Ngamba Island was established as a chimpanzees sanctuary in 1998 and its the 50 hectares, Ngamba island forms apart of Kome Archipelago, a group of about 15 islands and islets separated from the northern shores of peacefully fresh waters of Lake Victoria by the 10-km-wide Damba Channel. It is situated 23 km south-east of Entebbe near the Equator line and 63 km from Kampala, the capital.
Most of the orphaned chimpanzees were captured illegally in the forests of the neighbouring countries and smuggle across Uganda for trade, 48 chimpanzee are residing on this island since 2013.
Our Driver/Guide from Kwanza Tours will pick you up from your place of residence. After a short briefing before your departure, you proceed to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary which will take 1 hr cruise with a speed boat; there you can participate in Chimpanzees Habituation. While cruising over lake Victoria, bird species can be spotted on the lake like great egrets, African jacanas, little cattle egrets, hamerkops, pied kingfishers, cormorants, goliath and grey herons, grey crowned cranes, open-billed storks, spur-winged plovers, African fish eagles and many others.
Reach at the island to visit chimpanzees, which are genetically relatively (90.1%) close to Human beings, whereby you will be able to view them and take photograph at a close range through the fence, when the rangers are feeding them. These Chimpanzees are feed on porridge as their breakfast, vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and fruits like papaya, mangos, tomatoes, passion fruits, apples, pineapples, and water melons among others. Other interesting things to see on the island are the lovely singing black-headed weaver birds on their nests, and monitor lizards will give you a warm welcome.
The Chimp Experience at Ngamba Island
Day trip to the island are timed to coincide with pre-arranged supplementary feeding times at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm, when the Chimpanzees are within metres of walkway, gives you a great opportunity to observe and take photograph at a very close range. Half day trips by motorboat leave Entebbe at 9:30 am and 2:00 pm everyday.