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Rubondo Island Camp

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Rubondo Island Camp is the only property on the remote island of Rubondo in Lake Victoria. Managed by Asilia, who owns several camps in Tanzania, this camp is for the intrepid traveller. Eight thatched cottages, including a family cottage, are built and furnished using local materials located along the lake shore. The living and dining area is set on an elevated outcrop of rocks amidst scattered trees, with views over the lake and bay. Nearby is a swimming pool surrounded by a deck and located close to the beach (swimming in the lake is not possible due to the prevalence of hippo and crocodile, hence the swimming pool).

The main attraction for most visiting Rubondo is the opportunity to see one of the habituated chimp populations on the island. The chimpanzees on Rubondo were brought there in the 1960s after being rescued from various European Zoos and have been thriving in their natural habitat ever since. The habituation of the chimpanzees has been successful due to the help of the Honeyguide Foundation. This organisation has been fundamental in training the local community and providing employment through tracker and guide positions. The habituation of the chimpanzees has enabled researchers to learn more about these primates, which is vital for the future of these chimps and others that may need to be reintroduced into the wild. As this is the only lodge on the island, its revenue is crucial in keeping the chimpanzees safe, protecting the national park and supporting the local economy and community through employment.

Sightings are frequent but cannot be guaranteed, and please note a decent level of fitness is required to undertake the trek due to the dense equatorial rainforest terrain. However, once found, seeing these animals in their natural habitat is undoubtedly a remarkable African wildlife experience. Aside from the chimpanzees, you can spend your days enjoying some birding, taking guided nature walks and game drives, or perhaps a boat or fishing trip on the lake.


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