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The Jane Goodall Institute

Wildlife experiences and tours of sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees near Nelspruit in the Lowveld Legogote region.

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Established in 2006 by the Jane Goodall Institute, Chimp Eden near Hazyview, White River and Nelspruit is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary of its kind in South Africa. Our mission is the rescue and care of chimpanzees that have been orphaned, traded, abused or survived the bush meat trade.

The Jane Goodall Institute was founded in 1977 to continue her groundbreaking studies on chimpanzees. The Jane Goodall Institute is dedicated to raising awareness through education and eco-tourism. Understanding the lives and the plight of rescued chimpanzees is the best way to start the change.

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A worthwhile & entertaining visit; Chimp Eden is doing good things on a shoestring budget. Saving th...  -  Louise d’Hotman.

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Louise d’Hotman

A worthwhile & entertaining visit; Chimp Eden is doing good things on a shoestring budget. Saving these chimps from various human atrocities is commendable. It is sad but understandable that they have to be hormonally interfered with.

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Karen Ferreira-Meyers

Great guide. She really took her time to answer all our questions. Her passion for the chimpanzees shone through.

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Henny van Kessel

It's was a great experience to visit the Jane Goodall Institute. During the tour the guide explained the behavior of the chimps, told us about their trauma's and how they take care of them in the sanctuary, as they can't go back into the wild. A lot of good work is done by these fantastic people. They make sure that these chimpansees have a better live.

Henny van Kessel  experienced the Chimpanzee Tour

Sabina Malskaer

Fantastic visit. We didn't know what to expect as it was a spur of the moment decision to go. The guide was very good at introducing each animal and explaining the routine and how they are taken care of. Hearing that they're not being bred and kept on birth control was a huge reassurance of the seriousness and ethicalness of the refuge. But what really marked us was the story of the individuals, it was very emotional to be confronted with the capability of cruelty of humans. We were all very much touched and moved by how these beautiful souls have found a last refuge. Being from Mozambique I was so happy to see our Joao alive and well. Our guide really brought all their stories to life. Both my teenage sons and my young toddler loved the visit. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Sabina Malskaer experienced the Chimpanzee Tour

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