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.


ProviderThe Jane Goodall Institute
Duration45 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 had a really interesting tour at the chimpanzee sanctuary! All the staff were really friendly & our guide very knowledgeable! Thank you very much! - Heidi Tanhuva & Paolo Aiello

It was very interesting and touching. We learn a lot about chimpanzees and are glad that they found a new home where they can spend the rest of their life peacefully, after all the pain they endured. - RANC Erwan

The affection the staff at this refuge have for the chimps individually is palatable and made an impact on us. They know each of their stories, can identify the chimps, call them by name and engage with them. The horrific ordeals which the chimps have suffered prior to being rehomed here is staggering in its awfulness. It was heart-warming to witness the clear care and compassion, as well as healing, that they have here. Noisy, boisterous and in the main healthy and reintegrated, it was great to see. We did not see Group 3, which the public don't get to observe, but we loved our time watching and hearing about Groups 1 and 2. - Miriam Lenehan

It was fascinating, educational and so much fun. The guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. It is wonderful to see the chimps living in this protected environment. I will recommend it to others. - Lucinda Wynn

It was an amazing experience. The staff was friendly and helpful. Sat with my 82year old mother because she could not walk to the second stage. Had a great meal with friendly service. Thank you enjoyed the day! - Sandra Jansen Van Vuuren

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