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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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.

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.

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

Thank Heather C
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.

Thank andrewDublin_Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

Monkeys in a confined but spacious habitat with a tour through with knowledgable guide. Typical " tourist" trip if that's what you're happy to do.

Thank sledwards21
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

Very cheap and did not take long to get there from our hotel. The guides have a really good knoweldge.

Thank HullSara18
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

The tour was a little boring due to the not very vast choice of monkeys. Lucky for us we had Dwayne, our guide, a real good guy, funny and very prepared on the matter. This was our second time round after some years.

Thank Roberto Z
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We had a really good 2-3hrs or so here. It depends if you really like wildlife or not whether to go here. The monkeys look very healthy and are obviously enjoying their habitat. You can get very close up and get some excellent experiences - not to mention photos. Yes it is controlled, it has to be. The guide we... More 

Thank Timothy John D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I was thrilled to visit the sanctuary and have a guided tour, this was a once in a lifetime experience, I was up close and was getting the most spectacular photos of such friendly monkeys! I never thought I'd be laughing as much as I did but some of the monkeys actually have personalities that you wouldn't believe! They smile... More 

Thank Krista S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We were advised to visit Monkey Primate Sanctuary by our tour guide. Primate Sanctuary was over priced and a waste of our time. We learnt nothing about the monkeys and there are better places to visit and see along the garden route.

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