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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.


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" Phone +2779 777 1514 to gain entry at the gate
WeatherTours will be cancelled in during thunderstorms for the protection of the chimpanzees.
What to WearWalking Shoes
Things to BringCamera Sun screen
Guests or SpectatorsThere is a curio shop where you can obtain cool drinks. Upon arrival phone +2779 777 1514 to get access to the property.


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

It was worth the trip and time spend. - Hercules Rossouw

A very disturbing experience to realize just how care-less, cruel, brutal and sadistic human beings can be. The chimpanzees have lived through and survived real traumas and to an empath their hurt is almost palpable. I urge folks to support this organisation. - Wendy Coen

I loved it. Very informative. - Linette Bothma

Excellent experience. Well worth a visit. - Christel Hauser

Absolutely loved it! Guide was well informed and friendly. Definately enjoyed our tour - A Botha

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