Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Facts, Reviews, Day Trips

In 1999, the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was formally inaugurated. The goal of the organization’s founding trustees was to create a well-known organization that would address both the urgent need to save chimpanzees and the mounting challenges facing them in the wild. Ngamba is now regarded as one of the best primate sanctuaries in Africa and one of the most effective conservation groups in Uganda.

It will have been 25 years since the sanctuary first opened its doors in 2023. Many chimpanzees, some born in the refuge, have found a home on Ngamba Island during the past quarter of a century. There are currently fifty-three chimpanzees living in the sanctuary.

In honor of the chimpanzee and its natural habitats, we are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the hope of drawing more attention to the need to protect these species. “Partnerships for co-existence” is the rallying cry for all living things, both human and non-human, to coexist peacefully in the world we all inhabit. Dr. Jane Goodall, ethologist, UN peace ambassador, and project coordinator for the sanctuary’s creation in Uganda, will attend the festivities as the institute’s namesake. Goodall is well-known around the world.

Under the joyful theme of “25 for 25 years,” we have started a one-of-a-kind fundraising campaign to honor this extraordinary 25-year journey and lay the groundwork for the next quarter-century. Donations in increments of 25 will help us reach our $250,000 goal, which will represent the remarkable accomplishments we have achieved and the future impact we can create as a team.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary


Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Facts

It was established so that orphaned chimpanzees might live together in an environment that is close to nature. More than 45 chimpanzees now reside on the island; all of them were taken away by the law and sent to the sanctuary for treatment and rehabilitation.

You can contribute to this deserving cause by going to see these semi-wild chimpanzees because a portion of the admission price goes straight to the endeavor. Take a tour of the sanctuary with a guide and see the chimpanzees enter their camp for a morning or afternoon meal.

‘Get your hands dirty’ by being part of the feeding team.

At Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, 52 chimpanzees, some of which have been orphaned or rescued, call the tranquil waters of Lake Victoria their home. The nonprofit organization known as Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Chimpanzee Trust) oversees the sanctuary’s operations. We collaborate closely with the Ugandan government and wildlife authorities, and we are deeply dedicated to field conservation and community education. You can spend the night at Ngamba Ecolodge and go on a half-day or full-day trip to the sanctuary to see these amazing giant apes in their natural habitat.

Tour Packages for Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

You will never forget the incredible experience of visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpazee Sanctuary. Not to be missed if you find yourself in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Visit one of the top primate sanctuaries in Africa and get up close and personal with the 49 chimpanzees living there. The staff here is globally trained, and you can see everything they do and say from a raised observation platform.

You can choose from a variety of excursions that cater to your interests, budget, and needs. Click here if you would want to volunteer with the possibility of staying for an extended period of time.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

1 Day Ngamba Chimpanzee Tour

You can see chimpanzees grazing on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which is located on Lake Victoria. Additionally, you may expect to see birds, monitor lizards, and plenty of photo ops. Our boats depart at 9:00 am and 12:45 pm, and we can arrange trips that are either half a day or full days.

You will be shown to our visitor center upon your arrival to the sanctuary, where you will be apprised of the project’s background, the inhabitants, and their predicament. Both the half-day and full-day tours include an orientation with a chimpanzee caregiver and the opportunity to observe the animals being fed from a high platform area around the sanctuary’s perimeter. Full-day guests will get to see two feedings, while half-day visitors will only get to see one.

We encourage you to book your trip in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. Contact us for reservations

3 Day Ngamba Chimpanzee Safari

Find out about a top tourist spot in Uganda! Indulge in amazing wildlife encounters, cultural connections, and overnight stays in our exquisite cottage lodgings on your small group guided trip. Enjoy flexibility and personalized services. Here are some of the highlights: feeding chimpanzees, testing their intelligence, building a nest, visiting fishing towns, taking a boat ride, fishing in the surrounding waters, seeing a sunset, learning about the local culture, and witnessing huge fires.

3 Day Honeymoon Package

If you are looking for a unique and memorable place to start a new chapter in your lives together, Ngamba Island is calling to you. Pamper yourself for three days in the company of chimpanzees, island animals, and a helpful staff that attends to your every need as you unwind and explore the rustic island.

Indulge in candlelit dinners on your very own tent deck, massages, sunset cruises, and a private campfire every night while you listen to the chimpanzees’ raucous pant hoots and marvel at the breathtaking scenery of Lake Victoria.

Fishing on Lake Victoria

This thrilling adventure on Lake Victoria is available for half a day or the entire day. With their extensive knowledge of the lake, our UK-certified skippers will ensure that you have an unforgettable experience. Depending on your preferences, our fishing trips can be customized to provide you with an unforgettable experience that lasts anywhere from four to eight hours of fantastic fishing.

How to get to Ngamba Island

Boats of many shapes and sizes are available to accommodate a wide range of interests and price points. Through the Ngamba Island Reservations Office, one can arrange to rent a boat:

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Please contact us at +256 (0) 779 820 753+250 (0) 790 089 902 via telephone/WhatsApp

Depending on your mode of transportation, getting to Ngamba Island from Entebbe, whether by speedboat (which takes 45–50 minutes), traditional powered canoe (which takes about 90 minutes), or plane (20 minutes) is possible.

Trips to the island are also offered by independent operators. To avoid disappointment, check availability with the Ngamba Island Reservations Office before arranging your own transport. To make sure you’re secure on your lake voyage, we advise you to either book it directly with the Ngamba Island Reservations Office or use a reliable travel agency.

Helicopters and hired boats can also be reserved for big groups and occasions. To arrange transportation to the island, please get in touch with our bookings staff.

Regardless of the mode of transportation you opt for, it is imperative that you present the entrance tickets acquired in advance from the Ngamba Island Reservations Office when you reach the island.

My Visit To Africa’s Only Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary – Ngamba Island

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