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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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+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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Went to monkeyland in late January to visit, and pretty much straight away as you enter, there's monkey's within touching distance of you (just don't touch). The cost to enter I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 February 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Went to monkeyland in late January to visit, and pretty much straight away as you enter, there's monkey's within touching distance of you (just don't touch). The cost to enter I didn't think was too high, and it's great how close the monkeys actually come to you. While walking around, our guide pointed out each type of monkey, and a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Very informative guide really helped with this trip, you get a great chance to get close to the monkeys, who, although they are wild, are used to tourists wandering past ☺

Thank SteveHeugh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

This is a guided walk through a forest. You're not at all aware of any sense of enclosure. There are a huge number of ring tailed lemurs who skip all around you with their babies. The two gibbons (the only apes there) were a particular treat - so happy to lay around right next to you. We took our baby... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful afternoon spent at monkey land. The children and adults can't stop talking about their amazing experience and how well the monkeys are fed. Our guide was so knowledgeable we were so impressed. We were surprised to end the tour walking over a bridge...all I can it was breathtaking!!! I will definitely visit again

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing visit with monkeys at our fingertips from the minute we entered. Guides are so knowledgeable and the monkeys so entertaining. The sanctuary is very large & the animals all free to roam. Photo opportunities at every twist & turn. The largest span suspension bridge is a real surprise. So lovely to see the passion for conservation & rescue that... More 

Thank Jill D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We saw 8 of the 11 species of monkeys at the park, very nicely done and an informative guide. Tickets were pricey, 315 for 1 adult+ 1 child- and totally recommend you bring/wear a hat!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

There were monkeys everywhere and our guide did a great job of telling us about each one! It was an amazing experience to look up and see monkeys swinging from branch to branch... although one almost peed on me so be careful! :)

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Extra nice because all animals are saved from miserable conditions. Our mission is that guests leave our sanctuaries (Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani) with a greater understanding of the World's wildlife and the threats they are facing. One of our main goals is to educate the public about the adverse effects of keeping wild animals as pets, in terms... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

So many species...can hardly remember them all but so lovely to see them so up close. Well guided tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Educational guided tour, well worth the money - you get really close to the animals. Don't miss to visit the "special" monkeys (you have to ask your guide to take you).

Thank Julia T

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