The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance

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SAASA consists of 3 award winning sanctuaries: Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, and strives to improve the lives of animals in captivity.

Our mission at SAASA is one of education and promoting a greater understanding of primates, birds, apex cats and wild animals in general and the threats and challenges they are facing.


Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary The world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. It offers tours (monkey safaris) where guests can view the 700+ 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, French and Spanish.

Birds of Eden (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 focus being African birds. The dome covers 2 km of boardwalks, an amphitheatre with a capacity of 200 people, 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.

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to mainly Apex Predators. We have 74 Animals in total consisting of 17 different species. You will take a walk through the sanctuary with one of our very knowledgeable guides and stop at each enclosure where you will learn the most fascinating facts about these creatures, there is ample opportunity to take pictures and the whole 1hour and 20-minute excursion has a safari like feel to it. There is a coffee shop near the entrance to the sanctuary and a lovely curio shop in the reception area. It is located 15km outside of Plettenberg Bay on the N2 towards Port Elizabeth and 8km before you reach the turn off to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden.

Monkeyland KZN (in the process of being developed in the Ballito region on KZN). Monkeyland KZN will be home to capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, gibbons, ringtail lemurs and black-and-white ruffed lemurs. We are hoping to be open to the public December 2017 but might not be ready yet. The sanctuary will however be open by Easter 2018.

We are Fairtrade accredited and we have a strict no-touch policy at all our sanctuaries.


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Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
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