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Do you know why chimpanzees are endangered?
Our Chimpanzee project is situated on a 1000 ha game reserve in a LOW RISK MALARIA AREA  in Mpumalanga. You will have the privilege of working with a group of caring people who look after these traumatized chimpanzees by rehabilitating them so that one day they can be reintroduced to their original rainforest environment. Studies are also recorded on the behavior of each chimp. It is wonderful to see how each individual is unique, with their own personality and mannerisms. You will learn the history of where they were rescued from and the horrific circumstances that most of them suffered.
Project Itinerary & Program Details
Holiday choices: 1 week, 2 week or 1 calendar month.
To attend this course, you must be at least 18 years old. Anybody can take part in the course as prior experience or education in this field is not necessary. We offer three packages which differ only in the type of accommodation you choose.

You will be working full days from Monday to Friday (7 am to 5pm)

Half a day on Saturday (7 am to 11 am). A town trip to Nelspruit (provincial capital) is scheduled every Saturday after 11 am giving you the chance to do some shopping.

Sunday off.
       
       During the first week of the course you will         receive:
           One lecture per day, focusing on: the history of             chimpanzees in Africa, their diet and behavior,             environmental education and sanctuary             management.
       
       Other activities include:

chimpanzee behavior monitoring

chimpanzee vocalization recording

patrolling reserve fence line

fruit and vegetable sorting

planting trees inside the enclosures, and

spraying herbicide

           These activities are subject to variation             throughout the year.
           The main emphasis while working here will be on             chimpanzee behavior monitoring.

        NB. Due to health and safety precautions,              Chimp handling is not allowed.

      Included

Accommodation

All meals

Transport within South Africa

Activities that form part of your program

One T-Shirt

One leisure activity per week
      Not Included

Your international flight costs

Travel insurance

Excess baggage costs

Leisure time activities unless specified

Car hire

       Accommodation
           We offer 3 lodging Packages to suit your budget:

        Package 1 - Basic Accommodation

You are housed in rustic, wooden Wendy houses (2 persons per room - bed linen included, bring own towel). This site is in a Nature Reserve that is approximately 2 km from the chimpanzee sanctuary.

Although 3 meals a day are included, you may choose to prepare your own meal from time to time. Full cooking facilities are provided in the communal area. You will also find a TV and DVD player there. There is also a communal Boma area, where you can sit around a campfire or have a BBQ. The outdoor bathrooms each have three toilets and three showers and are close to the Wendy houses.

A laundry service is also available once a week but you will have to supply your own washing powder.

       Package 2 - Standard Rooms

You are accommodated in standard rooms at the 5 star Boutique Hotel, adjacent to the chimpanzee sanctuary.

You are invited to experience the full luxuries of the lodge, including accommodation and three meals per day.

A laundry service is also available.
       Package 3 - Luxury Suites

You are accommodated in a luxury suite at the 5 star Boutique Hotel, adjacent to the chimpanzee sanctuary.

You are invited to experience the full luxuries of the lodge including accommodation and three meals per day.

A laundry service is also available.
You will receive a lovely gift pack from
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Chimpanzee Project

“Only if we understand can we care,

Only if we care will we help.

Only if we help shall they be saved.”

                                              Jane Goodall