With many of us spending time at home or being confined at home because of Covid and the lockdown, we did not spend a lot of time exploring the beauty of nature and all it has to offer. There is a lot of nature that many do no know and there are plenty of amazing locations in the Lowveld that can help people learn some interesting facts about nature and the amazing animals that call the lowveld and surrounds home.
Jane Goodall Chimp Eden
The Jane Goodall Chimp Eden Sanctuary is a large protective location found just outside of Nelspruit, between the town and Barberton. The goal of the Chimp Sanctuary is to rehabilitate, raise and educate people on the life of chimpanzees. Many of the chimps that can be found in the sanctuary are rescues and victims of deforestation, fires, black market trade and poaching. Visitors here can interact with the chimps, learn all about their history and about protecting these amazing animals.
The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world. The Caves can be found on your way to Sabie. This stunning collection of caves lies comfortably in the mountain up high, with a decent hike to the entrance. Visitors are able to take part in amazing tours into the caves, led by guides that know the layout of the cave. The Caves are rather educational as visitors learn very interesting facts about the caves, like the history and significance, the crystal and dolomite formations as well as the utter beauty of the Amphitheatre.
Elephant Whispers is a safe haven with the goal of conserving and protecting the elephants of the lowveld. It is a very immersive experience as visitors are able to interact with these gentle giants. Visitors are led on an educational tour, providing the story of the elephants, their conservation plans and stories of poaching in general.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a protective sanctuary for a variety of endangered and rare species. The variety of endangered and vulnerable species that call the centre home are conserved and sustained here. This centre thrives on tourism and educate the guests on conservation and amazing facts about these amazing and rare animals. Visitors will see animals that they will not see anywhere else in the wild, or will have a decreased chance.
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
The Moholoholo Wildlife Reservation Centre has a very similar goal as the Hoedspruit Reservation Centre. Home to a large variety of endangered and vulnerable animals, the Moholoholo Reservation Centre aims to educate tourists on the importance of conservation as well as some fascinating information about each of the animals living there including some of their back stories and where they come from. Visitors will be led on an educational tour to many of the enclosures along the tour.
It is important to have some decent knowledge about nature, our surroundings and the importance of conservation to protect our animals and natural resources.