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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Phone Number:
+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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We came with our 1 year old son and had a great time at monkey land! The guide was great and friendly as well as informative. Our son had an amazing time pointing at the monkeys... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 July 2011
Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

We came with our 1 year old son and had a great time at monkey land! The guide was great and friendly as well as informative. Our son had an amazing time pointing at the monkeys and just going nuts in general.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2010

I was looking forward to Monkeyland. While the monkeys were cute and interesting, our guide was pretty average. He kept usking us questions even though we clearly didn't know the answer. Why not just tell us the facts? We're not 6 years old! I'd recommend you skip this place and instead visit the elehant sanctuary and the cheetah park. Those... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2010

While waiting for the tour to start, a monkey tried to steal my chips ! Great walking among the primates and to watch them roam free. Not sure who was more curious, us or them. The hang bridge is an adventure on it's own. It was a bit hot so the animal were a bit lethargic we were told, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2009

I loved Monkeyland, although I had originally thought of baboons, and bigger monkeys I still enjoyed seeing all the small monkeys and learning about them. Definitely worth it and make sure you don't go visit other places trying to be like Monkeyland! Take time to eat some food in their courtyard and watch all the monkeys come around trying to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2009

It's a nice place to see a lot of monkeys. They literally come up to you and are all around you. Even if you are going to safari's in your trip (as we did) this experience is line nothing else you will do in your life probably. it's worth the one hour...also do the bird's of eden next door..even more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2008

We read about this in a leaflet we saw at our hotel and our initial reaction was that this was going to be some terrible, half-baked tourist attraction designed to relieve us of a sizeable amount money for the privilege of seeing a chimps' tea party... How wrong we were. This had to be one of the highlights of our... More 

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