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“Interactive and entertaining”

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
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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, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Much like watching cats the monkeys were unpredictable but enjoyable to watch, the guide was patient and informative and gave us a bit more time to see the animals again which was greatly appreciated.. Great range of primates, including howler monkeys and langurs, and a Gibbon. Animals looked happy and healthy, staff with great attitudes. Excellent attraction... Just watch where you stand when with the lemurs. Nothing to detract.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I wasn't sure what to expect at this sanctuary but it was a wonderful experience. The guide that takes you around is very informative about the different species you see and you get really close to them with wonderful picture opportunities. Watching the lemurs sunning themselves was a real hoot. As an aside, if need glasses to see well, you best give this place a miss. Because monkeys are such kleptomanics you are told to put your glasses away during the walking tour. This is not told to you until after you purchase your ticket! Luckily I can get about without them but walking amongst trees and then a suspension bridge was a bit daunting without my glasses!

Thank Aussiepam
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Approaching Monkeyland, a visitor is immediately aware of this high, massive netted structure which covers some 12 hectares of indigenous forest . The structure was created to give sanctuary to a variety of exotic and ordinary primates and birds that have been rescued and now live in a sheltered and protected environment. Once inside the structure you are unaware of the massive netting canopy overhead. I am completely in awe of what the owners have done here and the large variety of primates appear to be truly content, their welfare being of prime importance to those who care for them. May this sanctuary always enjoy the support of those who come to visit.

Thank Merle F
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Definitely both are worth a visit and amazing to get so close to all of the monkeys and birds. Large variety of monkeys and birds. At monkeyland you have to explore the sanctuary with a guided tour, which was pretty informative, but we personally enjoyed Birds of Eden where you are free to roam the aviary at your own time.

Thank buurtwag
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

This place was established as a sanctuary for mistreated or unwanted primates. You are shown round by a very knowledeable guide (in our case, Clive, who had a great sense of humour and kept things interesting throughout, thanks to his wry comments).

Thank Trentmeister
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