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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 82 979 5683
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary...

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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This is a well maintained establishment and it feels as if you are hiking deep into the forest. The guides has a good knowledge of the monkeys and shows passion for their well... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hoping to see a "world" of monkeys. Seemed to be few species. Perhaps our expectations were too high. Our guide was knowledgeable but seemed to be in a hurry. We thought the value for money was poor compared to the bird sanctuary.

Thank Melanie C
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well maintained establishment and it feels as if you are hiking deep into the forest. The guides has a good knowledge of the monkeys and shows passion for their well being. The kids also loved seeing the monkeys interact in a very natural habitat. Most of the monkeys rome freely and only those that can not fend... More 

Thank Karlasik
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A unique and very special way to spend a morning or afternoon, walking through beautiful indigenous forests spotting all kinds of monkeys and apes! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, with a great sense of humor, and we were able to see 9 out of a possible 11 species of monkeys. It is a lovely, easy hour-long walk through the forest,... More 

Thank karinwellman
Clackmannan, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely way to spend an hour, walking through a wooded area with an informative guide, pointing out some of the harder to see monkeys. All of the monkeys are free to roam and can come quite close to you, although there is no touching allowed. Would recommend getting the combined ticket and visiting Birds of Eden on the same... More 

Thank Paul G
Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can empathize with a lot of the poor reviews. Rain, mosquitos and excited children would be off putting to me. However we were in a small group on a warm day in February. The guide was excellent taking his time as we walked through the area and happily describing the monkeys and answering all of our questions. We were... More 

Thank Mardav03
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Andy H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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!!

Thank Maché v
England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank burmateak
Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank krallkatrin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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