Ngamba Island Travel Guide

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Ngamba Island Highlights

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     WILDLIFE CLOSE UP 

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     My stay was too short! 

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     Where else can you give a chimpazee a piggy back ride? 

Ngamba Island Things to Do

  • FEEDING TIME

    These guys eat well and they eat often. They are fed 7 times a day! And their food looks and smells delicious. Ripe, and I mean ripe, pears, bananas, oranges, melons, the works. All this stuff gets thrown at them from a great height, but it ends up being a game. Yep, chimpanzees can catch with both hands and feet and they rarely miss a catch. In...

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  • CROSS THE EQUATOR - TWICE!

    They did not even tell me that we were crossing the Equator in the boat journey here until we were returning. Yes, you have to cross the Equator here twice to and from Ngamba Island. You are now in the very middle of the world. The guys on the boat tell you that when you pass a certain island (pictured somewhat) that you just passed from the...

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  • PERSONALITIES

    Before you start your tour the guide will tell you about the different personalities you will meet. Pay attention! One of the chimpanzees was a sort of pet/freak show who used to go to bars with his ‘owner’ and smoke. He still makes gestures like he has a cigarette. One of the guys will lay down when he is happy. He of course does this after he has...

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  • HOW TO GET HERE

    All tours to Ngamba island are set up through Wild Frontiers. They are the only people allowed to land a boat on the island. Prices can change, so please go to their website via the link below. It is not cheap, but you can see how your money is spent when you get there. If you are only in the Kampala/Entebbe area for a few days, this is an...

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  • THE CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY TRUST

    THE CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION TRUST (CSWCT) owns and maintains Ngamba Island. The Sanctuary was established in October 1998 to care for Chimpanzees confiscated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. There are orphans from Bush Meat/Poaching as well as animals rescued from being pets and circus entertainment. The goal is to reintegrate...

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  • Lunchtime Again!!

    Its just so amazing how like a human a chimp is, when we watched them being fed, the chimps actually held their hands out for the food - the also fought each other if they wanted the other chimps food.....as you can see this chimp was very pleased with himself!!!

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  • Chimps at Ngamba Island....

    When you arrive and walk up onto the island there is a small shop and an area for refreshments and some toilets.Then you continue up onto a wooden walkway which takes you past numerous information boards in English. These boards introduce every chimp who is here, telling you about their history and their future.Continue on up from the boards and...

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  • Chimps Get Their Lunch!

    When watching the Chimps feeding time its amazing and a funny sight really!The Chimps make such a noise, running around and squaking at the top of their voices! They were so excited to be getting fed that they just run around their compound at high speed!

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  • Chimps Chimps and More Chimps!

    These Chimps are so lucky to have this amazing view out across the lake from their tall bamboo table like contraptions that they climb up on.Dont underestimate the Chimp - these animals are very intelligent and can be very aggressive too, in fact they are one of the closest animals to a human - I bought a T Shirt which read 98.7% Chimp!!You can...

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  • Lake Victoria

    Ngamba Island is set on Lake Victoria.During the boat ride from Entebbe we saw locals on fishing boats on the Lake, other small islands that make up the Lakes population with people, houses and boats on their beaches.The boat ride for us was smooth and took around 2 hours from Entebbe one way.When you are on Lake Victoria it is so big that it feels...

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  • Walking with chimpanzees

    If you can afford this (it's fairly expensive), DO it! It's the only place in the world where you can give a chimpanzee a piggy back ride! It's so incredibly fun to be able to interact with, feed, and play with the chimps. They are incredibly human-like and I felt like I was playing with little kids. They jump on you, hold your hand, and argue with...

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  • Chimpanzee Feeding time

    Ngamba Island is home to these chimps, orphaned due to poaching (approximately 5000 are killed each year) the young were rescued by the Ugandan Wildlife authority and brought to the island sanctuary. They each have handlers to care for them, and they are fed daily at 11 am and 2:30 pm which the public can watch.Chimpanzees are our closest relative,...

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  • Chimps 10

    Contrary to popular belief, chimpanzees do not make good pets. An adult chimpanzee is at least five times stronger than a human being and although chimpanzee infants are cute and harmless, eventually they too grow up. Chimpanzees that are kept as pets by individuals or businesses are kept for human entertainment, not for the chimpanzee’s benefit....

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  • Chimps 9

    Chimpanzees share 98.4% of their DNA with humans. This means their physiology, anatomy and immunology is very similar to ours. This similarity between the two species has caused one species to suffer for the benefit of the other. Chimpanzees are kept in laboratories around the world, often in poor conditions, so that biochemical researchers can...

