Provides a safe home for orphaned and confiscated Chimpanzees, to care for the environment on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located in Lake Victoria (which also includes Kiimi, Nsazi, Koome, Bulago and Damba Islands). It is approximately 23 km south-east of Entebbe, which lies on the mainland at 0.06’S, 32.39’E. It consists of approximately 100 acres, of which 95 acres is forested and separated from the human camp by an electric fence. The northern part of the island is generally flat, rising gently to an altitude of approximately 3800 feet above sea level to the south. The island is largely forested with gaps of grassland covering approximately 10% of the island.
Trails span from east to west and north to south creating 50 x 50m blocks. Ngamba Island provides an excellent secondary forest habitat for the chimpanzees and other wildlife species including fruit bats, spiders, fish eagles, otters, and monitor lizards.
The objective of the Ngamba Chimpanzee sanctuary is to provide a safe home for orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees, to care for the environment on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
To provide a high quality educational experience for visitors and importantly, to benefit local communities. Chimpanzee Trust that manages the sanctuary is a non-profit making organization which, it is hoped , will eventually be self sufficient from tourist revenues and will not have to rely on donor contributions.
Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary currently cares for 49 chimpanzees that are victims of illegal poaching for bushmeat and pet trade. It is for this reason that encroachment on their habitat that they are at a blink of extinction if nothing if is done in the next 5-10 years. these chimps and others are taken from the wild and endure incredible hardship and terror before reaching Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Here they need a lot of care and attention for up to 60 years.
Although Chimpanzee Trust and other organization are working towards reducing the frequency of orphaned chimpanzees leaving the wild, the individual contributions to this cause remains important. Extend your care and donate to this foundation via their website ngambaisland.org.
Getting to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
There are different types of boats catering to various groups and budgets. Contact our Wild Discoveries Safari team to organise for you transportation to Ngamba Island. Speedboat travel from the dock in Entebbe to Ngamba Island is approximately 45-50 minutes; travel by traditional motorized canoe takes approximately 90 minutes and by air it’s approximately 20 minutes from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Air strip.
No matter which method you choose for travel, pre-purchased entrance tickets from Ngamba Island Reservations Office must be shown upon arrival at the island.
Ngamba Island Chimp Celebrities
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- Afrika 13 years old & Baby Small
- Umutama – Me and Umugenzi were kidnapped.
- Becky – I saw my mother die.
- Kalema – I was reduced to a house pet
- Umutama – Me and Umugenzi were kidnapped.
- Megan – I am a girl with a trusting problem
- Nani – Who?
- Pasa – I’m no pet
- Peace – I saw a Judge
- Sally – Mmm, I got teeth!
- Umugenzi – I was a desolate
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary 1 Day trip Activities & Tours
Actively participate in all activities at Ngamba Island and Lake Victoria like Chimpanzee viewing and feeding, chimp walks, sunset cruises, caregiver for a day, fishing, visit to neighboring islands
Day Trips to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
You will view either a morning, or afternoon feeding, of the chimpanzees from the visitors platform area along the edge of the sanctuary fence, hear an informative talk by sanctuary staff, and enjoy lunch (optional on full day trips only), kayaking, swimming on the equator, viewing a neighboring fishing village, fantastic bird-watching and other wildlife encounters, or just sunbathe and relax
Overnight Excursion at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
An excursion over two days, staying in an East African style tented camp on Ngamba island with each of the four tents overlooking the lake and accommodating two persons (twin beds) in comfort with, en-suite bathroom facilities and solar lighting.
All meals are prepared and provided by friendly camp staff in either our relaxed covered dining area or open dining area besides the lake when conditions allow. Meals are substantial with several courses for dinner and local specialties such as fish served whenever possible. Hot beverages including tea and coffee are available at all times on a self-serve basis. Cold drinks are available on a cash sale basis including water, sodas and beers. A basic selection of wines and spirits are available from the cash bar and anyone requiring anything else is welcome to bring it along with them.
Ngamba Island Forest Trail
A walk in the forest to learn about the rich ecosystems and abundant life in the Ngamba Island 95 acre rain jungle. Learn more about chimpanzees- how they spend their days, what they eat in the wild, how they hunt- by following their trails in the Ngamba forest. You will also be treated to sights of fruit bats, over 75,000 sighted, over 120 bird species, geological features like caves, different spider species and plants and trees from our knowledgeable staff.
While at it, you will have an opportunity to glimpse a chimpanzee or two up in the trees as they go about their daily routines and take closer pictures.
Fishing on lake Victoria while at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
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We offer this exciting activity for either half or full day on Lake Victoria. Ngamba Island’s UK Certified trained skippers know the lake intimately and will give you an amazing experience. Their experience in fishing the famed Nile Perch has grown. Whether you choose one day or one week of guided fishing, the staff will put you on to fish using their experience and know-how. Fishing adventures feature 4 to 8 full hours of incredible fishing, and can cater a personalized experience which you’ll never forget!
Sunset cruises at Ngamba Island
As the day ends and the evening sets in, join us for an exclusive sunset cruise. Enjoy the unique view of fisher men casting their nets, fishing villages as they wind down the day and of course the golden circular site of nature’s eye going to sleep. The thrill comes from knowing that you are crossing the globe from the southern to the northern hemisphere on the equator as you sip away on cold drinks in a romantic bliss
Caregiver for the day experience at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Another unique activity available to our overnight visitors is the Caregiver-For-a-Day experience. This program offers visitors the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a chimpanzee caregiver by being caregivers themselves. As a chimp caregiver, you will get the exciting opportunity to not only view the chimps feeding, but to participate in preparing their food and feeding them.
You can assist the staff with any activities happening at the sanctuary that day: medical checkups, research and monitoring, preparing the holding areas for the chimps, and other activities. This is program is aimed at helping our visitors understand and appreciate what it takes to look after our orphaned cousins on Ngamba Island, as well as being a vehicle for raising funds for their well being. The staff will work with you to show you just what is involved in taking care of these animals, how individual they are, and what makes them so special. Follow link to download: Vaccine checklist 2016
Long stay visitor programme
By participating in this programme, you will join a dedicated team devoted to the ongoing health and welfare of Ngamba Island’s resident wildlife and in turn, help us achieve our mission to educate the public about the importance of chimpanzees… our closest living relatives.
There is so much you can get involved in: from cleaning cages to preparing food, assisting in medical procedures, carrying out enrichment, typing chimp diaries, selling in the Island Shop, collecting observational/behavioural data, helping in construction/maintenance of island facilities…. to simply relaxing, reading, Bird watching, chimp watching, or waiting for the 50,000 fruit bats to fly overhead in the evening on their nightly forage.
Quick Ngamba Island Facts
Size: 100 acres (approximately 40 hectares) of rainforest
Location: Short boat ride (23 km) away from Entebbe, near the Equator in Lake Victoria, Uganda
Desc: Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation which is coordinated and managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust. CSWCT is a partnership with six organizations committed to the welfare and conservation of wildlife. The sanctuary is open all year round to visitors who pay a nominal entrance fee to view one or both of the chimpanzee feedings. Day and overnight visits (staying in luxury tents) are available and can be booked through the booking agent, Wild Discoveries Uganda.
When to Visit: The best time to visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one can’t avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies often open up to bright sunshine.
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