Fodor's Expert Review Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Delivering a different experience to tracking wild chimps, this island sanctuary in Lake Victoria offers the chance for visitors to observe its population of rescue chimps, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with our primate cousins. Lying 14 miles/23 km southeast of Entebbe, the sanctuary was established in 1998 by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust; its mission to care for chimps rescued from captivity, each has their own sad story. A small corner of its 50 hectares is fenced off for day-trippers to observe feeding sessions from a viewing platform; an excellent photographic opportunity in itself. But the real appeal lies in getting behind-the-scenes: overnight visitors (the island has a small tented camp) can opt for the Caregiver experience. Be prepared for extensive medical requirements, but the chance to hold and care for these tragic chimps will melt your heart.