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Lake Victoria is Africa’s greatest lake, covering an area of nearly 70,000km², and the primary reservoir to the River Nile. The lake region is densely populated with numerous small settlements and farms lining it’s shores. The towns of Mwanza, Bukoba, Singida and Musoma offer a variety of cultural, historical and scenic attractions for the visitor, however, the main attraction in this area is the Rubondo Island National Park.
Rubondo Island National Park, situated in the South West corner of Lake Victoria is one of the best preserved wildlife areas in Tanzania due in part to it’s remote location. Spanning an area of nearly 500km² and encompassing both land and water, the park is made up of the main island of Rubondo along with a further nine islets of varying size.
Due to it’s relatively safe location the park has been used to introduce species that would often be hunted elsewhere – today chimpanzees, elephants, suni antelopes, black and white colobus monkeys and African grey parrots are flourishing in the park. Whilst the park does not contain any large predators, it does house a diverse range of small predators such as genets, mongooses and otters. Sitatunga antelope, hippo, crocodile and close to 400 bird species may also be found in the park. Butterflies are also widely found amongst the moist evergreen forest.
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