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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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+27 82 979 5683
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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 were at Monkeyland for about 1 - 1.5 hours. Our guide told us a lot of facts about the monkey and the different type of breeds they have in the "jungle". It was a really good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were at Monkeyland for about 1 - 1.5 hours. Our guide told us a lot of facts about the monkey and the different type of breeds they have in the "jungle". It was a really good natural looking enclosure. It was amazing to be so close to monkeys and see how they are without being behind bars. All of... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A brilliant experience, it's so good to see the monkeys in their natural environment. The staff are doing a wonderful job trying to rehabilitate the monkeys back to the bush. The guides are very informative.

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Storms River, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great day the with the family at Monkeyland. When you arrive a guide will welcome you and with a group you will enter the woods were are the monkey's are. The guide will tell you a lot of information in a fun way. At the end you have to pass a bridge. Very nice like you are... More 

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing park for kids who can nearly touch the monkeys! We loved it even if we are adults!

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Thank Pierre R
London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely place to spend an hour, learning about some primates. It was nice to see those other than the usual, Gibbons and Spectacled monkeys for instance. Lots of ringtailed lemurs around too. The guide was quite informative, but I think he was just slightly annoyed that the group wasn't really listening to him, especially when some primates came very... More 

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israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved walking thru this sanctuary and seeing all the good work that they are doing there. Knowing that animals are looked after so well and wonderful. The guide was very informative, well worth the visit.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was great fun. We were escorted by a guide who was very knowledgeable and good fun. It takes about 1.5 hours to walk around. Highlight was the gibbons and the naughty spider monkeys.

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Thank Ginlip
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Different species of monkeys await you here with a guided tour which lasts about an hour. You walk amidst the monkeys in the forest and can see them playing around or just relaxing in trees. They have plenty of room to move back from the tourists and hide in the forest. However, touching of animals is fortunately not allowed.

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Thank Stefan777777
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We absolutely loved Monkeyland! It is a must-see if you're in the crags. They do incredibly good conservation work and it it so thrilling to see so much wildlife up so close

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The guide was knowledgable about the different species and it was interesting to see the monkeys up close and personal with the tour lasted a nice amount of time. I felt there wasn't enough different varieties of monkeys but it was a nice experience.

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