Chimp Eden + Sudwala Caves & Dino Park Combo
Mbombela, formerly Nelspruit, is the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. To the city’s Northwest are the prehistoric Sudwala Caves, with unusual rock formations & Dinosaur Park including a fish spa treatment. South, Umhloti Nature Reserve contains the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden
Situated within the beautiful 1,000 hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve, 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. This JGI chimpanzee sanctuary brings the world of
chimpanzees closer to humanity through education end eco-tourism
A stream of fresh, cool air from an unknown source permeates the spacious corridors, maintaining them at an even temperature of 17°C all year round.The Sudwala cavern complex is dominated by this spectacular chamber, with a lofty corridor measuring 150 meters to its center. The amphitheater is 70 meters in diameter, and 37 meters high to the peak of a dome-like feature in its roof. It is named the PR Owen Hall, after the Mr Owen who bought the caves and developed them as an attraction which could be visited and appreciated by the public.
Sudwala Dinosaur Park
The museum displays life size models of pre-historic animals, ranging from amphibious reptiles, anicient reptiles, dinosaurs, pre-historic mammals, pre-historic man and more. The models were artistically and realistically sculpted by Jan van Zijl (also responsible for the black wildebeest on the old South African 2c coin).The park is set in a lush sub-tropical forest garden, where monkeys and red-breasted cuckoos abound. New is a magnificent ‘viewing deck’ from where the Rain-forest Valley (National Heritage Site # 167) can be observed – with occasional glimpses of wild Chacma baboons.