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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Address: Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 82 979 5683
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary...

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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Walking with monkeys

Probably monkey heaven - huge canopy of trees and the monkeys free to roam. They are all around humans, but still keep their distance. Wonderful to see different species at such... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
Matthew K
London, England, United Kingdom
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Probably monkey heaven - huge canopy of trees and the monkeys free to roam. They are all around humans, but still keep their distance. Wonderful to see different species at such close range. Great activity for kids. Particularly enjoyed having Andy as a guide - he mixed gravitas, humour, and devotion to the monkeys

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Now this place has got it together. So many attractions in the area lack a bit of vision and effort to be great, but Monkeyland has has both. From your arrival you get met by a helpful guide who walks you through to the ticket desk and ensures that you get assigned a time for the next tour. You then... More 

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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

The kids were very much looking forward to visiting monkeyland & it did not disappoint. Being able to walk around the small forest & see hundreds of free roaming monkeys & lemurs was amazing. Groups of playful monkeys, a pair of gibbons lazing on the path & noisy lemurs were the highlights. A unique experience.

Thank richaus
Centurion, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed it, for the second time. Kids learned a lot, not many different species but that is not the idea.

Thank Christo147
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We did not have time to visit previous day since birds of eden was so good so we came back next day. Different kind of place . This time a guided tour. Really good guide who knew her stuff showed us 11 of the 12 monkey/ ape types present. A good trip and all animals have been rescued . A... More 

Thank Stevey1631
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Perfect for all age groups. Families friends tourists all will enjoy. The guided tour is really informative and interesting. It's beautiful inside just remember to put on misquote cream. No monkeys are in cages they are all open in the forest and you walk through them. It's wonderful and a must see

Thank Talitha M
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Not often you get chance to get so close to monkeys. You are walked throught the woods with a very knowledgable guide.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

This is a very pleasant attraction. You will see various species of primates in their natural habitat, and the tour is guided by a professional.

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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

My hubby and I visited here on a recent trip to plettenburg bay. It was about a 15-20 min drive from our accommodation but it was worth it. You get to see the monkeys up close and personal and our guide was friendly and very knowledgable. We felt the monkeys were well fed and cared for and that it wasn't... More 

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George, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Monkey land is an awesome place to visit! Here you see different types of primates in nature. Feeding time is the best time to come.

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