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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 27 March 2013

Expert guide Clive provided great photo opportunites and information regarding different species of monkeys. Truely a walking encyclopedia! No cages and free running monkeys! Not to be missed by beginner and amature photographers!

Thank Nic L
Reviewed 19 March 2013

A fun outdoor experience for the whole family. A great way to get close to the monkeys, and learn a lot about them in the process. The guide was very friendly, and very informative.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 18 March 2013

My husbdand and I took a trip down the Garden route while on our second honyemoon. Monkeylkand was one of our stops. The Guides are very informative, we learnt a lot. Beautiful scenary. We got to see 8 of the 10 monkey species helld in...More

Thank Samantha h
Reviewed 11 March 2013

Very interesting tour by our very knowledgable guide. The monkeys are really fun to watch as they eat, play, court and even mate, all extremely close. Very amusing to have a small squirrel monkey swing down behind me from a tree and try to grab...More

Thank Opher D
Reviewed 4 March 2013

Very interesting as always and a great well spoken guide. Plenty time for photos and questions. Our first time with the kids (aged 4 & 2 yrs) though and although an hour is reasonably short, it proved to be too long for the kids. As...More

Reviewed 24 February 2013

We where in the area and thought this would make for a fun afternoon and it did not disappoint. Walking through what is essentially the monkeys home, they come so close you can almost touch them. Our guide was full of information and did his...More

Thank Lods76
Reviewed 24 February 2013

The guide was very friendly and gave enough time for everyone to take many photographs. She gave us a lot of information about the monkeys and how injured monkeys were being rehabilitated and looked after in this sanctuary. It is a large, open, primate sanctuary...More

Thank BharatGala
Reviewed 22 February 2013 via mobile

The guide was very friendly and patient. Waited for everyone to get enough pictures. The monkeys are definitely free roaming and all around you. They are hilarious and put on a great little show for everyone. It is not too expensive. i wish our tour...More

1  Thank Wazzuangie
Reviewed 21 February 2013

It was very interesting seeing the monkeys moving around in an open environment. The guide was informative and patient with the group. That being said, the tour groups can be large, which can sometime hinder hearing the guide, not to mention you sometimes get badly...More

Thank Shannon C
Reviewed 19 February 2013

This place is so brilliant, to be able to watch the monkeys in their natural habitat is awesome. Guides are so informative and helpful

Thank Corinne B
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20 September 2017|
Response from cobusTheunissen | Reviewed this property |
Hi Yes I am of the opinion that you will be able to move. the one time that I was there there are benches sit on the route that you walk
28 January 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
It's a 30-45min drive from Plettenberg bay
1 January 2017|
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Response from Tina S | Reviewed this property |
Around R300 when I went in October 2016.