The worlds only chimpanzee Island Sanctuary – Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Literally the Lucky Chimps Haven Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary was established in 1998 to cater for orphaned chimpanzees that were luckily rescued from all over Uganda. Surrounded by the serene waters of Lake Victoria-the world’s largest tropical fresh water lake, In Uganda, Ngamba island is the largest known chimpanzee sanctuary always better explained by tourists on Uganda Safaris or Uganda tours.
The island is 23km southeast of Entebbe in Lake Victoria 50 minutes by a speed boat off the mainland. The island is part of the archipelago of Koome islands on Lake Victoria in Mukono district and sits on 100acres of rain forest, 98 acres forested and separated from the tourist areas for chimps to roam through during the day. The island is an Eco-friendly project with compost toilets, rainwater collection, proper waste management practices and solar energy for electricity.
What to see and do at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
The amazing human like chimpanzees definitely is what makes many tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris cruise on the waters to the Island. Humans share 98.7% of their DNA with chimpanzees which makes them our closest relatives followed by the bonobos and gorillas.The tranquil island is currently home to 49 chimpanzees 20 male and 29 females, 46 of them are rescued orphaned chimpanzees and 3 were luckily born on this island.
Chimpanzee interactions is the yes activity at the sanctuary, the sanctuary offers day and overnight tourists exceptional opportunities to observe the unique human like great apes in a unique setting. When the tourist gets here they can participate in either morning or evening feeding of the chimps as the chimps sit down to consume their vegetables, an exceptional Uganda tour experience. Other activities that can be done in the sanctuary include cleaning cages, preparing food for the chimps, assisting in medical procedures, carrying out enrichment, typing chimp diaries, collecting observational data and anything that one’s skill gets them to. This stay is very educative, informative and much more.
These activities are per-arranged with a safari company, one gets to do chimpanzee feeding on the visitor’s platform area where the chimps come close for easy viewing and photography. The chimps merge for feeding from the forest at 11:00am and 2:30pm with very playful lovely characters. Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda for tourists on longer trips are possible in the wild at Kibale Forest National Park this can also be possible on a 3 days chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale Uganda.
People spend their whole lives rescuing and studying the chimpanzee but you can understand why, when you plan a Uganda wildlife safari and interact with the lovely chimp care givers.
Forest and water bird species
The island has forest bird species that offers tourists on birding tours in Uganda with specie like the Spin winged Lapwings, Cormorant birds, Egrets, the singing black headed weaver, African Open Sullied storks, Egyptian Yellow Billed Dark, King Fisher, Fish Eagles. The water birds encountered include the swamp fly catcher, Malachite king fisher, long-tailed cormorant.
Boat cruise on Lake Victoria
The boat cruise on Lake Victoria is so exciting as there a whole 50 or 90 minutes on the largest fresh water lake of Africa. The boat cruise comes with an unrivaled adventure safari to Uganda as the boat crosses the equator with forces of the north and south hemisphere push the boat tending to keep it in one position. The boat engine uses a little more energy to beat the equator forces. Before thinking of only experiencing these forces, the greatest memory is swimming in the middle of the world! This is the right point for adventure seekers but it requires expertise.
Best time to Visit Ngamba Island
The best time of the year to safari Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary is during the dry months of December-February and June-August when its warm for recreational activities since the lake is not choppy, sunset cruises are not interrupted and that moment of diving into the water at the equator is not missed out.
Tour Uganda and experience the home to rescued chimpanzees that found their everlasting love in the evergreen Island, near the equator line …. what an amazing home with unrivaled experiences only exceptional to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary.