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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

A great opportunity to learn more about monkeys - the guide takes you for a walk through the enclosure [12 HA] and gives a narrative of the animals that you see. Totally unscripted as it depends very much on which animals you see and what...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

Great to see so many monkeys, saw 11 different types and probably about 200 monkeys As you would expect great to watch these animals as so playful and up to lots mischief Also have a bridge can walk over so same height as monkeys in...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2014

This primate rescue center is well worth the tour. You and your expert guide walk the well designed trails though a large contained jungle space. The opportunities for upclose sighting are numerous. The monkeys are well cared for and seem to enjoy their new home....More

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Reviewed 26 February 2014

This February I found myself back in one of my favourite places on the Garden Route- Monkeyland. Why do I feel this way? I love the forest; the ethic and the fact that you get a chance to see more than 550 primates. More about...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Went there with our 7 and 8 year old children.They enjoyed it and so did I! They get you to lather up with their mosquito repellent and out you go. It was the best 'monkey watching' experience I've ever had. They are free to come...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2014

Very interesting, great with a guide, only downside - loads of mosquitoes but the staff offered balm to prevent bites

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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Amazing experience that will blow your mind. It is such a great experience and extremely good work is being performed here so please support them.

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Reviewed 19 February 2014

It is a very intensive tour so you need to be well trained.I was with a special needs girl, she managed it but was very tired afterwards.More

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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2014

Dear Aniko1976 I would like to thank you for your review as we appreciate each and every review as we hope to grow and learn from it. I would just like to inform you and anyone else travelling with a special needs person or just...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2014

We visited monkeyland in a rainy day in february. We didn't expect much but we ended really amazed in this place. Our guide, Hamidi, was very nice and taught us a lot about monkeys. Watching them in freedom was awesome. They make a really work...More

Thank Adriana B
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

The visit is a 1 hour tour through the vast forest. Our guide was excellent and has loads of knowledge. Absolutely awesome experience as all the different species run around free within the large protected area. The monkeys come so close to you, its hard...More

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Response from shei211 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! there were several tours in english, and other languages also, but not so frequent. If you speak english, dont worry as youll be able to do a tour without waiting more than half hour...if you speak another language, then... More
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Response from Ryan J | Reviewed this property |
It's totally suitable. You only need to walk 20m into the bush to be surrounded by monkeys. Very flat and easy terrain to walk through.
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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
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