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In 1998, a remarkable initiative spearheaded by Dr. Jane Goodall and a dedicated team of conservationists led to the establishment of the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, rescuing 13 chimpanzees and providing them a safe haven.

Nestled on the serene waters of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, Ngamba Island lies just 23 kilometers southeast of Entebbe, Uganda, amidst lush surroundings near the Equator. Spanning approximately 100 acres, with 95 acres of forested land, the sanctuary is a vital refuge for over 50 chimpanzees, offering visitors a unique opportunity to observe and support primate conservation efforts.

Managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), in collaboration with seven partner organizations including the Jane Goodall Institute, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary stands as a beacon of hope for rescued chimpanzees. Each resident chimpanzee has its own tale of rescue, having been saved from poachers, illness, or mistreatment. While these chimpanzees cannot return to the wild, Ngamba Island provides them with a nurturing environment, where they roam freely, receive daily care, medical attention, and affection.

The sanctuary not only serves as a sanctuary for chimpanzees but also as an educational hub for visitors, aiming to raise awareness about primate conservation. Visitors from around the globe are welcome to partake in day excursions or volunteer programs, contributing to the welfare of these remarkable creatures while gaining firsthand insights into their lives.

Activities on Ngamba Island abound, offering immersive experiences for visitors.

At Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, guests are invited to gain a unique understanding of the chimpanzees’ lives through a variety of excursions tailored to different lengths of stay. Rest assured, the focal point of nearly all these experiences is the fascinating world of chimpanzees. Explore the options below to delve deeper into their captivating lives:

Chimpanzee Viewing Tour: This excursion can be booked for half a day. A beautiful boat cruise across Lake Victoria will take you to Ngamba Island where you will delve into the sanctuary’s history. Witness the chimpanzees’ feeding rituals from an elevated platform, surrounded by the beauty of Uganda’s avian and reptilian fauna.

Caregiver For a Day Experience: Step into the shoes of a chimpanzee caregiver, participating in feeding routines, medical check-ups, and various sanctuary activities. This unique opportunity not only fosters understanding but also supports the ongoing care of the chimpanzees.


Lake Victoria Boat Cruise: Indulge in a sunset boat cruise on Lake Victoria, offering breathtaking views of the equatorial sunset and the bustling activities of local fishermen, culminating in a serene evening by the water’s edge.

Overnight Stay on Ngamba Island: Immerse yourself in the sanctuary’s tranquility with an overnight stay at Ngamba Island Eco-lodge. Engage in multiple feeding sessions, nest-building activities, and cultural exchanges with nearby fishing villages, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Volunteering at Ngamba Island: Join conservation efforts by participating in one or four-week volunteering programs, contributing directly to the care and conservation of chimpanzees. Gain hands-on experience in food preparation, enrichment activities, and behavioral observations while residing in the sanctuary’s volunteer accommodations.

Beyond Ngamba Island, Uganda offers many more chimpanzee experiences, including trekking adventures in renowned national parks and forest reserves like Kibale Forest, Budongo Forest Reserve and Kalinzu Forest.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary stands as a testament to humanity’s capacity for compassion and conservation. By supporting initiatives like Ngamba Island, we not only safeguard the future of chimpanzees but also reaffirm our commitment to biodiversity and environmental stewardship.

Feel free to reach out with any inquiries regarding the sanctuary’s attractions, lodging options, or travel routes to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. We’re here to assist you in planning your visit and ensuring a memorable experience with the chimps! Contact us at info@sandntours.com.

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