• Park history: Rubondo National Park, covering an area of 457square km,became a game reserve in 1965 to provide a sanctuary for animals. Located in on the south – western corner of Lake Victoria, it was gazetted as a National park in 1977.
  • How to get there:

    By road :(i)From Mwanza to Muganza/Kasenda via Chato (260km) and then by boat to the park (8km)

  1. From Mwanza to Nkome via Geita (193km) and then by boat to the park (30km)


   Boat hiring fees (return trip)

From Kasenda From Nkome
EAC Citizens TZS 100,000 TZS       340,000
Non EAC Citizens (NR) US$ 100 US$           190


   By Air: Scheduled and charter flights from Mwanza Arusha, Bukoba and Dar es Salaam

  • Best time
  1. (i)June- August(dry season) is the best time to watch large animals, butterflies and wild flowers.
  2. (ii)November- March (wet season) is the best time for watching migratory as well as breeding resident birds.


  • Game drivesThis activity is conducted from 0630 – 1830 HRS, no

    additional fee for this activity. Four wheel (4X4) drive vehicles are available in the park for hire.



  • Walking safari –Both long and short walking safaris which are conducted in the natural forest along the beach. Walking trails include: Airstrip - Pongo view ( 3.5km), Maji Matakatifu – Mchangani(1.5km), Airstip - Mamba point( 1.8km), Mamba point - Mlaga Kageye road(2.7km) , Bandas - Pongo camp(1.5km)


       Additional fees apart from conservation fees:

Category Short walking fees Long walking fees Ranger fee/group
Adult Child (>12 yrs) Adult Child (>12 yrs)
Non EAC Citizens/ Tz Expatriates (US $) 20 10 25 15 20
EAC Citizens (TZS) 5,000 2,500 5,000 5,000 5,000


                                    refer walking safari guidelines.


Walking safari


  • Birding:

    More than 200 bird species, including both resident and migratory, has been recorded. The  common resident birds include fish eagles, herons, storks, ibises, egrets, cormorants, kingfishers   and other birds of prey.


                           Birds watching


  • Camping: – Two types
    • Public campsites: A number of public campsites exist in the park. Available facilities include bathroom, toilet, kitchen and dining.
  • At the moment the park has no special campsite.
  • Public campsites: There is 1 Public campsite which has 1 toilet, 1bath & 1 kitchen facilities located at Mlaga area about 8 kms from Kageye park head quarters. The campsite is in good condition. Water is ferried by tractor and direct pump from the lake.

Note: Mlaga public campsite (is long time not in use, visitors prefer staying at Bandas, rest house and Asilia camp)

Additional fee apart from conservation

Category Special campsite fee Public campsite fee
Adult Child Adult Child
Non EAC Citizens/ Tz Expatriates US $ 50 US $ 10 US $ 30 US $ 5
EAC Citizens TZS 10,000 TZS 5,000 TZS 5,000




  • Filming:

     Filming fee: US $250 charged per person/day and covers conservation, camping and filming fees. This is applicable to all nationalities.

                       Refer filming guidelines



Filming & photographic


  • Sports Fishing: This is one of the most exciting recreational activities done in designated areas of the park.




       Additional fee apart from conservation


Sport Fishing fee


  Adult Child
Non-EAC Citizens/TZ Expatriates US $25 US$ 10
EAC Citizens TZS 10,000 TZS 5,000


  • Boat excursion: This enables visitors to view a spectacular sand shore of the Island, waterfowls and the evergreen tropical forest.


Boating (Lake Excursion)



Additional fee apart from conservation


Boat excursion


  Adult Child
Non-EAC Citizens/TZ Expatriates US $ 20 US$ 10
EAC Citizens TZS 10,000 TZS 5,000
  Boat   hire
  Luxury boat

Ordinary boat

Non-EAC Citizens/TZ Expatriates US $ 110 US $ 65
EAC Citizens TZS 182,000 TZS   110,000


  • Main Tourist attractions (Main attractions)
  1. High population density of birds: The Park is famous for hosting a variety of migratory birds from different parts of the world.   Apart from other water birds, the park has a remarkable high density of fish eagles.
  2. Lake Victoria: The second largest lake and the source of the longest river in the world (River Nile), this lake forms a spectacular sight for visitors with its deepest point (Irumo) in the Park.
  1. Variety of Large Mammals and Reptiles: Animal species including Sitatunga, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Bushbucks, Pythons, Crocodiles, Chimpanzees (semi habituated), bush pigs and Suni.
  • Accommodation

        Inside the park: Bandas, Luxury Tented Camps,   and public campsites. Booking for bandas is done through park email:sitatunga@tanzaniaparks.go.tz





                                                                                      Mlaga public Campsite


  • Outside the park: Several guest houses at Chato town, Geita and Muganza    village.


  • Park Rules and Regulations


  • Please ensure you understand and comply with all park rules and regulations
  • Please, be aware of crocodiles and hippos, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM.
  • Please avoid leaving the door open; Velvet Monkeys, Insects & other wildlife may get inside your room.
  • Please avoid leaving the camp or accommodation facility without a guide, please ask for assistance.
  • Please provide adequate and correct registration particulars for security reasons
  • Please avoid to discard any litter, keep the park clean
  • Please avoid to disturb or feed wild animals
  • Note, declare possession of any weapon into the park
  • Please avoid to collect any part of wild animal or plant from the park
  • Please note, fees once paid shall not be refunded
  • Note, park fee are not negotiable
  • Kindly insist on receipt as documentary proof for the payments made
  • Please, keep to the authorized road and tracks, off-road driving is strictly prohibited
  • Please note, be to be within the park between 7:00pm to 6:00am except in campsites, lodges, tented camps and Bandas
  • Note, feel free to see the warden tourism for any clarity on services
  • Please, provide your comments on visitors book or by writing to the Chief Park Warden


  • Contacts


   Chief Park Warden

   Rubondo Island National Park,

   P. O. Box 111, Geita, Tanzania

   Mobile: +255 689 062 340 & +255 689 062 349

   Email: sitatunga@tanzaniaparks.go.tz

   Website: www.tanzaniaparks.go.tz