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Visit The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary near Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal, the sister sanctuary to Plettenberg Bay’s Monkeyland - the world's first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary.
A true wildlife sanctuary
The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary is a forever home for various wildlife species near Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal. It's mission is to educate and foster greater understanding of wildlife and the threats and challenges they are facing.
Wild animals establish their own dynamics whether they are social (group) animals or solitary. We care for rescued wildlife and do all we can to give them as natural a life as possible in habitat we have access to.
The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden , The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary are winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
Most recently, SAASA was declared winner of the 2023 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in the category of Major Tourist Attractions for The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary.
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- Adult ticket: R350
- Children (aged 3 to 12): R175
- Children under 3: Free of charge
- Family ticket (up to 2 adults & 2 children): R840
For additional information, or groups larger than 10 people please contact us on 032 004 0178.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary situated?
The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the Glendale Road, Shakaskraal, in the Dolphin Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal, just 20kms from Ballito.
The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary is also just 38kms north of King Shaka International Airport.
How do you get there?
To find us, simply put The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary into Google Maps or Waze. The simplest route is to take Exit 222 from the N2 (Tinley Manor Beach / Shakaskraal) and head inland towards Shakaskraal. After 6kms, you will reach the junction with the R102. Cross straight over the R102, heading towards Glendale. The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary is 10kms further down this road on the left hand side.
What species of primates live there?
Capuchin Monkeys, Black and White-Ruffed Lemurs, Ringtailed Lemurs, Buff-Cheeked Gibbon, Squirrel Monkeys, Spider Monkeys and Black Howler Monkeys.
Do you breed with the primates who live there?
No, we do not breed at all. All the male primates are sterilised before being released into the The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary forest..
Can I hold, touch or feed the primates at The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary?
No you cannot. As with all of the SAASA sanctuaries, we have a strict hands-off policy. Touching and petting monkeys is a form of harrasment. Follow the hashtag #HandsOffOurWildlife
What else is there to do at The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary?
Other than the guided forest tours we have a gift shop, a children's jungle gym and a licensed pizza restaurant, serving delicious wood-fired pizza.
How much does a guided forest tour cost?
Day tickets are R350 per adult, R175 per child aged 3 to 12 (under 3s are free of charge) and R840 for a Family Ticket (up to 2 adults and 2 children).
Do you offer memberships or discounts?
Yes, we also have membership tickets which are R700 per adult, R350 per child and R1,680 for a family of up to 2 adults and 2 children. Members can visit as often as they wish during the 12 months of their membership. Contact us for rates for school groups and follow us on social media for special offers.
I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction.
Steve Irwin - Conservationist
Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business.
Lee Dekker - Manager of Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay
The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture.
Christian Schauerte - Ex-curator of primates, Monkeyland
At Monkeyland in Plettenberg Bay you've got the lemurs and monkeys leaping through the trees overhead. It's a chance to remember what the world can really be like.
Hilletje Moller - Volunteer safari guide
People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.
Lazare Kokolo - Safari guide, Monkeyland
People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure. The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see a monkey except in a picture book?
Amanda Dreyer - Teacher
I believe that conservation education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.
Niel Shrenk - Safari guide, Monkeyland
The whole of science, and one is tempted to think the whole of the life of any thinking man, is trying to come to terms with the relationship between yourself and the natural world. Why are you here, and how do you fit in, and what's it all about.
David Attenborough - Conservationist
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The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary - Dolphin Coast, KwaZulu-Natal
From the N2, take exit 222 for Tinley Manor Beach / Shakaskraal. Head inland towards Shakaskraal and stay on this road for approximately 16kms. After 6kms, at the junction with the R102, cross straight over the R102 towards Glendale. You will find The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary a little under 10kms further down this road on the left-hand side.