Ngamba Islands is part of the Koome group of islands located on lake Victoria 23km south of Entebbe, Uganda. This is where Jane Goodall set up a chimpanzee sanctuary for orphaned and rescued chimpanzees.
The Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary consists of approximately 100acres. Of these 98 acres have been kept forested for the chimpanzees. These primates are separated from the visitors area by an electric fence.
Ngamba Islands officially opened to visitors in 1999 currently it is home to 40 orphaned chimpanzees almost half of which have been confiscated and brought to the islands since its opening.
Life on the islands
You can view any or both of the two -day time chimpanzee feedings from the visitor’s platform, and enjoy unlimited use of the other island facilities. Optional activities includes opportunities to observe the islands 154 recorded birds, viewing of a local fishing village, a sunset cruise to be arranged in advance or simply relax at your tents private deck enjoying a memorable African sunset as thousands of bats make their flight around the Island.
Forest walks with the chimpanzees
The forest walk experience gives you an opportunity to join a group of infant chimpanzees on a one hour walk through their forest habitat, either in the late afternoon or early morning. Before you are allowed to join this primate safari experience, you must posses a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
This is a unique program where visitors get the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a chimpanzee caregiver by being care givers themselves! As a chimp care giver you will 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. The staff will work with you to show you what is involved in taking care of these animals, how individual they are and what makes them so special.
The forest walk and caregiver activities may only be done as an addition to the Ngamba Island overnight experience and has age restrictions and a special medical requirement that need to be adhered to.
For those who wish to have an overnight experience, accommodation on the Island comprise of just 4 tents, all en suite, on wooden platforms with private tents decks overlooking lake Victoria.
The camp has been built with strict ecological guidelines of CSWCT with due care to the fragile nature of the environment, lighting is solar. Each tent has splendid view of the lake and is well appointed, featuring a bush shower and ecotoilet.
Meals are substantial with several tasty courses for dinner and local specialties such as fresh fish from the lake when possible, beverages and cold drinks are available at all times. Ngamba Islands is open all year round and is ideal to tag along on to the end of any Uganda safari.