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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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+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 loved the monkeys!

The guide was especially knowledgable. Great little tour. There were super opportunities for photos with the monkey.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The guide was especially knowledgable. Great little tour. There were super opportunities for photos with the monkey.

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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Monkeyland is amazing. I was a bit skeptic at first, but in the end had a great time. You get to walk around in the forest with free roaming monkeys - with an experienced guide to tell you all about the different species that you get to see. We saw all 11 species that are inside (although the howler monkeys... More 

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We enjoyed the variety of monkey species. You really get to walk around inside the cage with the maonkeys.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really recommend Monkeyland. As someone who researched everything thoroughly to make sure we weren't visting 'sanctuaries created for tourists rather than animals' I am really pleased to say this is definately not one of those. Quite the contrary, the 11 different breeds found here have all come from private homes, zoos or other captive environments to live free, roaming natural... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A monkey sanctuary without any netting or formal cages, amazed all of us. A wide variety of primates keeps the tour interesting. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Staff go out of their way to accommodate wheelchairs

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed seeing so many monkeys if various types, absolutely amazing. These monkeys are not caged in. They can come and go as they please, but they always come back for a free meal. Just amazing interactions, they monkeys and lemurs will actually come quite close to you. The guides were excellent st informing us about the various monkeys... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I will be honest and say I wasn't really looking forward to this. I've seen many monkeys in temples in Asia and they weren't particularly friendly. This was a totally different experience. You are taken into a huge forested area and you have no idea you are in a controlled environment. You walk in parties with a guide, we had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

...to watch the monkeys frolicking. On the 1,5h guided tour you see all types of monkeys. They play just next to you as there are no barriers in the park. Very cool experience and highly recommended!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely a must do in the area. Our guide Andrew was funny and knowledgeable. The monkeys were, well, monkeys. The only downside was a bit of misinformation given to us when we arrived. We were told that if we want to get a coffee, we should go to the restaurant first then get the tickets. Bad move. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have not been to Monkeyland, you should definitely put it on your list of things to do on the Garden Route. Upon entering you are immediately in a natural forest. The primates are incredibly curious creatures just like us humans. We were lucky to be there when the animals were fed, so we got a rather personal view.... More 

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