Extraordinary Africa>Tanzania>Rubondo Island National Park
Rubondo Island, in the middle of Lake Victoria, is one of Tanzania’s lesser know national parks, but has a rather remarkable history. In the 1960’s, a time when poaching was a serious threat, legendary conservationist Bernard Grizmek saw the island’s potential as a haven for endangered wildlife. He introduced elephants and chimpanzees, saved from zoos. Today, the island is covered in subtropical forest, and is home to wild chimps, monkeys, incredible birdlife, and amazing orchids and butterflies. Populations of elephants and giraffe remain on the island, and the protected waters provide for top quality (catch and release) fishing of Nile perch.