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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 15 November 2013

My brother his fiance and myself visited Monkeyland I was skeptical at first I mean what is so great about a monkey. I was in for a surprise our guide Thiam was absolutely fantastic he knew his job the info we were given was unbelievable...More

Thank Jennifer-Ann P
Reviewed 15 November 2013

An excellent sanctuary, guide very knowledgeable, knew his inhabitants very well and introduced us to an attention seeking one by demonstrating how, by ignoring this particular monkey, it would soon tire of being attention seeking and wander away. It's fantastic wandering through this natural forest...More

Thank happy_vegemite_too
Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

If you are on the garden route you need to go and visit it but don't get your expectations high because you may get disappointed. First thing which was disappointing is that you are walking there with a guide which means you are limited on...More

Thank Ron D
HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2013

Dear Ron D Thank you for your review, we appreciate each and every review. I am sorry we did not meet your expectations. But please note our forest is 12 hectare and it will be near impossible to monitor everyone if they where allowed to...More

Reviewed 12 November 2013

We weren't planning on visiting this attraction, but we are so glad we did. This large cornered off forest environment is a perfect habitat for the 10 species homed here. Its wonderful to be so close to these little critters, seeing them happily swinging along...More

Thank NadiaNilsen
Reviewed 12 November 2013

My wife and I went here by chance not really expecting much but we were very pleasantly surprised and we ended up really enjoying the visit. You get a guided tour through the forest where the monkeys roam free. It is as close as they...More

Thank Ian D
Reviewed 11 November 2013

The guided tour through the dense forest is great. The guide is very knowledgeable, and his love and enthusiasm for the monkeys they care for shows through in his narrative. We had the opportunity of seeing many different species up close. Note of caution for...More

Thank Shaan M
HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2013

Dear Shaan M Thank you kindly for the review you did for us, we appreciate all reviews. I would like to comment on our Suspension Bridge and tell you a secret - my first visit to Monkeyland I was too scared to cross! For all...More

Reviewed 8 November 2013

Wewere short on time when tgrying to fit in all the attractions at the Crags and found we could enter free of charge by visiting their cafe and this gave one a chance to see some of the monkeys. The cafe is somewhat basic and...More

Thank Wacky the Wizard
Reviewed 6 November 2013

The hour long tour here is well worth doing. Guides are very informative and make sure you see the monkeys really well. Wandering around the forest areas with free roaming monkeys was great fun for us and our 11 year old. You see lots of...More

Thank sophia27
Reviewed 6 November 2013

It was a really nice day when we went and the staff were all extremely friendly. Tours leave regularly so we didn't have to wait long. The tour was really informative and funny. Lauren made us feel right at home and although the group size...More

Thank Loz S
Reviewed 3 November 2013

We added Monkeyland to our itinerary at the last minute and are glad we did, it was a lot of fun! We arrived around 2:15 and were able to start the tour at 2:20 (they run every 20 minutes) and it lasted about an hour....More

Thank daisey_1_1
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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