Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 48 orphaned chimps rescued from throughout Uganda. Island facilities offer day and overnight visitors an exceptional opportunity to closely observe and interact with these fascinating great apes in this unique setting. Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), an NGO, is responsible for all aspects of the sanctuary at Ngamba Island. Deeply committed to and involved in the conservation education of local communities, CSWCT also works with the Ugandan government and wildlife authorities in their rescue operations of orphaned and confiscated chimps.

This program offers visitors the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a chimpanzee caregiver by being caregivers themselves. As a chimp caregiver, you will get the exciting opportunity to not only view the chimps feeding, but to participate in preparing their food and feeding them. You can assist the staff with any activities happening at the sanctuary that day: medical checkups, research and monitoring, preparing the holding areas for the chimps, and other activities.

INCLUDED Boat transfer to and from Ngamba Island from Entebbe boat launch
Accommodations on Ngamba Island – private (safari tent)
All Meals and coffee/tea (local cuisine)
Sunset boat cruise around Ngamba Island
Nature walk for bird watching and wildlife sightings
Training on chimpanzee care, conservation, & sanctuary operations
NOT INCLUDED Airfare & Airport Taxes
Transport to Entebbe boat launch
Passport & Visa Fees
Lodging before or after visit to Ngamba Island
Medical & Travel Insurance
Personal Equipment
Food or drinks for special diets (e.g. gluten-free, halal)
Alcohol and any other drinks not listed above
Vaccinations and laboratory tests
Any extra activities
Gifts, gratuities, and any other expense not listed above

This is a special program aimed at helping our visitors understand and appreciate what it takes to look after our orphaned cousins on Ngamba Island, as well being a vehicle for raising funds for their well-being. The staff will work with you to show you just what is involved in taking care of these animals, how unique they are, and what makes chimpanzees so special.

Duration 2 day minimum (Longer-stay visitor programs are available with 1 and 2 week options.)
Qualifications No special skills or experience are needed, but you must show proof of mandatory vaccines and laboratory tests.
Physicality 5/10
Age 18+
Dates Year-round

Learn more about Chimp Island and their programs at

Welcome Pasa eating


Natural habitat

Meet Sunday

island from the dock


Facilities 3

Facilities 2

Chimpanzee Troup

arriving on island

Amazing team