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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

[[blurb-pic]] Ngamba Island is located 23 km offshore from Entebbe. It is a forested island of 100 acres. In 1998 it became Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary under Jane Goodall Foundation with the objective to provide a safe haven for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority from poachers or traders, with no chance of survival back to the wild. It offers a unique opportunity for close viewing of chimpanzees in their natural environment. Pre-arranged supplementary feeding brings the chimpanzees close to the raised walkway specially designed for easy viewing. 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. The eco-lodge gives opportunity for overnight in the island for visitors interested in taking activities in contact with the chimpanzees in the early morning. The Sanctuary is a non-profit organization which is co-ordinate and managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust. [[blurb-pic]]

Activities on the Island

  • Day trips are organized daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, leaving Entebbe by speed boat and reach the island in time for assisting the feeding of the chimpanzees.
  • The chimpanzee integration and caregiver experience is one of the most interesting activities visitors wish to have in East Africa. Early morning you enter the forest in a small group for a nature walk to meet the chimpanzees and having the opportunity to spend time holding them and observing their behavior as the staff does the regular check on them. This activity is only possible with an overnight in the eco-lodge. Moreover, it requires a list of vaccinations a previous acceptance by the island authorities. Therefore, Destination Jungle will give you all the details of the requirements and will prepare your trip.