Monkey Town

A unique primate centre with over 250 monkeys from 26 different species. With a range of exciting activities to choose from, spend an enjoyable day with the family at Monkey Town.



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Monkey Town offers guests unique primate experiences that both young and old can enjoy. From guided tours through the caged walkways to sliding down the Supertube and enjoying the swimming pools, Monkey Town offers both educational experiences as well as fun entertainment, catering to the needs of all who visit.

Monkey Town is home to 26 different primate species, ranging from Pygmy Marmosets to Mongoose Lemurs. Guests have the opportunity to not just observe these incredible creatures, but also become educated about them by knowledgeable guides.

Monkey Town is not just a primate centre, but also home to a range of wildlife, with over 700 animals in total for guests to admire. Experience these fascinating creatures like never before, leaving you with unforgettable memories. Monkey Town Primate Centre, located on the N2 in Somerset West is a Wildlife Centre for monkeys and apes as well as a large variety of other species of animals.  There are more than 250 primates and 26 different exotic species of monkeys and apes including Tammy, Ruby, and Sunny, the famous chimp sisters. Monkey Town does a lot of great work in terms of taking in, rearing and caring for abandoned, captive-bred monkeys and are definitely worth supporting.  If you have kids or are a nature-lover, then undoubtedly this is one of those visits that you can safely leave on your To Do list.

Visitors to the well-designed enclosure at Monkey Town observe the monkeys from caged walkways allowing the monkeys to roam freely on the outside. Don’t forget your camera – the best way to capture your visit forever!

All our primates and animals enjoy their own specific, well-balanced diet so kindly do not feed any of the animals.

One of the great things about visiting Monkey Town Primate Centre is that you see and experience different things each time.

Guests have a wide range of activities available to choose from. Go on a guided tour, visit the Reptile Garden, and play, swim and supertube. Also available are braai/picnic facilities. Monkey Town is also a prime venue for parties (young and old) as well as year-end functions.

Monkey Town offers a number of combo options for guests:

Combo 1: Monkey Town braai / picnic + animal viewing (monkey town and reptile garden) with swimming (Adults: R125; Children 3-12 years: R85; Children 1-2 years: R35; add on super tube: R60 per person)

Combo 2: Braai / picnic with swimming (R65 per person; add super tube: R60 per person; children under 2: free)

Combo 3: Braai without swimming (R50 per person; add super tube: R100 per person; children under 2: free)

Combo 4: swimming only (R50 per person; add super tube: R60 per person; children under 2: free)

Combo 5: Super tube and swimming (Day pass: R100 per person)

In addition to the primate & wildlife centre as well as our Reptile Garden our visitors can also enjoy the following activities:

Braai/picnic facilities (pre-bookings required): This is the ideal spot to get family & friends to relax around the fire, but make sure you bring your own grid & fire wood.

Swimming: There are two swimming pools on site. The rock pool is quite deep with an adjacent toddler pool for the little ones. The other swimming pool is a large pool with two slides going into the water.  The slides are only for kids 12 years and younger.

Supertube: 70 meters of fun for young and old!!

Interaction sessions: For a small additional fee of R50 per person, visitors can spend ±15 to 20 minutes in the interaction enclosure.  This is the ideal spot to take that image that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Monkey Town also offers educational tours for school groups. These are available from Monday through Friday (weekends only by special arrangement), rain or shine, public holidays or school holidays, from 08h00 in the morning to 17h00 in the afternoon. Bookings are essential. All school levels are welcome, from grades one to 12, as well as preschoolers.

Monkey Town also has accommodation available. Monkey Town Manor House overlooks the magnificent well established gardens of the property stretching over five hectares. The house, with its elegant four rooms, was built in 1948 according to the Old Cape Dutch tradition and has a typical feel of yesteryear. In the lush gardens surrounded by beautiful trees you will find peace and tranquility.  The gardens are lovingly tended to by the owner of Monkey Town.

Imagine arising each day and looking out over a leafy park at the monkeys playing in the trees, with not a care in the world. Enjoy the cheerful chatter of the monkeys all around you, as they go about their morning business, while you drink your coffee. Spacious rooms, beautiful gardens and the sounds of 250 monkeys will give you an experience to remember. Monkey Town offers four charming bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. DStv, a bar fridge, air-conditioning and a safe is provided for your comfort. Enjoy a sundowner on the verandah and witness the unique change in colours of the majestic Helderberg Mountain. Monkey Town Manor House is ideally located just outside Somerset West, a town encircled by exquisite mountains and hills covered by vineyards, with the ocean and sandy beaches just a stone’s throw away, and well-known for its beautiful sunset. Oak trees and thatched cottages, historical buildings and national monuments combined with the presence of a bustling, close-knit community give the town a pleasant comforting aura.

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