Despite its remote location, lack of tourist amenities and arduous admissions process, nearly 50 visitors each year make the 16-hour drive from Conakry to the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre. Located on the banks of the Niger River in northern Guinea, the Centre includes two camps surrounded by savannah and tropical dry forest.
To visit the Centre, you must get advance permission from both the Parc National du Haut-Niger, where the Centre is located, as well as from the Centre itself. Written permission to enter Parc National du Haut-Niger costs 50,000 GNF. And advance authorization from the Centre costs an additional 50,000 GNF (or, if you’re a national, 10,000 GNF).
If you plan to visit, plan to bring your own food, since the Centre has no restaurants. And you won’t be able to stay overnight, since there are no overnight facilities.
While it’s not possible to have direct contact with the chimps, you can observe them at a distance during two meals – one at 12 noon and the other at 3 p.m. daily.
To get a more detailed description, check out the Centre’s visitor page.
VOLUNTEER AT THE
CHIMPANZEE CONSERVATION CENTRE
Haut Niger National Park, Guinea
If you like animals, are healthy, speak French fluently and aren’t put off by the hardships of life in the bush, volunteering at the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre in Guinea’s Haut Niger National Park is an option. The sanctuary’s goals are to rescue and release chimpanzees back into the wild – a process that may take a decade or more.
For volunteers, days are long, and there’s no time off. At the sanctuary, you’ll prepare and deliver chimpanzee meals, accompany chimpanzee outings, assist in vet care, do shopping and camp duties. At the chimpanzee release site, you may also remotely track released animals.
Volunteers should be ready to rough it. You’ll live in camps far from any village, sleep in a hut on a straw mattress, and cook on an open wood fire. There’s seldom running water, no electricity and no telephone or Internet connections.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Number of Volunteers
Typical Length of Stay
3 Months (for Specific Missions)
Experience in Relevant Field
Experience in Travel and Living in Target Communities
100 Euros/Month plus 30 Euros for Lodging
French (Conversation Level)
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