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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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Very nice experience.

It is a must together with the bird-park. But do the Bird-Park first - it is better, but the food at the Monkeyland is better.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DirkVanDerWalt
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a must together with the bird-park. But do the Bird-Park first - it is better, but the food at the Monkeyland is better.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Totally our our stop here as I thought it might be just another tourist trap, but not so. This a sanctuary for monkeys that have been rescued from zoos from all over the world that are now able to roam freely in their surroundings. Our guide was very personable and so knowledgeable! Wow! I learned more about the different types... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was truly a highly recommended site to visit along the Garden Route in South Africa. You will get to see many species of monkeys from many places around the globe. These monkeys are all rescued. The guide was very professional, informative and passionate.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When a business offers you free mosquito repellent...take it, lather it all over you, don't be shy! We were really overrun with mosquitoes even after repellent application. It's not a sales gimmick, they aren't trying to sell you repellent. You need it to go in the woods! Having said that, let me say the tour was awesome. Very informative. Lots... More 

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Thank d m
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Many monkeys and a nice forest. Beware of the mosquitoes! Tour takes an hour. Don't have big apes there unfortunately.

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Thank Ke Vin B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the monkey sanctuary not sure of what was on offer but I was pleasantly surprised you walk through a forest and the monkeys run free. There are 11 species of monkey here and I got to see 8. Guides very knowledgeable and a great way to spend an hour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing experience. Very close up with animals who roam freely. Knowledgeable guide who was personable and attentive. The bird park is next door and also is an amazing attraction. The highlight of our South African journey.

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Great experience! Stay amongst the monkeys and lemurs, almost as part of the group. There are many different species and they get really close.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We normally give this kind of place a miss as we don't like animals as tourist attractions. This was very different. The animals were well looked after and the staff clearly had the animals welfare at the heart of all they do. The walk is delightful and varied and the guide knowledgeable, but most of all she clearly loved the... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great experience and very up close to a variety of monkeys...the guide was excellent . A word of advise bring some strong mosquito repellent they give you some bust it's not good at all...I got 53 bites while on the tour!!

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