GO EAST IN SEARCH OF A WILD ADVENTURE
WITH less than a week to go before most schools reopen, why not take your children to Mpumalanga for one more adventure? Here are some ideas of places you can visit in the province. More than just offering a viewing of these majestic birds, Dullstroom Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Centre educates the public about raptors. Founded in 1997, the centre provides insight into birds of prey as well as awareness of their plight as endangered species. Activities include flight demonstrations, handling opportunities and up-close-and-personal encounters with the birds that will bring smiles to even the most serious animal enthusiast. Operation hours are from 9am to 4pm, Wednesday to Monday. Tickets cost R60 for adults, R25 for children under 12 and R50 for pensioners. Call 082 899 4108. Mpumalanga is filled with places dedicated to animal conservation and one of their aims is to raise awareness. Therefore a visit to the province will be wasted if one does not see Chimp Eden. The 100-hectare game reserve was established in Nelspruit in 2006 and is home to 33 rescued chimpanzees. The goal of the sanctuary is to rescue chimps from the bush meat trade, being orphaned or traded in the illegal pet market. The one-hour tour takes place three times a day and introduces visitors to the chimpanzee families and their sanctuary, with the guide telling stories about each member. Prices start from R85 for children and R190 for an adult. Call 079 777 1514. Learn more about the Shangana culture on this tour, which has proved to be a hit with international visitors. The hourlong tour starts with visitors walking through a forest to a village. Guests are given the opportunity to meet Chief Israel Ngobeni, take pictures with him and ask questions about his village and the way of life. There will also be a meeting with a sangoma to learn about traditional medicine. If entertainment is something you want, then take a tour with song, dance and music. This tour is one hour and 45 minutes long and includes a dance or choir performance by Chief Ngobeni’s children. Once the tours are complete, visitors can visit the Marula Market, a gathering place for the region’s crafters. The market has been an important catalyst for enabling local crafters to make a living and start their own small businesses. Items on sale include carvings, statues and pots. Call 082 269 2383 or e-mail Adventure seekers can enjoy an assortment of activities on offer at Induna Adventures. Located in the Sabie River Valley, just outside Hazyview and between Sabie and the Kruger National Park, it is a natural adventure park that has rolling hills, gorges and indigenous forests. Guests can choose from 14 outdoor activities on offer, ranging from half-day to full-day tours. Activities include rafting, ziplining, paintball, archery, horse trails, quadbiking and white water tubing. Specials on their website start from R185. Call 013 737 8301 or e-mail
Chimp Eden, a chimpanzee sanctuary in Nelspruit, is home to 33 of the great apes. Here is one having fun in the sun.