The world’s first free-roaming multi-specie, primate sanctuary. It offers tours (monkey safaris) where guests can view the 450+ resident primates in their forest home. There is also a restaurant, souvenir store and viewing deck, and a 128 metre suspended canopy walk. Monkeyland’s safari guides are multi-lingual, languages spoken include German, Dutch, French and Spanish. Monkeyland is the only Fairtrade accredited primate sanctuary in South Africa.
At Monkeyland and Birds of Eden you will often come across our Leopard Tortoises (Geochelone pardalis) that were originally illegal pets and after confiscation from Cape Nature given to Monkeyland for safe keeping. The Leopard Tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world, with typical adults reaching 460 mm and weighing 18 kg. Large examples may be 70-centimetre long and weigh up to 54 kg.
- Open: 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week.
- GPS: S33 56’ 46.09″ E23 29″ 8.13″
- Directions: Monkeyland and Birds of Eden are 50 km from Knysna. Take the N2 heading towards Plettenberg Bay and continue past Plettenberg Bay remaining on the N2 for about another 16 km. Take the turn to your right at the second gas station to follow the signs for about 2 km.
- Rates at www.birdsofeden.co.za/index.php?comp=content&op=view&id=22.