• Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary www.monkeyland.co.za (The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay) The world’s first free-roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. It offers tours (monkey safaris) where guests can view the 500+ 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.
• Birds of Eden www.birdsofeden.co.za (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. Birds of Eden is the only Fairtrade accredited bird sanctuary in South Africa.
• Jukani Wildlife Sanctaury www.jukani.co.za (purchased by Monkeyland and Birds of Eden and relocated to Plettenberg Bay August 2013). Jukani is home to big cats such as lions (white and tawny), cheetahs, tigers (Siberian, Bengal and white), leopard (spotted and black), jaguar, pumas, caracal, serval cats and other wildlife species such as zebra, springbuck, zorilla, honey badger and various snake species.
Click here to take a virtual tour of Birds of Eden.
Click here to stroll through the Monkeyland forest with Bert Vos.