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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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This is basically a HUGE monkey enclosure that you enter so you're in with the monkeys. It is a guided tour where you are taken round at a leisurely pace and told about the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 June 2016
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Feltham
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Went to the Monkeyland as it was part of the tour package. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. There were a total of 11 types of monkeys and the guide tried to bring us around to show us the 11 types. The monkeys are generally harmless and leave you alone. Worth a visit if you are a monkey lover.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

This is basically a HUGE monkey enclosure that you enter so you're in with the monkeys. It is a guided tour where you are taken round at a leisurely pace and told about the various species of monkey you encounter with some absolutely fantastic photo opportunities. The tour takes around an hour to an hour half and we did visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

as an animal lover i adored these primates i was unable to hold them but still was in close contact with these beautiful creatures well worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Our family has visited Monkey land on a number of occasions and we loved it every time. The natural surroundings allow one to experience multiple different species including Lemurs and Gibbons in the most natural possible state. Close and personal and with time to observe and enjoy. What a great experience! Hold on to your valuables though. These guys are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Monkey land is a rescue centre for primates that has a good range of rescued primates. You visit the centre in organised groups with a guided walk. Most of the primates are non native and the highlight was the lemurs who come close to the visitors. The are also numerous capuchin, gibbons, howlers and spider monkeys. All in all a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

This was our second visit to Monkeyland and again we enjoyed it, especially my daughter and niece. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The first time we were here was in March and it was warmer. We saw more types of monkeys then than on our recent visit. Had a good cuppa at the restaurant and the gift shop had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

This primate sanctuary was very cool. You got to see many species of monkeys and how they act in their natural environment. There is an hour long tour and you learn lots! Not a hard walk through the sanctuary... Very easy.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

Not a good experience. Guide coming to the end of her few month and basically rushed us through. Hardly anytime to see much. Bitten by mosquito and would have liked to have the option to know about mosquito so I could have bought repellant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Was fun to wonder around and see all the various breeds of monkeys, do recommend that you leave any glasses or shiny things behind as the guides instruct. They do also have a very nice cafe.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

I enjoyed my hour there, wouldnt do it again but i did appreciate the animals are well cared for and in a happy environment considering they come from zoos all over the world. Keep up the good work

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