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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

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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Go Ape over Monkeyland

Our visit to Monkeyland was a fascinating experiance and one very much enjoyed by our 2 young kids. Our guide was excellent and the facility was top class. we were fortunate... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2012
Wayne K
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

Our visit to Monkeyland was a fascinating experiance and one very much enjoyed by our 2 young kids. Our guide was excellent and the facility was top class. we were fortunate enough to spot all the different species at monkeyland even those in liimited numbers. well worth the visit.

Thank Wayne K
Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Changed a bit since we were there a couple of years ago, since they do not buy any monkeys and only take from zoo’s and monkeys from previous private ownership the species change from time to time. We went with our kids this time and they enjoyed it a lot – it really is special to get so close to... More 

Thank devilliers
Knysna, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

Thank you Fabian for a fantastic guide, we really enjoyed ourselfs especialy the kids. We were there yesterday with 2 small kids, and my daughter trusted you more than her mom when she was scared of the monkey at the brigde. Kind regards Paul (under milkwood resort, knysna)

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

My husband, who loves monkeys, and I came here and did the one hour tour. We absolutely loved it. We got to see many different types of primates and learned a bit about them, too. We could get very close the monkeys, closer than we would have ever expected, truly. Be sure to check out the monkey hospital, too, for... More 

Thank brytness
Cape Town
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

Monkeyland is a very special place. The primates are free-roaming, and one wonders through the forest in the company of guides who know their monkeys - they will find lemurs, gibbons, squirrel monkeys and cappucians, as well as several other rare species, and they will know about each species in detail. The monkeys are content to watch us pass, and... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

great attraction for everybody, loads of monkeys which are easy to view and take photos of as they run around you etc. Good to view limas and learn about the rehabilitation work that is done here. Great value at about £14 pp for here and Birds of Eden, will take up a whole day

Thank Andrew M
Loughton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

The first thing that most people seemed to like about this, when we were there, is that it isn't a zoo. The monkeys are part of a welfare and conservation scheme, and that not only means that your money is going towards the care of animals, but also that you are walking amongst the monkeys, rather than looking at them... More 

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WA State
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

We had an amazing time but mainly because we had the best guide....we went to this site on recommendation of our private tourist guide Allan Theron from Western Cape Tours...he was specific that we needed to wait for Bert to be the guide so we could get a great deal of information while on our visit, and he was right...... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

It is very interactive and we saw much more than we expected to.

Thank LeanneStefans
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Fun with family especially the children and the staff were multilinguals

Thank stanleyalbert

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