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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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Great to walk with the monkeys!

This is an hour's tour of a Monkey enclosure. you get to walk in the forest with the monkeys who either scuttle or swing past you. the guide provided us interesting insights into... read more

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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This is an hour's tour of a Monkey enclosure. you get to walk in the forest with the monkeys who either scuttle or swing past you. the guide provided us interesting insights into the world of monkeys, and a chance to see them up close. nice to know which you are seeing after spotting many of them in the wild.... More 

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I would recommend this to any one who loves nature and wants n unique experience. It was extraordinary! There are no cages, the primates roam free and are very friendly! Definitely a must!!

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This was great fun for the kids! Monkeys are literally everywhere and are super happy on their environment - was a fun experience!!

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour takes about an hour. It is really nice to see so many different species of monkeys. Our guide was knowledgeable and keen to answer all of our questions. Be aware that you are walking through a forest so take some warm clothes with you when the weather is not too good.

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An excellent and informative tour and good for lunacy . Guides are very well informed and add a touch of humor.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide was great and that makes all the difference here. No interfering or exploiting of the animals here which is what I like. The monkeys put on a great show and it was fun to learn about them all. The bridge is awesome and it has a nice shop.

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Monkey land was incredible- we had a teenager and 9 yr old with us who thought the place was fantastic. The rangers were so knowledgable and answered all the questions the kids asked. It was a fantastic experience and the monkeys were all free to rome. Thanks Sue

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Much more than we expected! Guide was wonderful! We went as a family and loved it. Take walking shoes and mozzi repellant.

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The huge fenced off sanctuary makes for a beatiful forest home for all the rescued monkeys! Great experience getting to know interesting facts about all the different species from a very knowledgeable guide! Must do if you're in the area!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Felt guilty as this is the sort of place you take children and we were just four overgrown pensioners, but we loved it. The species here are not indigenous, but they are very loveable and seem to have a good life. Our guide was very knowledgeable and really made our visit excellent.

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