3 Days 2 Night Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari

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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

This is a short 3 day Uganda safari from Kampala or Entebbe to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria in  Uganda. Located 23 kilometers offshore from Entebbe, Ngamba Island offers a unique opportunity for close viewing of chimpanzees in their natural environment.

Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 50 orphaned chimpanzees rescued from the illegal pet and bushmeat trade across East Africa. Despite their initial trauma, chimps living at Ngamba have a safe and semi-natural environment in which to recover and eventually thrive over their long lives of up to 60 years.

The Island consists of approximately 100 acres, of which 95 acres are forested and separated from the human camp by an electric fence, and is home to chimpanzees and other wildlife species including fruit bats, spiders, fish eagles, otters, and monitor lizards.

Day one begins with a transfer from Kampala or Entebbe (Enroute visit Entebbe Botanical Gardens) to the waterfront club jetty located on Lake Victoria and sail some 23 km from Entebbe town by boat to Ngamba Islands. Boat transfer by Speedboat – approximately 50 minutes, weather dependant. Boat transfer by Traditional boat – approximately 90 minutes, weather dependant.

Upon arrival at the island, home to 45 chimpanzees you will have an introductory talk about the conservation and care of the chimps and enjoy watching them being fed. You will be allowed about an hour with the chimpanzees and later after lunch,  participate in bird watching, spot necked otter counting, and other wildlife.

Later participate in the behind-the-scenes activities; observing chimps as they return, feed, and prepare their nests. Your accommodation will be at the Ngamba Island Camp. Each tent accommodates two persons (twin beds) in comfort, with duvets and all linen supplied en suite bathroom facilities and solar lighting.

Day two, take part in the Chimp environmental enrichment program which will involve you to challenge the chimps’ critical thinking abilities to help them stay healthy, physically and mentally.

Later proceed, start the fishing activity which will include a visit to neighboring islands/ hiking on Koome Island where you will also be treated to sights of different plants, tree species, and over 120 bird species.

As the day ends join us for an exclusive sunset cruise as you enjoy the unique view of fishermen casting their nets, fishing villages as they wind down the day, and of course the golden circular site of nature’s eye going to sleep. As you sip away on cold drinks in a romantic bliss

On day three, we enjoy an early breakfast then transfer by boat to the mainland and return to Kampala.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Kampala/ Entebbe – Drive to Entebbe – Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uganda
Day 2: Full Day Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Day 3: Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary – Drive to Kampala/ Entebbe

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1Kampala – Boar ride to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

After breakfast at your Hotel in Kampala, you will depart by road to Entebbe. Our first stop is at the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, established in 1898 on the shores of Lake Victoria and an enclave for myriad birdlife. The Entebbe Botanic Gardens are also home to around 115 species of birds.

After, we visit the Jane Goodall Institute management at their offices for a short briefing then and transfer to the waterfront club jetty located on Lake Victoria and head some 23 km from Entebbe town by boat to Ngamba Islands.

Boat transfer by Speedboat – approximately 50 minutes, weather dependant. Boat transfer by Traditional boat – approximately 90 minutes, weather dependant. On our way, we will cross the Equator where the captain will make a stop for photos and swimming (optional).

Upon arrival at the island, home to 45 chimpanzees you will have an introductory talk about the conservation and care of the chimps and enjoy watching them being fed. You will be allowed about an hour with the chimpanzees and later after lunch, you may choose to have a nature walk in the forest or participate in sport fishing, or just relax at the hotel.

Overnight Accommodations: Ngamba Island tented Camp.

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Explore Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

After breakfast, enjoy a forest walk. Some playful chimps, pull your hair, climb on you or just walk along holding your hand! (Guests require vaccinations for this activity, which is restricted to three people at any one time, and should ask for further details before booking).

Lunch at the camp and either relax at Lake Victoria’s shores or take a walk in the forest in search of birds, butterflies, and other small insects are also present.

In the evening, as the day ends join us for an exclusive sunset cruise as you enjoy the unique view of fishermen casting their nets, fishing villages as they wind down the day, and of course the golden circular site of nature’s eye going to sleep.

As you sip away on cold drinks in romantic bliss. On return after dinner, indulge us as we work you through the cultures of Uganda through music, dance, storytelling, and drama.

Overnight Accommodations: Ngamba Island tented Camp.

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary – Kampala

Morning at leisure, after breakfast, return to the mainland and transfer you back to Kampala.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

3 Days 2 Night Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari Prices

3 Days 2 Night Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari Prices Include:

Return Speed boat to and from the Island +  Gorilla trekking permits, park fees, and taxes + Optional tour of Entebbe Botanical Gardens + Tour of Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary + Services of a local driver/ guide and boat driver + Return transport from Kampala to Entebbe pier + Boat cruise transport to the Island and back to Entebbe & Accommodation on the Island and meals as per itinerary

 

Dates From Dates To Adult Rates

Children Aged
3 to 11 Years

 1st Jan 2022

31st Dec 2022  Request for Rates Request for Rates

Notes

* Safari can be booked as a group or privately
* No special physical exertion is involved, though guests will do some walking on Ngamba Island and will have the option to do so in the Botanical Gardens


3 Days 2 Night Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari Prices Exclude:

* Laundry
* International Flights
* Passport and visa fees
* Optional travel insurance
* Airport and departure taxes
* All Drinks, Alcoholic beverages
* Gratuities for your driver-guide etc
* Required medical evacuation insurance
* All items of personal nature consumed during the trip
* Items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc)

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