Monkey Sanctuary Tour


Activity Description

The Monkey Sanctuary is a privately owned, non-subsidised sanctuary, covering approximately 7 ha, situated alongside the elephant sanctuary in one of the many kloofs of the Magaliesberg mountain range.

Monkey Sanctuary in Hartbeespoort, North West Province is one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries globally. Our primates are received on the basis of public donations, and supported by funding generated by our guided tours and sales of our curios.

Primates, such as our squirrel, spider and capuchin monkeys, are given a new lease on life at Monkey Sanctuary. Previously raised as household pets, or bred for the pet trade, our monkeys are introduced to a wild world laden with waterfalls, lush vegetation, natural mountain springs and the chance to reside in as natural and environment as possible. Our goal is to give them the opportunity to live as they would in the wild.

Monkey Sanctuary recognizes the importance of community education. Not only are our tours highly informative, but we strive to create awareness toward the benefit of releasing primates into sanctuaries such as our own. Guests leave our tours with the understanding that monkeys do not make good pets, and that they are better suited to a natural, free-living environment.

We look forward to guiding you through our Sanctuary, and trust that you will enjoy the splendour of our natural environment to the fullest.


ProviderMonkey Sanctuary
Duration1 hour
WhenWe are open everyday of the year.
WhereSituated west of Hartbeesport Dam on the R512 Road.
WeatherWe will only cancel tours in extreme weather conditions.
What to WearDress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Things to BringCamera & money as we have a Coffee Bar & Curio Shop.
Guests or SpectatorsYour guests are welcome to book and join us on the tour or can wait for you at the Coffee Bar.


Minimum Age1 year
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsGuided Tour of the sanctuary.

Any additional items of a personal nature.
DVD of your tour


Kids under 4 are for free – do not book or include them in your booking when you book online.
Tours depart on the hour and the last tour departs at 16:00. Leave all loose items in your car and only bring your camera as we have a few monkeys with some special skills.

Customer Reviews

Our second visit to the Sanctuary, it was as great as the first once. We enjoyed the experience and our guide was fantastic. Will come again - Stephanie Gerber

Unfortunately I think it was VERY expensive to look at a few monkeys for ten minutes and then take a 30 minute hike...not worth the money. The guide was very good and entertaining. The sanctuary itself is very well kept. But I expected way more. - Reinette Davel

Was an awesome experience!! My guide was fun and very knowledgeable about the amazing critters!! If anyone I know travels to. South Africa ?? I will tell them to visit The monkey and elephant sanctuaries! I did both amazing!!!! - Tami Atwell

Took my kids and parents to the monkey sanctuary while in the area for a wedding.. how pleasantly surprised we were!! Absolute fabulous tour! Our guide excellent! Do try to go when it is quiet as you will have the monkeys to yourself. Worth every cent! - Chileen De Beer

This was an excellent experience and so rewarding for us as adults and an informative educational experience for our children. We have recommended this to our friends and family. - Alan Paul

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