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  • Chimps 8

    Chimpanzees have a rich collection of sounds, postures and facial expressions. There are four main ways which they get their point across: touch, smell, sight and sound. Chimpanzee vocalisation is often related to their emotions: pant-hoots of excitement, food grunts at meal time, and barks when angry. Chimps will wave their hands vigorously to ask...

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  • Chimps 7

    Chimps have a complex social life that seems too human to be true. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, even cousins, all live together playing, grooming, exploring and searching for food. The role of the Alpha Male (or Boss Chimp) is to protect the group and promote harmony amongst members. Dominant males are usually 20 years or older.

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    In the wild chimpanzees are very good mothers. Families generally share a close bond, and community members show a great deal of interest when an infant is born. Chimpanzees are dependent on their mothers until they are about five years old when they are weaned. Like human children, loving care is vitally important in their first years of life.

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    Chimpanzees show their feelings with gestures and facial expressions. Individuals groom each other regularly to keep clean and promote long-lasting friendship. Chimps experience all the same emotions as we do – the laugh, show anger and grieve when they lose a friend.

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Ngamba Island Restaurants

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    by DAO Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    The island is small and only has a little shop selling a few souvenirs. If you are not staying overnight they only have coffee and tea. There is a small snack bar near the dock before you leave, but that ran out of food when I was there. I had to quickly go to a local store about 1 kilometre from the dock just to get some bottled water and snacks. It’s a long tour – so be prepared!

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Ngamba Island Transportation

  • YOU GUESSED IT !

    Yep – boat. They provide the floatation jacket and wet gear. You are going to get wet. If you get sea sick, sit in the middle of the boat. If you like to have fun and try and hang on for dear life like I did – ride on the back! Only one person has ever fallen out. No it wasn’t me.

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  • Speedboat to Chimpanzee's

    Several types of boats are available for visits to the island, depending on the budget and size of the group. Most operators will depart from Entebbe or Gaba (Kampala).¨ Speedboats (approx. 45 minutes travel time)¨ A traditional Ssese boat with a motor (1 ½ - 2 hours travel time)Below is the picture of our boat which we took to the island across...

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  • Transfer boat

    There are various means of transfer from Entebbe to Ngamba, we chose speed boat and were whisked to the island in little over 30 minutes.

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Ngamba Island Local Customs

  • THE EQUATOR - A FEW FACTS

    Welcome to the centre of the Earth! A few facts:• You are at 0 degrees latitude• You are now 6025 miles (9640 km) from the North & South Poles• The sun rises and sets right here• Water pours straight down here. It goes anti-clockwise in the North Hemisphere and clockwise in the South• The last fact is a complete myth• It is hot as hell here – wear...

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  • CHIMPANZEE FOOD

    What do the chimpanzees eat here? Well, have a look. Lots and lots of very nice ripe fruit. What do they eat in the wild? Just about anything really. Primarily they are herbivores, or vegetarians. Life is a little rough in the wild so they go for insects, bird eggs and even baby birds. When they get really desperate they eat monkeys. The Red...

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Ngamba Island Warnings and Dangers

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    Chimpanzees need the companionship of other Chimpanzees literally to survive. They also need a place to live. The main threats to them today are: Deforestation, Snare Hunting, 'Bush Meat' and the 'Pet' Trade. There are many reasons for this from slash and burn agriculture to their meat being prized as an expensive delicacy. Snaring is illegal and so is hunting. Needless to say poachers kill whole groups because they don’t care. The pet trade is everything from stupidly trying to keep them as house pets to weird circus like antics. Fortunately the Chimpanzees are powerful and turn on their tormentors, but they always loose in the long run. Fortunately there the sanctuary here on Ngamba Island and other well protected wildlife areas in Uganda.

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Ngamba Island What to Pack

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    PURCHASED IN KAMPALA

    by DAO Written Feb 11, 2008

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    Miscellaneous:
    This is the Equator and it doesn’t get any hotter than here. You need to buy water in either Kampala or Entebbe before you get here. They only seemed to have coffee and tea on the island. I recommend 2 litres per person just to be on the safe side. You will drink most of it.

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Ngamba Island Favorites

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    African Fish Eagle

    by grets Written Sep 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Other wildlife found on Ngamba Island includes monitor lizard (we see one being chased by the chimps!), hippos, 30,000 fruit bats, 154 different species of birds, otters and thousands of spiders and big ants!

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