1 Day Tour – Ngamba Island, Entebbe Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Safari Overview: Ngamba Island, Entebbe Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Your day tour will start with a meet and greet with your guide, set off from the hotel of residence in Entebbe by 8:00 am, and transfer to the docking point at the Waterfront Beach opposite Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC)/Zoo. You will board the boat by 9:00 am en route to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
The speedboat takes approximately 45 minutes from Entebbe to the Island. Rides are weather dependent and at the sole discretion of Chimpanzee Trust management.
Spend time at Ngamba Island till 12:00 pm. During your visit, you will experience: chimpanzee viewing & feeding, shopping at the island gift shop, bird watching, and experiencing other wildlife encounters.
Day tour visitors can also ‘get their hands dirty by being part of the feeding team. This is an opportunity for you to feed the chimpanzees from the platform. On top of being able to feed your favorite chimp, you will also watch as the chimps excitedly try and gain your attention to receive food (this activity is subject to management exclusion and policies).
Return to Entebbe with the speed boat. By 1:00 pm drive to Café Javas for a hot lunch. Menu will be continental (à la carte).
After a 1 hour lunch, at 2:00 pm drive to the zoo. Check in and have an experience viewing wildlife in the zoo. At The Education Centre, you can either hear a lion’s roar, see chimps in a semi-natural environment, enjoy a one-kilometer forest walk or just have some memorable encounters with the animal ambassadors. During your visit, you will develop an important understanding of their role in protecting and conserving our planet’s natural resources.
By 4:00 pm leave the zoo and transfer to the Botanical Gardens. The Entebbe Botanical Gardens established in 1898 by the British colonial masters who used this place as a resting and relaxing place are situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria virtually on the equator. Experiencing an annual rainfall of 1623 mm and at an altitude of 1134 meters, the gardens are set on 40.7 hectares.
The gardens house a collection of species of plants of the tropical, subtropical, and temperate zones, besides several shrubs and other plants regenerated naturally over the years. The collection as of 1998 numbered 309 species, 199 indigenous to Uganda, 122 with known medicinal value, and 110 exotica. The gardens are a popular attraction for visitors of which some 40,000 per year are passing through the gates since the rehabilitation in 1998.
The entrance is located close to the Botanical Beach Hotel. Colobus monkeys are common. The gardens are an opportunity for birding enthusiasts to open their birding accounts for Uganda or merely to add to an existing list. Palm Nut Vulture and African Grey Parrot are residents, whilst Bat Hawk is often seen over the gardens at sunset and is best observed from the Botanical Beach Hotel patio bar.
From Botanical Gardens at 5:00 pm, you will then return to your hotel. Marking end of Day tour with Kabira Safaris.