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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: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking
Reviewed July 3, 2013

This was our second visit in the past eight years, the sanctuary has not changed much but it's great to see all the primates up close and personal, the guide was very informative and you could see she enjoys her job. The walk around in not very taxing but gives you a good feel about the habitat of the monkeys and there is a shop and canteen on the premises that offered reasonably priced food, drink and toys

Thank DeanSouthAfrica
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

This was my second visit to Monkeyland and once again the staff impressed me with their passion and knowledge. The primates themselves are just incredible and what a privilege to be so close to enjoy their behaviour. What a wonderful sanctuary for these special animals. Definitely do not drive by this special place.

Thank BrendaDT
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Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Overall this is a great experience, but what makes it great it the staff. Attention to detail... personal touch. I love it!
If you are interested in both the Monkeyland and the Birds of Eden you can get the combo price saving a couple of bucks.

Thank TouristGuideAlbert
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

This is the second time we have been there and loved it both times although I think there were less monkeys there this time.
A big focus of the tour was on the one gibbon they have. There used to be 3 gibbons but they had to remove two of them for being "too familiar " with the visitors.
The hour tour goes fast and was still a lot of fun.
The tour guide was very good and did a great job explaining about the monkeys and apes.

Thank lizianp
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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2013

Dear Retiree60

I am so glad to hear this was your second visit...and hopefully not your last. I would just like to mention that we do not have any less Primates, we actually have more! However with the cold days we have been experiencing they are a bit hard to see. We always say it is almost like "a game drive" if you go through the forest again you will have a totally different experience. THAT is why you can use your Monkeyland ticket to do as many tours on your day as you wish to fit in. We keep the tours to an hour to try and accommodate all our visitors, so please remember next time to go through again and again. You are also welcome to ask for a Private tour. Just contact us ahead of time and we will organize it for you. A Private tour is available for all our guests and cost nothing extra.

I also would like to mention that yes, sadly 2 of our Gibbons (who where hand reared) had to placed in our Special Monkey Home. A slap from a Gibbon is no fun. However we recently released new Gibbons into Monkeyland...Siam who made international news with her special video clips is still a bit shy but soon we will hopefully have even more. Did you see our Bearded Saki's who are also quite new? And once their quarantine has been completed we will have Spider Monkeys roaming in our forest!!

We look very much forward to seeing you again and again we hope! Have a wonderful day.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

On arrival, a guide took us to the reception area explaining do's and dont's. The lady at the counter helped us in a very friendly manner and showed us where to wait for tour to start. At arrival at the restaurant, the waitress was there immediately. As it was very cold and only had 10 minutes, we asked how quickly we could have a coffee. It was instant but not instant coffee. We were in time for tour to start. After coffee we moved to the area where tour was to start. It was on time. Tour itself was very informative, saw most of the animals. Lots of ringtale lemurs, my favourite.
I love Birds of Eden as the tour can be done in your own time, photographers dream. So I can recommend, do take the time to visit Monkeyland and Bird of Eden and take your time while doing it!

Thank Petro02061968
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