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“Worth a stop on the garden route”

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
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US$16.31*
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Monkeyland Guided Tour in Plettenberg Bay
Ranked #5 of 16 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 6 March 2014

We stopped by here while driving the garden route and did a guided walk through the enclosure and saw quite a few species of primates, some of them do get quite close and good photo ops. Would probably be a nice activity to do with kids.

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We had a great visit to Monkeyland - the staff were really lovely and as others have said there are loads of monkeys to see and it seems like a good and humane set up. I wouldn't have posted a review but I wanted to warn people to wear long trousers and socks when they visit. My daughter and I got dozens of bites all over our legs from something jumping from the forest floor. I can only assume that they are some kind of flea as only exposed skin close to the ground was affected. We noticed it at the time and were told by the guide it was just mosquitoes but it clearly wasn't because of the pattern and quantity of the bites and the fact that we didn't see any mosquitoes. I wouldn't say don't go for this reason - it was still worth the visit. Just cover up. My partner had trousers and shoes on and didn't get bitten nor did my baby in a sling.

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

So fun and exciting with all the monkeys swinging around you.
Do put mosquito spray on before you enter.
Watch out for monkey's which might pooh on you.
Take lot's of sports mode photo's.
Do a guided tour, you will get the most out of your experience.
Listen to all the facts.
Fall in love with Claudia Shaffer (you will get this comment if you go).

1  Thank Karmenella
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

The concept for the place is really good, a multi species open enclosure. I can't think of anywhere else like it and the monkeys are all around you, not in cages. We saw 10/11 species with our guide Clive. He was very knowledgable. The tour was 50 mins long and no chance for wandering around on your own but that is OK. My tip, wear trousers, although they offer mossie repellant, I got eaten alive wearing shorts.

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

A great opportunity to learn more about monkeys - the guide takes you for a walk through the enclosure [12 HA] and gives a narrative of the animals that you see. Totally unscripted as it depends very much on which animals you see and what they are up to. Felt very natural and less planned than other attractions. Really good that they are not trying to tame the creatures, but watch then in their own habitat.

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