Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in October 1998 to care for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Many of the chimpanzees were rescued from poachers and are unlikely to survive reintroduction to the wild.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is 100 acres (approximately 40 hectares) of rain-forest situated a short boat ride (23 km) away from Entebbe, near the Equator in Lake Victoria, Uganda. It supports a rich diversity of natural wildlife and provides a variety of natural foods for the chimpanzees.

The island is set up as an eco-friendly project with compost toilets, rainwater collection, proper waste management practices and solar energy for electricity and hot water.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation which is coordinated and managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust. CSWCT is a partnership with six organizations committed to the welfare and conservation of wildlife. The Trustees are:

The sanctuary is open all year round to visitors who pay a nominal entrance fee to view one or both of the chimpanzee feedings. Day and overnight visits (staying in luxury tents) are available and can be booked through the booking agent, Wild Frontiers Uganda.

Ngamba Island is now open to visitors all year round and has become one of the must-visit tourist destinations in Uganda.

1 Day Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Experience package has been developed to provide a quick but satisfactory chimpanzee experience for those that due to several factors can not do full chimpanzee tracking in the traditional big game safari in national parks.

We offer 2 Chimpanzee experiences to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in a day. These two target the two pre-arranged supplementary feeding of the chimps at 9.00am and 3.00pm. They are the most exciting times to watch the chimpanzees as they graple for food and do lots of amusing staff.

The departure time for the 9.00am Ngamba Island Chimp experience is at 7.30am while that of the 3.00pm experience is at 11.00am (this could vary depending on your location). You select which of the two departure times you find convenient for the trip.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari Highlights

Cruise to Ngamba Island from the Lake Victoria shores at Entebbe by speed boat.
Watch the Chimpanzees during feeding.
Interact with the Chimpanzees – feed them, walk with them, carrying them (not guaranteed).
Ngamba Forest Walk.
Watch birds around the island and Lake Victoria.
Endless views of the Lake Victoria Water.
Enjoy fresh Talapia fish

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari Itinerary

You shall be picked-up from any address in Kampala or Entebbe by our driver. The pick-up time is either 7.00am or 11.00am depending on the chimpanzee excursion you have chosen.

You shall be driven to Entebbe at the shores of Lake Victoria (water front beach) here you will be joined by other people going for the same Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary safari experience. A representative of Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary will provide a briefing to all of your on the etiquette’s of chimpanzee experience.

It is at the shores that the Ngamba Island speedboat picks you and takes you to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary for the chimpanzee visitation. The chimpanzee experience takes only one hour for conservation purposes.

After this memorable chimpanzee excursion experience the speedboat will bring you back to water front beach where you will be welcomed by your drive who will then bring you back to your address.

NOTE: Clients opting for the morning session you will be brought to a nice place for a lunch, while clients opting the afternoon session you will just have a drink.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Rates and Prices

We regret not to include the prices as they keep on changing due to the daily economical changes. We request you to send us an inquiry through the form at the contact us page, email, phone call.

The price given include:

Transportation – safari vehicle, driver and fuel.
Entry fees.
Lunch if morning session, only refreshments for the afternoon session

The price does NOT include:

Travel insurance.
Gratuity and tipping.
Items of personal nature not included in the Itinerary.

Reservations and Bookings

Please endeavor to book at least 1 day before the trip to give us sufficient time to organize for the transport and entry requirements. Reservations and bookings can be done through the form at the contact us page, or send us an email, give us a call (+256752643809). Also include the number of people that are coming along with you as this is a determinant in the costing.

What to bring to the 1 Day Chimp Expereince at Ngamba Island

  1. A camera might not be necessary as photographing the chimps is prohibited
  2. Binoculars for those that may be interested in birding
  3. Relatively light clothes
  4. Rain jacket


  1. Travelers are supposed to reach Entebbe on the tour starting day before 8 am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8 pm.
  2. If these times can’t be respected then 1 or 2 days should be calculated for the overnight in Kampala.
  3. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to see chimpanzees.
  4. Kibale NP offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities.
  5. Gorilla trekking is not allowed to anyone under 15 years of age.
  6. Prices for private safari. No extra passengers added.
  7. All prices are VAT included.
  8. Prices are in United States dollars (USD).
  9. Gorilla permits are available booking at least 6 months before the departure date.

Terms and conditions


  1. At the time of booking a deposit of the 60% of the total amount is due.
  2. Bookings must be made at least 60 days before the date of departure.
  3. Affordable Uganda Safaris Ltd reserves the right to don’t accept bookings made less than 60 days prior the date of departure.
  4. Full payment has to be made not less than 30 days before the departing date of the tour.
  5. If the full amount is not paid in due time, Affordable Uganda Safaris Ltd reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled.
  6. Cancellations: 60 days prior to departure date of the tour, full refund of deposit; between 60 and 30 days, refund of 50% of deposit; less than 30 days, no refund.
  7. Gorilla permits are non-refundable.


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