Overview

Rubondo Island is a national park located in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. The island is a paradise for naturalists as it harbours a variety of rare animal and plant life. The forest of Rubondo contains chimpanzees, Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, giraffes, elephants, and is one of the best places in East Africa to view the rare sitatunga antelope. Crocodiles, otters, marsh mongoose and hippopotamus dominate the island's shore. Eighty percent of the island is covered by forest, with the habitat ranging from dense forest, to open woodland and papyrus swamp.

The park is an excellent place for bird watchers as it attracts over 400 different water and forest dwelling species, such fish eagle, goliath heron, sacrid ibis, bee-eater, sunbird, kingfisher, saddle-billed stork and water fowl. During the short rainy season of October to December, beautiful flowers such as orchids, gloriasa and fireball lilies can be seen. The majority of the island can be explored by foot.

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