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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 25 April 2017

I can empathize with a lot of the poor reviews. Rain, mosquitos and excited children would be off putting to me. However we were in a small group on a warm day in February. The guide was excellent taking his time as we walked through...More

Thank Mardav03
Reviewed 24 April 2017

This is an hour's tour of a Monkey enclosure. you get to walk in the forest with the monkeys who either scuttle or swing past you. the guide provided us interesting insights into the world of monkeys, and a chance to see them up close....More

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

I would recommend this to any one who loves nature and wants n unique experience. It was extraordinary! There are no cages, the primates roam free and are very friendly! Definitely a must!!

Thank Maché v
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This was great fun for the kids! Monkeys are literally everywhere and are super happy on their environment - was a fun experience!!

Thank burmateak
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

The tour takes about an hour. It is really nice to see so many different species of monkeys. Our guide was knowledgeable and keen to answer all of our questions. Be aware that you are walking through a forest so take some warm clothes with...More

Thank krallkatrin
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

An excellent and informative tour and good for lunacy . Guides are very well informed and add a touch of humor.

Thank bmw740il2015
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Our guide was great and that makes all the difference here. No interfering or exploiting of the animals here which is what I like. The monkeys put on a great show and it was fun to learn about them all. The bridge is awesome and...More

Thank Mirrid
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Monkey land was incredible- we had a teenager and 9 yr old with us who thought the place was fantastic. The rangers were so knowledgable and answered all the questions the kids asked. It was a fantastic experience and the monkeys were all free to...More

Thank altasscrew
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
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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