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.
We both enjoyed every second of our Chimpanzee Tour - although we were sad to hear of how badly treated these chimps were before they were rescued. It is a shame that some of these chimps will be sent back to the same countries that did not protect them. We really enjoyed the chimpanzees different personalities and naughty behaviour - they kept us entertained and laughing for much of the time - so much so that we forgot to take photos. Keep up the good work. - Rom Ferrier & Lynette Willems
We enjoyed the chimpansee tour very much. We saw the good work of the Jane Goodall Foundation. - Hermien Jorritsma
Awesome. The celebrities Charles and Jessica were obviously the bait that got us there, but all the chimpanzees were great. Our three-year-old got a giant soft toy chimp after the holiday and named her Jessica without anybody suggesting it. She later referred to the soft toy as Cozy, which stunned us even more, as we haven't spoken about any of the chimps for months. If ever you wanted an indication of what how deep the creatures can crawl into one's heart, there you have it. keep up the good work. - Jaco v d Merwe
An absolute must if you are in the vicinity, What a tragedy to think that all of these animals are here because of the cruelty of man. But on the positive side the facilities are well developed and cared for and the Chimps look well fed and seem to have a good relationship with the guides. Definitely a place that we shall return to and support. I can also say that a very knowledgeable guide that really enjoys what she is doing made for a fantastic experience. Thank you for the privilege of seeing what is done to look after these Chimps. - Pieter Botha
Dit was n besonderse ervare en al die vriende wat saam was het saamgestem. Ons was ook veras met die perseel se skoonheid en netheid. Al die personeel was baie vriendelik en behulpsaam. Vriendelike groete M M ter Stege - M M TER STEGE
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