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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 15 August 2017 via mobile

This is a rehabilitation center for monkeys and apes from around the world. The tour provides close views of free roaming monkeys and other primates. The guide is knowledgeable and interesting. Allow about 90 minutes. Associated with the Birds of Eden and combo tickets are...More

Thank Toby R
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Thank goodness for places like this. Second chances for primates in need. This is a guided tour through the habitat. You never know what those crazy monkeys will do. Lots of primates to see. Some walking down the path. Others swinging in the trees. This...More

Thank Katie H
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This place is THE place to go and see monkeys. They are as free as they can be on places like this. I really enjoyed the visit and learned a lot from the guide.

Thank shei211
Reviewed 6 August 2017

A one hour guided tour through forest which was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us information about the various monkeys as we walked along the trail. The monkeys were running free and we were warned not to get too close and we...More

Thank Serge665
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Super trip shown around by Didi. Lots of information about all of the monkeys and a chance to get up close and see so many of the in their natural habitat!

Thank amyamo1985
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to monkeyland. The visit takes the form of a walk through the forest with a guide. The monkeys roam freely so you never know who you will meet next. Our guide was very knowledgable and entertaining.

Thank trew68
Reviewed 2 August 2017

An awesome place. We had planned to visit this and Birds of Eden on our way to Storms River but glad we ended up making a day trip out of it from Knysna...gave us all the extra time. Very informative guide. The 'King Julians' were...More

Thank worldiscoverer
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We visited at the last minute after change of plans, but spent 90 minutes there. Due to staying at the protea hotel we had 20% discount which bought it down to a reasonable price for a family of four including two students. Were on a...More

Thank Phillip A
Reviewed 30 July 2017

I did the tour of the monkey sanctuary. The guide in the park was super informative and funny. They explained clearly everything going on with the monkeys in the park. I learned a lot about these animals. Would highly recommend.

Thank IanLuo
Reviewed 27 July 2017

the sanctuary has numerous old and new world monkeys running free. You get very close but no touching . The large numbers of lemurs were especially nice to see. The guide was very knowledgeable . well worth a visit if you are nearby.

Thank mark w
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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