Ngamba Island is the most accessible and the most intimate place to observe chimpanzees in Uganda.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in 1998 as a project of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife trust to provide a home for orphaned chimpanzees and chimpanzees that are rescued from illegal poaching activity. The sanctuary currently cares for 49 chimpanzees that have been rescued from within Uganda, and as far as The Democratic Republic of Congo.
The island is made up almost predominantly of thick forest with small gaps of grassland, with an acre of cleared land that houses the camp quarters and chimpanzee feeding area. Ngamba Island is also a habitat for over 120 bird species and has healthy populations of otters, monitor lizards and fruit bats. Only a limited number of visitors are permitted on the two boat trips that depart from Entebbe daily, for 3hour expeditions on the island.
What You Need To Know
Location And Getting There
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a 100acres island on Lake Victoria in Southern Uganda. It is accessible by boat, a distance of 23kms, 1hour ride from the shore. The closest national park to Ngamba Island is Lake Mburo National Park, while the closest city is Entebbe.