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“At last Rubondo's beauty is getting noticed!”

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Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa
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“At last Rubondo's beauty is getting noticed!”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Having visited this island National park a few times in the 90's I always wondered when a decent camp/lodge experience would be established. It wasn't easy to get there then but now it's a piece of cake! The beauty of Rubondo is special and my visit in late November last year was delightful. It's all being upgraded right now I hear and after any dusty or muddy safari I would prefer this type of experience to any beach! The atmosphere at the 'new' lodge is peaceful and one feels immersed in central African forest at once. A great contrast to the open plains of the Serengeti! The fishing is great fun and the hikes around the island are beautiful but its the overall natural history diversity and the serenity that is so rewarding here. The birding is great!

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Rubondo island camp, is a private island camp very far away fro the big crowds. A short 20 minutes flight by small airplane from Mwanza brings you to Rubondo island. Think Jungle, 5 accommodation, superb fishing, Forest walks with Chimpanzee researchers, Hippo's on your lawn at night , best ever service and Gin & Tonic while watching the red african sun setting over the lake with 4 meter crocs gliding past.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Spending days on Rubondo island is being immersed in the wilderness of a different era. The plane lands on a sand strip, to the best of your knowledge on a desert island as the camp cannot be spotted from the air. Rubondo camp is one big discovery, the proximity of the lake to the tents is fabulous and one falls asleep at night to the sound of the waves gently breaking on the beach while the hippos quietly munch around the camp. The "wow" feeling when entering the common area is amazing, I have in all my safari experience not felt so at peace with the surroundings. A crocodile gently glides by on the water while a playful pair of otters give away their daily aquatic show! The camp provides for fishing made easy and the multitudes of birds and fish-eagles is mind boggling.

Room Tip: All rooms/tents open up to the water, it would be difficult not to have a "good" room!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa
Address: Mwanza, Rubondo Island 90210, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Mwanza Region > Rubondo Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Rubondo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rubondo Island - in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria - is for those seeking the thrill of adventure in a truly wild area, all but untouched by man. The camp - the only lodgings on this verdant island - immerses you in this lush and unspoilt ecosystem. From its lakefront location to the ecofriendly design of the eight fabulous cottages, the camp offers unrivalled access to this one-of-a-kind destination, where elephant roams wild, colourful birds and butterflies flit through the pristine indigenous rainforest and the waters teem with hippo, crocodile and the iconic Nile perch. ... more   less 
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