TWNP Travel Desk
Off the coast of Entebbe, Uganda, surrounded by Lake Victoria, is a sanctuary for chimpanzees – the Ngamba Island Sanctuary. It is a place you can get up close and personal with man’s nearest cousin.
A boat ride from Entebbe dock brings you to this island, a home to rescued chimpanzees. Arrive in time to feed the chimps – when the shy animals make an appearance. Nothing can prepare you for the incredible joy of watching these man-like animals peel bananas or de-skin cane-sugar!
The 95-acres of island is a tiny but complete ecosystem – rich in forests and wildlife. Spend time learning how chimpanzees spend their days, what they eat in the wild, how they hunt. Treat yourself to the sight of birds, explore natural caves and learn about different species of plants and trees.The island is home to fruit bats, fish eagles, monitor lizards, spiders and a wide variety of birds. The island was founded in 1998.
Getting there: Speedboat from Entebbe dock takes about 45 minutes.
Book your slot in advance to avoid disappointment. Pre-purchase your entrance tickets as you will be asked to show it on arrival on the island.
If you are short on time, you can visit the Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre where feeding of chimps takes place every morning.