A gibbon sitting on a wooden fence in Monkeyland, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.

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Plettenberg Bay

This very popular attraction helps rehabilitate wild monkeys that have been in zoos or private homes. The walking safari through a dense forest and across a 128m-long rope bridge is superb. A combo ticket with Birds of Eden costs R320/160 per adult/child.

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Nearby Plettenberg Bay attractions

1. Birds of Eden

0.05 MILES

This is one of the world’s largest free-flight aviaries with a 200-sq-metre dome over the forest and over 280 species of bird to spot. A combo ticket with…

2. Bramon

0.57 MILES

Operating since 2000, this was the first wine estate in the region. It's best known for its bubbly. Tucked away in the vines is the mezze-style restaurant…

3. Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

5.38 MILES

This riverine reserve is a glorious place to swim, angle, picnic or paddle. There are canoes to rent (R135 per day) or you can take a ferry trip down the…

4. Robberg Nature & Marine Reserve

11.32 MILES

This reserve, 8km southeast of Plettenberg Bay, protects a 4km-long peninsula with a rugged coastline of cliffs and rocks. There are three circular day…

5. Garden of Eden

17.34 MILES

There are lovely forest picnic spots, short walks through the forest and an 800m-long wheelchair-friendly path.

6. Noetzie

21.96 MILES

Reached by a turn-off along the N2 10km east of Knysna, Noetzie is a quirky little place with holiday homes in mock-castle style. There’s a lovely surf…

8. Big Tree

23.72 MILES

Just east of Storms River on the other side of the N2 is the Big Tree, a 36m-high yellowwood that’s over 800 years old, and a forest with many fine…