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“A relaxing and educational afternoon.”

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 young children, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 2, 2014

I was very impressed with my visit to Monkeyland. I was told by people that already visited the place that it is an absolute must visit, so some friends and I decided to try it out while we were in the area.

We didn't really care much for curios at the store, so I can't comment on the prices, but everything seemed neat and in place. There is also a restaurant at the establishment.

Our tour guide was Jacob, a volunteer from Germany. He was very knowledgeable about the different monkeys we encountered and was also thorough in answering questions asked to him by the people in the tour group.

All the monkeys in Monkeyland were once owned by people or zoos; the exception of course is the velvet monkey that is found in that area of South Africa;, and Monkeyland tries to rehabilitate them into a pseudo natural environment where they can roam freely. This rehabilitation consists of them learning from what other monkeys are doing in the wild (monkey see, monkey do) and making them less dependent from humans.

Feeding tables can be seen spread throughout the park and it is interesting to see how different species visit different feeding tables.

All in all it is a great experience to see monkeys roaming freely in a vast forest. The monkeys do not hesitate to come close, making for some great photo opportunities.

If you are in the area make some time to visit Monkeyland, it is absolutely worth it.

Thank aQuafr3sh
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Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

So wonderful to visit a place that doesn't exploit animals for money. Our guide was so helpful. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Jessica P
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Great to see the monkeys moving around in their natural environment, our guide was full of interesting information and happy to answer any questions

Thank Sarahj1471
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

I visited Monkeyland together with my father: the guide was very nice and knowledgable. Monkeys are completely free within the sanctuary area, and sometimes they even get very close to the visitors. We would recommend it to tourists of any age - very interesting for the older ones, as well as extremely family friendly for visitors with young children.

Thank LoveForTravelling101
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Was very disappointed when we arrived at Jukani that the reception at Monkeyland did not offerred as the package deal icluding all three sancturies.

Thank Linda S
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