Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Jukani - Animal Sanctuaries

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Activity provider: Monkeyland

Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Jukani - Animal Sanctuaries

Activity provider: Monkeyland

From US$ 19.17 per person

Making happy endings to sad stories. Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary are Plett based sanctuaries that are the final forever home for animals misplaced/mistreated by humans.

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English, German, French
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  • See the world's first multispecies free roaming primate sanctuary, more than 550
  • Cross the 128 meter suspension bridge in the canopy of the Monkeyland trees
  • Over 210 different species of birds in our free flight aviary
  • See large wild cats - the true apex predators of the world
Full description
There are three sanctuaries to choose from, each home to vast array of wild animals there to captivate you. Monkeyland = Approaching Monkeyland the world's first free-roaming, multi-species Primate Sanctuary, you are filled with excitement as you hear the various primates chattering away. Monkeyland is a forever home to ex-captive primates. The aim of the sanctuary is to afford these wonderfully intelligent creatures a healthier, more natural life and aims to raise public awareness about primates. Over 550 apes, monkeys and lemurs live at Monkeyland where you will tour with one of the most experienced primate guides in South Africa. During the one hour guided tour the guides will point out the array of primates living out their natural lives in the 12-ha indigenous forest and regal you with stories about them as well as some fun facts. Birds of Eden = The spectacular and awe-inspiring Birds of Eden is the largest free-flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary encompasses 2.3ha of partly forested land, covered by a 3.2ha mesh and with a 1.2km walkway. Visitors are welcome to explore at their own pace. The sanctuary is home to 220 different species & subspecies of birds totaling over 3500 birds. From the indigenous and beautiful Knysna lourie with its awkward call for such a gracious bird, the other lourie (Turaco) species, parrots, parakeets, waterfowl, flamingos, starlings, robins and graceful cranes. The sanctuary includes a deep gorge with a waterfall and the aviary is approximately 50m high, covering all the treetops and allowing ample flying space for its winged inhabitants. Being a sanctuary where many previously pet caged birds have now been given the opportunity to spread their wings, this is their first chance to make adequate use of their wings and to experience natural avian behavior. This is certainly one of the places you must visit when in the Garden Route! You can spend an entire day at any of the sanctuaries. Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary = Admire magnificent and majestic big cats of the world – Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Jaguars. The animals - at their forever home – Jukani, have been rescued or re homed from facilities that could no longer care for them. At Jukani they can now explore their large natural habitat, designed, and built around each individual animal’s needs. They are free of exploitation and the stress caused by human interaction. They can be appreciated and photographed in all their magnificence. On your 90-minute walking safari with one of our entertaining and knowledgeable guides you will also find Raccoons, a Honey badger, Caracal, some Zebra and Springbok and ferocious predators such as the Spotted Hyena. The lightning fast Cheetah and agile tree climbing Pumas are a delight to see. You will find hope in #TrueSanctuaries and be made aware of the plight of these animals – realizing that through lifestyle changes and choices you can contribute to a chance at a better future for them.
  • You will pick from 3 sanctuaries or you can do all 3. Inclusions are:
  • A guide at Monkeyland - tours are conducted in English unless you specify and book 48 hours in advance with an arrival time for a German or French guide. There will be no additional charge for a language specific guide.
  • A guide at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary - all tours here are conducted in English.
  • At Birds of Eden you have the opportunity to walk on your own - a self guided tour as such. A guide can be organized if we have 48 hours advance notice and a time of arrival - guided tours at Birds of Eden are conducted in English. There will be no additional charge for this guide.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Touching animals

Know before you go

  • Buying a combination ticket works out cheaper per sanctuary
  • Comfortable walking shoes are better than sandals, etc
  • At Jukani, a hat is advised (especially for children)
  • Binoculars are helpful at Birds of Eden and Jukani but not required.
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

based on 18 reviews

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We booked the 2-out-of-3 ticket and chose Monkeyland and Jukani Wildlife. The tour guides were very good and were able to respond competently to all our questions. The sancturaries are very loving and, in my opinion, animal-friendly. The experience with the monkeys in Monkeyland was really impressive. Great care is taken to ensure that the monkeys do not touch visitors and vice versa. Definitely recommendable! Unfortunately we didn't have time for the Birds of Eden anymore, which was a shame as they were highly recommended by other visitors.

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September 3, 2019

Learned alot about monkeys things i did not know before

May 17, 2021

Well guided tour, detailed experience...however, Most of the other species are no longer there. I think it's a good place to entertain kids though

December 16, 2020

Product ID: 263777