Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

An Insight into Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Lake Victoria in Uganda.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee SanctuaryNgamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) in Lake Victoria, The sanctuary was established as a combined national and international initiative and a globally recognised collaborative conservation effort, aimed at developing and implementing a long-term strategy for conservation of chimpanzees and their habitat. The island is a home to 40 orphaned chimpanzees which are an endangered species found in forests and 20 of which have been brought to the island from when the sanctuary opened.

Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located 23 km south of Entebbe Municipality. The Sanctuary activities include giving care captive chimpanzees, managing the sanctuary for confiscated chimpanzees that cannot be returned to the wild, intervening in helping chimps in the wild when if necessary, educate Ugandan public on chimpanzees and ecotourism and capacity building through training and building viable national, regional and international partnerships on chimpanzee conservation among others. Currently the major threats to survival of the species are illegal poaching for “bush meat” and the pet trade, as well as deforestation for agriculture and logging.

Ngamba Island Chimps Feeding
Visitor amazingly watch the feeding of Habituated Chimps on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria

This 100 acre Chimpanzee sanctuary was established 1998 for the care and welfare of entrusted animals while conserving as far as possible the ecosystem of the island. It was set up by the Born Free Foundation (UK), International Fund for Animal Welfare (USA), the Jane Goodall Institute (Germany and Uganda), The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust (UWECT) and the Zoological Board of New South Wales (Australia) to offer a secure home to orphaned chimps whose return to their natural habitat is not possible while educating the pubic about these animal species and the importance of conserving the fragile forest habitat. Ninety eight out of the 100 island acres are forested and separated from the area of the visitor by an electric fence.

Where else to see Chimpanzees in the wild in Uganda or Rwanda ??

  • Kibale National Park: Found in Kibale district, this parks has the biggest number of chimps in Uganda. 
  • Kyambura Gorge: Chimpanzee tracking safaris in this magnificent gorge are also amazing ! The gorge is part of in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) Entebbe: This is a zoo setup where chimpanzees are confined to one place and are visible by visitors.
  • Budongo Forest Reserve Uganda: Here you will also face chimps in their wild jungles. This place is also ideal for Chimpanzee Research in Uganda plus education purposes. 
  • Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve: This forest reserve is found in  in Bushenyi district in Southwestern Uganda near Queen Elizabeth National Park and Maramagambo Forest. Apart from chimpanzees, the forest is a habitat to numerous primate species  like monkeys.

Chimpanzee Safaris in Rwanda. 

  • Nyungwe Forest National Park: This is the only place in Rwanda where chimpanzees are found. And many visitors who have done chimp tracking in Nyungwe forest have appreciated the quality of the experience plus a variety several primate species.

Do not miss a Day Trip to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, its an an incredible experience in the Lake Victoria waters!!