Premier visits Rubondo Island National Park, issuing a strong directive

BY MUTAYOBA ARBOGAST

 

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has directed Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) to cooperate with tourism stakeholders including Asilia camps and lodges to promote Rubondo Island National park.

The Premier issued the directive earlier this week when he met TANAPA workers and Asilia camp tour guides, during his short visit to the park.

He hailed Asilia camp and lodges for a commendable job in promoting tourism, assured them of his support in solving the challenges.

The PM has also ordered TANAPA to continue creating mutual cooperation and teamwork with all stakeholders.

On his part, TANAPA Deputy Conservation commissioner responsible for Western zone, Martine Libooki thanked the premier for visiting Rubondo.

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Rubondo Island National Park, Lake Victoria

The Park located in the southwest of Lake Victoria lies Rubondo Island, an extraordinary example of wildlife conservation. It’s Africa’s largest island national park at 26km long and up to 10 km wide. More than 75 percent of the island is covered in pristine equatorial rainforest. Since the 1960s, the island has been a haven for wild chimpanzee, sitatunga antelope, elephant and giraffe.

Rubondo Island Camp is the only accommodation in the national park, making it one of the most special places to visit in Tanzania. Aside from a handful of park wardens and researchers, as a guest, you have the island to yourself. Walk through the dense forest looking for chimps in the canopy above, cruise around the peaceful lake at sunset with a G&T in-hand or head out with a pair of binoculars to spot some of the 300 bird species that visit the island.

With its own airstrip, Rubondo can be accessed via Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha and the Serengeti. Travellers can also fly directly from Kigali to easily combine this wild island escape with an epic gorilla encounter in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.