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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

#5 of 14 things to do in The Crags Features Animals
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
+27 82 979 5683
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had an informative guided English tour of about an hour. There is a good shop here although we didn't buy anything & a busy restaurant where we had an Americano for 18 rand each. We sampled 3 pancakes for 20 rand outside monkeyland. It...More

Thank Emily O
Reviewed yesterday

Definitely one of the few animal sanctuaries in the Plett area to recommend. It is not a zoo or a "circus show" where you get to touch or feed the animals, but this is exactly what we liked about it, because it lets the animals...More

Thank usskijumping85
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went here with our parents and our four year old son as well. We took the guided tour, which is what I recommend taking. The guide was super knowledgeable and we learned so much more about each monkey. Great place to visit!

Thank Sonie S
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a fabulous guided tour! Our guide, Prince, was educated and informative. He knows the monkeys and their 'stuff' and kept the group entertained. It was good see and experience the primates - to walk amongst them! They are well cared for in this...More

Thank MarianKreviews
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a rehabilitation center for monkeys and apes from around the world. The tour provides close views of free roaming monkeys and other primates. The guide is knowledgeable and interesting. Allow about 90 minutes. Associated with the Birds of Eden and combo tickets are...More

Thank Toby R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank goodness for places like this. Second chances for primates in need. This is a guided tour through the habitat. You never know what those crazy monkeys will do. Lots of primates to see. Some walking down the path. Others swinging in the trees. This...More

Thank Katie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is THE place to go and see monkeys. They are as free as they can be on places like this. I really enjoyed the visit and learned a lot from the guide.

Thank shei211
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A one hour guided tour through forest which was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us information about the various monkeys as we walked along the trail. The monkeys were running free and we were warned not to get too close and we...More

Thank Serge665
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super trip shown around by Didi. Lots of information about all of the monkeys and a chance to get up close and see so many of the in their natural habitat!

Thank amyamo1985
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to monkeyland. The visit takes the form of a walk through the forest with a guide. The monkeys roam freely so you never know who you will meet next. Our guide was very knowledgable and entertaining.

Thank trew68
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28 January 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
It's a 30-45min drive from Plettenberg bay
1 January 2017|
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Response from Tina S | Reviewed this property |
Around R300 when I went in October 2016.
29 October 2015|
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Response from Gareth F | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Unfortunately the only way to move through the forest is on a guided tour. The reason is the monkeys can be naughty and with the guides presence they know they may not make trouble. Also there is quite a big hang bridge... More