Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island is home to 52 orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees, freed from the illegal poachers and bush meat traders. Notwithstanding their original trauma, chimps staying at Ngamba Island have a harmless and semi-natural atmosphere where they recover and finally blossom over a longer life of up to 60 years.

Founded in 1998, the 100 acre Ngamba Island has 95 acre of it covered by natural forest where the chimps wander and feed daily. The chimpanzee diet is much complemented multiple times every day to the enjoyment of tourists who flock the place see the feeding of these primates from the viewing platform. The chimps are also at liberty to stay in the forest at night or return to night enclosures where they are able to construct nests and get a sundown meal.

Taking care of the chimps is a 24/7 obligation throughout the year. This in house responsibility is done by a committed team of more than 22 care givers including veterinarians, volunteers and island workforce.

Since 1998, The Chimpanzee Trust has become a prominent body in the areas of chimpanzee-focused environmental conservation, care & welfare provision to rescued chimps, increasing public awareness on wider conservation matters with the chimpanzees key leading species and engaging communities staying near chimpanzee populations. A day trip to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary will offer you one of the best primate experiences in Uganda

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Areas of focus include:

  • Daily care and lifetime welfare of the rescued chimpanzees living on the Ngamba Island Sanctuary and cannot be taken back to the wild.
  • Long-term management and sustainability of the nature reserve.
  • Intervening and helping of threatened individual chimps in the wild when considered obligatory.
  • Provision of conservation education of the public with specific importance on chimpanzees.
  • Promote ecotourism, capacity building through training, community participation and putting up viable regional, national and worldwide partnerships on chimpanzee preservation and conservation

The goals of the Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary include:

  • Provision of a secure home for rescued chimpanzees and at the same time care for the environment and other wildlife living on the island.
  • Offer a high-quality educational experience for tourists
  • Give benefits to the local communities in various ways.

Mission, Vision and Core Values of Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary


To sustainably conserve Chimpanzees in their habitats and provide captive care to those who cannot survive in the wild


“By 2023, maintain a stable chimpanzee population in the Northern Albertine Rift and achieve self-sustainability in captive management”

Core Values of the Chimpanzee Trust

1. Dedication to the welfare of chimpanzees

Chimpanzee Trust accords utmost importance to the care of the chimps living at the sanctuary and those still existing in their natural habitats as the two are fundamentally linked and the general welfare of the entire species as a guiding principle.


Chimpanzee Trust endeavors to make sure that all activities are constantly reliable with sound field conservation science, principles and practices and to address significant necessities for safeguarding chimpanzees in the Trust’s care without compromising any ethical standards.

2. Integrity that earns Trust

Chimpanzee Trust assumes to be honest, caring and autonomous, distinguishing integrity as a foundation stone for work, including liability for its actions and the funds it uses to run. The Trust’s staff target excellence in the performance of their responsibilities and observe clean personal conduct to ensure high levels of public confidence.

3. Teamwork and Partnership

Chimpanzee Trust attempts to guarantee that all activities are regular with thorough field conservation science, principles and practices and to address priority essentials for protecting chimpanzees in the organization’s care without compromising any standards and ethics.

4. Effective and Efficiency

Chimpanzee Trust does its best in making sure that all its activities are maintained with all-encompassing field conservation science, principles and practices and handle priority needs for chimpanzee conservation especially those in its care with a high degree of effectiveness and efficiency to deliver expected results.

History of the Chimpanzee Trust

Chimpanzee Trust was started in 1998 as a global combined conservation effort with an instantaneous resolve to establish a chimpanzee sanctuary on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria.  The founding trustees had a vision of building a universally acknowledged body that addresses the urgent need for rescuing chimpanzees repossessed from the wild and the increasing threats to such primates in the wild. The Chimpanzee Trust’s original far-farsightedness lengthwise with the leadership of the trustees over the past decades has yielded some of the most effective conservation organizations in Uganda. Acknowledged as among the top primate sanctuaries in Africa, Chimpanzee Trust sustains the development of the sanctuary’s best practices and partner with international organizations in implementing the forward-looking field conservation work.

Founding Trustees of the Conservation Trust

Among the founding trustees of the Chimpanzee Trust include the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the Jane Goodall Institute and Taronga Conservation Society of Australia. Others are the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) popularly known as Entebbe Zoo, Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

And Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity for Keeping Wildlife in the Wild among others.

How to get to Ngamba Island

To get to Ngamba Island, you will take Speedboat voyage from the dock in Entebbe to an island in Lake Victoria. To reach Ngamba Island will take  approximately 45-50 minutes and in case you travel by traditional motorized canoe, the voyage may take roughly 90 minutes. While by air, the flight takes about 20 minutes from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to land on an 100 acre island.