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Chimpanzee Tour


Activity Description

The JGI SA Chimpanzee Eden is within the 1000 hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve, and is a home to chimpanzees that have been misplaced from their natural habitats in Central Africa. The world renowned Jane Goodall Institute has made this tranquil venue their South African sanctuary and is committed to the rescue and care of chimpanzees in need of refuge. Being the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa, this brings the world of chimpanzees closer to humanity through education and tourism. Entering the reserve, a mere 15 km from the bustling city of Nelspruit, visitors are captivated by the beautiful bush surroundings with plains game species free roaming. The reserve is located in a low risk malaria area
The goal of the JGI SA Sanctuary is to rescue some of the chimpanzees that have survived the bush meat trade; others have been orphaned and are traded in the illegal pet trade to zoos, circuses and medical research facilities. These chimps are the lucky ones, living out their lives in a risk free environment and provided with the necessary attention to recover from the trauma that they have experienced.


Duration1 hour 15 minutes
WhenAll Year except Christmas day 24/7
WhereR40, Barberton Road, Turn off 47 12 Kilometers from The N4 Nelspruit GPS: S25°34'31" , E31°0'15"
WeatherTours will be cancelled in during thunderstorms for the protection of the chimpanzees. We do offer a wet weather power point presentation @ a small fee
What to WearWalking Shoes
Things to BringCamera Sun screen
Guests or SpectatorsThere is a restaurant where you can obtain cool drinks and light meals.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsGuided Tour
ExclusionsItems of a personal Nature


Visitors have a unique opportunity to see chimpanzees in semi-wild surroundings that are close to their natural habitat. The chimps now show normal social interaction and behavioral patterns. The enclosures also have viewpoints overlooking the forest and ‘foraging areas’ These areas provide the chimps with endless hours of fun and are essential for keeping boredom at bay, they also help to positively reinforce natural behaviour. Chimps, like other great apes such as gorillas and orangutans, are a constant source of interest and amusement to the general public. Viewing platforms provide visitors with a great opportunity to view at our closest relatives!

Customer Reviews

We really enjoyed our experience at Chimp Eden. The Wendy houses we slept in were very comfortable. The kitchen needs some attention . Our guide, Shawn was very knowledgeable and clearly very dedicated to working with the Chimps. I would like to suggest that to make people more aware of where the chimps have come from, that you have a short film before the tour showing some of the captures such as can be seen in Eugene Cussons dvds. To see where the chimps have come from and how the sanctuary has benefited them would be very powerful. I do think this might also help with donations. Overall we had a lovely experience and are all still talking about the various chimps we met. - Sharon Beherens - wendy accommodation 4 rooms: 2 double bed; 2 w 2 single beds

We had an amazing visit, definitely a highlight of our trip. Our guide was very informative and allowed us ample time to see the chimps. Her passion for the animals was very evident and it made us feel good to know they are so well cared for. Thank you for the amazing work you are doing. - David & Suzanne Langor

I didn't think when I was planning this visit that I'd leave a piece of my heart there. I fell in love with these guys. It was a very enlightening but deeply disturbing experience. One can't believe that humans can be so cruel. Well done to the staff at Chimp Eden, keep up the good work :) - Beverley Omar

We loved it and are so glad we could visit. We have told all our friends about it who live locally and encouraged them to visit soon. A true sanctuary for these animals. Kudos to the limited interaction and focus on the happiness of the animals. - Laura matter

This was a fantastic experience. my whole family enjoyed it and will most certainly be visiting again in future. It was amazing to see the Chimps up close and personal. So much so that you could see each ones own characteristics and personalities. We had great fun and the guide was well informed and you could see that the people involved has a passion for what they do. Thank you for the amazing experience. - Sarel Fourie

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