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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary provides a safe home to orphaned chimps who have been rescued from various areas throughout Uganda, and are unable to return to the wild. The chimpanzees are free to roam the island and live life out of harm's way.

Visitors can spend the day or stay overnight on the island, which is located in Lake Victoria. There is a tented camp for visitors wanting to learn more about the sanctuary’s aims and spend more time with the chimps.

Trips out to Ngamba Island give the opportunity to view the twice-daily feeding sessions and explore the island which is also home to over 120 species of birds and 50,000 fruit bats, otters, and monitor lizards. The island is 404.605 square metres and is largely forested, with pockets of grassland.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: chimpanzee, open-billed stork, hammerkop, orange weaver, emerald cuckoo
  • Where: Kalangala District, Uganda

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Best of Uganda

Uganda is a land full of stunning landscapes and remarkable wildlife. This itinerary begins in the mists of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of mountain gorillas, and culminates in a relaxing stay on the tranquil shores of Lake Victoria, with wildlife highlights such as lion, leopard, elephant and chimpanzee in between.

  • When to go: Dec-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea