Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 and it provides a home for over 40 orphaned chimpanzees to live out their lives, since a return to their natural habitat is not possible, while educating visitors and local communities about their remarkable species and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.
Ngamba Island consists of approximately 100 acres, 98 of which are forested and separated from the visitor’s area by an electric fence where the chimpanzees roam through the day.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in conjunction with Wild Frontiers offers chimpanzee encounters as a half or full-day excurison.
You will view either a morning or afternoon feeding, of the chimpanzees from the visitors’ platform area along the edge of the sanctuary fence, hear an informative talk by sanctuary staff, enjoy lunch (optional extra for $20 p/p on full day trips), swimming on the equator, viewing a neighbouring fishing village, bird watching, other wildlife encounters, or just sunbathe and relax.
Meeting point: In Entebbe, Banga Beach where safe parking with a covered waiting is available before departure from the jetty. Journey times are weather dependent for lake conditions – approximately 60 minutes by speedboat or 90-120 minutes each way by traditional motorised boat.
Half Day Speedboat Trips – from $US 110 Per Person
Timings – Morning viewing 9.00am -1.00pm Afternoon viewing 12.45pm- 5.00pm Journey time approximately 50-60 minutes each way – weather dependent. Price includes return boat transfers and island entrance fees- subject to minimum numbers on board and residence category.
Full Day Traditional Motorised Canoe Trips – from $US 91 per person
Timings – Morning viewing 08.00am – 3.00pm Afternoon viewing 10.30am – 5.00pm Journey time approximately 90-120 minutes each way – weather dependent
Life jackets and rain suites are provided for all on board our boats. Please note that the above rates are a guideline and are subject to change and are only verified when reservations are confirmed.
Children under 5 years – Free of charge. Between 5-15 years – Half Price. Prices include return boat transfers and island entrance fees- subject to minimum numbers on board and residence category.
Special discounted rates for tour operators, travel agencies, international wholesalers, school groups and East African Residents are available on request – please contact us for more information
Caregiver for a day Experience
$US 200.00 per person, per day
This is a unique program where our visitors get the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Chimpanzee Caregiver by being Caregivers themselves! As a chimp caregiver, you will get the exciting opportunity to not only view the chimps feeding, but to participate in preparing their food and feeding them. You can assist the staff with any activities happening at the sanctuary that day – medical checkups, research and monitoring, preparing the holding areas for the chimps and administrative work, whereby you can help to type in the chimp stories and any other activities that your skills and experience can be used for. This is a program aimed at helping our visitors understand and appreciate what it takes to look after our orphaned cousins on Ngamba Island as well as raising funds for their well being. The staff will work with you to show you just what is involved in taking care of these animals, how individual they are, and what makes them so special.
As a caregiver, you get to meet and interact with all the chimps on the Island but DIRECT CONTACT with them is not guaranteed but possible under close supervision of a resident Caregiver. Excursion is subject to various inoculations & pre-approval from CSWCT).
Visitor Health Checks:
Only applicable for those visitors planning on participating in the Forest Walk and or Caregiver Experience when staying overnight. Please click on the following link to view Health Checks and Vaccine checklist.
Ngamba Island Accommodation Rates
From $US 248- per person per night , full board depending upon numbers traveling and season
Children at 50% of adults rates when aged between 5-11 years
Boat Transportation for over-night trips from $US 150- per person return on scheduled boats depending upon numbers travelling and season. Non scheduled and private boats available at additional costs – please enquire further for these options.
Special discounted rates for tour operators, travel agencies, international wholesalers, school groups and East African Residents are available on request
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