Monkey Town / Somerset West

Monkey Town Primate Centre will be permanently closed from the morning of Monday, April 29, 2024, due to an increase in noise pollution affecting its animals’ well-being.

Monkey Town is so much more than just a place to see monkeys and apes! It’s a beautiful sanctuary and home to many other animal species as well and a truly impressive place to teach your children about them. The idea of the owner is simple, yet great: you are not watching the animals in their cages, instead you are being watched by them! While the monkeys and apes roam around in their large encounters, you can follow the caged walkways to explore all the different kinds of animals in the park.

You will come across free-roaming peacocks, you can talk to birds, interact with the monkeys and meet the three chimp sisters Tammy, Ruby and Sunny. Monkey Town is not just a primate centre but also a wildlife centre with over 700 animals in total to admire. You can meet 26 different primate species like Marmosets, Lemurs, Capuchins, Gibbons and Chimpanzees. Other animals include Emus, Alpacas, Turtles, squirrels, macaws and the house dog with the name “Blue”. You can find a list of all their animals here: ANIMALS AT MONKEY TOWN

Beyond that, Monkey Town also hosts a small Reptile Garden with over 100 snakes and reptiles. If you only wish to view the reptiles and not use any of the other facilities, the entrance fee is R50 per person.

Right outside the entrance of Monkey Town, you will also find a playground for the kids as well as a small waterpark. In the summer months, you can enjoy a lovely braai outside while the kids cool off in the water and have some massive fun on the waterslides. It’s not the newest equipment and the slides and playground is a bit worn down, but nonetheless a great place for families with kids of all ages.

If you want to visit the animals only, no booking is required. If you would like to make use of the waterpark and braai facilities, advanced bookings are essential and compulsory.

Rates 2023

Monkey Town & Reptile GardenBraai Picnic & Animal Viewing & WaterparkBraai Picnic & WaterparkBraai Picnic WITHOUT Waterpark & Animal Viewing
Toddlers (1-2)R40R60R50R40
Children (3-12)R80R140R135R80

How To Support Monkey Town

Since Monkey Town is a privately owned sanctuary, donations and assistance from the public are always welcome and there are many ways to support the facility! It doesn’t always have to be a monetary donation!

It also helps the park if you bring along some of the following items:

  • Fruit (apples, pears, bananas, oranges, berries, paw paws and coconuts.
  • Vegetables (corn on the cob, carrots, butternut and sweet potatoes.
  • Greens (Variety of lettuce, celery, green peppers, spinach etc.)
  • Unsalted nuts/shelled or unshelled, oats, wheat bran, unsalted rice cakes, pumpkin seeds, whole wheat pasta, rice, couscous and honey. 
  • Rope, tennis balls, foot balls, fleece blankets, old shoes and old flip flops. 

Our Experience

We visited Monkey Town and Reptile World on a slightly colder Cape Town day and it was absolutely fabulous. We almost had the entire park to ourselves and all the animals were super interactive and seemingly enjoying our company. We loved to “talk” to the birds and watch all kinds of monkeys and apes roam around freely along the cage walks and following our tour. We were lucky enough to join the feeding session with the three chimp sisters and learned a lot about the park itself, its inhabitants and primates. We also visited the reptile house just behind the playground and looked at some snakes and lizards as well. The kids absolutely loved it and it’s definitely worth visiting again.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • Opening Times: Mon – Sun 08:00 – 17:00
  • Age Group: 0 – 99
  • Rates for Monkey Town and Reptile Garden: Toddlers (1-2y) = R40, Children (3-12y) = R80, Adults = R105, Teenagers/Pensioners = R90
  • Kids Menu: n/a
  • Fun Factor: 5/5
  • Free WIFI: No

Phone: +27 (0) 21 858 1060 /

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