Cimpanzee Eden and Nelspruit Botanical Gardens Tour
Situated within the beautiful 1,000 hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve, 15 kilometres outside Nelspruit, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their natural habitats in Africa. Chimp Eden was established in 2006 and is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. The goal of the chimpanzee sanctuary is to rescue chimpanzees that have survived the bush meat trade, been orphaned, traded in the illegal pet market, or rescued from being traumatized for entertainment in circuses, beach resorts and night clubs.
The Lowveld National Botanical Garden, one of the nine National Botanical Gardens of South Africa is located just outside of the city centre in an area of approximately 160ha. Around 650 tree species indigenous to South Africa dominate the garden, interspersed with ancient cycads and a variety of shrubs. The garden is dominated by a vegetation type known as Sour Lowveld Bushveld that is a link between the true Lowveld and the escarpment, due mainly to the garden’s altitude.
What to expect on your Nelspruit Day Tour to Chimp Eden and the Botanical Gardens?
The Chimp Eden sanctuary was featured on the Animal Planet television series, Escape to Chimp Eden. The program covers the work at the sanctuary, daring rescue missions carried out by Chimp Eden founder and director, Eugene Cussons and human elements. Guided tours take place three times a day, every day of the year (weather permitting), when the chimp tour guide talks about chimpanzees, the sanctuary, and introduces the individual chimps and their stories - from the safety of the viewing points. The tour takes approximately one hour. Light meals and refreshment are available from the restaurant before or after the tour (own account).
The character of the Lowveld National Botanical Garden is shaped by the two main rivers that cut across it, namely the Crocodile River and Nels River. Before these two rivers converge in the Garden, they form spectacular waterfalls which can be viewed at the Cascades and the Nels viewpoints. A suspension bridge connects the Visitors’ Centre with the rest of the Garden. One of the main attractions is the boardwalk through the African Rainforest. It takes visitors 4 m up into the canopy of the Rain Forest, providing a bird’s-eye view of this interesting tropical area of the Garden. The main area of the Garden hosts a vast collection of cycads, and all six South African indigenous Clivia species are present.
Departure point: Hazyview/Nelspruit/Malelane (guests staying further afield are encouraged to contact us to discuss the possibility and additional costs if applicable of arranging return transport from their establishments)
Return details: Hazyview/Nelspruit/Malelane (guests staying further afield are encouraged to contact us to discuss the possibility and additional costs if applicable of arranging return transport from their establishments)
Departure time: 09h00
Duration: 6+ Hours
Mineral water, Light lunch, services of fully qualified and registered Tour Guide, round trip transport (terms & conditions apply). Tour conducted in luxury air-conditioned vehicle and led by qualified and professional Tourist Guide.
All meals and refreshments not specified, optional extras, expenses of personal nature, tips and gratuities (it is customary in South Africa to tip your guide/waiter, a general rule of thumb is to tip 10% of your excursion/meal price per person if you were satisfied with the services received)
This Tour involves some light walking and exposure to the elements. Hats, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. Cancellation 30 days prior to arrival date and/or commencement of Safari/Tour/Activity - deposit plus 25% of total bill; 14 to 29 days - deposit plus 50% of total bill; 0 to 13 days - 100% of total bill.
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Valid 1 June-31 Aug 2020. Day Tour group offers aimed specifically at Mpumalanga locals to catch up with family and friends they might not have seen for a while and reconnect with nature as soon as current COVID-19 travel restrictions are relaxed to allow intraprovincial travel within Mpumalanga and the Kruger Park re-opens for visitors.
In an address to the nation on Thursday night (9 April), president Cyril Ramaphosa said while it is still too early to gauge the real effect of the lockdown on the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa, initial data shows that it is definitely having an impact. President Ramaphosa first declared the coronavirus pandemic a national disaster on 15 March, and announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown a few days later on 23 March. South Africa’s lockdown has since been extended by another two extra weeks until (at least) the end of April.