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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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+27 82 979 5683

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary...

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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Professionally run with very knowledgeable guides. It was truly amazing. We went in the rain and it was still worth it. Well maintained. Not many places like this where it is run... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2016
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Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Professionally run with very knowledgeable guides. It was truly amazing. We went in the rain and it was still worth it. Well maintained. Not many places like this where it is run so efficiently and where you don't feel like every cent was worth it and more

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited monkeyland what a great experience. Our guide was awesome, he was friendly and knowledgeable. He answered all our questions. You can see he has a passion for what he does.

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Rehovot, Israel
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Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

All members in our party, ranging in age from 6 to 70+, greatly enjoyed our visit to Monkeyland, much more than we had expected we would! This is a shelter for rescued monkeys from all over the world, with some 500-600 free-roaming monkeys of 11 different species. You are guided through the huge forested enclosure and given a fascinating explanation... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

It was brilliant to be able to see the monkeys in the 'wild' rather than locked in cages, and how well they all live together.

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Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our walk around Monkeyland. It took just over an hour and we saw all of the different species of monkey that live there. The guide was brilliant and gave us lots of information about the monkeys. The walk was through the forest and, as we visited during South Africa's winter, it did get a little chilly so... More 

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2016

Enjoyed a repeat visit. An opportunity to immerse yourself with a range of monkeys/ lemurs. My teenage son and I both really enjoyed the visit. Lovely walk in the enclosure which is well laid out. Cafe on site.

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Eemnes, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

Overrated. Walk trough any other forest and you Will see the same but in the wild The tour takes about one hour. Animals are feeded non stop .

Thank nicoeemnes
Sydals, Denmark
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Reviewed August 9, 2016

We visited this sanctuary after have visited Birds of eden. Opposite Birds of eden, Monkeyland is a guided tour, where the animal keepers walk around with you between the monkeys, and tell you everything about the monkeys. This tour take 1-1,5 hours, and is very interesting, and all the monkeys are so cute :-) I learned a lot about monkeys... More 

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Reviewed August 9, 2016

Such a fun spot to go, kids had a ball watching the monkeys. Well trained staff and every one is so friendly.

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Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Loved our trip here! Only need an hour or so as it is very much a guided tour, but so well done and interesting. Saw huge selection of monkeys and learnt loads. Definitely recommended.

Thank Andrea F

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