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GPS Co-ordinates: Turn off to Monkeyland & Birds of Eden from N2 S33 56' 46.09" E23 29" 8.13"</eat>
 
GPS Co-ordinates: Turn off to Monkeyland & Birds of Eden from N2 S33 56' 46.09" E23 29" 8.13"</eat>
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*<eat name="Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary" alt="MONKEYLAND" address="http:www.monkeyland.co.za" directions="22km east of Plettenberg Bay in The Crags" phone="+27(0)829795683" url="http://www.monkeyland.co.za" hours="8am to 5pm daily" price="150 ZAR" lat="33 degrees 57'55S  " long="23 degrees 28'57E">Monkeyland, is unique in that the sanctuary caters for several species of primate, and they are not caged, they are free to move about the forest, and do so in harmony.
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The primates are therefore not found on predetermined points displayed on a map, the emphasis is to search for them, and the reward is to see them as they should be free and in the wild.
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Monkeyland is a modern primate sanctuary established in a pristine natural high canopy forest which is well suited to those primates fortunate enough to live there. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the sanctuary is that it is both a multi specie and free-roaming facility. Monkeyland which is only five and a half years old, is totally self sustaining from the revenue it derives from tourism, this revenue is generated by taking visitors out on monkey safaris, and these safaris are conducted by enthusiastic rangers.  The safaris which are fun and exciting, are also educational and generally result in our guests leaving the sanctuary with a whole new focus on the primates of the world and the problems they are facing.
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Monkeyland has through the establishment of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance http://www.saasa.org.za - a non-profit organisation- secured the future of all the primates which reach Monkeyland. Over and above being the sole custodian of all the primates at Monkeyland, The Foundation is also responsible for the development and implementation of The Eden Syndrome, which is the process used at Monkeyland to prepare previously caged primates for their eventual release into the sanctuary.
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Possibly the important aspect emanating from the existence of the sanctuary, is that Monkeyland is a living example that these wonderful creatures can be kept in an almost wild state. From this must surely come the realisation that re-introducing primates to their habitats of origin from this wilder state must stand a far greater chance of success as a result.
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Lunch in the lively forest of Monkeyland is a unique experience.  It is the only eating spot in the world where you can actually sip your coffee while you watch a large variety of primates, from all over the world, playing - enjoying their newfound freedom.
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Entrance to Monkeyland is free, however there is a fee for the guided safaris. Note that these guided safaris are open ended which means that one may go on as many safaris as you wish, in a given day, having only paid for the first excursion.
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A visit to Monkeyland is a must for every local resident of, and visitor to The Garden Route.  So swing by visit this awesome monkey kingdom.
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Over 550 primates live at Monkeyland.
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Monkeyland is Fairtrade accredited.</eat>
  
  

Revision as of 07:46, 16 September 2013

Garden Route

The Garden Route in the Western Cape is one of South Africa's main tourist attractions and is generally thought to stretch from Mossel Bay to St Francis along the Indian ocean and also includes parts of the inland.

Contents

Regions

The central part of the Garden Route is formed by the coastline of the Indian ocean. To the north it is bordered by the Little Karoo, a semi-desert region.

Cities

Other destinations

Understand

Get in

By plane

South African Airways has regular flights to George and Port Elizabeth, which is reachable with budget airlines Kulula and 1Time. The nearest international airport is in Cape Town

By car

The Garden Route is easily reached from

Cape Town : east on the N2 highway
Durban, Port Elizabeth : west on the N2 highway
Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein : south on the the N1 then the N9
Kimberley : south on the N12

The N2 is the main highway that passes through the Garden Route, connecting Cape Town with Port Elizabeth.

By bus

The main companies offer regular services along the Garden Route from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The region is also on the Baz Bus route.

Get around

The best way to tour the Route is by car. You can hire a car all the cities along the Garden Route, but be aware of one-way fees for rental cars.

