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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

#16 of 159 things to do in Uganda Features Animals
Ngamba Island, Uganda
+256 758 221880
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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda
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Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 49 orphaned chimps rescued from throughout Uganda. Island facilities offer day trips and overnight trips which provide exceptional opportunity to closely observe and interact with these fascinating great apes in this unique setting.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Ngamba Island, Uganda
+256 758 221880

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited the sanctuary and slept over for one night. Participated in feeding the habituated chimps on the tropical island. The staff members were warm and explained well the process for nurturing the chimps and day to day care.Looking forward to another visit

Thank Rukyamuzi D
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We went for my daughter's 23rd birthday. OMG, we loved it! It was worth the $. The previous reviews are spot on. We were lucky to have Byron (he works on the island) accompany us on our boat over, he was such a wonderfully friendly...More

Thank Jojofoodie
Reviewed 2 June 2017

What an experience to see so many happy chimpanzees in a natural habitat. Although there is a fence separating them from visitors, they have free reign of the forest and most the island. Also saw swimming monitor lizards and a large variety of birds. The...More

Thank YoliMB
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We just returned from two nights on Ngamba Island. As expats living in Uganda long-term, this was our third overnight visit in twelve months, which should tell you a little about our feelings for this place and the care we've consistently received from the staff....More

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This is a wonderful sanctuary, GFAS accredted, doing great work. These chimps are not truly living "in the wild". They come in to sleep (they are trained to do so so they won't tear up their limited range creating nests) and to eat (they also...More

1  Thank Ferretarchaeologist
Chimpanzee Trus... N, Front Office Manager at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Dear Guest, Greetings from the chimpanzee family!We humbly appreciate for taking time off to share with us your experience during your visit at the sanctuary. We are very happy to know that you learn't a lot about our closest relatives,fed and supported them in different...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017

I didn't know about the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and was out on Lake Victoria fishing for Nile Perch when my friend suggested we visit. It can be a rough old ride across to the island but the charter I saw was well equipped and...More

1  Thank TuataraW
Chimpanzee Trus... N, Front Office Manager at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Dear Guest, Warm greetings from the chimp family! Thank you so much for sparing time to share with us your experience about the trip, sorry about the rough waters due to the weather conditions on the lake. Once you visit Ngamba Island,you become one of...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

The boat ride was tough going as windy so I suggest you bring a spare T shirt and shorts just in case as despite the rain gear I got wet through. They are doing amazing work there and it was great to see the chimps...More

2  Thank Caroline577380
Reviewed 28 March 2017

After one-day vegging went to Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island one hour off shore and just across the Equator – although we peered intently, we couldn’t actually see it but were informed we indeed pass over it! In any case, Entebbe is on the Equator...More

Thank Sylvia r
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This was a truly memorable place to visit and stay. I can't recommend it more highly- it is a place that will stay with me for many years. I was not sure if it was worth the cost of going to visit the sanctuary but...More

2  Thank corinna563
Reviewed 12 February 2017

You get to see the chimps being fed several times as day and you can participate yourself as well if you want :) the lunch on the island is rather expensive for Uganda but I can understand how it's not cheap to make a proper...More

1  Thank Reinis S
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Arnold C
18 April 2016|
Response from Chimpanzee Trus... N | Property representative |
Hope this mail finds you well, Hope this mail finds you well, Thank you so much for the contacting Ngamba Island, The costs depend on the number of people on board.Please contact 0758221880 for more details.