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Visit Chimpanzees in the Mountains

Morganton, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Kathryn

2 hours
Includes drinks, transportation, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Get a behind the scenes look at chimpanzees living in sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

This is a unique opportunity to see some of the chimpanzees and learn about their unique life in sanctuary. Because we aren't a zoo, you'll see the chimps in a relaxed, peaceful setting, unlike anything you've experienced before. The chimps have access to a 6-acre forest and, while chimp sightings are never guaranteed, they usually like to see who has come to visit!

The walking tour lasts about one hour. You'll also spend time with our sanctuary team and learn more about the amazing lives of chimpanzees!

Tours are limited to ten people and chimps love children (under 5 are free)! Having very little exposure to children in their former lives, they are absolutely fascinated by the smallest visitors. Service animals are also welcome, but the tour may need to be modified for the chimps' comfort.

Walking tours are on gravel roads with a decent incline, so expect a moderate hike. We have golf carts available, as needed. We'll also provide bottled water. Strollers are not recommended.

Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. There is no contact between humans and chimps, but you will have the opportunity to see them up close and personal for a once in a lifetime experience.
Other things to note
You will not have direct contact with the chimpanzees. Experiences are held rain or shine, we do not reschedule unless there is a weather advisory that impacts travel. Chimps have the option to retreat to their villas out of sight at any time. Chimp sightings are very likely but can't be guaranteed.
Get a behind the scenes look at chimpanzees living in sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

This is a unique opportunity to see some of the chimpanzees and learn about their unique life in sanctuary. Because we aren't a zoo, you'll see the chimps in a relaxed, peaceful setting, unlike anything you've experienced before. The chimps have access to a 6-acre forest and, while chimp sightings are never guaranteed, they usually like to see…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Bottled water for the walking tour.
  • Transportation
    Golf carts for guests who need mobility assistance. Just notify us in advan...
  • Equipment
    Items to construct puzzles, toys and treats for the chimps.
From $100
/ person
Sat, Dec 5
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$100 per person
$100 per person
Wed, Dec 16
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$100 per person
$100 per person
Tue, Dec 29
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$100 per person
$100 per person

Meet your host, Kathryn

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 19 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm Kathryn, the Volunteer Coordinator at Project Chimps, and I love introducing new guests to our sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from medical research. At Project Chimps, Volunteer Martin and I will guide you to see former research chimps up close in their 6-acre forested outdoor habitat. I started as a volunteer myself before the first chimpanzee arrived at this location and have been here ever since, working part time and now full time. We can't take care of these precious souls without folks like you coming to learn about them, meet them, and help us care for them. We look forward to meeting you!
I'm Kathryn, the Volunteer Coordinator at Project Chimps, and I love introducing new guests to our sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from medical research. At Project Chimps, Volunteer Martin and I will guide you to see former research chimps up close in their 6-acre forested outdoor habitat. I started as a volunteer myself before the first chimpanzee arrived at this location and have been here ever since, working part time and now full time. We can't take care of these precious souls without fo…
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About the organization: Project Chimps



Project Chimps is the newest chimpanzee sanctuary in the United States and was founded to provide lifelong exemplary care to more than 200 former research chimpanzees at its sanctuary on 236 acres of forested land in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia. Project Chimps is entirely privately funded and supported by other non-profit organizations and caring individuals like you.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Project Chimps.
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Where you'll be

Our walking tour to see the chimps will be outside on gravel roads for a moderate level hike. The activity portion may be outside or inside depending on the weather and type of activity. After your experience concludes and before you depart, you're welcome to bring a snack or bagged lunch to enjoy, picnic style, near our beautiful Koi pond and historic homestead barn.

Rated 4.79 out of 5 from 19 reviews.

Rose
November 2020
Great for animal lovers everywhere. Very interesting story behind how the chimps got to the facility and how they are coping now. I would definitely like to donate more in the future, they need to finish a new facility to take in more chimps. As a vegan myself, I was very happy to hear that the chimps’ food is all plant based and healthy! The chimps looked very happy, and a few interacted with us through dramatic displays or even trying to scare us at the observation windows. This is a wonderful cause and far more enriching than a visit to the zoo because here.. it is clear to see that the chimps come first ..!! :)
Great for animal lovers everywhere. Very interesting story behind how the chimps got to the facility and how they are coping now. I would definitely like to donate more in the futu…
Josh
November 2020
They were wonderful!! They let us go on our own pace and everyone we encountered was helpful and wanted to help us see the chimpanzee.
Kathleen
March 2020
Project Chimps is a unique place with a wonderful mission. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Kathryn. She was very open and friendly and encouraged our questions while sharing her knowledge about this special place. It's very interesting and we plan to go back to see the chimps again soon.
Project Chimps is a unique place with a wonderful mission. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Kathryn. She was very open and friendly and encouraged our questions while sharing…
Elizabeth
January 2020
We had a wonderful experience at Project Chimps! We learned a lot about this impactful organization, and fell in love with their cause. The staff were knowledgeable and welcoming.
Melinda
December 2019
If you have the opportunity to visit this facility, GO! If not, sponsor them through their Amazon Wish List, or just send a check to them. The work they are doing now and all the plans they have are amazing. The chimps are NOW living the life they deserve. Join the fun.
If you have the opportunity to visit this facility, GO! If not, sponsor them through their Amazon Wish List, or just send a check to them. The work they are doing now and all the p…
Amy
December 2019
This might a good place for animal lovers to send a donation, but I would be hard pressed to recommend this as a $120/pp tourist attraction. The chimps are housed behind thick, tall, concrete walls, and you can only peek through windows. We saw 3 chimps the whole time. The puzzle-making was bizarre: we spent an hour making puzzles for the chimps, thinking we would get to see them work on the puzzles, but no, the staff just took them to use another time. The tour guide was a friendly volunteer, but she knew nothing about chimps. For the prices they charge, they need to have a set up where you can see the chimps better and have informed tour guides. You will get a better glimpse of chimps at a regular zoo.
This might a good place for animal lovers to send a donation, but I would be hard pressed to recommend this as a $120/pp tourist attraction. The chimps are housed behind thick, ta…

Choose from available dates

3 available
  • Sat, Dec 5
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $100 per person
  • Wed, Dec 16
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $100 per person
  • Tue, Dec 29
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $100 per person

Activity advisory

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Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Sunscreen, optional bug spray and close-toed shoes for walking on uneven ground/grass. Dress for the weather.