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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

#5 of 14 things to do in The Crags Features Animals
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 1 January 2013

We arrived as a couple expecting this to be for children but we were so wrong. It was just as enjoyable and informative for adults. Our guide was excellent - knowledgeable, friendly and clearly passionate about the animals - which were everywhere! His mantra 'don't...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2012

I have been here many times and the quality is consistently good and offers a SPECIAL experience to to enjoy a guided walk amongst Lemurs, Monkeys, and Apes. The quality of guides is very good and the experience is unique and enjoyable. The bird enclosure...More

1  Thank Allan K
Reviewed 18 December 2012

We fully enjoyed the 1 hour tour in the Monkeyland. We were very fortunate to see many monkeys as they were free-roaming. The monkeys are so cute. We even saw a "bully monkey" who pushed others off the food plateform. It is really an interesting...More

Thank KL1125
Reviewed 17 December 2012

We absolutely LOVED this place. It was so different to what we expected. The monkeys are all free roaming and you walk amongst them in the forest. In fact while we were waiting for our guide we had the pleasure of a ring tailed lemur...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 11 December 2012

Great place. The guide was excellent. We met a lot of different monkeys. Buy a comboticket to the birds of eden!

Thank Bonniebe
Reviewed 5 December 2012

Our guide - Alex - was filled with interesting information and knew all of the monkeys. He made the guided tour great - answering all of our questions and is enthusiastic about the monkeys. There are many different types of monkeys and they surround you...More

Thank hwsnow
Reviewed 2 December 2012

Its intersesting and fun, you just need to realise they are wild, sometimes you will see lots of monkeys and lemurs, other times they maybe hiding. Guides are interesting and knowledgable and make the most of whats around. Always enjoyed it.

Thank lancsprop1
Reviewed 22 November 2012

It was a lovely place to visit and our guide was very informative about the different monkeys that are being housed in this place. This is not just a show place, but a place that serves a purpose, and the work that they do there...More

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 21 November 2012

We read some mixed reviews on Trip Advisor regarding Monkeyland and nearly didn't go. That would have been a big mistake. We had a personal tour with Tom who was excellent, and took some amazing photos. The animals here, although captive, roam free. Yes they...More

Thank NeilLanning
Reviewed 18 November 2012

Great to walk around with your guide and the monkeys swinging or walking by, no cages. Buy the package entrance with the Birds of Eden both great places to visit. Do them on the same day as they are next door to each other.

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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.
29 October 2015|
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Response from Gareth F | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Unfortunately the only way to move through the forest is on a guided tour. The reason is the monkeys can be naughty and with the guides presence they know they may not make trouble. Also there is quite a big hang bridge... More