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Primate Centre, where friends & family meet

Monkey Town, as its name suggests is a Wildlife Centre and sanctuary for monkeys and apes. It is located on the N2 just outside Somerset West and was founded by Rosaline Grobler over 20 years ago when she rescued her first monkey, a brown Capuchin named Cebsus.

Rosaline has since rescued 270 monkeys and the Monkey Town Primate Sanctuary now has more than 230 resident animals. There are 28 different exotic species including Tammy, Ruby and Sunny the famous Chimp sisters.

If you are crazy about monkeys this is the place to visit. Here the monkeys roam free in various sections and visitors walk along a caged walkway so as not to intrude in any way with the primates in their living space. This also allows the visitors a wonderful opportunity to observe the way the monkeys live.

The Sanctuary offers a full day of activities for all ages and now also has a separate reptile garden which guests can visit. Bring along the family and your camera and come and enjoy a day out with the monkeys!

Things to do and see

  • Monkey Town Guided Tours at 12h00
  • Forest Feeding & Chimpanzee Feeding at 12h30 & 13h00
  • Animal Encounters
  • Reptile Garden
  • Play Park
  • Swimming
  • Monkey Town Braai or Picnic
  • Restaurant & Pub
  • Guest Lodge Accommodation


The Admission fee is approximately R80 and each activity is thereafter charged separately i.e. animal encounter, reptile garden, braai or picnic etc. Prices are subject to change so please contact the Sanctuary directly to confirm all prices.

Booking is essential.

Find Us

Monkey Town is situated 40 km outside Cape Town and 3 km outside Somerset West on the N2 toward Caledon.

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