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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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Walking with the animals!

A great facility where the primates have free roam. Although it's a no touch place, you are actually side by side nature. The selection of monkeys is fantastic and the guide... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Milton Keynes, Bucks, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great facility where the primates have free roam. Although it's a no touch place, you are actually side by side nature. The selection of monkeys is fantastic and the guide very knowledgeable.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Monkey roam wild throughout the park, informative guides. A great place to visit. Hold on to your belongings, some of the monkeys are cheeky and will grab what they can !! But well worth a visit.

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To walk through the jungle, surrounded by different varieties of monkeys, with a knowledgeable guide, and know that these animals had been rescued from cruel pasts,, was a really uplifting and fun experience. Our guide was not only knowledgeable, but made the tour fun. This place does amazing work!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely loved the guide that took us around. He was funny and informative. He made learning about these primates interesting and not boring. The monkeys were brilliant by getting interactive and almost looking at us like we were weird or something. I would definitely go back.

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Bridge of Weir, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely to visit and see different breeds in a natural setting and uncaged. Lots of lemurs and capuchins. Perhaps we were expecting to see a lot more and the tour with a guide seemed to be over sooner than expected. There is a rope/ wooden swing bridge to cross near the end of the tour..... a bit scary! Shut your... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good place to visit with family. You have a guided tour with a knowledgeable and informative guide.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were able to be exceptionally close to all the varieties including the rare Gibbons. We saw squirrel monkeys, Capuchins, for events, two types of lemurs, And many other varieties. We were able to observe at Lankes as the animals interacted with each other and ate food. We highly recommend the sanctuary for your visit.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really great afternoon. We took the hour long tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. We saw 9 out of the 11 species and they were so relaxed in their environment. It was truly amazing to see and a real privilege

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really interesting venue with a great selection of primates. Nets cascading above walkways and close encounters with the inhabitants. The environment is both warm and friendly and especially enlightening for kids.

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Delft, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour is nice and tour guides are good but the prices have gone sky high since my last visit. This for entrance, food and gadgets. Besides that, the counter staff where very cranky. Not gonna visit again.

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