Filming Rescued Chimpanzees on Ngamba Island Sanctuary – All Permissions to film at the animal rescue center
Filming Rescued Chimpanzees on Ngamba Island Sanctuary – requires you to get Media Accreditation from Uganda Media Council and filming permission from Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Great Adventure Safaris can assist in processing all these including kit clearing, security, Visa advice, transport, and accommodation in Entebbe town or Ngamba Island. Feel free to email or WhatsApp us with your details as per your planned shoot and our expert will be ready to respond to you at any time.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Ngamba Island is currently home to 59 orphaned and confiscated Chimpanzees, rescued from the illegal pet and bushmeat trade. Despite their initial trauma, Chimpanzees living at Ngamba Island Sanctuary have a safe and semi-natural environment in which to recover and eventually thrive over their long lives of up to 60 years. For more information about filming Rescued Chimpanzees in Ngamba Island Sanctuary contact us at Great Film Adventure Safaris for more information.
Founded in 1998, the island offers 95 acres of natural forest where the Chimpanzees roam and forage daily. Their diet is supplemented multiple times per day much to the delight of visiting tourists who can observe the feeding from a viewing platform. The Chimpanzees also have the freedom to stay in the forest at night or return to night-time enclosures where they can build nests and receive an evening meal.
The goals of the sanctuary are:
- To provide a safe home for rescued Chimpanzees while also caring for the environment and other wildlife on the Island;
- To provide a high-quality educational experience for visitors
- To benefit local communities
The Ngamba Island
Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located on Lake Victoria (which also includes Kimi, Nsazi, Koome, Bulago, and Damba Islands). Ngamba Island is approximately 23 kilometers south-east of Entebbe, which lies on the mainland at 0.06’S, 32.39’E. It consists of approximately 100 acres, of which 95 acres are forested and separated from the human camp by an electric fence. The northern part of the island is generally flat, rising gently to an altitude of approximately 3800 feet above sea level to the south. The island is largely forested with gaps of grassland covering approximately 10% of the island.
A trail system was cut just before the Chimpanzees’ arrival in October 1998. Trails span from east to west and north to south creating 50 x 50m blocks. Ngamba Island provides an excellent secondary forest habitat for the Chimpanzees and other wildlife species including fruit bats, spiders, fish eagles, otters, and monitor lizards.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Filming fees and permission
Filming Rescued Chimpanzees on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, you need to pay some fee to the sanctuary to be allowed to film. Depending on several days, this fee can be discounted. Please contact Great Adventure Safaris with the number of days and crew members and we will advise accordingly.
Getting to Ngamba Island
All those interested in filming Chimpanzees in Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary must access the Island by boat. Ngamba Island is about a 45-50 minute ride from the mainland to the Island. Scheduled boat transport is available every morning at 8:30 am and at 12:30 pm. You may choose to film half-day and or full day but must adhere to the schedule of the boat. Great Film Fixers can as well arrange a special and exclusive boat for you if needed.