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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
+27 82 979 5683
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). Monkeyland first opened its gates to the public in 1998 amidst much skepticism, a sanctuary of this kind had never been attempted before; multiple primate species all running free and together in one big forest. But despite the fears it was a huge success and the world's first multi-species, free roaming primate sanctuary has set a standard that other sanctuaries now aspire to. 12 hectares of indigenous forest is home to over 500 primates of 11 different species; Squirrel, Capuchin, Howler, Vervet and Spider monkeys, Hanuman and Spectacled Langur, Saki, Gibbon, Ring-tailed and Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs all enjoy the freedom to climb trees, forage amongst the undergrowth and live a life that is far removed from where they came. Ex-pets, laboratory animals and surpluses from zoos that used to live in cages now have the opportunity to behave in a way that is natural to them. Our experienced rangers will guide you on a one-hour tour of the forest, pointing out the different species whilst offering a wealth of information on their ecology and conservation. An added attraction is the 128m long suspension bridge that stretches across the forest canopy offering magnificent views of the surrounding forests.
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Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Although you don't get lots of time here it is well worth a visit. Thd tor last about 45 minutes. This is a great opportunity to get close to nature. We saw a lot of different monkeys and it was amazing to see the gibbons...More

Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited the Sanctuary en route to Port Elizabeth and are so glad we did. Seeing 10 of the 11 species that live there up close and in their natural habitat was very special, especially knowing they had all been rescued from a more restricted...More

Thank RobC111_M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did the 1-hour guided tour and really enjoyed it. Fantastic, knowledgeable guide and chance to see so many different species of monkeys, playing within feet of you. Highly recommend.

Thank Myra B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place! The monkeys are beautiful, funny, and very near! You lear a lot about them and get very near!

Thank Eli S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Just outside of Plett the sanctuary is set in a lovely shady forest (be sure to apply some of the free mossie repellent cream). You go on a ‘guided’ walk with the guide providing information about...More

Thank Jackie D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great guide, and lots of monkeys. Well treated and we'll maintained place. They really treat the little guys well!

Thank Tim T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Guided tours take one through this lovely sanctuary and one is in very close proximity to the inhabitants. All the monkeys are rescues and it was wonderful to see them enjoying their new surroundings.

Thank BiscuitHampshire
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though expensive, especially if you are a family of four people, the visit to Monkeyland was the highlight of our holiday. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions. The sanctuary is well maintained and hosts a wide variety of...More

Thank denisecoetzee
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place we weren't really keen to go see monkeys in captivity but we were blown away! The freedom of these animals is great yes they love they people but they very well treated and the guides have clear relationships with the monkeys...More

Thank Jason B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was great to see the monkeys in their natural habitat and to be told about how they rescue the monkeys. Elvis was definitely a favourite! Our tour guide was excellent and he kept it interactive! We had a couple of naughty monkeys who were...More

Thank Sarah W
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BabyG-inaBottle
17 October 2017|
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Response from shei211 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! there were several tours in english, and other languages also, but not so frequent. If you speak english, dont worry as youll be able to do a tour without waiting more than half hour...if you speak another language, then... More
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rebmax
20 September 2017|
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Response from Ryan J | Reviewed this property |
It's totally suitable. You only need to walk 20m into the bush to be surrounded by monkeys. Very flat and easy terrain to walk through.
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woodsideUK
28 January 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
It's a 30-45min drive from Plettenberg bay
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