Visitors are welcome at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, located about two hours away from Chingola, the closest town, in a remote wilderness rich in wildlife and birds.
At Chimfunshi, you can get up close with chimpanzees. They roam in large, outdoor enclosures where visitors can visit and watch at feeding times.
You can bring your own food or choose a fresh sandwich for $4 and lunch at a picnic table in the chimpanzee enclosures in the lush Miombo Woodlands. Or you can barbecue under the thatched lapa at Chimfunshi’s Education Centre; barbecue packs are available for $5 to $10 per person.
If you want to explore the natural beauty of northwestern Zambia, plan to stay overnight. Chimfunshi offers three rustic cottages – each with a twin-bedded room, a double-bedded room, and a rear dormitory. The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable. The fee for a cottage – $35 for adults and $15 for children – includes three meals: breakfast, a packed lunch and a home-made, hot dinner.
While Chimfunshi is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the best times to see the chimpanzees are from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Check out Chimfunshi’s gift shop at the end of your visit.
Because Chimfunshi is not a tourist destination, you’ll need to call ahead to schedule your visit. And you’ll need your own transportation to reach the chimpanzee enclosures; they are several miles from the visitor center. The entry fee for Chimfunshi is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
You can find out more about Chimfunshi, and download a visitor brochure, by visiting Chimfunshi’s tourist information page.
CHIMFUNSHI WILDLIFE ORPHANAGE
Near Chingola, Zambia
It wouldn’t be possible to care for the 132 chimpanzees at Zambia’s Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage without volunteers. Volunteers provide the manpower that supports the day-to-day running of one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world.
Curiously, chimpanzees are not indigenous to Zambia, but reach Chimfunshi after they are rescued from poachers and amusement parks. The chimps live in groups in the forested enclosures in the 10,000-acre bush and meadow sanctuary located in northwest Zambia along the Kafue River. In fact, the name “Chimfunshi” means “place that holds water,” and with good reason. The nearby Kafue river floods large parts of the grasslands and bush area every year during the rainy season.
Unlike many other sanctuaries, the chimpanzees at Chimfunshi come inside only once mid-day and sleep outside as wild chimpanzees do, building nests in the trees at night in forested habitats.
At Chimfunshi, volunteers experience life in the African bush, living in a rustic but beautiful setting in the heart of Africa. As a volunteer, you may help care for baby chimpanzees, help with behavioral enrichment by inventing fun activities, capture data on chimpanzee interaction and behavior, or provide teaching assistance in the local community.
In your off hours, you can enjoy sundowners, canoeing, picnics, barbecue and some amazing stargazing along the banks of the Kafue River.
Along the Kafue River.
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A rescued orphan finds its way to Chimfunshi.