1 Day Chimpanzee Ngamba Island Tour

This 1 Day Chimpanzee Ngamba Island Tour : takes you to one of the most memorable places, not missed out while visiting Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, this is not to be missed. Ngamba Island is surrounded by the fresh waters of Lake Victoria and is a home of 49 chimpanzees, 20 male and 29 are female. Amongst these 46 are orphaned and the 3 were luckily born on this Island. The Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was primarily established to offer shelter to the rescued and orphaned chimpanzee. The day will begin early with our guide from Ssemambo Tours & Travel picking you from your hotel very early in the morning. You will be briefed about the trip and then transferred to the landing site on the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe where you will take a 45-minute speed boat ride to the island.


  • Taking a boat cruise on Lake Victoria to the Island
  • Chimpanzee viewing and feeding
  • Bird watching
  • Swimming at the equator (only those who know how to swim)
  • Sun bathing and relaxing
  • Sighting the monitor lizards and photographic experience

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival at Ngamba Island

Once you arrive at the island, you won’t fail to notice Monitor Lizards walking on the lake shores, as well as other wildlife including the various resident bird species such as the Egyptian Goose, Singing Black-headed Weavers, Yellow-beaked Duck, the Spur-winged Lapwings, Kingfishers, African Open Billed Storks and Fish Eagles. You will meet the guides at this sanctuary who will be waiting for you at the Visitor’s Center.

Have Breakfast and Feed the Chimpanzees

You will be offered a nice cup of coffee or tea, and then you will be led by the care-givers to the raised platform where you will have a chance to clearly observe and feed these playful apes. Listening to the sound and observing how the chimpanzees call out for food is quite amazing an experience! You will observe the chimps feed, play, care for each other and rest.

 Exploring the Chimp Sanctuary

The care-takers will take you through the various centers on this island including:

  • The Chimpanzee food store:

They will explain to you the different foods given to the chimps. They will also tell you how they are able to store those foods safe and healthy. Some of the food that they are fed include: cassava, pineapples, cabbage, oranges, carrots, tomatoes, jack fruit, apples, passion fruits and water melons among others.

  • The Chimpanzee Clinic:

You will see the chimpanzee clinic, have the various treatment offered as well as the medical procedures carried out there explained to you. You will be presented the general health status of the chimps at the center at the time.

  • Swim at the Equator and return to the mainland

In the evening, you will begin the journey back to the mainland. You will have a stopover at the Uganda-Equator to observe your boat being thrust by forces from both the North Pole and South Pole, making it almost stationary in one place. If you are keen enough, you will notice that the boat engine will use more energy in order to sail past the Equator line crossing. For those of you who would like to enjoy a swim in these waters, you will have a chance to do so here before continuing to the mainland. If interested in swimming, this is the right point and you will be allowed a couple of minutes to enjoy the waters before proceeding with the journey. Our guide will then transfer you back to your hotel and this will be the end of our one-day adventure with the chimpanzees.

                                                                         End of Chimpanzee Ngamba Island Tour


  • A professional driver/guide
  • Transportation including fuel
  • All activities (included in the itinerary)
  • Boat fees
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Round trip transfer
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Entry fees



  • International flights
  • Personal items
  • Meals
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips

Getting there

Speedboat travel from the dock in Entebbe to Ngamba Island is approximately 45-50 minutes; travel by traditional motorized canoe takes approximately 90 minutes and by air it’s approximately 20 minutes from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Air strip.

Viewing time

  • Morning viewing between 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Afternoon viewing 12.45pm – 5.00pm

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