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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 3 June 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by our tour here. It's wonderful to be so close to all the different monies. Crossing the longest suspension bridge in South Africa at the end whilst trying to negotiate your way past thieving monies was a lot of fun. Would...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Great way to view different species closeup. Plenty of area and space for them all. The mums with their babies were cute. Good to see them at the feeding table they all had a pecking order. Walking over the suspension bridge was of interest as...More

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Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

This was such a fun day! The monkeys have so much room to move about in their large sanctuary and there is still the chance to see them up close. Even before the tour actually started there were monkeys around and above the entrance/picnic tables....More

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 22 May 2017

it is amazing experience to see many spices of monkey in one roof. i had seen monkeys which are not in cage but in open forest environment for the first time without any disturbance to us. staff is very helpful and share all information about...More

Thank sanjay1971
Reviewed 19 May 2017

This is a MUST if you are in the area! Very friendly staff, they are very well informed and able to answer any question asked. Monkeyland will definitely see me again!!

Thank amnicholson27
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The toddlers and younger children all enjoyed seeing the monkeys up close. Very entertaining. Weather dependant - don't go if it rains.

Thank TravelBuddy444
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We visited Monkeyland and the place "Birds of Eden" next door. Monkeyland was a special thrill as I did not expect to get that close to them. For one hour, we as a guided group were walking to a forest. The guide was enthusiastic with...More

Thank siehstewoll
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We had a great time walking through the park. Our guide was very informative, friendly and quite funny. The suspension bridge was a great spot for a family photo which the guide offered to take for all participants. The kids loved being so close to...More

Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

These three Sanctuary's together - Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Cats just had my jaw dropped the entire tours !!! The set-up, the guides, the way the animals are taken care of... all just superbly amazing! The Guides are suuuuuper friendly and knowledgeable!!! It's...More

Thank Pink-Pam-Christine
Reviewed 9 May 2017

This was one of the most pleasant visits we had, our guide was very informative, we have seen lots of different kind of monkeys and even an ape.

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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