In the southwest corner of world-renowned Lake Victoria, Tanzania’s Rubondo Island is permanently inhabited only by park rangers, chimp researchers, and camp staff, allowing the pristine forest to remain virtually untouched.
There are eight rooms available at Rubondo Island Camp. Six lovely chalets enjoy views of Lake Victoria. Each chalet has a king-sized bed and an en suite bathroom with plenty of running water, a shower, and a flush toilet. A veranda includes a hammock for a lazy afternoon. The family chalet features a king-sized bed, with doubles or singles available. It is located closest to the main area and pool and includes a private veranda with a hammock and daybed. The romantic treehouse room lets guests sleep under the stars in a four-poster king-sized bed and an en suite bathroom with a copper bathtub and shower.
The camp is strategically located beneath the forest canopy, just 200 feet from the shore of Lake Victoria. A diversity of wildlife flourishes on Rubondo Island, but a highlight is the wild chimpanzee population, currently being researched by a team of dedicated professionals. Along with the chimpanzees introduced to the area in the 1960s, seven other species were introduced. Some still survive today, including suni antelope, elephant, giraffe, black and white colobus monkey, and African grey parrot. Many species of wildlife call the area home, including the vervet monkey, sitatunga antelope, hippopotamus, genet, bushbuck, and crocodile. In addition, over 200 endemic and migratory bird species inhabit the area, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.