Everything is so lovely in Ngamba Island. As visitors take their first step to the Island on their Uganda safari, they feel great because as they guise around, it gets hard to understand where the end of the water and the beginning of sky is.
The most famous attraction in Ngamba Island are the famous black beauty chimpanzees. Ngamba Island has 95% protected as a natural habitat for the chimpanzees. This Island habits over 49 chimpanzees that were rescued from all over Uganda after surviving poachers and these chimpanzees tally to 20 male and 29 females. Safaris to Uganda’s Ngamba Island enables you watch these closest relatives of man. This is so because science notes that the chimpanzees have 98% human genes. The chimpanzees care for their off springs and are social just like human beings.
The amazing bit of it all is that most of these chimpanzees have been given names for example one of the famous chimpanzee here is named Connie. It is the famous for the its motherhood experience. For they have confidence that baby chimps brought in the sanctuary, Connie happily caters for them regardless of the sex.
Alongside the chimpanzees, Ngamba Island also has several bird species that enjoy their stay its protected forests. Common birds in Ngamba Island include, Cormorant birds, Cattle Egrets, singing black headed weavers, the Spin winged Lapwings, African Open Sullied Storks, Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Yellow Billed Dark, King Fishers, Goose, and Fish Eagles, and the list continues. These birds are easily seen as they come to feed along the shores of Lake Victoria.
Safari activities in Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary Uganda
Uganda Chimpanzee trekking Safaris are now available in Ngamba chimpanzee Island Sanctuary/Queen Elizabeth National Park/Kibale National Park. Brand change in their lives by taking a rare and unforgettable experience to view the chimps in their wild setting while help of the trained rangers. These chimpanzees have been habituated for human interaction. In fact, they are so human like, entertaining and full of fun.
Furthermore, tourists that don’t get chance to trek the chimpanzee, have chance watch them and feed them. Take a close look at chimpanzees take their mid-morning breakfast sitting down like human beings. Food that they normally feed on includes, the carrots, mangoes, jack fruits, passion fruits, tomatoes, onions among others.
Chimpanzee trekking time table.
- Half day 9am-1pm and 12:45pm-5pm
- Full day 8am-3pm and 10:30am-5pm
Forest birds and Bird watching
While enjoying nature walks in the forests of Ngamba Island, tourists on Uganda birding safaris appreciate listening to the sweet birds softly sing and whistle in the trees above which normally makes tourists normally feel relaxed and delighted. Birds to encounter while on a Uganda birding safari in Ngamba forest include; Cormorant birds, Cattle Egrets, singing black headed weavers, the Spin winged Lapwings, African Open Sullied Storks, Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Yellow Billed Dark, King Fishers, Goose, and Fish Eagles, and the least continues. These birds are easily seen as they come to feed along the shores of Lake Victoria.
Book a boat cruises are normally booked with the Ngamba Island offices as wells the wild frontiers. While on a boat cruise, tourists get chance to watch local fisher men with their tools on the lake, make a stopover at the point where the equator crosses Lake Victoria. While at this point, tourists take time to observe how the boat is pushed by the south pole while the north pole tends to keep the boat in one position. On a close observation, as the boat crosses the equator, the boat engine tends to use more energy in order to beat the equator line. It’s also interesting to swim at the equator. Happy and smiling tourists jump into the water, play, splash water all around. It’s fun but only advised for people who know how to swim.
Care giving lessons
Care giving lessons are taught at the sanctuary at a certain fee. During these lessons, tourists are taught how to feed the chimpanzees, how to prepare food for them, how to do medical checkups, join research teams, help in monitoring the chimpanzees and interact with all chimps on the only chimpanzee island. The chimpanzees feed twice a day; feeding hours at Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary are 11am and 3pm.
Other activities enjoyed by tourists on Ngamba Island include; Sunbathing and relaxation, Fishing and Photographic experiences