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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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Friendly guided tour with photogenic monkeys

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 February 2017
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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 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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.

4 Thank Sam M
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

During a guided walk you will meet a lot of monkees. They are all from different countri3s, so not only South-African. These monkees are not able to go back to their normal habitat. It's a pleasure to see them running, climbing, playing and eating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

First of all if you go there buy a combined ticket for Monekeyland and Birds of Eden. Both attractions are right next to each other. I very much appreciated to explanations from the guide. The monkeys are really fun, because they are used to humans. You will hardly ever see these animals so close - not even in a zoo.

Thank René M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is a sanctuary for rescued monkeys (no apes). Our guide was very informative with a rather nice lightness of touch that made us laugh from time to time. It is a relatively short walk and really opens up the issues around keeping monkeys in captivity and the abuse they may suffer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Very good, nice experience. Friendly guide Ariana, she explained everything about the monkeys,we saw 9 species.

1 Thank Andrej K
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

I'm not a huge fan of monkeys but it was good to get to see them up close and learn about them from the little guided tour. It was also a nice walk through the forest (but bring insect repellant!)

1 Thank DandelionMind
Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We were expecting so much more from this park after Birds of Eden the previous day and we were disappointed. The guide we had didn't seem to know his park. It was repetitive, the group was far too big for enjoyment and he moved at some pace and we couldn't hear anything.. We decided that it was more enjoyable to... More 

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Bristol, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

This was an absolute highlight of our holiday. You talk a walk through a woodland filled with monkeys. Lost of times, some tame some not. When we were there many of the monkeys had babies, which was very cute. Watching the monkeys in an environment closer to their own than it would be in a zoo was such a treat.... More 

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

A gentle 75 mins walk through forest setting with lots of monkeys just roaming free. (They can get out of fenced area but don't as they know the baboons would probably kill them!). A lot of non-African species but all are really interesting. Guide Andrew was fantastic giving lots of information with a great sense of humour! Our grandchildren (5-8)... More 

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