Mpumalanga, South Africa
The world-famous Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden is home to more than 30 chimpanzees rescued from captivity as pets or zoo displays or saved from becoming victims of the bushmeat trade. Chimp Eden opens its doors to visitors and volunteers for a unique opportunity to see chimpanzees in semi-wild enclosures. The chimps show normal social interaction and behavioral patterns despite their traumatic backgrounds. The enclosures also have vantages for overlooking the forest and “foraging areas.” These areas provide safety, prevent human interaction and offer endless hours of fun for the chimps.

Chimp Eden is located in the northeast corner of South Africa about 210 miles east of Johannesburg and just a 10-minute drive from the nearest city, Nelspruit. Besides enjoying daily tours of the chimp enclosures, visitors can strike out on their own to see Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa, with large numbers of lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo. Also nearby are Sudwala caves, Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park, Elephant Whispers Sanctuary, the Lowveld National Botanical Garden and Swaziland.

Chimp Eden offers tours three times a day every day of the year except Christmas. Each tour last from one to one-and-one-half hours and is wheelchair accessible. It costs about $15 for each adult and $7 for each child under 12. Chimp Eden has a restaurant and gift shop on site.

If you want to visit Chimp Eden, click here for booking information.


Chimp Eden has been the go-to visitor destination for chimpanzee lovers for years. Now you can get more from your visit to Chimp Eden as a volunteer. Chimp Eden’s new volunteer program offers you an opportunity to do more than just observe chimps at play in a natural setting. Be one of the first to volunteer at this world-renowned sanctuary. To find out you can pack more education and excitement into your visit to Chimp Eden as a volunteer, click here.