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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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+27 82 979 5683
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary...

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). SAASA are the current award winners of the top accolades bestowed on tourism establishments in the world ->

• Lilizela Service Excellence Tourism Awards - best Visitors Experience

• Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards - best major Attraction

• World Responsible Tourism Awards - Gold-best Animal Welfare Initiative

• World Responsible Tourism Awards - Overall Winner

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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An amazing experience. Very close up with animals who roam freely. Knowledgeable guide who was personable and attentive. The bird park is next door and also is an amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An amazing experience. Very close up with animals who roam freely. Knowledgeable guide who was personable and attentive. The bird park is next door and also is an amazing attraction. The highlight of our South African journey.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great experience! Stay amongst the monkeys and lemurs, almost as part of the group. There are many different species and they get really close.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We normally give this kind of place a miss as we don't like animals as tourist attractions. This was very different. The animals were well looked after and the staff clearly had the animals welfare at the heart of all they do. The walk is delightful and varied and the guide knowledgeable, but most of all she clearly loved the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great experience and very up close to a variety of monkeys...the guide was excellent . A word of advise bring some strong mosquito repellent they give you some bust it's not good at all...I got 53 bites while on the tour!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

An amazing place. We throughly enjoyed our visit. There were so many monkeys all in there natural habitat. It is a non profitable sanctuary. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. If you come to plettingberg this is a must

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Walking free through a landscape populated by 13 different types of monkey + lemurs is one really nice way to spend an hour or so. The guide was informative and the monkeys fascinating to watch at close quarters. Next door to Birds of Eden and available on a joint ticket. An absolute must see.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I recently brought a family of Four Americans to Monkeyland. They really enjoyed the experience. There is a wide variety of Monkeys to be seen and a knowledgeable Guide takes you through the reserve

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great staff! Lovely place! Amazing experience for children! Thank you for a well-maintained and managed facility. It makes me proud to send my guests there from my Guest House in George.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Monkeyland was a wonderfull experience for me and my husband.The tour guide had a good sence of humor and gave lots of information about the different monkeys. The monkeys are well fed and can be seen very close up.It was refeshing to see that the monkeys is not kept in small cages.#no cages

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic , caring sanctuary. very informative guides. Well worth a visit. Pair it with Birds of Eden. We loved both.

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