The Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is not a tourist destination. However, visitors are welcome as long as they adjust themselves to the daily routine – the chimpanzees' welfare is our focus.

Visitors can come to the sanctuary any time during the day, however the highlight, though, is observing the chimps feeding in their wild enclosures in the project area. The best times generally to see them are from 10am to 11.30am, and 1.30pm to 3pm when they are out in the open.

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is located on the main Chingola-Solwezi Road, 65kms from Chingola. Travelling out of Chingola towards Chililabombwe, turn left (west) at the main junction & security checkpoint, onto the Solwezi Road. Drive for approximately 50kms and turn right (north) at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage sign, onto an gravel/dirt road. The sanctuary is 15kms from this turning. On arrival, follow the signs for “Office” to get to the Education Centre and its accommodation units.

The GPS co-ordinates of the sanctuary are: S12° 21.924‘ E027° 28.912‘

Please use this Google Maps link to navigate to the turn off to Chimfunshi to Solwezi Road:

Please do not use the current Google Maps directions – they are incorrect.


Interested in Visiting Chimfunshi

Entry Fees:
Entry charges are K60 for adults and K30 for children aged 13 and below.
Entry is free for children below the age of 3.

Day use of our braii can be arranged for a charge of K50, allowing day visitors the opportunity to cook a hot meal.

Group discounts are available to groups of over 20. Please contact the office or email us at

Please note, due to frequent internet outages, payments are preferred in cash only, paid in Zambian Kwacha. 

Opening Times: 07:00 – 15:00hrs. | Gates close at 17:00hrs.
Best viewing times for chimpanzees: 10:00 – 11:30hrs and 13:30 – 15:00hrs.

We are open 365 days of the year, including public holidays.

Reception & Gift Shop:
Visit our gift shop for a selection of curios and souvenirs. Cold drinks and snacks are available.

Charges for Accommodation

  • Cottage Private Room (self catering): K400 per person per night – (catered): K850 per person per night
  • Cottage Dormitory (self catering): K250 per person per night – (catered): K700 per person per night
  • Camping (with full use of facilities): K150 per person per night – (fully self-sufficient ): K100 per person per night
  • Self Catering includes full use of kitchen, fridge & braai (BBQ) facilities


Pickup can be arranged from Ndola Airport for a charge of K2250. Please e-mail to arrange transportation to the sanctuary.

Visitors to Chimfunshi need to have their own transport to travel around the sanctuary. From the Education Centre where the reception, gift shop, and visitor accommodation facilities are located; the chimpanzee enclosures are 4.5kms away.

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    You can do more than visit the chimps during your visit

    Interested in Bird Spotting?

    Did you know Chimfunshi is recognised as an “Important Bird Area” (IBA #22) and close to the Orphanage is one of the most interesting and attractive bird watching areas worldwide? An Important Bird Area (IBA) is an area recognised as being globally important habitat for the conservation of bird populations.

    Pack your binoculars, stay overnight and set off early for a sunrise over the flood plain or view along the Kafue River and see what birds you can see. For the keen birder there are many birding ‘specials’ to be seen at Chimfunshi.

    Enjoy sundowners, canoeing, picnics, barbecue..

    You can enjoy sundowners, canoeing, picnics, barbecue and some amazing stargazing along the banks of the Kafue River.

    You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks or you can purchase cold drinks from our gift shop. The cost for the use of the braai stands and charcoal is K50 or if you bring your own wood/charcoal braai charge is K20 for cleaning fees.