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South Africa Tourism Awards

Type: Attraction
Category: Unique Experience

Motivation for award: Monkeyland-KZN is a truly unique experience and there is nothing like it in KwaZulu-Natal province. To be able to walk through a forest and see primates that you would only normally have the opportunity to see in the Americas, Madagascar or South East Asia. To know that these primates are now safe from terrible living conditions, humanisation or the pet trade and can live the rest of their lives in a semi-wild environment. Because the primates are free-roaming, even visitors who come regularly say that each time is different and unique. The sanctuary is funded through visitors, therefore, as well as having an amazing experience in the forest, our visitors know that they are directly contributing to the costs of caring for these amazing primates.

Region: Kwazulu Natal / North Coast


A unique forest experience

Monkeyland-KZN is a 23-hectare forest sanctuary for rescued exotic primates and the largest free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary in Africa. Our primates were raised in captivity, mainly in zoos or as people’s pets; they come to us when they are no longer wanted or if they have been confiscated. At Monkeyland-KZN, they have the opportunity to live in a semi-wild environment where they can roam freely through the 23 hectares, form troops, forage for food and live as close to a natural life as we can create. Monkeyland-KZN is their safe forever home. Visitors to the sanctuary are taken on a short drive on a safari vehicle from our reception to our hidden forest. At the forest, they are taken on a guided walking safari in search of our free-roaming primates and the indigenous wildlife that have made our forest their home. During the tour, they will have the opportunity to see our primates as they would see them in their natural habitat and to learn all about their unique characteristics and behaviours as well as the threats and challenges they face in the wild. The forest is currently home to ring-tailed lemurs, black and white ruffed lemurs, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, black howler monkeys, spider monkeys and gibbons.

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Jenny Pillay – 29.03.2022
Beautiul place

Andrew – 29.03.2022
love monkeyland

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