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“Something different” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Ranked #5 of 12 things to do in The Crags
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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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Port Elizabeth
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“Something different”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

Nice to see different species and not always the velvet monkey and baboons on the road. Watch out they steal your food, or throw stuff at you, or jump onto your heads.

Visited January 2013
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“monkeys up close.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

plenty to see and enjoy here, and guides take you around. Make sure to look up as some are in the trees.....

Visited November 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Loved It!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

Such a lovely experience. We got to see all 10 species of monkeys in the park and it is good to see how well looked after the animals are. They are all free to leave the park but prefer to stay indoors. Our faverouts were the Cuppuccino monkeys with all their funny hairstyles and the white Ape.

Visited September 2013
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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Dear CrousA
Thank you for the review as we appreciate each and every review. I would like to thank you some extra for sharing those beautiful photos with us. I am so glad you enjoyed it and that you got to see all 8 the Species!! The Capuchins sure are great with their funky hairdo's! The White Ape was Atlas our Gibbon - he sure is amazing right? He tends to think he is a Capuchin!
We hope you will come and visit us again in the future!
Kindest Regards
Vijver
Social Media Manager of SAASA
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“Very unique and educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

My husband and I recently visited Monkeyland while traveling on our honeymoon. Looking back, it was one of our favorite places. We saw SO many monkeys and lemurs! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and interested in finding all of the different species, while teaching our group about the importance of Monkeys living free and in the wild. Although Monkeyland is a gated monkey community covering several acres of natural forest land, many can escape easily should they choose to - all come back very quickly because of how well they are treated there. The monkeys are not domestic, they will not come to you expecting to be fed because there is ample food provided for them on high tables throughout the sanctuary. They will come close to you, swing above you, and offer some great photo ops! Your pass is good for the entire day, so you can go on as many guided tours as you'd like. Definitely add this to your itinerary!

Visited November 2013
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HerRoyalHickup, Social Media Manager at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Dear Tanya L

Thank you kindly for your very nice review. I would like to thank you for reminding everyone that the tickets are DAY TICKETS. I would also like to thank you for the wonderful photos you shared with us (and the rest of the world)

We do hope that you will come and visit us again soon. Also....congratulations with the marriage we wish you the best of the best for the life ahead as hubby and wife!

Kindest Regards
Vijver
Social Media Manager
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Wilderness, South Africa
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“Monkeying around!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

We enjoyed a really interesting guided tour amongst several species of free roaming primates at this attraction about 20 km outside of Plettenberg. The tour guide was helpful and friendly - we saw lots of monkeys large and small, as well as a newborn Squirrel Monkey clinging to mum. There also seemed to be quite a lot of large tortoise just ambling about. We'll worth the long drive to get there.

Visited November 2013
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