Take your family or group on a full day outing where you can interact with the fastest animals on earth not only that but to pat the cute cheetah cubs.

The day is not complete without a visit to the monkey town where there are more than 250 primates that include monkeys and chimpanzees among other 26 different exotic species of monkeys.

A visit to the mother city is enthralling, captivating and no doubt leaves long lasting memories in every visitor’s heart

Within the large volumes of visitors who visit this beautiful city are groups in all shapes and sizes. But now we would also like those who come as families to visit Cape Town and leave a mark in the hearts of the little ones that is, our kids and toddlers.

Fully air-conditioned vehicle transport transfer to and from Cape Town Entry fees to facilities
All optional activities

Cheetah outreach

The cheetah outreach is an education and community based programme whose goal is to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival. It was launched in January 1997 with just one hectare of land donated by Spier Wineries and two cheetahs but now has since relocated to Somerset West.


Currently Cheetah Outreach

  • Is involved in environmental education, offering curriculum- linked school presentations and resources as well as workshops and fellowships for teachers
  • Breeds Turkish – anatollian shepherd dogs and places them on South African farms to guard livestock in a bid to reduce conflict between the farming community and predators.
  • Hand-rears cubs from cheetah breeding facilities in South Africa and raises them to be ambassadors for the species.
  • Partners with other cheetah conservation organization internationally.

Monkey Town

This facility is located in Somerset West 50km from Cape Town along the N2 highway. Monkey town is a primate centre for monkeys, Apes as well as other species of animals including reptiles

The wildlife centre holds more than 250 primates and 26 different exotic species of monkeys and Apes. This wildlife centre has over 700 animals to keep you amazed during your visit.


Take a stroll through the cheetah outreach project and come face to face with the fastest animal on earth; in short bursts can reach up to 120km/h.

You can choose to go on a guided tour with one of the projects volunteers. These volunteers come from all over the world to fight for the survival of this majestic animal.

Cuddle up with a cute cub or stroke an adult cheetah or encounter a pack of brave Turkish Anatolian Shepherd dogs.

Meanwhile there are photographic specialist taking memorable photos of the action. You can obtain photos at the end of the tour or you can even provide them with your camera and they can take pictures while you are cuddling the cute cubs- “a rare moment indeed”

After that we proceed to Monkey Town which is about 10min away. Can spend up to 20min in the facility’s interaction closure.

List of activities

  • Braai/picnic (precooling is required)
  • Swimming
  • Supertube
  • Interaction session- this is highly recommended.


Visitors to this wildlife facility observe monkeys from caged walk-ways that allows them playful monkeys to roam freely on the outside. Some of the animals given freedom to roam while humans are caged are bemars, capuchin monkeys and blue duiker. The monkeys are quite tame and enjoy interaction with visitors.

Visitors can also experience feeding time talks which are done on different slots.


Monkey Town maintains a safe, fun environment for our guests and our animal residents. Here are a few rules – kindly refer to the Terms and Conditions that is part of your booking form should you make a Day Visitor Booking.


  • Feeding or touching of any of our animals are not allowed.
    • Please refrain from teasing or screaming at any animals – the animals can get scared and may react negatively.  This is their home, please be respectful.
    • Eating is not allowed inside the primate centre.
    • Placing children on or over exhibit handrails or fencing is absolutely prohibited.
    • Firearms are prohibited on zoo grounds.
    • During your visit, you may be photographed or filmed. Your admission to Monkey Town serves as your permission for use of your image by Monkey Town CC t/a Monkey Town Primate Centre.
    • You may use cameras and video cameras in Monkey Town for personal use only. Commercial use of photographs or video taken by you during your visit is prohibited without prior written consent of Monkey Town Management. Contact pro@monkeys.co.za for more information.
    • We do not allow pets on zoo grounds for the safety of our animals and yours.
    • Please do not visit the zoo and leave your pet unattended in your car. Kindly educate yourself on the consequences of this choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve tried to make sure to answer all your questions within the pages of our site, but some questions are asked so frequently, we thought we would gather them together here for easy viewing. Enjoy your visit!

What are your hours for admission?
We are open 364 days a year from 08h00 until 17h00. Last entrance into the primate park is at 16h00.
Monkey Town closes earlier on Christmas Day, usually around 14h30.

Do I have to make a booking?
Should you only wish to view the animals, no booking is required. If you want to spend the day with us as and use one of our Combos, then a booking is compulsory.

Can I bring in my own beverages / alcohol?
Monkey Town does not allow any beverages/ alcohol to be brought into the premises. These items are for sale at the restaurant on site. The restaurant on site IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED FROM MONKEY TOWN and only operates on weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

Do you have card facilities?
We accept Visa and Mastercards for everything. Including donations.

Are you handicap accessible?
We are handicap accessible. Please be aware that we are on natural terrain, this means that there are hills and inclines to manage. Kindly bring along your own wheelchair/walking aid.

Is everything outdoors?
No, our exhibits with the primates are outdoors. Our Reptile Garden is an indoor exhibit.

Are you open in the rain?
Monkey Town Primate Centre is open rain or shine, 365 days a year!

Where can I find First Aid?
A first aid station is available at the main entrance.

Will my bag be searched?
Yes, Monkey Town Primate Centre reserves the right to inspect all bags when entering the premises. (Alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, weapons, food for animals are not allowed into the zoo).

Why don’t you offer group discounts?
Unfortunately it is not financially possible for us to offer this option therefore we have our Combo options which offer great discounts. We are open 365 days a year, come rain or shine, and as a family-owned primate centre, we receive absolutely no funding and rely on admission proceeds to keep the primate centre operational year round.

Can I have a birthday party in the zoo?
Yes, of course! You can celebrate any occasion at Monkey Town Primate Centre when booking for a Day Visitor Booking. All our options are self-catering which allows you to spend according to your own budget.

Where can I buy a baby monkey?
Monkey Town Primate Centre supports responsible pet ownership. Wild animals and exotics are not good house pets.

Can I bring my pet to Monkey Town Primate Centre?
Pets are not allowed at the primate centre. Please leave your pets at home; not in your car, no matter the temperature outside.


  • Adults R1250 pp
  • Children 3-12 years R700
  • Toddler’s1-2 years free


  • Interact with the cheetahs
  • Adult cheetah patting (optional)
  • Cub cheetah patting (optional)
  • Interact with the monkeys
  • Guided tour of monkey town (optional)
  • Chimpanzees
  • Reptiles
  • Any other Activity (optional)

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
June 2, 2018

The wildlife trip was amazing – saw Cheetahs, chimpanzees and monkeys at very close range. The facilities are kept in world class condition.

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