Ngamba Island

Home Of The Chimp Orphans

Ngamba Island

Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 49 orphaned chimpanzees rescued from across East Africa. Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Chimpanzee Trust), an NGO, is responsible for all aspects of the sanctuary. Deeply committed to and involved in both field conservation and community education, tjey work closely with the Ugandan government and wildlife authorities.

Founded in 1998, the island offers 95 acres of natural forest where the chimps roam and forage daily. Their diet is supplemented multiple times per day much to the delight of visiting tourists who are able to observe the feeding from a viewing platform. The chimps also have the freedom to stay in the forest at night or return to nighttime enclosures where they can build nests and receive an evening meal.

The goals of the sanctuary are to:

  • Provide a safe home for rescued chimpanzees while also caring for the environment & other wildlife on the island;
  • Provide a high-quality educational experience for visitors;
  • Benefit local communities.

More Info On The Activities

At Ngamba Island, not only do you experience what it’s like to see chimpanzees up close but they also offer a range of activities designed to create a memorable visit. These activities are also essential in helping fund the ongoing costs of feeding, housing and caring for the 49 residents. Did you know the chimps eat over 30,000 kilograms of fruit & vegetables every year?

Day Trips

Enjoy either a half or a full day island adventure. During your visit you will experience: chimpanzee viewing & feeding, shopping at the island gift shop, bird watching, experiencing other wildlife encounters, swimming on the equator, visiting a neighboring fishing village or simply sunbathing and relaxing.

Overnight Excursion

Stay from 1 to 3 nights and experience iconic East African luxury tent accommodations while enjoying several chimpanzee feedings and other island activities.

Sunset cruises

Famous for the awe-inspiring sunsets, the project offers exclusive sunset cruises for their overnight guests. 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. The thrill comes from knowing that you are crossing the globe from the southern to the northern hemisphere on the equator as you sip away on cold drinks in a state of natural bliss.


Love to be out on the water? They offer either half or full day fishing excursions on Lake Victoria with their UK certified fishing guides. If you love to fish, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch a Nile Perch on this iconic lake, one of the largest in the world.

Volunteer Programs

They currently offer one week and four weeks volunteer programs. By participating in this program, you will join a dedicated team devoted to the ongoing health and welfare of Ngamba Island’s residents, and in turn, help them achieve their mission to educate the public about the importance of chimpanzees (our closest living relatives). Click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

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