I freaking love monkeys. So when I was presented with a free day in The Crags, with no plans and weather that was too crappy to go to the beach, a trip to the nearby Monkeyland seemed like a pretty good option.
I had been staying nearby at an awesome hostel called Rocky Road Backpackers. Rocky Road has dorms and private rooms, but the real appeal is the tents that can be barely be described as tents. These “tents” had electricity, lights, beds and electric blankets. If you looked up ‘glamping’ or ‘flashpacking’ in the dictionary, I would not be surprised if there were pictures from Rocky Road in there. Plus, as added bonuses, there is an unbelievable outdoor shower, a huge party and braai night every friday, dinner cooked every night and staff that are more than willing to go out of their way for you.
So it was unsurprising that two of the lovely young lads working in the hostel were more than happy to drive me to and from Monkeyland. Plus, as an added bonus, I nabbed a discount simply because I was staying with them.
Once I arrived at the park, I had seen about three different breeds of monkeys within two minutes of arriving. The tours are fairly short, but the guides are informative, funny and seem to genuinely care about the monkeys.
I spent most of my time though straying from the group and trying to catch the monkeys unaware so I could get some decent photos of them. I must admit, most of them seemed pretty amenable to having an impromptu photoshoot.
Hostel: Rocky Road Backpackers
Camera: iPhone 5 and GoPro Hero
Budget: R180 ($18) per night in a luxury tent or R140 ($14) per night in a 3-4 bed dorm
Remember: Insect repellant and a camera
Monkeyland: R175 ($18) for an adult or R280 ($28) when combined with the nearby Birds of Eden, visit the Monkeyland website for more info
Get There: R100 ($10) for transfers to and from The Crags
22 thoughts on “Monkeying Around in The Crags”
Every monkey I see reminds me of ‘Planet of the Apes’! 😉🙊😀
Love those gorgeous creatures!
What marvelous pictures! What kind of monkey is the last picture of? 🙂
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I freaking love monkeys too!
the hanging bridge shot is spectacular. Nice job. I look forward to following.
The hanging bridge pic is spectacular. I look forward to following.
Monkeys are so cool. Awesome photos!
Awesome! Great shots. Was this in South Africa? Cool that they’ve got some Lemurs!
These are some great shots and you had encountered so many monkeys too. 🙂
Noooooo I hate monkeys!! Haha, but those are lovely pics! Looks like a great time 🙂 Regardless of the monkeys 😉
What an experience! So fun!
You’re a great writer. Well done.
I love your blog! Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your traveling
your blog is amazing!!! so jelous of your life right now!!!! wow
I adore monkeys, too!
Your travels are so inspirational! reading about your journey is definitely helping me build courage for my solo driving trip that i have been planning for a very long time. thank you and all of the other lovely Muses at BYOM.
ps. how can you not love those LEMURS!!!
I’m so jealous! I had much less luck seeing monkeys in Ecuador last month: https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/seeking-monkeys-in-an-ecuadorian-rainforest/
Enjoyed your photos from Monkeyland! Thank you for shairng.
I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award :0)
Thank you! I’ll be sure to check it out 😊