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TThe Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, set in a forested reserve between Nelspruit and Barberton, has brought hope, peace and some degree of normality to dozens of traumatised chimpanzees from all over Africa. Visiting the sanctuary is a moving and uplifting experience.
The day starts with the balding Joao, well over 60 years old, doing a handstand. Claudine, a new arrival, greets Cozy. Martha plucks up her courage and sits beside Jessica to groom her.
Claude, still in quarantine, lets out a whoop of delight as crates of bananas, donated by a local farmer, are carried past his window.