Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Occupying about 100 acres of land, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary among the prominent protected areas in Uganda. It was mainly established to provide home to the rescued chimpanzee primates. It is currently home to over forty nine chimpanzee individuals.
It is situated just 25km offshore from Entebbe, sits on the waters of Lake Victoria and the island boasts 50 varied vegetation types that favor the well-being of the chimps. The sanctuary awards a memorable and close chimpanzee encounter to visitors.
The sanctuary was established in 1998 by the born free foundation in association with Jane Goodall institute, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust, Zoological Board of New South Wales and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. This is a great project and provides secure home to uncared chimpanzees.
Since this stunning locality is situated on the waters, you can easily get there by boat. It sets off from Entebbe – Nakiwogo landing site. For a speed boat it takes about forty five minutes and a traditional boat takes about one and half hours. If you are on time, it is better you take a speed boat.
There are three sessions on offer, the first cruise sets off in the morning and returns in the afternoon, the other sets off in the afternoon and returns in the evening. Then the last one sets off in the morning and returns in the evening – this is a full day excursion.
You can either be part of the morning or afternoon chimpanzee feeding session. All travelers do the feeding from the visitors’ viewing platform along the edge of the Sanctuary fence.
After you can enjoy your lunch, later you can enjoy swimming, sunbathe, do bird watching or visit the neighboring fishing villages.
Extra Activities to take while at Ngamba Island
Visitors who are wishing to spend two or more days at the Sanctuary, can participate in the guided forest walks. On this experience, you will engage in close association with the Infants in the Jungles.
These chimpanzee usually range from 5-9 years, you will play with them and introduce them to different parts of the forest as the best areas to stay safe. This is really a rewarding experience you should not miss if you have more time for your visit.
Day Care Giving.
During care giving, you get to interact and meet with the chimpanzee primates on the Island though you are not allowed to touch them unless you are given permission which is very rare. You will get the chance to prepare food, feed them and view these primates as there are feeding.
You continue further to assist the staff in taking other responsibilities that day like monitoring them, medical checkups and more. This experience lets any participator understand what it takes to look after the orphaned chimps.