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Monkeyland is a sanctuary for rescued primates and is located a short distance off the N2 highway travelling along the Garden Route, the nearest main town being Plettenberg Bay.
The facility was first opened in 1998 and consists of 12ha of wooded indigenous forest where 11 species of primate roam free and visitors can interact with them. The species include gibbon, lemur and various monkeys. Primates arrive from old zoos, confiscations from irresponsible pet owners, laboratories and recovered from the illegal pet trade, and are given the space to exist in as natural an environment as possible. The fact that the animal is free to roam the forest encourages the rehabilitation process as does the interaction with friendly and caring humans. Larger, less predictable species, of which there are 7 in the park, are placed in enormous cages to safely view.
One hour tours are offered by knowledgeable guides who are also familiar with the forest fauna and flora and will point out birds, reptiles and amphibians of interest.
A walkway leads to a 128m suspended bridge high above the canopy and a viewing deck to watch the animals at play. Howler monkeys regularly break the silence and the secretive lemurs are sometimes difficult to spot. Expect to receive a visit from curious spider monkeys, while wild vervet monkeys occasionally visit the area too.
Late afternoon is feeding hour and the best time to see the greatest number of species as they all appear from out of nowhere to collect food.
Monkeyland’s onsite restaurant, the Blue Monkey Café sells burgers and other light meals.
The facility has in the past won awards for Best visitor experience and along with its neighbouring sanctuaries the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and Birds of Eden, is a paradise for animal lovers.