Welcome to the magical Rubondo Island National Park!
This tour takes you from Mwanza to spend 4 wonderful days in Rubondo Island on this 5 days trip. Enjoy the beauty of the island while a friendly local guide shares with you entertaining stories of Lake Victoria’s checkered history, its legendary characters as you explore the park on foot and by a fiber boat.
Over a four-year period (1966–1969) Professor Bernhard Grzimek of the Frankfurt Zoological Society released 17 chimpanzees in four cohorts onto Rubondo Island. The chimpanzees were all wild-born and purportedly of West African descent, although there are no records of specific country of origin for the majority of released individuals. The founder chimpanzees had spent varying periods, from 3.5 months to 9 years, in captivity in European zoos or circuses before their release.
The chimpanzees after one year were able to find and eat wild foods and construct nests for sleeping, and have now reverted to an unhabituated state characteristic of wild chimpanzees. From 16 founders the population has now grown to around 40 individuals that can be observed on walking safari.
The best time to visit is during the cooler, dry season from June to October. As a tropical island, it may rain on Rubondo on any given day. Note that Rubondo Island Camp is closed throughout the long rains in April and May.