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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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Monkeyland Road | Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
+27 82 979 5683
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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 yesterday

This was such an amazing experience that I'd like to go back again and again. I cannot believe that we could just walk through a wooded area (with a guide of course) and come so close to these beautiful & intelligent animals. It was so...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 2 days ago

A group of Tourism Professionals recently undertook a trip to Plett to visit Monkeyland. What an amazing experience! Friendly, professional guides with a sense of humor! Thank you Vijver for an amazing experience! A photographers dream!

Thank Riaanjordaan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Monkeyland is a charming sanctuary. All the monkeys seem very happy and well looked after. Our guide was very enthusiastic, amusing and knowledgable and it was fantastic to be able to get so close safely - we never felt at risk. The gibbons were particularly...More

Thank Olivia O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is worth a visit. It is very interesting. Wide variety of monkeys. Good opportunity for photography. The guide answered all our questions, but he could have been friendlier. We would have preferred the tour being a little bit longer. Overall very good.

Thank Werner S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We purchased the combo ticket (Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani). Monkeyland was excellent and our guide was very knowledgable about the different species and also the specific monkeys/apes we saw. It was made clear we couldn't touch the animals (understandably) but it didn't stop...More

Thank lmiddleditch88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We purchased the two trip tour (with bird land) and had a great day out. The tour guide was knowledgeable and clearly cared about the animals and our safety. The monkeys were well looked after and clearly happy with their environment.

Thank Gazwiztw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really good sanctuary where you see lots of monkeys up close and personal...... the guide spends time to tell you about all monkeys eco system etc Tour lasts about an hour. Next to elephant sanctuary and birds of Eden and would advise...More

Thank Barbados0506
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Monkeyland as part of the combo ticket with Birds of Eden and Jukani. We loved it. We hadn't realised that a guide was included as part of the entry fee/experience - Our guide, Ricardo, was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable, very engaging and...More

Thank Claire3382
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an informative guided English tour of about an hour. There is a good shop here although we didn't buy anything & a busy restaurant where we had an Americano for 18 rand each. We sampled 3 pancakes for 20 rand outside monkeyland. It...More

Thank Emily O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely one of the few animal sanctuaries in the Plett area to recommend. It is not a zoo or a "circus show" where you get to touch or feed the animals, but this is exactly what we liked about it, because it lets the animals...More

Thank usskijumping85
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28 January 2017|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
It's a 30-45min drive from Plettenberg bay
1 January 2017|
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Response from Tina S | Reviewed this property |
Around R300 when I went in October 2016.
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