See

Do

Ocean Safaris Why not join a boat trip with Ocean Safaris in Plettenberg Bay. Sightings of whales throughout the year. Southern Rights and Humpbacks - July to December. Brydes Whales all year round but more prolific during the summer months. Dolphins include Bottlenose, Humpback and Commons. Cape Fur seal colony on Robberg Peninsula. Our waters are rich in life and we are frequented by visitors of all types. Orca's, Sei Whales, Turtles, Penguins, whale sharks, clawless otters to mention a few.[2] You can contact us on +27 (0) 82 784 5729 or info@oceansafaris.co.za .

Dolphin Adventures. A sea kayaking trip not to be missed. www.dolphinadventures.co.za or contact kayak@dolphinadventures.co.za .

  • Quad Adventures, +27 (0)723 03-9011, [3]. Camp under the stars in the wild after a day of winding through dramatic mountain terrain of the Garden Route to the vast open spaces of the Little Karoo. Choose between 4 wheels or 2 and enjoy hours or even days of adventure. Tours range from a 25 minute introductory route through beautiful valleys to overnight all-out action deep in the wild. The adventure is here – you decide when.
  • timberlake, Halfway btw Wilderness & Sedgefield (look out for wooden cabins on left if coming from George direction). 9:00-17:00. Specialist retail cabins including: Confectionary, Cheese, Wine, 100% organic Health Shop, Fairy Gem, Eden Nursery with four fantastic eateries: Cafe d'Afrique coffee shop, Zucchini restaurant, Oyster Shack and Country Deli. Relax in beautiful gardens, see our organic vegetable gardens in action and enjoy the best in local.
  • GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures, Knysna, 082 731 4696, [4]. Guided adventures along the Garden Route - Rock Climbing, Kloofing, Kayaking, Trekking, Abseiling, Hiking, Courses and Teambuilding.


Eat

As a main tourist destination there are many restaurants for every taste. Enjoy superb fish from the ocean ; Knysna is the place to taste some oysters.

