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Chimpanzee Tour

Hazyview, White River, And Nelspruit

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.


Duration45 minutes
WhenAll Year except Christmas day 24/7
WhereR40, Baberton Road, Turn off 47 12 Kilometers from The N4 Nelspruit
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

My husband and I really enjoyed our morning at the centre. It was wonderful to see how the chimps are looked after and listen to the sad stories they endured before they were rescued. I got carried away in your shop but was happy to do as the profit goes back into the centre. The staff were very friendly and the services great. Thank you. - Eileen McCann

Had an excellent experience. Very passionate tour guide! - Warren Lawlor

I really had an awesome experience at your Chimp sanctuary. Seeing the Chimps you look after made my heart warm. I could definitely pick up that the animals are very very well looked after and that they are happy. I surely learned a lot of the Chimp's behavior which was very interesting for me. Keep up with the good work and may God bless you all. - Annelize Jordan

I recently came for a tour at Chimp Eden, SA (Wednesday 8th June 2pm) and felt quite disturbed by the behaviour of the tour guide towards the chimp that I left both angry, upset and annoyed. Firstly I found I bizarre for the tour guide to repeatedly ask the chimps to sit before throwing them treats. I understand Chimps are extremely intelligent creatures but I felt this was making the experience resemble more of a circus than a rescue. I was happy just to watch the chimpanzees. I appreciate scatter feeding brings the chimps closer to view which is fair enough but we didn't need the human-chimp interaction. It felt like this was making them more humanised, less wild and more just there for our entertainment. Secondly and most disturbing was when the tour guide told us about a chimp who was chained outside a night club and made to do a handful of tricks. Such a sad story but it was made even worse when the trainer called of the chimp and repeatedly asked him to touch his eyes! He was asked 5-6 times as he kept touching his head by mistake. I was appalled. Surely by asking the chimp to perform something linked to his traumatic past you are giving him a constant flashback of the trauma, reminding him of this humanised behaviour, causing unknown amount of stress and confusion and again getting him to perform like he were in a circus. When the chimp finally touched his eyes he was rewarded with a treat. Heartbreaking. The third and final thing was quite despicable. The tour guide was left with a bowl full of water where the ice treats had melted and started telling us how chimps are scared of water. She naturally had the chimps in front of the viewing platform waiting for food and then she threw the water over the chimps who naturally ran away. I could not believe she thought it was appropriate and acceptable to do such a thing! How many times has she done this to the chimps. The whole trip from start to end resembled a circus entertainment act full of tricks, cruel behaviour and reminding the chimps of their terrible pasts. I wanted to sit down and think about what had just happened but again was shocked to see meat served on an establishment connected to Jane Goodall who talks about how bad meat consumption is just baffled me. I truly feel Jane needs to reassess her connection with your facility or make drastic actions to stop such damaging behaviour displayed by your staff - Sarah-jane Tinkler

Wonderful experience and such good work that they are doing - Tracey Williamson

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