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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited at the last minute after change of plans, but spent 90 minutes there. Due to staying at the protea hotel we had 20% discount which bought it down to a reasonable price for a family of four including two students. Were on a...More

Thank Phillip A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did the tour of the monkey sanctuary. The guide in the park was super informative and funny. They explained clearly everything going on with the monkeys in the park. I learned a lot about these animals. Would highly recommend.

Thank IanLuo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the sanctuary has numerous old and new world monkeys running free. You get very close but no touching . The large numbers of lemurs were especially nice to see. The guide was very knowledgeable . well worth a visit if you are nearby.

Thank mark w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was such an awesome activity. There are so many primates here and you learn a lot about them and their behavior. The team that works there are wonderful and knowledgeable. Definitely a must see!

Thank talktworay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Monkeyland was fantastic. We got to see different types of monkeys. The guides there are very interactive and they know what they are doing. They make sure to inform you of everything that concerns the monkeys. I recommend passing through monkeyland.

Thank cheryldambu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are often sceptical with animal places where they are kept in cages, but Monkeyland allows the majority of their monkeys to roam free , which really makes for an exciting and happy atmosphere. It is really safe (although no touching!!) and tours go every...More

Thank Maddie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it is nice to see but I think the price is out market. it seems as if it is that the tourist from oversee pay a good amount f money but for us with a family is bankrupt if we fisted it. we must remember...More

Thank cobusTheunissen
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Spent the day taking photos and videos of the residents of monkey land and birds of eden with Africa media. Awesome time, wonderful place and such fun been able to work with the animals without cages.

Thank Ryan J
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Fascinating view of an array of fascinating primates. The gibbons were the stars for us especially when the one walked across the path on two legs. Nice restaurant too. Loved all the sayings decorating the toilets. Something unique and quirky.

Thank LindaHorning
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

A superb habitat for the primates. Ok so they're not in the wild but they are well cared for with loads of space to enjoy. You get to see them in a small group with a knowledgeable guide. Great if you are into wildlife.

Thank zippy1963
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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