Daily boat excursions and game drives in open vehicles are conducted by JEKTours and safaris Ltd. Activities aren’t restricted to dry land either, with memorable canoe excursions making for a magical way to discover and appreciate the island. The waters around Rubondo are also a haven for tilapia and the famous Nile perch, a sought-after game fish that attracts anglers from across the globe. JEKTours and Safaris Ltd promote catch-and-release fishing to conserve Lake Victoria’s precious fish stock.

Forest Walking.


Guided walks through the forest are tailored to each guest, and can stretch from an hour to half a day.

Forest Hiking.

Guided longer day hikes and multi-day hikes are available for keen hikers. Overnight in a fly-camp set up on the beach or on a platform in the forest.

Canoe safari

Guided canoe trips (self-paddle or assisted) allow you to explore quiet corners of the island and soak up the tranquility of Rubondo.

Massage and relaxation

Unwind and rejuvenate with a massage in the privacy of your own room, looking out over the soothing views of Lake Victoria.

Family Safaris

Rubondo Island is a 25 000 hectare exclusive utopia in the south-western corner of Lake Victoria. Half Jurassic Park, half rain forest, Rubondo Island is the most unexpected adventure destination in Africa. Families of 4 with children of 5 years and above and over stay in a charming hand-built cottage tucked away among leafy trees. Forest walks, game and bird watching, canoeing, trekking through wild chimp territory and fishing for huge Nile Perch is the order of every day in this unique wonderland.

Wild chimpanzee experience

Explore the habitat of Rubondo’s wild chimpanzees on foot and learn about these remarkable primates. Although the island’s chimps are slowly habituating to humans, sightings unfortunately cannot be guaranteed. As these are wild chimps the emphasis of this experience is more on learning about chimps and the habituation process.

The camp does have a small chimp research library that contains photos of the chimps and details of the habituation process. Members of the research team are often in camp and are likely to join guests for drinks or dinner.


Rubondo Island offers some of the best fishing in East Africa and is renowned worldwide amongst anglers who travel here for the opportunity to hook into one of Africa’s biggest and most sought after fresh water species – the Nile Perch, which can weight in excess of 100kgs. Tilapia are an entertaining target for recreational fishermen

Catch-and-release fishing from Rubondo Island Camp can be done off the beach and rocks, or by boat. The camp has two fishing boats which can be shared or privately hired.


Rubondo Island National Park is a twitches paradise with over 300 endemic and migratory species. December to February is best for spotting migratory birds.

This fully protected Island National Park provides exceptional habitat variety ensuring there is always something new to experience or record; open grasslands on rocky ridges, giant old forest tree stands, dense woodland thickets, expanses of lakeshore papyrus and small breeding islands all help with the species count. Add in that large-lake evening light, the aqua acoustics and the drama of the skies and you have a sensuous recipe for any nature lover or photographer.



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