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Party with your closest relative!

Dec 3 • 7556 views • 8 Comments on Party with your closest relative! Adventure, Africa, Conservation, East Africa, Kampala, tourism experience, Travel, Uganda, wildlife

Chimps grooming. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Chimps grooming each other at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary – the Flagship project for the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT). Who’s imitating who? I ask myself this question again and again when I see chimps and humans together.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary  – the Flagship project for the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) – is fundraising to refurbish the sanctuary enclosure / electric fencing system for the sanctuary. The electric fence  – erected about 10 years ago – today helps staff, visitors, students, local communities and tourists view the Chimpanzees with minimal or no contact.

The forested island of 100 acres is located 23 km offshore from Entebbe and provides a safe haven where orphaned chimpanzees are free to roam. It offers a unique opportunity for close viewing of chimpanzees in their natural environment. Prearranged supplementary feeding brings the chimpanzees within metres of the raised walkway, specially designed for easy viewing. It’s a fantastic vantage point for photos and to appreciate the almost  chimps now resident on this small island.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary  is a fantastic experience. If you live in Uganda – or are visiting – it’s a must-do experience and a great day out (you can even stay overnight on Ngamba Island!) I’ve visited twice and can’t wait to go again! CSWT’s CEO Lilly Ajarova has been a volunteer Director of UCF (the Uganda Conservation Foundation) for many years and it’s always an honour to support such a committed lady, a fellow marketer and conservationist.  She’s been a inspiration to me.

UPDATE: This event was a great success!

To find out about upcoming kids events, fundraisers and more at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, email
or call +256 414 320662 / +256 758 221880. You can also check out the reviews of Ngamba Island on TripAdvisor.

Camels on the shore of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, UWEC

Camels on the shore of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, seen from UWEC, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

The photo was taken at the cafe in the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), also known as Entebbe Zoo.  Free entrance to the zoo is included in the entry ticket to  Ngamba Island and it’s a lovely place to chill out.

Have you visited Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary? What was your favourite part of the experience?

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8 Responses to Party with your closest relative!

  1. Charlotte,
    Thank you very much for your support by spreading the words about the carnival. We had a very successful day with 400 kids despite the rainy weather we had on Sunday. It was fantastic. The kids and the adults who kept around all had a terrific time! We got lots of games; indoors and out door sponsored and everyone was engaged. We raised some money but not enough for the requirement of the electric fence refurbishment.
    The Sheraton Kampala Hotel has committed to having this as an annual event so we hope we can have more people in the future for the fan and also to get the required support for Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
    Best regards, Lilly

    • charliebeau says:

      Dear Lilly, I’m delighted to hear the event went so well. I was thinking of you all as the heavens opened that morning! in fact, the heavyrains came down on us as we were doing a birdwatching walk from Namuwongo down to Port Bell. We were following the railway track and were at ‘the point of no return’ – it was as far to walk back, as it was to walk forward and we had to run and seek refuge in a mud hut for an hour and half!

      Fantastic news about the Sheraton Kampala committing to support an annual event forNgamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary this gives CSWT plenty of time to get lots more fans interacting with you on Facebook 🙂

  2. Marlon Katsigazi says:

    Uganda is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories on Uganda.

  3. Ivan Kakooza says:

    Wonderful platform for contributing our views concerning our Tourism Industry. All well wishers out there, please make a resolution for 2012 to visit Man’s Closest Relative at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria, Uganda!!!

    Pant Hoots!!

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  5. This looks fab! I have spent some time in Rwanda and Uganda and I’ve gotta say I love your blog name!

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