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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

#5 of 14 things to do in The Crags Features Animals
Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
+27 82 979 5683
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Monkeyland Guided Tour in Plettenberg Bay
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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.
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Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
+27 82 979 5683
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank Omahatraveling
Reviewed 21 January 2017

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...More

Thank Beechaplin
Reviewed 19 January 2017

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

Thank JulieDsTravels
Reviewed 16 January 2017

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...More

Thank Amanda F
Reviewed 16 January 2017

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

Thank ljkilian777
Reviewed 16 January 2017 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...More

Thank RevJon
Reviewed 15 January 2017

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...More

Thank keithY651
Reviewed 13 January 2017 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!

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 13 January 2017 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...More

1  Thank jrsmg4
Reviewed 11 January 2017 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...More

Thank Chutzpah78
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Can someone tell me please, is Monkeyland near Plettenberg Bay? We have a stay of 3 days there so are looking for some good sites, attractions to see. Thanks
28 January 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
It's a 30-45min drive from Plettenberg bay
Hi how much is the entrance fee.
2 January 2017|
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Response from Tina S | Reviewed this property |
Around R300 when I went in October 2016.
Hi, we will be visiting in January with our then almost two-year-old son. Do I have to go on a tour? Don't know if a two year old will/can/wants to stick to a schedule lol. Can we move around freely, maybe after the tour? Cheers :)
29 October 2015|
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Response from Gareth F | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Unfortunately the only way to move through the forest is on a guided tour. The reason is the monkeys can be naughty and with the guides presence they know they may not make trouble. Also there is quite a big hang bridge... More