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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
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Monkeyland Guided Tour in Plettenberg Bay
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in The Crags
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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, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2014

I would suggest to go early morning or late evening, we went midday and did not see a lot of monkeys although we could hear them. The Sanctuary is well laid out for them a home away from home.

Visited June 2014
Thank Maria R
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Axbridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Visited this attraction in May 2014. What a great attraction! Buy a combined ticket for the Bird World next door. It's very cheap anyway. Different varieties of Monkeys everywhere. Lots of photo opportunities.

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Up close and personal with our closest relatives”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

This place was really interesting - the primates were free to roam around, even go outside the confines of the actual sanctuary should they wish, but why would they when they are so well looked after here? They have a big, diverse forest to swing around in, plenty of activities, food, fellow primates, etc. Great idea, and our knowledgeable guide did a great job explaining all the different species to us, and how they all came to the sanctuary from much less hospitable circumstances.

Visited May 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Quite a pleasant suprise”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

I was keen on the Birds of eden (which I did not enjoy) and quite reluctant about the Monkeyland. But as I had time I thought of doing it. It was a pleasant surprise

1. I loved the way the guides explain things about the monkeys
2. I was able to spot all the 11 species on the Monkeyland that day
3. The guided tour and tour guide (volunteer from some other country) made my day.

I am sure with the right information and hospitality, all places will be more interesting.

Visited May 2014
Thank Purnima448
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lovely example”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

There are always things that can be done better when it comes to animals in captivity but for me, Monkeyland is one of the few better examples out there.
I have always enjoyed the Monkeyland concept because the monkeys are in the forrest, doing what they need to do and don´t seem to be bothered by humans walking through their forrest. They do not associate people with food so don´t beg which is an additional bonus.
It is a lovely experience, great photo opportunity and I would definitely recommend it to any visitor in the area.

Visited April 2014
Thank EvaOnTheRoad2017
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