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Monkeyland and Birds of Eden

Monkeyland and Birds of Eden

The Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay) is the world’s first free-roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. It offers tours (monkey safaris) during which you’ll see more than 550 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc in their forest home. During your tour, you will also experience the 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.

3 Interesting facts about Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary:

1. Home to Diverse Primate Species: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is the world's first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary. It provides a safe and natural environment for various species of primates, including lemurs, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and howler monkeys. These primates come from different parts of the world, offering visitors a chance to see them up close in a natural setting.

2. Conservation and Rehabilitation: The sanctuary plays a vital role in primate conservation and rehabilitation. Many of the primates at Monkeyland have been rescued from captivity, illegal trade, or abusive environments. The sanctuary provides them with a secure habitat where they can live freely and exhibit natural behaviors, contributing to their physical and psychological well-being.

3. Educational and Guided Tours: Monkeyland offers educational guided tours led by knowledgeable guides who share insights into the behavior, habitat, and conservation status of the primates. Visitors can learn about the challenges facing primate populations worldwide and the importance of protecting their natural habitats. The sanctuary aims to raise awareness and inspire visitors to support conservation efforts.

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary provides a unique opportunity to observe and learn about primates in a natural, forested environment. It promotes ethical tourism practices and advocates for the welfare of primates globally, making it a significant attraction in The Crags area of South Africa.

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Birds of Eden (next to Monkeyland):

The world’s largest free-flight bird aviary (50 metres high, covering 23 000 square meters of forest). Birds of Eden houses more than 3,500 specimens of more than 280 species, with the main focus being African birds. The dome covers 2 km of boardwalks, an amphitheatre (maximum audience: 200), a restaurant, several ponds and dams and a souvenir store. Visits to Birds of Eden are usually self-guided, however guided walks are offered on request.

In 2010 the species count at Birds of Eden was just touching 220. The bird inhabitants of the aviary comprise a mixture of exotic as well African birds (50/50). They also include previously caged pets and hand reared and imprinted individuals, this explains why some of the inhabitants (especially the parrots of which they have 60 different species) are unafraid of human beings and seemingly tame. All new arrivals at Birds of Eden go through a process of rehabilitation before they enter the actual sanctuary of the main aviary. Be they ex pets, or birds confiscated from zoos or irreputable breeders, most of the birds that arrive at Birds of Eden have a history of being caged in small environments.

Birds of Eden is the only Fairtrade accredited bird sanctuary in South Africa

3 Interesting facts about Birds of Eden:

1. World's Largest Free-Flight Aviary: Birds of Eden holds the distinction of being the largest free-flight aviary in the world. Spanning over 2 hectares (5 acres) of indigenous forest, it provides a natural habitat for a diverse array of bird species from around the globe. Visitors can experience these birds flying freely in a spacious and natural environment.

2. Habitat Conservation: The aviary is not only a sanctuary for birds but also plays a crucial role in conservation efforts. It houses over 3,500 birds, including endangered and rare species. Birds of Eden participates in breeding programs aimed at preserving these species and educating the public about the importance of biodiversity conservation.

3. Unique Design and Features: Birds of Eden is designed to replicate a natural forest habitat, complete with waterfalls, streams, and indigenous vegetation. The aviary's layout allows visitors to walk along elevated wooden walkways, providing excellent vantage points to observe the birds in their natural surroundings. The immersive experience aims to promote appreciation and awareness of avian diversity and conservation.

Visiting Birds of Eden offers a memorable opportunity to witness the beauty and diversity of birds while supporting efforts to protect their natural habitats and ensure their survival for future generations.


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