Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Set on the waters of Lake Victory, Ngamba Island is home to a truly unique experience. Here you will find the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. It is home to around 50 orphaned chimpanzee, rescued at various points from across Uganda. It was established in 1998.

The island is run by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, a local NGO who oversee both the chimps as well as the day to day running of the sanctuary. The chimps found here have mostly been rescued from poachers and cannot be reintroduced to the wild. Their home on Ngamba more than makes up for this however as they have a huge 40-hectare area to live and play in. This consists mostly of forested areas (90%), a perfect habitat for the chimps as well as open grassland (10%).

A visit to the island provides the opportunity to see this closely knit troop from raised platforms, a great way to observe them going about their daily business. Not only that but visitors are also allowed to feed these incredible primates. Each chimp has a unique story, but most involve losing their parents to poachers and their subsequent rescue. Learn about their early life, see the equipment used to capture them, but also revel in the fact that on the island they can live peacefully, free from the danger of poachers.

Although the chimps are the undoubted stars, the sanctuary also serves as an education centre, where local children, school groups, teachers and communities learn about environmental issues, conservation, health, sanitation and the chimps of course! The chimps are not the only residents of Ngamba Island; otters, monitor lizards, bats and the majestic African fish eagle also call it home. A visit here is well worth it!

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