2 Days 1 Night Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari

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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

This is a 2-day trip to Ngamba Island to visit the chimpanzee sanctuary, reached by motorized canoe or speed boat. Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 50 orphaned chimpanzees rescued from across East Africa.

This overnight trip includes a night at Ngamba Eco-lodge located in the sanctuary and the tour provides an exceptional opportunity to closely observe these fascinating great apes in a unique setting.  The tour begins from Kampala with a transfer to the waterfront club jetty located on Lake Victoria to catch a boat to Ngamba Island located 23 km from Entebbe town.

Along the way, we will cross The Ugandan Equator on Lake Victoria where the captain will make a stop for pictures and swimming (optional). Later you will view the chimpanzees feeding on the Ngamba Island Sanctuary at a very close distance on a raised platform where you will observe the chimpanzee behaviors as they eat, play, and rest.

In the afternoon, 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. As the day ends enjoy a sunset cruise where you will see fishermen casting their nets, and fishing villages as they wind down the day as you sip away on cold drinks in romantic bliss.

On day two, we begin with the Chimp environmental enrichment program which involves challenging the chimps’ critical thinking abilities to help them stay healthy, physically and mentally.

Next, we engage in a fishing activity which includes 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. Later you get to view a chimp feeding then depart for Entebbe where your 2 days at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari comes to a close.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Entebbe Pier – Take a 45 Minutes Boat Ride To Ngamba Island
Day 2: Ngamba Island – Morning Activities – Take a 45 Minutes Boat Ride – Entebbe Pier – Drive to Kampala

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Entebbe Pier – Take a 45 Minutes Boat Ride To Ngamba Island

0800 Hours: This morning depart Kampala/ Entebbe after breakfast and drive to the Entebbe pier.

0900 Hours:  Aboard a boat for 45 across to Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary.

1000 Hours: Upon arrival, a short introduction/ briefing of the sanctuary and its work will be offered a little later it will be time for feeding the chimps (feeding is usually for an hour at 1100 Hours and 1430 Hours respectively). It is very exciting to see the Chimps during feeding time as you will observe different characters some whistling for food and others clapping.

1230 Hours: Lunch at the camp, then rest a little by the lake shores and watch the different bird species on the island. Monitor lizards are also commonly seen at the shore of the lake. Later in the afternoon, you can work together with the caretakers to prepare the gorilla food which may be millet porridge, cornmeal, and fruits, among others that they will have in the afternoon.

Alternatively, relax and enjoy the fresh breeze by the lake or enjoy kayaking, swimming on the equator, visiting a nearby fishing village, go for bird watching, island wildlife watching, etc. Then in the evening, you can enjoy an optional recreational sunset boat cruise on Lake Victoria.

1900 Hours: Dinner and overnight at Ngamba island sanctuary camp.

Accommodation at Ngamba Island Camp

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Ngamba Island – Morning Activities – Take a 45 Minutes Boat Ride – Entebbe Pier – Drive to Kampala

There are various activities that you can choose to be a part of on this day. The options include taking a forest walk but this decision has to be made the day before since you have to get up early if you are to do this walk

Forest Walk; Wake up for the forest walk where you will interact with the young group aged between 4 to 7 years old. During the forest walk, this juvenile may climb all over you, and normally many at the same time may expect you to carry them, so be ready for this state of great excitement. The walk lasts just about an hour.

As you walk through this forest, you will see lots of bird species and various tree species. About 4 visitors are allowed to into the forest at a time with the company of a guide. From the forest walk, you will go have your breakfast and then you will go for the community Integration of the infant chimpanzees.

Integration program; Integrating the orphaned chimpanzees into one community. The integration of the new arrivals into the group is continuous progress as the rescued animals have been arriving at different times from the time the sanctuary was established in 1998.

The time that it takes to integrate any of the chimpanzees into the community depends on different factors including age, sex, level of trauma experienced, and how long the individual lived incapacity before coming to the sanctuary among others.

The integration program is done in three phases; getting the new arrivals used to the new environment in the indoor facility on arrival, getting them integrated with the others in smaller groups in the outside enclosure, and finally in the main forest with the rest of the group.

Caregiver for the day: This is a unique program where you get the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a chimpanzee caregiver by being a caregiver yourself. You will get the opportunity to not only view the chimps feeding but to participate in preparing their food and feeding them

In the afternoon board your boat back to the mainland where you will meet your guide for your drive back to Kampala/ Entebbe where the Safari ends.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

2 Days 1 Night Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari Prices

2 Days 1 Night Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari Prices Include:

All meals as per the itinerary + Accommodation on the Ngamba Island + Return Speed boat to and from the Island + Return transport from Kampala to Entebbe pier & Optional activities such as swimming at the equator (for only those who know how to swim), sunbathing and relaxing, visiting a neighboring fishing village, sighting monitor lizards and photographic experiences

Dates From Dates To Price Per Adult

Child Rate
(3 to 11 Years)

1st Jan 2024

31st Dec 2024 Request for rates Request for rates

Notes

* All trips should be booked in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment


What to carry for the Chimpanzee Island Tour:

* Cap/ Hat with a neck string
* Open shoes/ shorts are okay
* Camera and well-charged batteries
* Rain Jacket/ Heavy jacket as it gets cold and windy on the speed boat


2 Days 1 Night Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Safari Prices Exclude:

* Hotel fees
* International flight
* Visa (50 US Dollars)
* Items of personal nature
* Meals and drinks not mentioned above

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