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Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage

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5th Lane, Chingola, Zambia
+260 21 2311293
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Chimfunshi Visit with friends

Very nice place and nearly 60 kms from chingola. Inside forest nice arrangements to see chimpanzee... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
smruti ranjan j
Great for animal and bird lovers!

Not much of a fan of chimps, but the chimp walk was really insightful. The roads into Chingola are... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
Milo R
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Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust is one of the largest chimpanzee reserves in the world and is internationally recognized as such. Chimfunshi is home to 120 chimpanzees, most of them living in 4 large forested enclosures, and as close to their natural environment as possible. Chimfunshi started as a family-run wildlife orphanage in the north of Zambia, and today Chimfunshi is managed by a Board of Trustees to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Sanctuary. Chimfunshi was founded in 1983 when a game ranger brought a badly wounded infant chimpanzee to the cattle ranch of David and Sheila Siddle. The Siddle's nursed that chimp - named "Pal" - back to health, thereby establishing a tradition of care and respect that forms the legacy of the sanctuary. Once word of Pal's recovery spread, the Siddle's were inundated with orphaned chimpanzees. Sheila Siddle quoted "All I know is that I held a dying chimpanzee in my arms that day and it changed my life forever." Although many of the chimpanzees were confiscated from poachers who attempted to smuggle the infants into Zambia for sale as pets, an equally large number were rescued from dilapidated zoos and circuses from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. With 120 chimpanzees, Chimfunshi is now one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the world. In 2002, an Education Centre was built to provide a facility to teach the youth of Zambia about ecology and wildlife conservation. Local and international students researching group behaviour and ethnic studies also use it. Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage operates entirely on donations and sponsorship, without the financial support provided by our valued Donors, volunteers and visitors, the sanctuary and its inhabitants could not survive. Join us for a day visit or overnight stay and be intrigued by humans' closest relative and learn about our similarities from our knowledgeable Keepers.
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5th Lane, Chingola, Zambia
+260 21 2311293
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Very nice place and nearly 60 kms from chingola. Inside forest nice arrangements to see chimpanzee. Donated some clothes and chocolates to them.

Thank smruti ranjan j
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Not much of a fan of chimps, but the chimp walk was really insightful. The roads into Chingola are not the best (!). We stayed at The Tabernacle Guest Lodge in Chililabombwe and went to see the chimps in the morning.

Thank Milo R
Reviewed 29 June 2017

If you love animals, and especially chimpanzees this is the the place to visit. Accommodation is basic as would be expected and based on dormitories within large houses and a couple of large "tents". In the accommodation area there is a large outdoor central area...More

Thank Oohbratt
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Amazing place to visit. One hundred and twenty chimps call Chimfunshi their home. There are also lots of other animals there. Any native Zambian animal will be rehabilitated and released if possible. We stayed in a chalet. Comfortable, mosquito net provided, plenty of space. Had...More

Thank Mezabel
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This was my 4th time back to Chimfunshi, and I brought a group of 15 friends from the US and Germany. It was, once again, fantastic! The horrible roads between Chingola and the sanctuary are well worth the effort because the incredible birding opportunities and...More

1  Thank Ann-Scott E
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Amazing experience to see chimps close up. Great story and very helpful staff. Learned a lot and amazing photography and birding. We stayed in the dorms. Very basic facilities.

Thank barb s
Reviewed 20 May 2017

The access road was impassable, so we didn't ever get there. I would recommend a 4x4 designed for off roading!

Thank Alyson-Jayne F
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We went to this place on Easter break and travelled with our two school going kids.I emailed our request to Sylvia and got reply back that they have rooms but won't be able to cater to us.We opted to use the Braai. We went from...More

Thank pragati9
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Its nice place to visit for chimps lover. Its around 15 Km inside from main road . It is recommended to use 4 wheel driven vehicle while visiting orphanage. There are broadly 3 sections . First section is for orphanage which is about 4-5 km...More

Thank 911vivekn
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Whenever we are in the Copperbelt region of Zambia we visit. We are privileged to know and are friends with Shelia and Sylvia the founder and her daughter. The work that they do and accomplish in extremely difficult circumstances is quite simply miraculous. Chimfunshi is...More

2  Thank Gregkru
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