Rubondo Island National Park

Rubondo Island National Park

Overview

Nestled in the south-western corner of Lake Victoria in Geita region is Africa's largest island park, the Rubondo Island National Park. Draped in tranquility and spared of human encroachment this unspoiled piece of land has become a sanctuary for the endangered wildlife of the region and is a welcome break from the adrenaline rushing game drives of other iconic parks. Gazetted as a national park in 1977, the park island is 26km in length and has a staggering 80% under forest cover with the habitats ranging from evergreen and semi-deciduous forests interspersed with papyrus swamps, open savannahs, and granite outcrops. The diverse habitats are conducive for hosting a variety of faunal species including large mammals like elephants and giraffes. The park is one of the best places to see the rare Sitatunga, an extremely endangered amphibious antelope, which is often sighted in the west coast swamps of the island. You can also spot Hippos, Bushbucks, Pythons, Crocodiles, otters, Chimpanzees, velvet monkeys, colobus monkeys, Bush pigs, and Suni. There are nearly 40 varieties of orchids growing in the island which gets special appreciation from the colorful butterflies abounding the region. While Emin Pasha Gulf and a large number of African fish eagles are native of the island, the park often receives huge number migratory birds; with 300 species of birds to watch, the island is of particular interest to birders.

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