The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE VERVE -

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.

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