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Holiday with Chimpanzees at Ngamba Island

By Julius Luwemba

Added 20th December 2019 08:35 PM

The 100-acre forested piece of land is one of the islands that form Koome islands in Mukono district.

Holiday with Chimpanzees at Ngamba Island

There are currently 50 chimps at the sanctuary. Photo by Julius Luwemba

The 100-acre forested piece of land is one of the islands that form Koome islands in Mukono district.

Lying 23km from Entebbe municipality, Ngamba island is a home of 50 orphaned Chimpanzees that were rescued from different parts of Uganda as a result of human-wildlife conflict.

The 100-acre forested piece of land is one of the islands that form Koome islands in Mukono district.

Not only is it a safe haven for orphaned Chimpanzees that are free to enjoy the natural habitat of the area, but the island is also curved with accommodation facilities for humans as well.

pon docking at gamba islandUpon docking at Ngamba island


Being a home to a variety of plants and tree species, wild water and forest bird species, Chimps and holiday-makers would find no better place.

The Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation which was established in October 1998 and currently managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust(CSWCT), partnering with other organisations committed to the welfare of wildlife.

ourists are always given a warm reception upon arrival at gamba islandTourists are always given a warm reception upon arrival at Ngamba island

 

Honeymooners and holiday-makers are required to make bookings online or visiting CSWCT offices in Entebbe town. Management can make arrangements for half-day trips, overnight or more days a Vacationist wishes to stay.

According to Joshua Rukundo the sanctuary executive director, management came up with community conservation programs that aim at conserving wildlife at the island and surrounding areas, where residents at nearby islands are granted free stay at Ngamba island on Easter and Christmas days.

ourists get a chance to feed the himps at gambaTourists get a chance to feed the Chimps at Ngamba

 "We also sensitise and train people on how to love and handle Chimpanzees, just in case a chimpanzee happens to escape to the neighborhood," stated Rukundo.

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