Island of the Apes

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in October 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Many of the chimpanzees were rescued from poachers and are unlikely to survive reintroduction to the wild.

The island is 100 acres (approximately 40 hectares) of rainforest situated a short boat ride (23 km) away from Entebbe, near the Equator in Lake Victoria, Uganda. It supports a rich diversity of natural wildlife and provides a variety of natural foods for the chimpanzees.
The island is set up as an eco-friendly project with compost toilets, rainwater collection, proper waste management practices and solar energy for electricity and hot water.

Day 1
Ngamba Islands

In the morning at around 08:00, our guide will pick you up from a pre-arranged location in Kampala and transfer you to Entebbe pier where you will be briefed about your excursion. You will then take either a speed boat or a traditional boat, depending on the weather which is about a 50 minute ride from Waterfront Club, Entebbe. On arrival at the island, you will be transferred to the Ngamba Island Tented Camp lodgings.

Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located in Lake Victoria (which also includes Kiimi, Nsadzi, Koome, Bulago and Damba Islands). It is approximately 23 km south-east of Entebbe, which lies on the mainland at 0.006’S, 32.39’E. Established in 1998, and managed by CSWCT (Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust), Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary provides a safe heaven for 33 confiscated orphaned chimps.

Day 2
Chimpanzees and Forest Walk

After breakfast by the lake, explore the sanctuary and the island.

Chimpanzee viewing is the main activity and the daily viewing times are as follows:

11.00am – The chimps come out of the forest walk to the edge of the sanctuary where they are fed by the keepers. A raised viewing platform along the edge allows you to view the chimps from very close up and also provides good photographic opportunities.

3.00pm – This is the afternoon feeding where the chimps come back to the edge of the sanctuary where they are fed by the keepers. Another opportunity for you to view the chimps from very close up and more photographic opportunities.

Leave for Entebbe pier in the evening and then back to Kampala.

Ngamba Island Tented Camp

Ngamba Island Tented Camp, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Notes and Extras

The package includes the following:

  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation on the Ngamba Island
  • Transport  from Kampala to Ngamba Island and back
  • Entry fee at Ngamba
  • Chimp feeding
  • Birding
  • Motorized canoe

Please carry with you the following;

  • Camera
  • Swimming gear
  • Sanitary lotion
  • Insect repellant
  • Hat
  • Reading book