Rubondo Island Camp: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|Type||Luxury Tented Camp|
|No. of rooms||8|
Main description of Rubondo Island Camp
Rubondo Island Camp: Facilities
|Room facilities||Hair Dryer, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite|
|Available services||Credit Card, Airport Shuttle (Available)|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Boating, Fine Dining, Fishing, Game Walks, Kayaking, Massages, Sailing, Catch-and-release Fishing, Game Drives, Garden Tours, Cultural Tours, Kayaking / Paddling, Boat Cruises, Canoeing, Hiking, Sea Kayaking|
Room types at Rubondo Island Camp
Rubondo Island Camp features 6 large, luxury chalets. All with fantastic views of Lake Victoria. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom including a flush toilet and running hot water. Guests can enjoy the sounds of the forest and the view of the lake whilst relaxing in their hammock found on the verandah of the chalets.
The family chalet at Rubondo Island Camp features a king sized bed, with doubles or singles available for guests individual requirements. The chalet has an en-suite bathroom including a flush toilet and running hot water. The chalet is situated closest to the main area, and pool of Rubondo Island Camp. There is a verandah that has day bed and hammock, that has views of the surrounding forest and Lake Victoria.
Rubondo Island Camp has a large, luxurious honeymoon chalet situated at the edge of the forest with spectacular views of Lake Victoria. The chalet features king sized bed, en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet, indoor and outdoor shower with running hot water. This chalet is situated furthest away from main area to ensure privacy and unrivaled comfort.
The Rubondo Tree House is a romantic hideaway set in the pristine forest of Rubondo Island. Guests can sleep out under the stars in a four poster king sized bed, with; copper bath, shower and en-suite toilet.
Activities at Rubondo Island Camp
Rubondo Island National Park is a twitchers paradise with over 300 endemic and migratory species. December to February is best for spotting migratory birds.
This fully protected Island National Park provides exceptional habitat variety ensuring there is always something new to experience or record; open grasslands on rocky ridges, giant old forest tree stands, dense woodland thickets, expanses of lakeshore papyrus and small breeding islands all help with the species count. Add in that large-lake evening light, the aqua acoustics and the drama of the skies and you have a sensuous recipe for any nature lover or photographer.
Guided canoe trips (self-paddle or assisted) allow you to explore quiet corners of the island and soak up the tranquillity of Rubondo.
Rubondo Island is a 25 000 hectare exclusive utopia in the south-western corner of Lake Victoria. Half Jurassic Park, half rainforest, Rubondo Island is the most unexpected adventure destination in Africa. Families of 4 with children of 5 years and above. and over stay in a charming hand-built cottage tucked away amongst leafy trees. Forest walks, game and bird watching, canoeing, trekking through wild chimp territory and fishing for huge Nile Perch is the order of every day in this unique wonderland.
Fishing and sailing
Rubondo Island offers some of the best fishing in East Africa and is renowned worldwide amongst anglers who travel here for the opportunity to hook into one of Africa’s biggest and most sought after fresh water species – the Nile Perch, which can weight in excess of 100kgs. Tilapia are an entertaining target for recreational fishermen
Catch-and-release fishing from Rubondo Island Camp can be done off the beach and rocks, or by boat. The camp has two fishing boats which can be shared or privately hired.
Guided longer day hikes and multi-day hikes are available for keen hikers. Overnight in a fly-camp set up on the beach or on a platform in the forest.
Guided walks through the forest are tailored to each guest, and can stretch from an hour to half a day.
Daily boat excursions and game drives in open vehicles are conducted by Asilia’s expert wilderness guides
Wild Chimpanzee Experience
Explore the habitat of Rubondo’s wild chimpanzees on foot and learn about these remarkable primates. Although the island’s chimps are slowly habituating to humans, sightings unfortunately cannot be guaranteed. As these are wild chimps the emphasis of this experience is more on learning about chimps and the habituation process.
The camp does have a small chimp research library that contains photos of the chimps and details of the habituation process. Members of the research team are often in camp and are likely to join guests for drinks or dinner.