1 Day Ngamba Chimpanzee Tour Take a boat cruise out on Lake Victoria to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and have a chance to view chimpanzees feeding. You will also be treated to sights of monitor lizards, birds, and photographic opportunities. We arrange both half and full day trips and our boats leave at either 9:00am or 12:45pm.
Upon arrival at the sanctuary, you will be directed to a visitor’s center where you will be introduced to the project, its history, Ngamba Island residents and their plight. On each of the two types of day visits (half day and full day), you will receive a personal orientation by a chimpanzee caregiver and view a feeding of the chimpanzees (full day visitors will view 2 feedings) from the visitors’ raised platform area along the edge of the sanctuary fence.
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 is 100 acres (approximately 40 hectares) of rainforest 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.
Activities at Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
During your visit you will experience: chimpanzee viewing & feeding, shopping at the island gift shop, bird watching, experiencing other wildlife encounters, swimming on the equator, visiting a neighbouring fishing village or simply sunbathing and relaxing.
Our day visitors can also ‘get their hands dirty’ by being part of the feeding team. This is an opportunity for you to feed the chimpanzees from the platform. On top of being able to feed your favourite chimp, you will also watch as the chimps excitedly try and gain your attention to receive food (this activity is subject to management exclusion and policies).
Additionally, you can enjoy our fresh lunches prepared on-site, ranging between $10- $15. Please note, packed lunches and drinks to the island are prohibited, prompted by the difficulty of controlling litter associated with the personal items. The ban seeks to enforce Chimpanzee Trust’s Environmental Management Policy and System, in place since the founding of Ngamba Island Sanctuary in 1998.
- Morning viewing between 9.00am – 1.00pm
- Afternoon viewing 12.45pm – 5.00pm
Travel means to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
The speedboat takes approximately 45 minutes from Entebbe to the island. Rides are weather dependent and at the sole discretion of Chimpanzee Trust management.
Speedboat 1 – capacity of up to 5 passengers. An 18 foot sea going ski boat with single foam filled hull, powered by a Yamaha 140HP outboard engine, sun canopy and life jackets on board.
Speedboat 2 – capacity of up to 10 passengers. A 25 foot speed boat, powered by 2 X Yamaha 140HP outboard engines, sun canopy and life jackets on board.
Speedboat 3 – capacity of up to 14 passengers. A 36 foot boat powered by 2 X Yamaha 140HP outboard engines with sun & rain canopy and life jackets on board.
The boat ride takes approximately 90 minutes from Entebbe to the island. Rides are weather dependent and at the sole discretion of Chimpanzee Trust management. All rates include round trip boat ride, entrance and viewing fees.