a large range of plants and flowers that attract a dazzling array of butterflies.
Forest drives to see the island’s elephants, giraffes, bushbucks, sitatungas and superb boat based game viewing and birdwatching possibilities are other incredible experiences.
The waters of Lake Victoria that surround Rubondo are home to wallowing hippos and crocodiles in the shallows to spot-necked otters playing in the waves and the iconic Nile Perch in the deeper waters.
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