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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Address: Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 82 979 5683
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). SAASA...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: 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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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Loved the guided tour, it was so informative and I found myself being just as captivated by the tour guides knowledge and interesting facts as well as the rare opportunity to be so close to such a large variety of monkeys in their natural surroundings going about their daily lives and not being bothered by our presence at all. I... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Disclaimer: I am a primate nerd NUT! I'm obsessed with anything monkey, financially adopted an orangutan, and can waste a whole day watching primates on animal planet. My husband, less enthusiastic but still an animal guy, tolerates my obsession and planned this visit to Monkeyland. Eternal brownie points, hubs! Our tour guided walk through the acres where 13 species of... More 

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Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I joined the lovely team of people (and monkeys) for a few days as a volunteer and I must say I will definitely go back for a longer stay. Being a major animal lover myself, this place is paradise. I've fallen in love with atlas, the gibbon, as well as all the other funny characters :) it warms my heart... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We joined a tour and was interesting to hear about the different monkeys. Nice to wander around and see them. Make sure you wear plenty of mosquito repellent!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Very interesting way to interact with animals and a very informative guide and well worth the money.

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Cape Town
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Situated next to Birds of Eden, Monkeyland is a must see. The whole experience of walking through the forest and the different species of monkeys checking you out and sometimes walking next to you ! is amazing. The guides are very passionate and informative .

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Lovely forest walk, tour is about an hour. Our guide (Lozz) was great, good sense of humor and we saw all 11 species of monkeys (and 1ape). Well worth the time, fun attraction and the monkeys leave a smile on your face as you leave.

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Monkeyland is surely one of the best kept Primate Sanctuaries. This is a must visit for any individual, Family or Group. See the Monkeys in their Natural Habitat like it was intended for them to be. Tony and Lara and the entire Staff make this an unforgettable experience.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I'm not really the touristic type and I try to avoid the most crowded places on my holidays - I would rather see the animals out in wild nature. Therefore I was a bit afraid that our visit to the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary was going to be a bit too much. But in fact I was pleasantly surprised. We got... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This experience is not for the faint hearted. We were told to apply the cream supplied to deter the Mosquitos . We duly did this only to be told, whilst on our tour, by our guide that the cream seems to encourage the little pests to bite you even more. As my experience of being bitten was negligible I hoped... More 

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