Kagera is considered to be one of the loveliest parts of Tanzania given
its staggering scenic beauty, variety of nature, friendly inhabitants
and strong cultural history. Bukoba is located in the heart of Africa
just next to the equator on the Tanzania western shore of Lake Victoria.
It is the major commercial center of Kagera Region.
Lake Victoria’s vastness (400 km long and 280 km wide), blue waters and extensive white sand shores are awe-inspiring. It has a number of Islands, each with its unique beauty and enchantment.
Note that Lake Victoria is riddled with bilharzias at some places, so the swimming is only recommended far from any reeds. Avoid walking barefoot through the grass along its shores, as this is where the parasite hosting snails lurk.
Rubondo Island boasts a unique diversity of flora and fauna. Only here can the visitor be sure of seeing sitatunga and have the chance of observing chimpanzees (experimental stage). Other mammals frequently seen include hippo, otters, bushbuck, vervet monkeys. Rarer sightings are colobus, genet, marsh mongoose, suni antelope and elephant.
Rubondo is a paradise for bird-lovers with nearly 400 species documented on the island. The island has an abundance of herons, storks, ibises, egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, bee-eaters, flycatchers, hornbills and birds of prey, including the highest density of fish eagles anywhere in the world.
Visitors have the freedom to explore the forest and lake shores by foot or boat allowing each person to create his or her own magic of Rubondo and to leave with a uniquely personal experience of the island.