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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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a MUST see park!

Monkeyland is the closest we got to animals in our South Africa trip. The guide, Jessica (a volunteer) was very patient and informative. The monkeys are friendly and used to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 November 2016
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Monkeyland is the closest we got to animals in our South Africa trip. The guide, Jessica (a volunteer) was very patient and informative. The monkeys are friendly and used to humans around them. However... keep your glasses, phones and any other valuables that can be easily snatched away in your bag. They LOVE shiny things.

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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

It was my second time to visit monkeyland, but it never gets old. What sets Monkeyland aside from other sanctuaries is the fact that it recreates a natural habitat. Neither you or the guides are allowed to touch the monkeys. The monkeys are not kept in an enclosure (except when arriving at the park, for familiarization purposes). I love the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Monkeyland sanctuary has 11 species of primates and lemurs in it, and we saw nine of them. The guide led us through the grounds pointing out the various monkeys and gave us time to take photos. We had some fantastic close encounters with many of them. Atlas, the male gibbon, was really cute. He just kind of plopped down on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed it visit to Monkey Land. Lots of Monkeys to see, with a 1 hour guided tour. Great to hear about all the different species of Monkey. Nice to see them enjoying a life of freedom after some not so great starts in life! Recommend if passing through.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Our guide, Mayo, was very knowledgeable and friendly - she introduced us to each species and gave us some background on the different primates we encountered. Very interesting was the friendship between a young spider monkey and a gibbon - we watched them play for a while. Children were very interested in the behaviour of the different species.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Pleasant day in the forest tour taken with guide "Andy" great tour guide, plenty of monkeys to see from all round the world.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

A wonderful tour among monkeys with the excellent guide Andrew. This is a tour we can recommend adults as well as children in all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Very well done. Visited in conjunction with Birds of Eden and feared both may be a little childish but not at all. Here you have to wait a while for a guide to be led around the sanctuary. Not hurried, we stopped at various locations depending on where the monkeys or lemurs had stopped. Some food stations which of course... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Great way to see Monkeys in their natural habitat. Great experience to walk amongst them and the guides are very informative

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We tired this attraction in with the nearby elephant sanctuary. But we felt a little disappointed leaving! Now to be fair it was the guides first tour and he was probably a bit nervous..... we stayed to eat in the restaurant after and they forgot about our order so was not too enjoyable an experience. I am sure kids would... More 

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