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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
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US$18,75*
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Monkeyland Guided Tour in Plettenberg Bay
Ranked #5 of 16 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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 8 January 2018

We visited here in december and it was just fab. The guides areellent and we had some really close encounters with the monkeys, lots of spieces to see and lern about. The monkeys are well fed and looked after. highly recommended

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

There are about 600 monkeys from 11 different species in this 12 hectare free-roaming sanctuary. I will recommend that you go early in the morning because it gets quite busy later in the day. Because I was early I was lucky enough to walk through the sanctuary with my own guide. Clive was great. You get to see the monkeys up close and they seem not to be bothered by your presence. There are feeding tables for the monkeys every fifty meters or so where they gather for food and you can get a closer look at them. They do have citronella there to rub on for bugs before you embark on your journey through the beautiful natural forest, but I must have missed a spot because I got bitten by a mosquito anyway. This sanctuary boasts one of the longest hanging bridges in the southern hemisphere. I will recommend visiting both Monkeyland and Birds of Eden together. They are next door to each other and it is a bit cheaper if you opt to visit both. I'd say its worth a visit, especially if you have kids.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Do this activity with next door Eden. It's the opposite of Eden with a guided tour (which is welcomed) and far from the structured Eden in the walk through "forest land" however the two locations compliment each other perfectly. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank RogerP127
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

This was an interesting visit, learning and seeing the different species of monkey. We really enjoyed it. They are very loud!!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank michelleGon
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

This park is a real adventure with the Monkeys, our guide was nice,but not as lively as the one at Eden bird scantuary.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Mike_G6308
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