Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Trip Summary

This 1day chimpanzee safari at Ngamba Island, is breathtaking – specifically designed for those who are short of time and have a tight budget, but want to view primates which our next cousin "chimpanzee". This safari showcases the beautiful waters and incredible islands on Lake Victoria and and fishermen as you traverse to Ngamba island. 

Detailed Tour ( 1-days )

Situated on Lake Victoria in Uganda 23km off shore from Entebbe is Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Trust (CSWCT). It has been set up by a group of concerned organisations including Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in order to offer a facility for orphaned chimpanzees where they can co-habitat in a near natural environment. These 48 lucky chimpanzees were saved from being destined for life as a pet or in a lab in the west.

They were all confiscated by authorities and brought to the sanctuary for care and rehabilitation. The beautifully forested tropical island is almost 100 acres in size and boasts over 50 different types of vegetation that the chimps utilize. The chimpanzees are free to roam this forest, exploring their environment and foraging for food at their leisure.

Unfortunately chimps are still being illegally taken out of the wild and sanctuaries like this one are needed throughout Africa as in most cases the animals cannot be returned to their original habitat. Several international organisations such as IFAW and the Jane Goodall Institute are determined to stop this exploitation, and to help these animals.

Ngamba Island is one of the projects supported by them and by visiting it you can also assist as a proportion of the fees collected go directly towards the project.

Half day, full day and overnight trips for viewing the chimpanzees on Ngamba can be arranged.


Overnight visits

For those who wish to spend more time on this island learning about the chimpanzees an overnight visit is available where you are accommodated in an intimate, fully equipped tented camp with meals and staff services included. You may spend time assisting the staff with the sanctuary daily route with the Caregiver for a Day programme (subject to special health clearance approval) and get to see and hear all that happens behind the scenes day to day with these primates so similar in DNA to us humans.


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What is included?


    Day Trips 

    • Boat transportation from Entebbe
    • Entrance fees to the island
    • Tea or coffee as a complimentary beverage
    • Viewing of the chimpanzees being fed from the raised observation walk way along the edge of the sanctuary fence at 11.00am or 2.30pm
    • Viewing of a traditional fishing village and an optional equator swim on the homeward boat journey .

What is not included?


    • International flights (From/to home)
    • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
    • Tips
    • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees)
    • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
    • Insurance 



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Payment Terms

A deposit of 40%-50% is required when booking this safari depending on the product to be booked. final payment will be required no later than 45-50 days prior departure. For any bookings made within mentioned days of departure, full safari fees, fares/amount will be charged upon booking.