  • hot chocolate cafe, HH 32 Holt Hill Plettenbergbay (between Plettenbergbay & Knysna), 0760544945. 9-5. delectable belguim chocolate products handmade on premises read a book, play a game, relax under our big tree 25.
  • La Carla mask atelier, carla@modelvision.co.za (between plett & knysna, on N2, 6km outside plett), 082 499 6295, [5]. 9am-5pm. The studio specializes in creating Unique Handcrafted Venetian Carnival Masks, next door to the Hot Chocolate Cafe, this is a treat not to be missed. studio and shop open to public R125 - R1500.
  • La carla atelier, (N2, between plett & knysna, 6km from plett), 082 461 7731, [6]. 9am-5pm. the fasinating craft of european mask making in Plettenberbay. unique handmade venetian carnival masks on display in the exiting shop R125 - R1500.
  • Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (MONKEYLAND), The Crags, Plettenberg Bay (22km east of Plettenberg Bay at the Kurland Village turnm-off along the N2), +27(0)829795683, [7]. 8am - 5pm. Monkeyland, is unique in that the sanctuary caters for several species of primate, and they are not caged, they are free to move about the forest, and do so in harmony. The primates are therefore not found on predetermined points displayed on a map, the emphasis is to search for them, and the reward is to see them as they should be free and in the wild. Monkeyland is a modern primate sanctuary established in a pristine natural high canopy forest which is well suited to those primates fortunate enough to live there. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the sanctuary is that it is both a multi specie and free-roaming facility. Monkeyland is totally self sustaining from the revenue it derives from tourism, this revenue is generated by taking visitors out on monkey safaris, and these safaris are conducted by enthusiastic rangers. The safaris which are fun and exciting, are also educational and generally result in our guests leaving the sanctuary with a whole new focus on the primates of the world and the problems they are facing. Monkeyland has through the establishment of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance http://www.saasa.org.za; a non-profit organisation secured the future of all the primates which reach Monkeyland. Over and above being the sole custodian of all the primates at Monkeyland, The Foundation is also responsible for the development and implementation of The Eden Syndrome, which is the process used at Monkeyland to prepare previously caged primates for their eventual release into the sanctuary. Possibly the important aspect emanating from the existence of the sanctuary, is that Monkeyland is a living example that these wonderful creatures can be kept in an almost wild state. From this must surely come the realisation that re-introducing primates to their habitats of origin from this wilder state must stand a far greater chance of success as a result. Lunch in the lively forest of Monkeyland is a unique experience. It is the only eating spot in the world where you can actually sip your coffee while you watch a large variety of primates, from all over the world, playing - enjoying their newfound freedom. Entrance to Monkeyland is free (this enables you access to the restaurant area and viewing deck only), however there is a fee for the guided safaris. Note that these guided safaris are open ended which means that one may go on as many safaris as you wish, in a given day, having only paid for the first excursion. A visit to Monkeyland is a must for every visitor to The Garden Route. So swing by visit this awesome monkey kingdom. Both Monkeyland and Birds of Eden (Monkeyland's adjoining sister sanctuary) are situated in The Crags 16km East of Plettenberg Bay off the N2. Both sanctuaries are Fairtrade accredited. Please visit http://www.monkeyland.co.za or http://www.birdsofeden.co.za or call Lara +27 (0)82 9795683 for more information. GPS Co-ordinates: Turn off to Monkeyland & Birds of Eden from N2 S33 56' 46.09" E23 29" 8.13" R150 per adult. (N2 S33 56' 46.09,E23 29 8.13)
  • Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (MONKEYLAND), http:www.monkeyland.co.za (22km east of Plettenberg Bay in The Crags), +27(0)829795683, [8]. 8am to 5pm daily. Monkeyland, is unique in that the sanctuary caters for several species of primate, and they are not caged, they are free to move about the forest, and do so in harmony. The primates are therefore not found on predetermined points displayed on a map, the emphasis is to search for them, and the reward is to see them as they should be free and in the wild. Monkeyland is a modern primate sanctuary established in a pristine natural high canopy forest which is well suited to those primates fortunate enough to live there. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the sanctuary is that it is both a multi specie and free-roaming facility. Monkeyland which is only five and a half years old, is totally self sustaining from the revenue it derives from tourism, this revenue is generated by taking visitors out on monkey safaris, and these safaris are conducted by enthusiastic rangers. The safaris which are fun and exciting, are also educational and generally result in our guests leaving the sanctuary with a whole new focus on the primates of the world and the problems they are facing. Monkeyland has through the establishment of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance http://www.saasa.org.za - a non-profit organisation- secured the future of all the primates which reach Monkeyland. Over and above being the sole custodian of all the primates at Monkeyland, The Foundation is also responsible for the development and implementation of The Eden Syndrome, which is the process used at Monkeyland to prepare previously caged primates for their eventual release into the sanctuary. Possibly the important aspect emanating from the existence of the sanctuary, is that Monkeyland is a living example that these wonderful creatures can be kept in an almost wild state. From this must surely come the realisation that re-introducing primates to their habitats of origin from this wilder state must stand a far greater chance of success as a result. Lunch in the lively forest of Monkeyland is a unique experience. It is the only eating spot in the world where you can actually sip your coffee while you watch a large variety of primates, from all over the world, playing - enjoying their newfound freedom. Entrance to Monkeyland is free, however there is a fee for the guided safaris. Note that these guided safaris are open ended which means that one may go on as many safaris as you wish, in a given day, having only paid for the first excursion. A visit to Monkeyland is a must for every local resident of, and visitor to The Garden Route. So swing by visit this awesome monkey kingdom. Over 550 primates live at Monkeyland. Monkeyland is Fairtrade accredited. 150 ZAR. (33 degrees 57'55S,23 degrees 28'57E)


Sleep

There is no shortage of all kinds of accommodation but book ahead on weekends / holiday. Especially during the summer the Garden Route is a popular holiday destination, not only for foreign tourists but also for South Africans. If you are backpacking, the area has numerous hostels. Find a listing of most of them on the Coast to Coast website [9]. Campers will find excellent facilities at sites like the Ebb and Flow campsite in Wilderness, [10]. The Tsitsikamma sites at Storms's River mouth and Nature's Valley are also places of scenic beauty, and out of season can be havens of peace where otters appear on the beach [11]. If its Elephants that you after then the best place to stay in is the Main Camp [www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/] located in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Stay safe

Compared with the larger cities the towns along the Garden Route are quite safe. As always use your common sense. Driving at night is fine.

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