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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 82 979 5683

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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A must!

This and birds of Eden are must visits and if possible the big cats, if you visit Plettenberg. But be warned cover up as the Mosquitos bite during the day! The rangers are... read more

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This and birds of Eden are must visits and if possible the big cats, if you visit Plettenberg. But be warned cover up as the Mosquitos bite during the day! The rangers are knowledgeable and the monkeys roam free and approach feeding points so that good observation is possible. Our ranger carried insect repellant and shared it as some of... More 

Thank 700tom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a great way to learn all about Monkeys in the most relaxing and exciting way possible. The monkeys are interactive and playful. The tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable in the many different species found within the forest. The suspension bridge definitely adds to the adventure.

Thank Monique V
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time at Monkey Land! Our guide Dwayne was really funny and knowledgeable and definitely added up to an already fantastic place. There were so many monkeys and we really got to see them up close. Normally I would think this interaction is not normal - between man and animal - but if what I was told... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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I was a little wary when my guide advised me to take my group of clients to Monkeyland as I had visions of sad faces in cramped conditions but I was so impressed with what the reality was. This sanctuary for many different monkeys and lemurs gives you the impression that they are completely in the wild and at no... More 

Thank Aussiepom72
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was a rainy morning but despite this we still saw plenty of the species they have. Each member of our family found their favourite little monkey. Would have liked it more if the guides could be giving little back knowledge about the trees and vegetation around us as you walk to keep the visitors intrest on the streches where you... More 

Thank Jeanne H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place to visit. Friendly staff and a lot of monkeys. 500 monkeys and 11 different species... a definite must. We got to saw 9 out of the 11 species. The guide really knew his stuff and wasn't afraid to answer any of our questions.

Thank Karel v
Pinetown, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is absolutely amazing and wonderful to be able walk around the sanctuary and have the monkeys treat you like just another monkey. They are all around you and totally free roaming. I love this place so much that we go every year on our way down to Cape Town.

Thank YvonneMA
Knysna, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a rainy day when we visited the Monkey Sanctuary. The guide still made it fun for everyone. The tour was informative and we saw a wide variety of primates

Thank JulietteP_SA
Bellville, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Any nature lover will enjoy this experience. We had a great tour guide which supplied the group with plenty of information. The animals are in a natural habitat and they are well fed. We saw 9 of the 11 species.

Thank Martin N
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walk through the primates guides by Dwayne was very memorable. Dwayne was humorous and knowledgeable. The monkeys are clearly well cared for and this is a sincere sanctuary.

Thank p0rtia

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