Visit Monkeyland - the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.


Monkeyland opened its doors to the public on the 6th of April 1998. Our award winning primate sanctuary is unique, because it is the first multi-specie primate sanctuary in the world. Monkeyland has captured the hearts of visitors for sunny and sound reasons - the primates are happy, healthy and they are not caged, instead they free-roam the indigenous Monkeyland forest.


At Monkeyland, the emphasis on searching for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be: free and in a natural habitat. The transfer of information about these fascinating creatures enhances your visit to the sanctuary during a safari. The safaris are conducted by multi-lingual game rangers and are fun, exciting and educational. Our guests leave our sanctuary with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing.


On the guided safaris, you can expect to see a variety of primates, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. More than 700 primates live at the sanctuary. During the guided tours, knowledgeable rangers will tell you all about the fascinating primates as you encounter them.


By working with The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA), a non-profit Section 21 PBO 200/060 667/08, Monkeyland has secured the future of all the primates which reach the sanctuary. Apart from being the sole custodian of all the primates at Monkeyland, the Foundation is also responsible for the development and implementation of the "Eden Syndrome", which is the process used at Monkeyland to prepare previously caged primates for their eventual release into the sanctuary.


Awareness of the world's environmental problems is increasing all the time and we believe that Monkeyland, as a centre of conservation, is an important educational resource in this field. Monkeyland works hand in hand with groups such as Green Girls in Africa to encourage responsible tourism in our country. The campaign we are part of is well worth supporting - please check out #HandsOffOurWildlife.


Dictionaries define a sanctuary for animals as merely a place where animals are protected from hunting. A true sanctuary for wild animals should, however, also be a place of refuge where the animals are protected from much more than hunting and/or the pet trade. They must also be protected against exploitation, harassment, abuse, neglect and improper care.


Monkeyland provides the primates who live here with a stable environment, one with permanence and where care exceeds all the regulations regarding animal welfare. Monkeyland is, most importantly, a place where primates are rehabilitated both physically and emotionally.


We strive to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality. It is therefore tourism driven and totally sustainable. A monkey safari is much more than just an unforgettable forest adventure; it is the vehicle that allows you to become part of our rehabilitation process. You help to provide the safe haven, for the primates, in our care by supporting us.

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