Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre

Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre

Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre
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Chipangali is a haven for wild animals which have little hope for survival in the wild - creatures which have been orphaned, abandoned, injured, born in captivity or brought up unsuccessfully as pets. It is often the last refuge for those brought in sick or injured, and increasingly it is a sanctuary for confiscated animals. We invite children and animal lovers of all nationalities to visit our Animal Orphanage and take an educational tour to learn more about African wildlife. We have 150 animals and birds located in 40 acres. There is a tea room for snacks and a souvenir stall. Lots of shady places to sit and have a picnic. School groups and other large groups welcome. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Mondays Closed. Timing: 8 am to 5 pm. Open on all Public Holidays except Christmas Day. Admission: Adults 5$, Children 4$ School Groups: High School 4$, Primary School 3$, Teachers 4$
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Sifiso N
Gaborone, Botswana1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Worth a visit. Definitely WORTH A DONATION to a worthy cause. The animals appreciate you and thank you in advance.
Written 5 January 2024
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Emily K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I had signed up to volunteer at this sanctuary, but when I had a tour of the facility it was really run down and not well maintained. The animals (especially the lions) were in tiny enclosures without enrichment and space. I felt sad for the ones that have been there for several years that will live there permanently. I was also very shocked and upset when one of the workers was taunting the lions to get a reaction or a show out of them. The lions were angry and no animal should be treated that way. Obviously I did not stay to volunteer, hopefully the money they received from me will go to bettering the animals' environments.
Please don't make the mistake I did and spare yourself the grief by not visiting this place.
Written 29 October 2023
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Emily C
78 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Perhaps this was once a animal orphanage but it’s definitely not anymore! Very much a “zoo” with no explanation of why the animals are there etc. I’m afraid this is definitely not what it once was. We asked the staff why the animals were there and they could not give valid reasons :-( We did see one eagle with a broken wing and a Jackle with 3 legs so justified but the rest, I’m afraid not. Very disappointed. We were considering volunteering here, I’m glad we went before we signed up!
Written 16 December 2022
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langtonr
Harare, Zimbabwe271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful time at Chipangali. It helps that we could go through the sanctuary at our own pace without being rushed. I thought that the entrance fee is more than reasonable.
A gift shop might be a good place for tourists to spend a bit of money, which could go towards funding the sanctuary.
Written 5 March 2022
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Klaus G
Pretoria, South Africa1,047 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were fortunate that we arrive in time to see the lions being fed and the verocity of the magnificent animals became apparent. One must remember that this is a rehabilitation sanctuary and animals that have damaged wings or legs don't need such big spaces. The animals looked well fed and cared for.
Written 13 February 2020
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Xolani N
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a good place for a weekend gate away for the family. it is close to Bulawayo so if you are from around you can easily pop in. its good for the kids as they will get so see the animals up close as compared to a national park. The animals you are likely to see include snakes(cobras and python), lions and cheetahs.
Written 29 January 2020
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Tariro M
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Chipangali has a wide variety of wildlife from birds to animals that are indigenous to Zimbabwe. this place is suitable for kids and makes for a good learning experience and adventure.family and school trips are welcome here and it quite a short distance from town. There is a tuckshop for food and a nice area to have food comfortably.
Written 8 January 2020
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Mengezi
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Not very far out of the city centre.It was a great experience to see animals in such close proximity, however the place seems to be lacking in terms of maintenance.We couldnt go in to see snakes because the room was too dark and had no power.But overall a good visit.
Written 2 January 2020
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Josh Banks
Melbourne, Australia77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
About 30 minutes drive outside of Bulawayo, Chipangali was a really enjoyable experience. The well set up facility provides you with a chance to come up close with a number of animals, who despite some being born here, are still very playful and active. We were fortunate to hear two of the lions (there's probably between 6 - 8 in total), roar on and off for about 30 minutes. It is well maintained and you can tell the staff care a great deal about the work that they do. It's not a game drive, so if you're looking for the animals to be in their natural environment, this isn't the place. But if you're keen on a close up and seeing a passionate group of people caring for a wide variety of animals, it is well worth the visit.
Written 7 August 2019
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Suzanne S
Dunedin, FL49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
These are animals who are in recovery and living in pens right now, but it also allows people to get closer to most - especially lions and leopards - than they could in the wild. It was a nice visit to see the work being done for the Zimbabwe Parks.
Written 18 May 2019
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