The majestic lake Victoria is shared between three countries, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, and if you want to get off the beaten track and explore the most remote corners of Tanzania, Rubondo island might be just what you’ve been looking for. Rubondo island itself and a chain of smaller islets around it are of volcanic origin, and most of the island surface is covered with green forest vegetation, tangled lianas and wild flowers.
The island is uninhabited, which means you will not be able to see any curious aspects of islander life, but, on the other hand, being the only human on the entire island, surrounded only by dense jungle, hundreds of butterflies and flocks of birds, must be a wonderful feeling. You can explore the nearby islands and hills in search of lilies, irises, orchids and honey-peas. Far away from the safari-ing crowds, you will most likely be the only person in these lake waters.
In the late sixties, Rubondo was artificially populated with chimpanzees brought over from West Africa, and now their colony has significantly grown and adapted to the living conditions on the island. As for its indigenous inhabitants, Rubondo is famous for its marsh bucks – fascinating antelopes that feel extremely comfortable in the water and use the lakeshore marshes to hide from predators.
If you are an avid fisherman, organizing a fishing trip to Rubondo will buy you some fulfilling and relaxing time alone on lake Victoria.