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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 82 979 5683
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary...

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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We were not sure what to expect. We found the visit to be interesting and the ranger provided us with information on the variety of monkeys on site. Many had been rescued and... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were not sure what to expect. We found the visit to be interesting and the ranger provided us with information on the variety of monkeys on site. Many had been rescued and rehabilitated. Worth visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Monkeyland entry price is 210 rands per adult, or you can get a combo with Birds of Eden at 320 rands instead. We bought the entry for Monkeyland only, and the counter lady told us we could pay the difference later if we are keen on Birds of Eden. It's a 1 hour guided tour through the forest, and... More 

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with family, Expensive. As a local paying prices aimed at overseas visitor is not happy making. Whole place was hot, smelly, humid, filled with mosquitoes - I thought they were going to suck me dry. Paths are difficult to negotiate so not at all suitable for anyone who has any kind of difficulty. The suspension bridge was terrifying, only... More 

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Sandton, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The monkeys and lemurs are well cared for - always a concern on mine when visiting animal centres. The pubic cannot walk around without a guide, which is great. You get the opportunity to get up quite close to the animals, so take your cameras..

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved our visit to monkey land. Strolling along watching a variety of monkeys in their natural environment was very special and such fun. Loved every minute and well worth a visit.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The day we went was cold wet and windy. We saw plenty of monkeys but personally I wasn't too enthralled. On a nice day it would be more enjoyable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best attractions in the Garden Route. Buy a combo ticket and do all three attractions. You get a guide who is relaxed, enjoyable and knowledgeable. It is much better than wondering around a place on your own. Learn something special and new about our cousins. Make sure you take the mozzie repelant as I did... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this. Acres and acres of forest trails. 500+ monkeys of many different kinds that will walk right up to you with no fear. Intelligent and entertaining guides. What's not to love?

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really loved it. I felt like I am really walking in jungle. What I loved more is the tour guide was really funny so you enjoy every single moment in the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice walk around the Forest to see the monkeys. The guides are very good. We also went to Birds of Eden in a 2-for-1 ticket

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