Rubondo island lies in the southwest corner of the famous Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world. The park comprises Rubondo and eleven smaller islands covering 457 sq km. The main island is 26 km long and ranges from 3 km to 10 km in width with 80% of its surface covered by pristine, untouched forest.
A small contingent of park rangers, chimp researchers and our camp staff are the only inhabitants of the island.
Pristine forest is the habitat of such rare creatures as wild chimpanzee, introduced here in the 60′s to benefit from its remote, protected habitat. Elephant and giraffe are dwarfed by ancient trees in the shadow of which lurk bushbuck and genet. Vervet monkey cavort amid the leaves and toward the lakeshore, the elusive sitatunga antelope hides in papyrus swamp; crocodile lie in wait along the shore and hippo crash through the shallows. The birdlife alone, comprising over 200 species, is enough to get the most discerning birder twitching. This is virgin paradise; uninhabited for decades.
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