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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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+27 82 979 5683
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We last visited years ago and it was great to go back even with our teenagers. The guide was excellent and the monkeys were awesome to see. Great for photography and a very enjoyable morning out.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The area is very big and even though they have a lot of Monkeys, there are only 11 different species. The trip is an hour long, where you walk for approximately 1 km in the bush. I would recommend closed shoes. You can’t interact or...More

Thank Melissa R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From all the googling I did, Monkeyland is one of a small number of animal sanctuaries that are recommended for ethical protection of animals (WASP site). That being said, the visit was a nice way to spend the morning. Our guide was very informed and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Monkeyland is like stepping into an enormous cage full of monkeys from around the world. It was very entertaining to walk around amongst the monkeys as our excellent guide pointed out the different species. As a visitor to Africa, I was more...More

Thank HW08
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited recently and what a pleasure. You get taken on a guided tour with the monkeys and get told everything about them. The guides were well informed and could answer all our questions. We had a lovely meal at the restaurant and left content.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an excellent day outing with the family at monkeyland. The staff was super friendly and the monkeys were too darn cute. We were expertly informed about every type of monkey in monkeyland, which are all rescues. We hated to leave. Although a bit...More

Thank Minx A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a surprise. The monkeys are all over you. They in the ground next to you and in the trees all around you just playing. If you want to have a unique experience this is the place to do it. Our guide was so...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was so much fun, very informative. I honestly did not want to leave. Will definitely visit again.

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

We were very impressed by our visit to Monkeyland. There were so many monkeys everywhere. They climbed and ran everywhere, often passing quite close to us. I don't think anything about the experience was absolutely incredible, but it was convenient and reasonably priced and we...More

Thank Brian L
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Saw so many fantastic monkeys in their natural habitat and our guide Clive was very knowledgable. Thank you.

Thank Christine F
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BabyG-inaBottle
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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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