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Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is located on Ngamba Island which is part of the Koome group of islands located in Lake Victoria. The Koome islands also includes Kiimi, Nsazi, Koome, Bulago and Damba Islands). The Chimpanzee Sanctuary is approximately 23 km south-east of Entebbe. There are two main parts of the Island, separated by an electric fence to keep the chimpanzee and humans separate. 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.

The goals of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary are to:

  • Provide a safe home for rescued chimpanzees while also caring for the environment & other wildlife on the island;

  • Provide a high-quality educational experience for visitors

  • Benefit local communities.

Caring for the chimps is a 24/7, year-round commitment provided by a dedicated team of more than 22 care givers, veterinarians, volunteers and island staff. 

The History

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is located on an Island off the Entebbe shore line in Lake Victoria. The Chimpanzee Trust was founded in 1998 with the founding trustees being:

The Jane Goodhall Institute

Uganda Wildlife Authority

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

Born Free Foundation

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Tarongo Conservation Society Australia

Eco Trust

Ngamba Island is currently home to 49 Chimpanzees that have been rescued from the illegal pet and bushmeat trade. One of the major Benefits of the Chimp Island is that the Chimpanzees have a safe and semi-natural environment in which to recover and eventually thrive over their long lives of up to 60 years. Ngamba Island has 95 acres of natural forest where the Chimpanzees roam and forage daily. Their diet is supplemented multiple times per day much to the delight of visiting tourists who are able to observe the feeding from a viewing platform. The Chimpanzee also have the freedom to stay in the forest at night or return to night-time enclosures.

Image by Francesco Ungaro
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Full Day Excursion

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Half Day Excursion

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