Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary was established in 1998 by Uganda Wildlife Authority to take care of the orphaned chimpanzees that were killed by the poachers. Ngamba is an Island located in Mukono district surrounded by Lake Victoria Uganda’s largest freshwater lake and the second largest in the world 23 km southeast of Entebbe mainland. The Island has 100 acres of land but 95 acres are occupied by tropical rainforest, which makes it a safe home for the most climbing mammals the chimpanzees.
Facts about the Sanctuary
The sanctuary takes care of 49 orphan Chimpanzees rescued from different parts of Uganda due to poaching, trade and pet opportunities and 3 were born from there. All these chimps are given food; medical care, security and the ladies are given contraceptives so that they do not get pregnant. Most importantly these great apes are fed on fruits like apples, mangoes, pawpaw, oranges, bananas, pineapples, watermelons, avocado and many others. They eat foods like cassava, eggs, porridge and sweet potatoes. They also eat leaves, flowers and seeds. They are fed 4 times a day. Their life span is 60 years.
Other wildlife at Ngamba Island Sanctuary
Besides the Chimpanzee there are other wildlife like fruit bat, butterfly, lizards, and spiders. There are also 120 bird species recorded at the island. Apart from chimpanzee experience there are other activities at the island like evening cruise, games like volleyball, swings, campfires and aerobics.
Access to the Sanctuary
The island can be accessed by water and air. In case someone is using water transport boat depart from waterfront pier or UWEC and by air one can depart from Entebbe airport or Kajjansi airstrip. A motorized canoe takes 1 ½ – 2 hours.