Ngamba island is located in Lake Victoria 23km southeast of Entebbe. What is so special about this island is that it has a chimpanzee sanctuary home for more than 52 orphaned chimpanzees with 100 acres that are disconnected from guests by an electrical enclosure.

Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary was created since 1997 and it is managed by the chimpanzee sanctuary wildlife and conservation trust (CSWCT) in partnership with NGO.

What if I want to visit Ngamba island?

The Chimpanzee Trust allows visits to Ngamba Island to educate people about the importance of protecting chimpanzees and their forest habitat. Visiting also helps cover the costs of caring for these primates. Visitors can choose between half-day and full-day excursions. For those who want:

For a half day excursion, a speed boat transports visitors from Entebbe to Ngamba Island in 50 to 60 minutes. This excursion is divided into two shifts: the morning shift runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and the afternoon shift from 12:45 pm to 5:00 pm

For a full day excursion, you will use a traditional motorized canoe from Entebbe to the island. The journey takes 90 to 120 minutes, depending on the weather. There are two shifts available: the morning shift runs from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, and the afternoon shift from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For an excursion to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, arrive at the right time—not too early—to see the chimpanzees in their feeding area. You can observe them eating and playing, and analyze their behavior and interactions.

Chimpanzees feel at ease in a large feeding area in the grassland, with a forest behind where they spend most of their time. Additionally, caregivers interact with them like siblings while providing food. Moreover, the chimpanzees often eat fruits served in buckets and may lift their hands to ask for more. Furthermore, they are clever, using sticks to pull food that is out of reach.

At night, they sleep in their nest enclosure, enjoying a bowl of porridge. Although some may sleep in the forest, they rarely miss the delicious evening porridge.

To ensure their well-being, a resident veterinary doctor with sophisticated equipment and dedicated caregivers take excellent care of them.

Some tourist’s activities done in Ngamba island

Forest or natural walks use trails where visitors can see lizards, eagles, and fruit bats. Guests can also carry young chimpanzees, who are allowed outside the electrical fence and love attention, riding on tourists’ backs and playing without any issues.

The caregiver experience is available for guests staying overnight. These guests can participate in all activities, from preparing and serving food to cleaning the chimps’ sleeping areas. Guests must undergo a medical check-up to ensure they do not carry germs that could harm the chimpanzees

Fishing on Ngamba Island, located in Lake Victoria, offers opportunities to catch fish such as tilapia and Nile perch. Guests interested in fishing can arrange half-day or full-day trips to explore the lake.

Where to stay in Ngamba island during a trip

If guests are willing to stay for one or more nights on Ngamba Island, there are luxury self-contained tents that offer beautiful views of Lake Victoria. For example, Ngamba Eco Lodge and Ngamba Island Tented Camp are available options.

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