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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 1 October 2017

We had been on safari for 3 weeks in Botswana and greater Kruger so we were unsure how would feel about this sanctuary after observing baboons and vervets in the wild. Once we did the tour, however, we loved it. The sanctuary is very large...More

Thank Jann01
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Expert guide Clive took us on a one hour tour of the complex. He was amusing and very informative and I learnt a good deal as well as getting close to a great number of different monkeys. Do go!

Thank TWhyte
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We'd normally avoid a place with this sort of name like the plague, but it had been recommended by friends and it turned out to be really good. You have a guided walk for about an hour through the woodland, and see plenty of different...More

Thank WeasB
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

One is taken on an hour long guided tour through this beautiful primate centre . Our guide , Ricardo did a well presented tour of the sanctuary. It all ends with a walk on the largest suspension bridge in South Africa 128 meters .

Thank AHSchilling
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Again this place like Jukani is defo worth the visit and you can combine both and save some money. You see a lot of monkeys in there natural habitat living side by side. Its funny to listen and see them and the guides are very...More

Thank bigstu1207
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Monkeland. Clive was an excellent guide, very informative and patient. It was really interesting getting close to some many monkeys, lemurs and a few gibbon apes. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and look forwad to visitng again sometime in...More

Thank THC61
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

So many monkeys and so many species! Our guide was great but occasionally I felt like the monkeys got a little too close for my liking although the guide didn't seem worried. The suspension bridge is worthwhile too!

Thank Liesl K
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

So nice to see these monkeys in a natural environment plus an area for them, where even the rangers don't go.many breeds too.Limas from Madagascar were my favourite following you everywhere and warming there bellies in the sun.

Thank Debbie H
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This was such an amazing experience that I'd like to go back again and again. I cannot believe that we could just walk through a wooded area (with a guide of course) and come so close to these beautiful & intelligent animals. It was so...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 17 September 2017

A group of Tourism Professionals recently undertook a trip to Plett to visit Monkeyland. What an amazing experience! Friendly, professional guides with a sense of humor! Thank you Vijver for an amazing experience! A photographers dream!

Thank Riaanjordaan
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17 October 2017|
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Response from shei211 | Reviewed this property |
Hi! there were several tours in english, and other languages also, but not so frequent. If you speak english, dont worry as youll be able to do a tour without waiting more than half hour...if you speak another language, then... More
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20 September 2017|
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Response from Ryan J | Reviewed this property |
It's totally suitable. You only need to walk 20m into the bush to be surrounded by monkeys. Very flat and easy terrain to walk through.
28 January 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
It's a 30-45min drive from Plettenberg bay