Ngamba Island, Chimpanzee Viewing Tours in Uganda

Ngamba Island is located within the vast beautiful Lake Victoria in Uganda Africa’s prominent and largest fresh water lake. The Island lies in the Southern Hemisphere and is one of Nature’s Wonders covering an area of 100 acres at S 0°6.15 and E 32° 39.21 South East of Entebbe.

Transferring to the Ngamba Island Sanctuary requires you to board a boat to take you across the vast lake and this will take you a period of 30, 45 and 90 minutes to reach the Island. From Entebbe International Airport to the Island will take you approximately 7 minutes.

The Island comprises of 95 acres of tropical Forest which act as a habitat to 49 orphaned Chimpanzees that were rescued from illegal trade as well as sale on the black market. The Sanctuary also includes numerous bird species that can be sighted by the numerous birding travelers that transfer to watch the birds of Uganda as well as Lake Victoria.

Other than chimpanzees and birds travelers at the Island can see wildlife animals like the Monitor Lizzards, butterflies and otters.

The Sanctuary was founded in 1998 to protect and care for the Chimpanzees confiscated from poachers and illegal traders by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The Chimpanzees are physically and emotionally taken care of by experienced skilled ranger guides and personnel. The Sanctuary provides medical care, food, security and socialization to the Chimpanzees.

Getting to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island is located approximately 23 kilometers from Entebbe and requires travelers to cruise across the vast Lake Victoria for 45 minutes to the Island.

Ngamba Island in Uganda
You can use a Speed Boat which takes about 45 minutes, a canoe-90 minutes to 2 hours and these set off from the Water Front Pier or Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC).

Safari Trips to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Day Trips

Day Trips to Ngamba Island usually run from morning to mid day per daily and these offer you sightings of the rescued Chimpanzees in their natural vegetation habitat. These also offer views of birds, wildlife and travelers can as well as go swimming at the equator, fishing in the lake.

Speed Boat with Entry and Experienced Guide Fees—Day Trips

           International East Africans
   1 Pax        $ 326      $ 294
   2 Pax        $ 168 per person      $ 138 per person
   3 Pax        $ 118 per person      $ 88 per person
   4 Pax and More        $ 88 per person      $ 66 per person


Weekend Packages/ Retreats/ Corporates

      International       East Africans
         10 Pax     $ 80 per person      $ 60 per person
         20 Pax     $ 73 per person  


Overnight Trips

Overnight Trips at Ngamba Island are exceptional to take on since they will offer you serenity to the fullest while spending your night in the African Style Cottages.

You will sit around the Camp Fire where you will interact with other travelers and get to know about them. These will offer you an opportunity to watch the Chimpanzees nesting and feeding for the Night.

The Overnight includes activities i.e Boat Transfer, full board accommodation, Close encounters with Chimpanzees, Entrance, Tour/ Nature Walk to see wildlife and Sunset Boat Cruise.

These are rated according to the Peak season in the Months of January, February, June, July, August, September and December then Off Peak season in the months of March, April, May, October and


Overnight Trips

           Peak Season      Off Peak Season
            1 Pax           $ 760         $ 593
            2 Pax         $ 593 per person       $ 530 per person
            3 Pax        $ 530 per person       $ 495 per person
            4 Pax        $ 495 per person       $ 472 per person
            5 Pax        $ 472 per person       $ 468 per person


Retreats/ Corporate Packages

These include a complimentary Sunset Cruise, full board accommodation for one night and boat transfer.

    International    Ugandans
                     4 pax       $1,157   2,500,000/=
                     8 pax       $ 2,165   3,000,000/=


Accommodation/ Where to Stay at the Sanctuary

At Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary travelers can stay in Camping Tents which provide comfortable overnight stays as they enjoy the various safari activities around the sanctuary. These can be booked prior the day of visiting.

Travelers can as well as stay in our Safari Cottages which are comfortable with beds, Toilets, showers, mosquito nets etc.

Cottage rates
  Luxury Cottages Residence Hall
       1 week $ 2,035 per person $ 550 per person
        2 weeks $ 2,860 per person $1,100 per person
        4 weeks $ 5,720 per person $ 2,200 per person


The Camp Rates include;
  International Ugandans
           10 Pax $ 984 2,500,000/=
           15 Pax $ 1,840 3,000,000/=


Student Camp

Includes; Boat Transfer, entrance, Conservation Educational Activities and full board Activities.

10 Pax and more $ 182 per person Ages 5-18 for 3 Days
10 Pax and more $ 182 per person Institutions for 2 Days


Activities at Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Chimpanzee Viewing

This is the most prominent Safari activity carried out in the Sanctuary and this involves standing at a distance with your cameras watching the Chimpanzees feed, play and communicate in their natural vegetation habitat.

This activity is inclusive with the quoted price and will offer you an insight into the lives of the Chimpanzees, their names, history and personality.

Bird Watching

Bird watching is another safari activity carried out on the Island due to the numerous bird species that inhabit the green vegetation around the Island. About 120 species can be seen here and these include; all weavers.

Fishing Cruise

Fishing along Lake Victoria is another exciting Safari activity carried out and this offers remarkable fishing Adventures as you catch the popular Nile Perch using the Trolling Fishing method. As you go fishing, you will transfer with a skilled skipper who will guide you during your fishing adventure on Lake Victoria.

Sunset and Sunrise cruise

Sunrise and Sunset cruises along Lake Victoria offer you amazing holiday experience as you cruise for 2 hours enjoying the captivating skies and a backdrop of fishermen casting their nests to catch fish.

Along the sunset cruise, you will view the beautiful sunset which will offer you remarkable memories as well as a picturesque experience as you sip the cold and hot drinks.

Cost of the Sunrise and Sunset Cruises

  • 1-10 pax…………………….$277 per group
  • 11 and more……………….$27 per person

The 3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari is an exceptional safari package that takes you to the thick green Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi in Uganda where you will watch the endangered species of Mountain Gorillas.

The Mountain Gorillas are very amazing and interesting to look at while in the forest as you look deep into their muscle like and profound brown eyes, fur covered bodies within an hour taking numerous photos to keep for memories.

This Safari Tour is drafted to offer every traveler an opportunity to watch the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

It includes; Transportation to and fro, meals, Gorilla Permits and accommodation.