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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Lake Victoria, Uganda



Located 23 km offshore from Entebbe. This 100 acre forested island provides a safe haven for 40 orphaned chimpanzees that are now free to roam their island thanks to project leaders Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) and other concerned organizations who raised funds for the project. It offers a unique opportunity for close viewing of chimpanzees in their natural environment. Pre-arranged supplementary feeding times (11.00 am & 3.00 pm each day) bring the chimpanzees to within meters of the raised walkway specially designed for easy viewing and provide excellent photographic opportunities.

Ngamba Island
Ngamba Island

Ngamba Island Trips can be arranged through Wild Frontiers in Entebbe. Tel/Fax. 0414 321479, or email info@wildfrontiers.co.ug. The Backpackers and Red Chilli Hideaway and Hostel are two of many of agents that will book Ngamba Island visits on your behalf through G&C Tours. Your visit will not only be one of the highlights on your safari, it will also help to care for the chimps.

Wild Frontiers have several boat options to get you to Ngamba Island.
1) A large modified Lake Victoria motorized Ssese canoe know as the traditinal boat (with built in seats and sun canopy and spare engine) for larger groups (seats 20 plus skipper) which provides a very economical option for Ngamba Island visits.
2) An Ace craft 6-meter sea going ski boat with single foam filled hull, powered by 2 X Mariner 60 HP outboard engines (seats 8 passengers plus skipper).

The meeting point for departures in Entebbe is outside UWEC (Zoo) where safe parking is available Boats leave from the pier a short walk from UWEC. Journey times approximately 45 minutes by speedboat or 90 minutes each way by traditional motorised boat.

Speedboat Departure Times - Half day trips
Morning viewing 9.00am -1.00pm
Afternoon viewing 12.45pm- 5.00pm.

Traditional Motorised Boat - Full day trips
Morning viewing 8.00am -3.00pm
Afternoon viewing - 10.30am - 5.00pm

The boat ride to/from the Island is approximately 45 minutes (speedboat) and 1½ hours (traditional boat) depending on the weather. The island tour lasts about 1½ hours but can be extended if required. Overnight trips can also be arranged on request.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Full and Half day visits
Prices effective January - December 2010

Boat transfer by Speedboat - Approximately 50 minutes, weather dependant

Includes: Informative tour and chimpanzee viewing, entrance fees for the Island Sanctuary and the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
Prices from USD90- per person - subject to minimum numbers on board.

Boat transfer by Traditional boat - Approximately 90 minutes, weather dependant

Includes: Informative tour and chimpanzee viewing, entrance fees for the Island Sanctuary and the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
Prices from USD72- per person - subject to minimum numbers on board.

Children under 5 years - FREE OF CHARGE. Between 5-15 years – HALFPRICE.

Sodas and tea are available on the Island. Sodas and water are availble for purchase on the on the boat.

Independent camping on the Island is not permitted. Overnight stays on Ngamba Island can be arranged through G&C Tours in their Ngamba Island Tented camp.

Ngamba Island Overnight Experience at Ngamba Tented Camp
Prices effective January to December 2010
Prices in USD

Rates Non Residents
Number of Guests Price per person/night
1 Person 310-
2 - 8 persons 230-
Single supplement (for persons part of a group) 80-
Return scheduled boat transfers(ex Entebbe)
Single person crossing on request
2 - 8 Persons USD120- per person
Ngamba Island Fees to be added to above prices - USD45-/person/night


Includes: Multiple viewings of the chimpanzees, comfortable en suite tented accommodation, all meals prepared by a chef & use of island’s facilities

Discounted rates are offered for residents of Uganda.

Optional Activities for Overnight Visitors

Forest Walks: USD400- per walk per person (subject to various inoculations & pre-approval from CSWCT)

Caregiver for a day: US$150 per person per 24 hour day (subject to various inoculations and pre-approval from CSWCT).

Additional information is available at both the Wild Frontiers website at www.wildfrontiers.co.ug and the sanctuary website at www.ngambaisland.org.

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