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“Walking with the animals!”

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Milton Keynes, Bucks, UK
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64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Walking with the animals!”
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

A great facility where the primates have free roam. Although it's a no touch place, you are actually side by side nature.

The selection of monkeys is fantastic and the guide very knowledgeable.

Visited March 2017
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A great afternoon”
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Monkey roam wild throughout the park, informative guides. A great place to visit. Hold on to your belongings, some of the monkeys are cheeky and will grab what they can !! But well worth a visit.

Visited March 2017
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed 10 March 2017

To walk through the jungle, surrounded by different varieties of monkeys, with a knowledgeable guide, and know that these animals had been rescued from cruel pasts,, was a really uplifting and fun experience. Our guide was not only knowledgeable, but made the tour fun. This place does amazing work!

Visited March 2017
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
“A laugh and a Half”
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Absolutely loved the guide that took us around. He was funny and informative. He made learning about these primates interesting and not boring. The monkeys were brilliant by getting interactive and almost looking at us like we were weird or something. I would definitely go back.

Visited February 2017
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Bridge of Weir, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A bit disappointing!”
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely to visit and see different breeds in a natural setting and uncaged. Lots of lemurs and capuchins. Perhaps we were expecting to see a lot more and the tour with a guide seemed to be over sooner than expected. There is a rope/ wooden swing bridge to cross near the end of the tour..... a bit scary! Shut your eyes and get a good grip!
There are the usual baboons around...
Would recommend a visit.

Visited February 2017
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