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The 1 day Entebbe zoo (UWEC) – Ngamba Island zoo safari tour takes you to Uganda’s prime wildlife ‘zones’. The Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) was established in 1952 as the Uganda zoo. The Center was originally established to accommodate the sick, injured, orphaned and rescued wildlife. Because of its location on the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, the Center was later (in the 1960’s) named Entebbe zoo, a name that has stuck even after the place has been named ‘Uganda Wildlife Education Center’ (UWEC) to reflect the theme of conservation education. UWEC is a safe habitat to about 400 indigenous animals, 250 bird species and 500 plant species. A zoo safari tour to UWEC is the ideal getaway for the ardent wildlife lover. The Center has many wildlife animals including; lions, leopards, rhinos, cheetah, baby elephants, giraffes, monkeys, chimpanzees, crocodiles and a variety of bird species.
Ngamba Island is 100 acres of rainforest located 23km away from Entebbe, near the equator in Lake Victoria. Besides being a habitat for an innumerable number of wildlife species, the island is the location of the famous Ngamba Island sanctuary, a safe haven for orphaned chimpanzees, established in October 1998. The sanctuary is a home to vulnerable chimpanzees, most of which have been rescued from poachers and are unlikely to survive if reintroduced to the wild. This 1 day zoo safari to Ngamba Island is your chance to encounter the orphaned chimpanzees, spend a couple of hours observing them and get engaged in preparing their meals and feeding them. You become a caretaker for the day. The 1 day UWEC – Ngamba Island zoo safari is a fun-filled and activity-pilled day.
Entebbe International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Your 1 day Entebbe zoo safari package will include:
Your 1 day zoo safari will begin in the early morning when your guide picks you from a suitable location in Kampala. You will then embark on a drive to Uganda Wildlife Education Center(UWEC), famously known as Entebbe zoo. UWEC is situated in Entebbe and sprawls across 72 acres comprising of wetland, savannah and forest land. The zoo gives the resident wild animals a home that is close to their natural habitat. The Entebbe zoo safari is your chance to see animals like; the elephant, lion, snakes, cheetahs, rhinos, the elephant, camel, ostrich, monkeys and chimps, in their semi-natural environment. You will be thrilled by the guides’ educative and informative descriptions of the various species. You will spend the entire morning exploring the zoo and its tamed wildlife residents.
After the zoo safari excursion at UWEC, you will transfer to Ngamba Island Sanctuary by boat. Ngamba Island is a mass of rain forest sprawling over 100 acres of land on Lake Victoria. The island sanctuary was established in October in 1998 to care for the orphaned chimpanzees rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. You will spend the entire afternoon at the island. You will observe the chimpanzees and get engaged in the routine of preparing their meals and feeding them, with the aid of the professional caretakers. You will become a caretaker for a day. Besides encountering the chimpanzees, you see other wildlife and bird species that make their abode on the island. You will go for a guided nature walk in the evening before embarking on a boat cruise to return to Entebbe. Your zoo safari will end when your guide drives you back to Kampala – Uganda’s capital.