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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 29 March 2017 via mobile

When a business offers you free mosquito repellent...take it, lather it all over you, don't be shy! We were really overrun with mosquitoes even after repellent application. It's not a sales gimmick, they aren't trying to sell you repellent. You need it to go in...More

Thank d m
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Many monkeys and a nice forest. Beware of the mosquitoes! Tour takes an hour. Don't have big apes there unfortunately.

Thank Ke Vin B
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

I went to the monkey sanctuary not sure of what was on offer but I was pleasantly surprised you walk through a forest and the monkeys run free. There are 11 species of monkey here and I got to see 8. Guides very knowledgeable and...More

Thank Fiona K
Reviewed 24 March 2017

An amazing experience. Very close up with animals who roam freely. Knowledgeable guide who was personable and attentive. The bird park is next door and also is an amazing attraction. The highlight of our South African journey.

Thank northstartravels
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Great experience! Stay amongst the monkeys and lemurs, almost as part of the group. There are many different species and they get really close.

Thank Henrique S
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We normally give this kind of place a miss as we don't like animals as tourist attractions. This was very different. The animals were well looked after and the staff clearly had the animals welfare at the heart of all they do. The walk is...More

Thank anneha451
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

A great experience and very up close to a variety of monkeys...the guide was excellent . A word of advise bring some strong mosquito repellent they give you some bust it's not good at all...I got 53 bites while on the tour!!

Thank Aine S
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

An amazing place. We throughly enjoyed our visit. There were so many monkeys all in there natural habitat. It is a non profitable sanctuary. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. If you come to plettingberg this is a must

Thank sfarkley
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Walking free through a landscape populated by 13 different types of monkey + lemurs is one really nice way to spend an hour or so. The guide was informative and the monkeys fascinating to watch at close quarters. Next door to Birds of Eden and...More

Thank AdrianB144
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I recently brought a family of Four Americans to Monkeyland. They really enjoyed the experience. There is a wide variety of Monkeys to be seen and a knowledgeable Guide takes you through the reserve

Thank Peter G
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Can someone tell me please, is Monkeyland near Plettenberg Bay? We have a stay of 3 days there so are looking for some good sites, attractions to see. Thanks
28 January 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
It's a 30-45min drive from Plettenberg bay
Hi how much is the entrance fee.
1 January 2017|
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Response from Tina S | Reviewed this property |
Around R300 when I went in October 2016.
Hi, we will be visiting in January with our then almost two-year-old son. Do I have to go on a tour? Don't know if a two year old will/can/wants to stick to a schedule lol. Can we move around freely, maybe after the tour? Cheers :)
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