Another idyllic morning on Rubondo Island, tucked in the southwest comers of Lake Victoria, the Worlds second largest Lake, an Island sea sprawling between Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. With (100) ten small Islands under it’s wing, Rubondo protected precious fish breeding grounds. Tasty tilapia forms the staple diet of the yellow spotted otters that folic in the Island’s rocky caves, while rapacious Nile perch, some weighing 100kgs tempt recreational game fisherman seeking world record catchers.
Rubondo is more than a water wonderland. Deserted sandy beaches nestle against a clock of virgin forest, where dappled bush buck move fleet yet silent through a maze of tamarinds wild palms, and sycamore figs strung with a cage trailing taproots. The shaggy coated aquatic sitatunga, elsewhere the most elusive antelopes, is remarkably easily observed, not only in the papyrus swamps it normally inhabits but also in the forest.
Birds are everywhere, flocks of African grey parrots, released onto the Island after they were confiscated from illegal exporters screech in comic discord as they flap furiously between the trees. Scents of wild jasmine, 40 different orchid and smorgasbord of sweet, indefinable smells emanate from the forest.
Ninety percent of the Park is humid forest, the remainder ranges from open grassland to Lake side papyrus beds. Indigenous mammals such as sitatunga, bush buck, bush pig, hippo, velvet monkey, genet and mongoose are found alongside introduced population of chimpanzees, black and white colobus, elephant and giraffe all of which benefit from Rubondo inaccessibility.