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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

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Plot 1 Bank Close, Entebbe, Uganda
+256 758 221880
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Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 49 orphaned chimps rescued from throughout Uganda. Island facilities offer day trips and overnight trips which provide exceptional opportunity to closely observe and interact with these fascinating great apes in this unique setting.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Plot 1 Bank Close, Entebbe, Uganda
+256 758 221880
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a 1/2 day tour of Ngamba Island at the end of a week-long chimp and gorilla safari around Uganda. The Ngamba experience was the perfect way to end our trip -- from the booking to the actual experience, the staff and guides were...More

Thank NYCTraveller323
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

a nice place to visit. educational-about chimps in general..their habits and lifestyle. also learned about the rehab procedure and efforts to re-introduce them into the wild. boat ride about 45 minutes across Lake Victoria from Entebbe. restaurant. bathrooms. small gift shop.

Thank Leigh-Traveler2015
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We booked a night of the caretaker experience primarily because we had a long layover, but our time on Ngamba turned out to be one of the highlights of our honeymoon. We had gorilla trekked in the DRC a few nights earlier and had a...More

Thank Travis A
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Ngamba island is reached by boat - an hour and a half each way, crossing the equator on route. We were greeted by a very helpful guide who explained the history of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. We witnessed the chimps being fed close up pre and...More

1  Thank Philip I
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Boat ride was great and allowed for different view of Entebbe. Tour guide was professional, cared about his work, and knowledgeable. Would have liked to hear more about individual stories of the chimps and/or general chimp behaviors. Guide shared more when asked, but I felt...More

Thank Koo S
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Wow this was the best time . We went for th effulgence day with food . The food in the traditional hut building was excellent. Loved watching the monitor lizards swim in the lake too. Staff were helpful and respectful of the monkeys. We learnt...More

Thank Denise W
Reviewed 12 October 2017

not enough words to describe the weekend. It was awesome to watch our nearest relatives just being themselves and enjoying being watched by us. Stayed overnight and many posh hotels could learn from Ngamba staff and infrastructure - amazing. would recommend to anyone visiting Uganda...More

Thank Vivienne L
Reviewed 19 September 2017

I added a few days onto my trip to see the gorillas and scheduled the Caretaker Experience at Ngamba Island. I am so glad I did. I spent 24 hours helping prepare the food for the chimps and even cleaning up cages, loving every minute....More

2  Thank CoBlueJay
Chimpanzee Trus... N, Manager at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Dear guest, Thank you for reviewing Ngamba Island page as well as promoting one of the activities offered. We are glad your expectations were met and the same hospitality offered to you will be extended to all our potential clients out their. Below are more...More

Reviewed 7 August 2017

My partner and I really enjoyed our trip to the Island. The boat ride was great, the guides were informative and it was fab to see the chimps. However we soon realised we had made a mistake booking the basic full day! All other visitors...More

3  Thank han_ed_94
Chimpanzee Trus... N, Manager at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Dear Guest, Thank you for the feedback and this is a wake up call for us which we will act on immediately to always provide all the necessary information about our packages to give allowance for the guests to make a decision.Our sincere apologizes for...More

Reviewed 2 August 2017

We were picked up from our hotel at 8:30 to go to the pier. At the pier, there was a large group off to the side, and a few others near a lady who appeared to be coordinating activities. The large group then set off...More

1  Thank 729ashleyr
Chimpanzee Trus... N, General Manager at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Dear Guest, Thank you for supporting the orphaned chimpanzees at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. I would like to take this opportunity and apologise for what happened during your trip. Ngamba Island as a destination has private transporters and sometimes it's beyond our control. Your trip...More

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17 September 2017|
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Response from Vivienne L |
Hi, I am going there next weekend and I am paying $95 all inclusive, but told it was a special offer. They were having internet problems so I would advise you to email them again. Will try to get more information when I... More
5 May 2016|
Response from Vivienne L |
You can take a taxi from Kampala from the the old Taxi Park and then the ferry over to the island. However, many people book through a travel firm and they are picked up from the hotel and taken to the island and back. If... More