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“Great Afternoon, lots of fun”

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Ranked #5 of 14 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 older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
Newburgh, New York
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Afternoon, lots of fun”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Visited as part of a 3 park bundle. I think it was a total of $60 USD for for entrance into 3 parks. All three parks were excellent. Monkey Land was the best of all 3. From the second you walk in, monkeys are everywhere. Also they have a pretty great Lemur population. Beautiful creatures, if your in the area its a must stop. Lots of fun, tons of pictures. Our guide was also very good.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Tom K
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Knysna, South Africa
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“a bit too 'Touristy'”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Monkeyland is a good experience, the guides however make it really uncomfortable for 'Locals' with their over emphasis on 'how rare' or 'how dangerous' these primates are. This does however impress our overseas visitors. Not really worth the money for Locals.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank iamthedre
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A day to monkey around!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We loved every minute of this tour. Our guide was extremely informative, friendly and fielded any question thrown at her. She was also able to locate many of the different monkeys for us to see. This sanctuary has a variety of monkeys and we would recommend going early in the morning as a large majority of monkeys come down to the feeding tables which provides great viewing and photo opportunities.

Our favorites were the sun bathing Lemurs and the Capuchins!

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Jared B
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Cape town
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very entertaining for kids of all ages”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

A humerous, entertaining, great hour spent with a very knowledgable guide in a fabulous setting. A must do for families

Visited July 2014
Thank Steven S
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice, interesting, honest”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Very nice surrounding for Monkeys. The tour is included and gives you a lot of information. Tourist are welcome, but no animals touching!! I love this, this is how it shut be ;) Keep up the good work!

Visited August 2013
Thank Jet S
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