Things To Do in Plettenberg BayMonkey around at Monkeyland
Where? Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg bay, Garden Route.
When? Daily from 08h30 to 17h00 All weather. Book tours in advance. Tours available in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, German, Italian, French, Spanish.
How? Call +27 (0)44 534-8906
How much? Price on request
More? See website
Swing yourself into a tree thick primate sanctuary and explore un-caged monkeys and pre-monkey species that take your affection captive. A free walking foot safari of Monkeyland transports you into a land of big bright eyes that remind you of your own and bushy tails that remind you of your tree-house daydreaming days.
Eco-sensitive trails reveal these fascinating free-roaming mammals in their natural habitat; some rescued or rehabilitated and some born in this Garden Route kingdom. Knowledgeable game-rangers guide visitors to the discovery of monkeys foraging, mating, playing an unaware of their human audience. Resident monkey species include; Black-handed Spider Monkeys, Black Lemurs, Black & White Ruffed Lemurs, Brown Howlers, Bushbabies, Capuchins, Common Marmosets, Common Squirrel Monkeys, Cottontop Tamarins, Golden-handed Tamrins, Northern Grey Necked Owl Monkeys, Ringtail Lemurs, Tufted or Brown Capuchins, Spectacled Langurs, Vervent Monkeys and White-handed Gibbons. Africa, Asia, Madagascar and South America are all represented by a playful monkey breed.
Diverse bird-life sing through the forest while multi-lingual tours guides part with monkey secrets and monkey's mimic amused on-lookers; 'monkey see, monkey do' afterall. Walk amongst indigenous tree trunks and shrubs of a 23 Hectare Afromontane Forest with branches reaching up to 60m skyward.
Plant species include; Assegai, Bastard Taaibos, Black Stinkwood, Bladder-nut, Brandblare, Bracket Fungus, Bushman Poison Bulb, Cape Beech, Cat-thorn, Candlewood, Castor-oil Plant, Climbing Saffronwood, Common Spikethorn, Common Turkey-Berry, Dawidjiewortel, Hard Pear, Kamassi, Kooboo-Berry, False Olive, Fennel, Forest Elder, Forest Tree Fern, Large Num-Num, Outeniqua Yellowwood, Real Yellowwood, Red-Currant, Pennywort, Sagewood, September Bush, Sieketroos, Silky Bark, Small Knobwood, Spoonwood, The Common Forest Grape, The White Stinkwood, Wild Mint, Wild Olive, Wild Peach, White Pear and White Whitchhazel trees.
Experience life from a monkey's point of view as you weave between leaves and roots. See life from a bird's point of view as you step across Africa's longest rope suspension bridge (118m) connecting the canopies of trees over a deep canyon. Should a diet of berries alone not be enough to satisfy your appetite and a grass skirt not do your figure any justice; refresh at the Forest Café Restaurant and splurge at the Forest Shop.
Adopt a primate from Monkeyland's custodian Touch a Monkey's Heart Foundation and save a monkey. Hear no evil, see no evil, do no evil.
For a first hand account of the Monkeyland see "Our Adventure in Monkeyland".