Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Trekking
Ngamba island is an island located on Lake Victoria. With now 52 orphaned and rescued chimpanzees, with an age range from less than 1 year to over 40 years. It is a project of Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife conservation Trust.
The island sanctuary is dedicated to care for rescued and orphaned chimpanzees, most of these chimpanzees are rescued from poachers. Viewing chimpanzees is done in two sessions, the morning and afternoon session.
While at Ngamba island the guide takes through how they feed the chimps and see what they eat, you also get a chance to feed them, visit their hospital where they are treated from. The number of chimpanzees at Ngamba island is maintained by putting female chimpanzee on birth control.
Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary is managed through donations. You can donate to Ngamba island and help in saving orphaned and rescued chimpanzee.
Ngamba Island has a variety of other wildlife species, including over 150 species of birds, mammals like the spot necked otters, fruits bats, marsh mongoose, genet cats and reptiles like the Nile monitor lizards, as well as other insects and plants.
The sanctuary has recently recorded an increase in the sightings of the nocturnal marsh/water mongoose. These are mongoose with dark brown and shaggy coats. Very social and often seen travelling in large family groups. They are commonly seen every night and early mornings. The mongoose emits a high-pitched noise, commonly known as giggling when it mates. Giggling is also heard during courtship.
At Ngamba Island, not only do you experience what it’s like to see chimpanzees up close they also offer a range of activities designed to create a rich and memorable visit. These activities are also essential in helping them fund the ongoing costs of feeding, housing and caring for their residents
HOW TO REACH NGMBA ISLAND CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY
You can use a speed boat travel from the dock in Entebbe to Ngamba Island is which takes approximately 45-50 minutes or use a traditional motorized canoe which takes approximately 90 minutes and by air, it takes like 20 minutes from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Air strip to Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary.
Independent operations also offer visits to the island. You can arrange your own transport, but make sure that you check availability with Ngamba Island Reservations Office or a reputable tour and travel agent to avoid disappointment.