Kampala Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps Sanctuary Safari

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Kampala Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps Sanctuary Safari
Kampala Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps Sanctuary Safari

Kampala Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps Sanctuary Safari departs daily from Kampala to a Chimpanzee Sanctuary surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria call Ngamba Island. Kampala is located only 35 kilometers away from Entebbe while the Chimpanzee orphanage is only 23 Kilometers offshore from Entebbe.

The trip involves a boat ride that takes approximately one hour each way. Our Kampala Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps Sanctuary Safari offers a unique opportunity for close viewing of chimpanzees in their natural forested environment. The Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 48 orphaned chimps rescued from throughout Uganda. 

The beautifully forested tropical island is almost 100 acres in size and boasts over 50 different types of vegetation that the chimps utilize. The chimpanzees are free to roam this forest, exploring their environment and foraging for food at their leisure. These lucky chimpanzees were saved from being destined for life as a pet or in a lab in the west.

They were all confiscated by authorities and brought to the Wildlife Education Centre for care and rehabilitation. The Morning viewing is from 0800 Hours to 1500 Hours while the afternoon viewing is from 1030 Hours to 1700 Hours.

Kampala Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps Sanctuary Safari Itinerary

0700 Hours: After breakfast at your hotel in Kampala you will enjoy a road transfer to Entebbe. Upon arrival, you will be driven to the pier near the Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC).

0900 Hours: After a briefing by your guide, you will depart for the island by motor boat on Lake Victoria. The boat takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the type of boat you take to Ngamba Island. You will cross the Equator en route.

As you sail along Lake Victoria’s waters, you will see local fishermen with their fishing nets, and many species of birds like Cormorants, Cattle Egrets, Open Billed Storks, Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Geese, Yellow Billed ducks, kingfishers, and Fish Eagles among others.

1000 Hours:  On arrival, visitors are ushered to the island’s Interpretation Centre where a guide will give you an orientation talk about the sanctuary. Then visitors move to the viewing platform to observe the chimps during their supplementary feeding times. Here you can explore the island’s visitor’s area and enjoy the facilities.  The trip may either be a whole day or a half day.

1100 Hours: The chimps come out of the forest to the edge of the sanctuary where they are fed by the keepers. A raised viewing platform along the edge allows you to view the chimps very close up and provides good photographic opportunities.

1200 Hours: Enjoy lunch which is a Ugandan Buffet, a selection of salads and sandwiches, and an assortment of drinks: water, sodas, wine, etc, and freshly baked Ngamba Island confections.

1300 Hours: After lunch you have a choice of any of the following: Swimming on the equator, visiting a neighboring fishing village, bird watching, experiencing other wildlife encounters, or simply sunbathing and relaxing.

1500 Hours: Afternoon feeding session where the chimps return to the edge of the sanctuary from the forest to get fed by the keepers. Enjoy up-close opportunities to view and take pictures of the chimps.

1630 Hours: Depart by boat back to the mainland where you will meet our safari guide who will transfer you back to the hotel in Kampala.

Kampala Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps Sanctuary Safari Prices

Kampala Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps Sanctuary Safari Rates Includes:

Lunch + Children under 5 years – Free of Charge + Prices excludes lunch and other personal items + The above price includes a return transfer from Kampala + Prices include an informative full-day tour with chimpanzee viewing + Prices also include return boat trip transfers/ rides from Entebbe Pier + All trips should be booked in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment + Included in the rates is Entrance fees for the Island Sanctuary and the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre & Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages

Dates From Dates To Price Per Person Children Aged 3 to 12 Years
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* The project also welcomes donations
* You can help support this project by visiting. The entrance fees paid to go directly towards helping cover the costs of running the island sanctuary and ensuring the well-being of the chimpanzees
* What to carry for the Chimpanzee Island Tour: Cap/ Hat with a neck string | Open shoes/ shorts are okay | Camera with well-charged batteries and binoculars | Rain Jacket/ Heavy jacket as it gets cold and windy on the speed boat

Kampala Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps Sanctuary Safari Rates Do Not Include:

* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

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