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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

What an amazing place! There were monkeys and lemurs everywhere. The lemurs put on a parade for us jumping and leaping from ground to tree to tree. I could have spent days here just watching the monkeys. so many breeds and mostly all rescues. You...More

Thank shaytread
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Only one species in the park is a (mainland) African monkey. There are two lemur types which are Madagascan. These lemurs are cute and allow you to get real close - they are not a threat. But beware the sole mainland contribution - the African...More

Thank BrianS992
Reviewed 4 days ago

We did a 9 am tour of Monkeyland, accompanied by the guide provided by the attraction. We saw 6 of the 11 types of monkeys during the walk - lemurs, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, vervets, sarkies and gibbons. The path was through natural trails in the...More

Thank SNottIN
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely to see the effort to protect and rehabilitate the primates who are threatened by rapid deforestation of their natural habitat. Our guide Victoria was helpful and provided useful information throughout the tour.

Thank DanielTanYN
Reviewed 1 week ago

A return visit after a few years. These animals are mostly rescues from bad situations and on our first visit would try to interact and steal from people. This time the animals although not bothered by having humans around did not want to interact and...More

Thank allyn2011
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love love love the monekeys! Awesome couples day out! The tour guides very good and funny. Another must to do in Plettenberg Bay!

Thank J7306COmelissaf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We bought a combined ticket for a Birds of Eden and Monkeyland. The guided tour of Monkeyland was really good, lots of species were pointed out to us. There was also a cafe and a gift shop. The tour took about an hour I think.

Thank EveningEater
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I truly enjoyed myself in this park. The monkeys of different species live together and run around freely

Thank Popinsel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this place, the tour guide was very good and his love of Monkeys really showed. It takes about an hour to walk around and you really do get very close to all the monkeys. I loved Liam the naughty spider monkey you have...More

Thank Mustang1560
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome place to see some monkeys close up. You walk around the are with the monkeys being free all around you. Great picture opportunities. The monkeys don't seem bothered by humans and are well taken care of. The guide we were with was knowledgeable and...More

Thank Taru K
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Can someone tell me please, is Monkeyland near Plettenberg Bay? We have a stay of 3 days there so are looking for some good sites, attractions to see. Thanks
28 January 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
It's a 30-45min drive from Plettenberg bay
Hi how much is the entrance fee.
1 January 2017|
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Response from Tina S | Reviewed this property |
Around R300 when I went in October 2016.
Hi, we will be visiting in January with our then almost two-year-old son. Do I have to go on a tour? Don't know if a two year old will/can/wants to stick to a schedule lol. Can we move around freely, maybe after the tour? Cheers :)
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