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“Monkeys with no cages:)”

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
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Monkeyland Guided Tour in Plettenberg Bay
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in The Crags
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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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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“Monkeys with no cages:)”
Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

It's really refreshing to go to see animals and not have then all locked up behind bars. Monkeyland is definitely worth a stop. Go early in the morning while the are still being fed

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“An unforgettable experience with primates”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

It is such a pleasure to see monkeys, lemurs and apes roaming around in the jungle, while you can closely observe them without interfering them. We also had a lemur walked past us, which is something that we can't imagine.

Visited January 2014
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Jeffreys Bay
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“Expected more”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

You have to go in a tour and the kids quickly got bored, as we only saw a few types of animals. It is a very good undertaking, though and mostly worthwhile.

Visited February 2014
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London england
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“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

From the moment we arrived, we were watching monkeys everywhere! We watched monkeys outside the restaurants who were grooming each other and others hanging off the exit door, waiting for unsuspecting people to come out with some food! Our guide was very knowledgeable and made sure that we saw as many types of monkeys as possible. Would definitely recommend a visit here for all the family!

Visited January 2014
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“Monkeys galore”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

Ok, here is how it goes, You enter via a gate which is contructed to keep the monkeys in, walk to the reception where they will tell you when the guide will pick you up and walk you through the park and then you have some time for shopping or eating at the restaurant.

There is a small area outside where you will meet the guide and I can only strongly advice to read the warning signs. A family brought food out that cause a monkey rush and a crying toddler (who seeming did not feel comfortable so close to the monkeys). We were there middle of January and german speaking tours were available.

The guide will pick you up and then you are walked up and down the area for around an hour to see as many of the monkeys as possible (there are several hundred around) and there are so many it is impossible not to see a lot of them. Lot´s of small ones when we were there and many good picture opportunities. The track is trampled earth just along a lot of feeding stations so be a bit careful where you step.

Some turtles may also be seen and one part of the track is a suspensin bridge which is not for the very faint hearted. Most of the area is shaded by trees so sun protection is not you highest concern but mozzieprotection most certainly will be.

Visited January 2014
Thank Florian254
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