What the press says about Rubondo…

 “Africa’s Ark” by Sue Watt, published in Wild Travel August 2014

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Five great new safari experiences – The Telegraph Travel, April 2014 | By Richard Madden

Richard Madden rounds up the best of the new ways to see Africa’s enthralling wildlife

Telegraph“Off-the-beaten-track safaris don’t get much more adventurous than Rubondo Island Camp in the heart of a 60,000-acre island wilderness in the south-western corner of Lake Victoria.”

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From Norfolk to Uganda: Luxury Lodges to go wild about – The Independent Travel, December 2013 | By Aaron Millar

Independent“Primate time in Tanzania- Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria has been protected as a national park since 1977, allowing the ecosystem to thrive. Guests at the new low-key luxury Rubondo Island Camp, the only property allowed on the island, have a unique opportunity to explore this undiscovered wilderness, filled with elephants, crocodiles and a remarkable troop of chimpanzees, rescued from zoos in the 1960s and now habituated to the wild.”


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Hunting African Giants, Flyfishing Magazine, December 2013 | By Francois Botha

Fly Fishing Magazine_Dec Rubondo 2013“The sight of a big Nile Perch up close and personal leaves one dumbstruck. How can a fresh water fish be that big?’”
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We love… Rubondo Island, Tanzania, Sunday Express, November 2013 | By Sue Watt

“Just two hours flights from the Serengeti, this pristine forested island is home to more chimps than humans and makes for some tantalisingly different post-safari R&R.”

Take me there… Rubondo Island Camp, Getaway Magazine, October 2013 | By Emma Odendaal

“The eight-suite Rubondo Island Camp is billed as a place for travellers who’ve seen and done it all”.

Fantasy escapes: 7 private island rentals, CNN, September 2013 | By Andrea Cooper


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“Picture perfect” Food & Travel magazine (UK), June 2013

013_Arrivals Hotels repro V2.indd“In Tanzania, Asilia Africa has opened a luxury safari lodge, complete with Moroccan-style boudoirs and pretty lantern-lit terraces, on Rubondo Island National Park in the southwest corner of Lake  Victoria. Trekking tours, yoga and boat trips to nearby Bird Island are all on offer, but it’s for the wildlife that you’ll visit Rubondo Island Camp: follow the tumult deep into the forest and you’ll find wild chimpanzees and po-faced vervet monkeys cavorting, while hippos and crocs wade the papyrus swamp.”


‘Safari in Style’, The Age Traveller, 6 April 2013 | By Jane Reddy


“Lodge operator Asilia Africa has set up a luxury camp on Tanzania’s Rubondo Island in the south-west corner of Lake Victoria. In the home of elephants, giraffes and wild chimpanzees in the subtropical forest, guests can go on walking safaris, game drives or catch (and release) nile perch, some weighing 100 kilograms. Park rangers and campsite staff are the only human inhabitants; guests are welcome to help the resident chimpanzee researcher, Nadejda Josephine Msindai, tracking the chimps through the forest, following tracks and spoor, monitoring behaviour and tagging nest trees.

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Outside Magazine Travel Awards, April 2013 | Best Lodge Runner-Up


“Before the lodge opened in December, 176-square-mile Rubondo Island was uninhabited, save for a few researchers studying the island’s 200 species. Eighty percent of Rubondo remains forested, orchids grow like weeds here, and elephants and giraffes roam free. You’ll find them near the low-key eight-suite lodge, built from locally sourced materials and labor from nearby Muganza village. Fishing guides lead guests in pursuit of monster Nile perch in Lake Victoria.”

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Wanderlust, April 2013 | Spot chimps on a secret island

Wanderlust Apr 2013 - Tanzania“After three days of sublime game-viewing in the Serengeti, fly to Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria. Here, you can hike in search of wild chimpanzees, take boat safaris and fish for Nile perch. The island’s shores, forests, marshes and remoteness make for a completely different experience to the African savannah.”

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Centurion Magazine, 16 March 2013 | By Jessica Miller

Centurion MagazineApres Safari – The top Tanzanian retreats for sun and sand, post-safari
“Also an inland escape – located on Lake Victoria – Rubondo’s eight cottages promise seclusion and a closeness to nature you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. But Rubondo isn’t just a haven for well-heeled travellers, it’s also a refuge for the chimpanzees whose ancestors were relocated to the island from European zoos and circuses in the 1960s. Now a thriving population of about 40, the wild chimps are best seen on tracking trips with resident researcher Nadejda Josephine Msindai. Other resettled species, including elephants and antelope, can be sighted on walks through the forest and – if you’re lucky – while lounging on your veranda.”

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Conde Nast Traveller UK, March 2013 | By Lisa Grainger

Conde Nast Traveller - Rubondo“A whole new game. A decade ago, most keen Africa explorers were happy to be put up in traditional thatched lodges if the Big Five were on offer. But increasingly, today’s travellers are demanding private spaces to share with friends and family, (…) and trekking to see chimpanzees in the forests around Rubondo Island Camp ( on Lake Victoria. If any continent has risen consistently to match our expectations, it’s Africa.”

Harper’s Bazaar Australia, March 2013 | By Frances Hibbard

HARPERS BAZAAR AUSTRALIA MARCH 2013 - RUBONDO“This new camp sits on uninhabited Rubondo, Africa’s largest island national park, in the middle of Lake Victoria. Its tents are being replaced by cottages so that by its official opening in June you can bask in this pristine place of wilderness from the comfort of a permanent structure, made using the traditional ferro walling: fabric stretched between poles and then covered in cement. Expect to see elephant and giraffe; trek wild chimpanzee forests, stare down crocodiles, and get out of the way of hippos.”

Country & Town House magazine, March 2013 | By Jane Dunford
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“If you like your holidays a little on the wild side, this previously uninhabited island will thrill – it’s covered in sub-tropical forest and is home to elephant, giraffe, chimpanzees and over 200 species of birds (including the largest population of fish eagles in Africa). Work with the resident chimpanzee researcher tracking the chimps, enjoy game drives or go boating or game fishing, then relax at the camp with its eight beautiful suites close to the beach. Just an hour and a half flight from the Serengeti, it’s all brand new too.”

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