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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 16 April 2017 via mobile

Much more than we expected! Guide was wonderful! We went as a family and loved it. Take walking shoes and mozzi repellant.

Thank J l
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

The huge fenced off sanctuary makes for a beatiful forest home for all the rescued monkeys! Great experience getting to know interesting facts about all the different species from a very knowledgeable guide! Must do if you're in the area!

Thank Daniël R
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Felt guilty as this is the sort of place you take children and we were just four overgrown pensioners, but we loved it. The species here are not indigenous, but they are very loveable and seem to have a good life. Our guide was very...More

Thank Newforestpat
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This and birds of Eden are must visits and if possible the big cats, if you visit Plettenberg. But be warned cover up as the Mosquitos bite during the day! The rangers are knowledgeable and the monkeys roam free and approach feeding points so that...More

Thank 700tom
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Definitely a great way to learn all about Monkeys in the most relaxing and exciting way possible. The monkeys are interactive and playful. The tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable in the many different species found within the forest. The suspension bridge definitely adds to...More

Thank Monique V
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We had a great time at Monkey Land! Our guide Dwayne was really funny and knowledgeable and definitely added up to an already fantastic place. There were so many monkeys and we really got to see them up close. Normally I would think this interaction...More

Thank AntonioPedroRocha
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I was a little wary when my guide advised me to take my group of clients to Monkeyland as I had visions of sad faces in cramped conditions but I was so impressed with what the reality was. This sanctuary for many different monkeys and...More

Thank Aussiepom72
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Was a rainy morning but despite this we still saw plenty of the species they have. Each member of our family found their favourite little monkey. Would have liked it more if the guides could be giving little back knowledge about the trees and vegetation...More

Thank Jeanne H
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Good place to visit. Friendly staff and a lot of monkeys. 500 monkeys and 11 different species... a definite must. We got to saw 9 out of the 11 species. The guide really knew his stuff and wasn't afraid to answer any of our questions.

Thank Karel v
Reviewed 11 April 2017

It is absolutely amazing and wonderful to be able walk around the sanctuary and have the monkeys treat you like just another monkey. They are all around you and totally free roaming. I love this place so much that we go every year on our...More

Thank YvonneMA
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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