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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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Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
+27 82 979 5683
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Apart from listening to the odd tourist ask the guide really stupid questions like "Do you own a monkey?" (this is a sanctuary that rescues abandoned monkeys and teaches people that monkeys are NOT pets!), Monkeyland was a wonderful experience. My highlights were taking photos...More

Thank DesireeHaakonsen
Reviewed 21 July 2013

Kids enjoyed the guided tour that is just the right length for little ones to keep up and enjoy. Very well kept and monkeys looks well looked after. Definitely recommended for a family outing!

Thank Clessing
Reviewed 20 July 2013

Saw nine out of the ten species that there were! Suprisingly friendly monkeys and they literally run right across your feet! Guides are awesome and the swing bridge was fantastic to walk across! Was a great day and we will go back anytime!

Thank Francois V
Reviewed 19 July 2013 via mobile

Very informative, excellent and most friendly guides. You absolutely get lost in the experience! Very highly recommended, a once in a lifetime encounter!!!

Thank Celestine L
Reviewed 16 July 2013

Really enjoyed this visit. I am very nervous around animals and was on tender hooks as you are literally walking through the forest full of monkeys, but was happy none came near me. I'm sure if they did, the guide would have helped. But i...More

Thank toolerbun
Reviewed 15 July 2013

Our 2nd visit in 10 years! Not alot of change, but it is great to see that the facility are kept maintained and that the animals are well looked after. the tour guide were very proffesional and informative. A great family experience, we definetly come...More

Thank Tania K
Reviewed 9 July 2013

It would be necessary to travel around the world several times to see all of the primates you will encounter in several hours. We did the tour with a guide, had a small snack...and did it again ! The first time around was breathtaking.....do it...More

Reviewed 4 July 2013

How to see a good variety of Lemurs and Monkeys in our own country, living the good life and enjoying the beautiful forest environment. Clive is happy to share his knowledge about these amazing creatures. We enjoyed walking across the suspension bridge above the forest...More

Thank Rodney A
Reviewed 3 July 2013

This was our second visit in the past eight years, the sanctuary has not changed much but it's great to see all the primates up close and personal, the guide was very informative and you could see she enjoys her job. The walk around in...More

Thank DeanSouthAfrica
Reviewed 3 July 2013

This was my second visit to Monkeyland and once again the staff impressed me with their passion and knowledge. The primates themselves are just incredible and what a privilege to be so close to enjoy their behaviour. What a wonderful sanctuary for these special animals....More

Thank BrendaDT
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17 October 2017|
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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.
28 January 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
It's a 30-45min drive from Plettenberg bay