The Jane Goodall Institute South Africa - Chimp Eden Guesthouse

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Price: From R 432.50 (B&B) to R 812.50 (DBB) pppn
Location: Nelspruit

Serene 1000 hectare Reserve with Breathtaking Views


Situated only 14 km from Nelspruit in the heart of the Mpumalanga Lowveld, dedicated to personal service, excellent food and the best South African wines, offering an unforgettable experience.


The luxury lodge offers modern comforts as well as exciting adventures.


The guesthouse offers 4 star accommodation. Each of the exclusively decorated en-suite rooms have been individually designed to reflect its own African heritage, with first world comforts. Comfortable double rooms and spacious twin rooms, under one thatched roof creating a cool, elegant comfort in colonial style. The unique African ambience is reflected throughout the guesthouse.


Chimpanzee Eden:


Set on a 1000 hectare game reserve, Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden is home to chimpanzees that have been misplaced from their natural habitat. The world renowned Jane Goodall Institute has made this tranquil venue their South African sanctuary and has committed itself to rescue and care take of chimpanzees in need of refuge.


Being the 1st and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa, this venue will be able to bring the world of chimpanzees closer to humanity through education, tourism and modern technology. Entering the reserve, visitors can expect to be captivated by the beautiful bush surroundings with most of the natural game species roaming the reserve. The reserve is located in a low risk malaria area.


Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see Chimpanzees in semi-wild surroundings with normal social interaction and behavioural patterns under group members. The enclosures have viewpoints overlooking the forest of 'foraging areas'. These 'foraging areas' have small fruits and berries mixed in Eucalyptus Tree leaves, providing the Chimpanzees with behavioural enrichment and also provide visitors (accompanied by a trained guide) with a better chance to view them in the large enclosures.


Chimps like other Great Apes (Gorillas and Orang-Utans) are finding an ever growing interest from the public, as they are the closest relatives to Human Kind and they are facing quick extinction in their natural habitat.


The experience commences as soon as  a visitor walks through the giant gates of the sanctuary, towards the Education Hall. This not only enlightens visitors on the plight of the primates but will also provide them with the useful knowledge on the behaviour of primates.


The Viewing Deck provides visitors with the unique opportunity to view primates as they approach the deck during guided tours. Questions can be raised during the tour about the behaviour and life of the chimpanzees. As soon as the first enclosure has been covered, the tourist groups (with their trained guide) can move on to the second and third enclosure. Tours last 1 hour 30 minutes with feeding times at 10h00 and 14h00 each day. Tours depart every 2nd hour from 10h00 until 14h00.


A curio shop is available which provides visitors with the opportunity to purchase a diverse selection of JGI and Chimp Eden merchandise. With each purchase, a percentage is donated to conservation efforts and African sanctuary support. For more information, go to




The guesthouse offers a conferencing facility for up to 50 delegates. Professional services and catering is provided to make any conference an absolute success. Conferences can be combined with adventure activities on terrain providing the ideal opportunity to mix business with pleasure.


Getting There:


South African Airlink operates daily convenient return scheduled flights from OR Thambo International Airport in Johannesburg to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit.


There is a private tarred airstrip of 800 on Umhloti Nature Reserve for charter flights.


The property is 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg.

Listing TypeGuest House
# of Single Bedrooms 0
# of Double Bedrooms13
Bathrooms 13
En Suite13
Wheelchair FriendlyNo
Sea ViewNo
Mountain ViewYes
City ViewNo
Off Street Parking15 cars
Garage Parking0 cars
Swimming PoolYes
Entertainment AreaYes