A true primate sanctuary

Monkeyland is the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. It's mission is to educate and foster greater understanding of our primate cousins and the threats and challenges they are facing.

Free roaming primates

The majority of primates living in the wild do so in large family groups. We care for rescued primates and do all we can to give them as natural a life as possible in the habitat we have access to.

Support Monkeyland

At present, Monkeyland cares for over 550 primates which are spread across 9 species. You can support our cause by visiting the sanctuary, visiting our shop, volunteering, or buying a square meter (or more) of forest for the animals to help preserve our sanctuary!

The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary Kwa-Zulu Natal
Birds of Eden
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance
South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance

Award-winning Sanctuaries

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden , The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary are winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.

Most recently, SAASA was declared winner of the 2023 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in the category of Major Tourist Attractions for The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best Animal Welfare Initiative' at the World Responsible Tourism Awards
Overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards
Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction
Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction 2019
Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'

Our primates need your help!

For as little as $5 you can buy a square meter (or more)
of forest to help preserve our sanctuary.

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  • Single Tickets: R380
  • Combo Tickets: R610
  • TripTic Tickets: R760
  • Children (aged 3 to 12): pay half price
  • Babies 2 and under: Free
  • Bookings not required


Donate R1000 to SAASA and receive a voucher for our WackyWildlife special

This voucher includes a visit to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and an unforgettable Ocean Blue Adventures cruise.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who conducts the 'monkey safaris'?

Our game rangers are all qualified safari guides, and conduct the one hour-long safaris into the heart of the forest with their visitor groups. Our guides are multi-lingual and can conduct safaris in a variety of international languages.

How many people per guided tour?

Groups consists of 1 to 16 people per tour, this ensures personal attention. When the sanctuary is not too busy, any visitor is entitled to request a private tour. It is always best to pre-book a private tour to ensure that we can assist you.

What type of primates will we see?

You can expect to see around 550+ primates, including the following species: the indigenous Vervet monkey, Brown-hooded capuchin, Squirrel monkey, Spider monkey, Howler monkey, Hanuman Langur, Saki monkey, Black and white ruffed lemur, Ringtail lemur, and white-handed gibbon.

Can visitors walk in the Monkeyland forest on their own?

You cannot walk in the forest without having a safari guide, curator or sanctuary manager present. We offer one hour guided walks through the forest, where the guide will track down the primates and tell you more about them. Your entry ticket is a day ticket and this means that you are able to go on as many tours as you wish to on the same day.

Is Monkeyland wheelchair accessible?

Yes, at Monkeyland, we have easy access ramps for wheelchairs and we provide wheelchairs (to use) at our sanctuary for the elderly and visitors who walk with difficulty. It is always better to pre-arrange the use of our wheelchairs.

Can I touch or hold any of the primates at Monkeyland?

No, touching and/or feeding of the bird is strictly prohibited. We don’t condone wildlife petting at our sanctuaries – it is a pure form of harassment.

How far do we walk on safari?

Monkeyland is about an 1km stop and stroll walk through the forest.

How long has Monkeyland been open?

Monkeyland opened its doors to the public on the 6th of April 1998.

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Our Address

Monkeyland and Birds of Eden
The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, 6602

Turn off to Monkeyland & Birds of Eden from N2 highway
GPS: 33°57'52.0"S 23°29'01.6"E (-33.964434, 23.483778)
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Call Us

Phone: +27 (0)44 534 8906
Mobile: +27 (0)82 979 5683

Email Us

E-mail: info@monkeyland.co.za