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“Lovely to see Primates in a natural open reserve!”

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
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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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children
Reviewed 12 January 2018

We have been to Monkey land three times since they opened. NB Be sure to spray with mosquito repellent that is provided at the entrance. During our resent visit we were a group of six adults. We also visited Bird of Eden and Jukani on the day. (We made use of the Entertainer to get a half price deal! For all three visits.) Most of us however agreed that we would have loved to spend more time at Birds of Eden. The staff at Monkey land is all very friendly and they do an amazing job to keep the sanctuary so clean well maintained. They sell a booklet, well worth getting, to assist you to identify the different Monkeys. The walk thru the sanctuary is with a very knowledgeable and informative guide though. The primates are very use to people and you are guaranteed some close up encounters. We can recommend it highly!

Thank GerritPretorius
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Our kids loved it and the guide we had was very informative and easy. It was nice to see the monkeys so close.

1  Thank Aileen v
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

We have visited Monekyland on 2 different occasions and it's a great opportunity to see primates up close. Only one species, the vervet monkey, is native Africa as the other residents are rescue animals that had been kept as pets or other situations.

Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately this place is crawling with mosquitos and my whole family was being bitten to death. Not the fault of monkeyland of course. what was unacceptable is that 3 or 4 minutes into the tour we asked to leave due to the number of bites we were getting. The guide refused and made us endure another hour of the tour getting bite after bite. In fact I think she enjoyed our discomfort and took it slow on purpose. There must be a procedure to get people out if necessary and this not only ruined our experience of monkeyland but also the next 3-4 days of our holiday. If you go out on lots of spray and be prepared - I had over 40 bites in my legs alone

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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

1  Thank JLW2370
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