Volunteer on Chimp Island in Uganda
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.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Entebbe, Uganda|
|INCLUDED||[icon_tick state=”on”]Boat transfer to and from Ngamba Island from Entebbe boat launch
[icon_tick state=”on”]Accommodations on Ngamba Island – private (safari tent)
[icon_tick state=”on”]All Meals and coffee/tea (local cuisine)
[icon_tick state=”on”]Sunset boat cruise around Ngamba Island
[icon_tick state=”on”]Nature walk for bird watching and wildlife sightings
[icon_tick state=”on”]Training on chimpanzee care, conservation, & sanctuary operations
|NOT INCLUDED||[icon_tick state=”off”]Airfare & Airport Taxes
[icon_tick state=”off”]Transport to Entebbe boat launch
[icon_tick state=”off”]Passport & Visa Fees
[icon_tick state=”off”]Lodging before or after visit to Ngamba Island
[icon_tick state=”off”]Medical & Travel Insurance
[icon_tick state=”off”]Personal Equipment
[icon_tick state=”off”]Food or drinks for special diets (e.g. gluten-free, halal)
[icon_tick state=”off”]Alcohol and any other drinks not listed above
[icon_tick state=”off”]Vaccinations and laboratory tests
[icon_tick state=”off”]Any extra activities
[icon_tick state=”off”]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.|
Learn more about Chimp Island and their programs at www.ngambaisland.org.