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“Monkeyland” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
+27 82 979 5683
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Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

My husbdand and I took a trip down the Garden route while on our second honyemoon. Monkeylkand was one of our stops.

The Guides are very informative, we learnt a lot. Beautiful scenary. We got to see 8 of the 10 monkey species helld in th park. Have already and will recommned it for futire trips to friends, fmaily and tourists.
Amazing to exoreice the beauty of your own country.

Visited March 2013
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting tour by our very knowledgable guide. The monkeys are really fun to watch as they eat, play, court and even mate, all extremely close. Very amusing to have a small squirrel monkey swing down behind me from a tree and try to grab my sunglasses from my head, luckily they have a headband so he jumped on empty pawed ...
Highly recommended

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“'Pit stop' possibility?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting as always and a great well spoken guide. Plenty time for photos and questions. Our first time with the kids (aged 4 & 2 yrs) though and although an hour is reasonably short, it proved to be too long for the kids. As awesome as seeing a 'King Julian' lemur was for them, we needed a toilet break somewhere along the way for them or a way back to 'base'. Think we will visit again only when they are older.

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“Informative Guide and cheeky Monkeys”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We where in the area and thought this would make for a fun afternoon and it did not disappoint. Walking through what is essentially the monkeys home, they come so close you can almost touch them. Our guide was full of information and did his best to spot all the different species of monkey here. We did well 9 out of 10. It was good fun. Not a long tour maybe 1.5hr but good value for money

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“Need Many More Such Sanctuaries URGENTLY!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The guide was very friendly and gave enough time for everyone to take many photographs. She gave us a lot of information about the monkeys and how injured monkeys were being rehabilitated and looked after in this sanctuary.

It is a large, open, primate sanctuary and there is enough space, trees and foliage for monkeys to roam about freely without fear of predators.

The guide described different species of monkeys and their unique behavior. Ten minutes into the sanctuary and we came across a female monkey clinging on to her baby. Apparently, the baby was dead two days ago, but the female refused and was unwilling to accept the fact. This interaction brought tears into our eyes.

The sanctuary gives a truthful insight into the condition of monkeys, and how mankind has been responsible for the destruction of their habitat and their present day misery.

There is a need for more such sanctuaries so that we are able to preserve and restore the remaining wildlife.

Visited May 2012
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