Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary is located 23 km southeast of Entebbe in the central part of Uganda. Ngamba island forms part of the Kome archipelago, a group of about 15 islands and islets separated from the northern shore of Lake Victoria by the 10km wide Damba channel.
The Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in 1998, when 19 orphaned chimpanzees rescued from poaching were relocated from the Uganda Wildlife Education centre and the smaller Isinga Island in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The sanctuary exists to provide the best facilities and care to captive chimpanzees.
Ngamba was chosen as a sanctuary because it was formerly uninhabited and its rain forest environment is almost identical to that of wild chimpanzees, with more than 50 plant species known to be utilized by free-ranging chimps in Uganda represented. The sanctuary is supported by Uganda Wildlife Education Center, Born Free Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute, among others.
Accessibility to the island is either by a speedboat (45 – 50 minutes ride) or a traditional motorized canoe (1½ – 2 hours)
Safari activities at the island include swimming, bird watching, relaxation, fishing, overnight tented camping, kayaking, island shopping and boat rides (to neighbouring islands) among others.
Note: All trips to the island should be booked in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. Entrance tickets must also be bought in advance from our reservations office or from an independent operator.
Lunch, tips, souvenirs, all beverages and items of a personal nature.
Any and all tours can be combined or modified to fit your particular needs. Please tell us your specific requirements in your inquiry.