Birds of Eden the largest free flight bird aviary in the world, Plettenberg Bay Garden Route Adventures South Africa
Birds of Eden the largest free flight bird aviary in the world, Plettenberg Bay Garden Route Adventures South Africa
Birds of Eden the largest free flight bird aviary in the world, Plettenberg Bay Garden Route Adventures South Africa
It is because of sanctuaries such as Monkeyland and Birds of Eden which go beyond idealism, and who strive to do something positive, that we can look forward to a more optimistic future.
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm

Safari Ostrich Show Farm was established in 1956. We offer 1 hour guided tours of a working breeding ostrich farm. We are open 7 days a week with tours leaving at regular intervals during the day.  For further information please contact Billy.

Safaris 101

African Safaris and Travel, (under the leadership of Louis van Tonder) has been actively involved in the safari industry since the late seventies. The thrill of sharing our beloved Africa is still as fresh and exciting as it was back then... We brought our safari businesses over to the U.S.A. in 1994 to share our dreams and adventures with travelers here and elsewhere abroad. This website, represents many years of designing, researching and operating safaris to the far-out corners of Africa. The fact that we are often in Africa personally, and have constant interaction with the companies we represent, allows us to remain vitally connected to the pulse of Africa - to her political, social and ecological realities.

African Safaris and Travel actively supports the principle of developing of Africa's natural resources sustainably through low-density, high quality Tourism. "Environmentally intelligent" Tourism is nowhere such an important issue as in Africa. All safaris and safari programs have been developed in conjunction with the safari outfitters who are dedicated to conserving Africa's precious and unique resources. All the lodges and camps featured in our programs have been built with absolute minimal impact on the local fauna and flora, and all camps operate under the dictates of approved wildlife management.

Santa Cruz Monkey Park


Monkey Park es un Refugio Ambiental y de Rescate de animales silvestres decomisados por instituciones gubernamentales, en el cual reciben atención especializada para su recuperación y posterior integración a su hábitat natural. Por diversas razones, otros animales no pueden ser liberados y en Monkey Park reciben las mejores condiciones de vida posibles, al tiempo que se vuelven un apoyo para la educación ambiental.

Monkey Park está situado en el pueblo de Portegolpe del cantón de Santa Cruz de Guanacaste, en una ensenada húmeda que propicia la alta diversidad biológica. La región se caracterizó por la presencia de árboles de singular belleza que, a su vez, creaban el hábitat para una particular variedad de animales propios de los bosques secos tropicales.

Esta zona ha experimentado numerosos cambios en los últimos 50 años, los cuales, lamentablemente, han impactado en forma negativa a diferentes formas de vida. Las nuevas carreteras, el proceso de urbanización y un estilo de crecimiento económico poco adaptado a las necesidades del entorno han dificultado el desarrollo de las plantas, los animales y las manifestaciones culturales de la zona.

Para el caso de los animales, el nuevo estilo de crecimiento económico los ha sometido a un mayor riesgo de atropellos, caza y cautiverio ilegal, daños derivados de quemas e incendios y hasta la escasez de alimento debido a la desaparición de espacios adecuados y de especies vegetales y animales que proveían su sustento.

Asimismo, la mestiza cultura guanacasteca, tejida con los hilos de la herencia precolombina Chorotega (Maya) y afrodescendiente, así como de la colonización europea, también se ha visto sometida a situaciones en las que la modernidad reta a la tradición... y no siempre en condiciones equitativas.

Con el propósito de dar refugio y propiciar un espacio de apoyo a esta diversidad natural y cultural en el año 2000 nace Monkey Park. Conozca más de nosotros y ayúdenos a fortalecer esta iniciativa... ¡porque Monkey Park también es suyo!


In 1989, a South African based conservation organization, the Rhino & Elephant Foundation, launched a fundraising campaign for black rhinos under the name of Project Rhino. The campaign received considerable media coverage and it caught the imagination and attention of Louise Joubert, an account executive for a major advertising agency in Cape Town. She contacted the Rhino & Elephant Foundation and suggested that they run a telethon to raise funds. This was an entirely new concept in fundraising at the time, but Louise’s initiative and dedication resulted in National Rhino Pledge Day on 29 October 1989.

The telethon, which was televised throughout the day, raised R1.78 million and much of the funding was used to buy land to extend the Addo Elephant National Park, which has a significant population of black rhino. Funds were also used to purchase much needed anti-poaching equipment and to translocate black rhinos from danger zones.

Louise's brush with wildlife conservation and its personalities throughout the run-up to Pledge Day changed her life and in 1990, she decided to leave Cape Town and leave her career behind and went to live in the Limpopo Province in order to work with wild animals. However, she inadvertently found herself involved in a component of a then fledgling wildlife industry - game capture.

Over the ten years that followed, Louise saw many things that did not sit well with her, but the game-and-wildlife trade industry has a persuasive way of justifying its activities and as Louise herself says, “If you silence your conscience for long enough, it eventually stops speaking to you”. It was especially the young un-weaned animals suffering as a result of mass game relocation that prompted her into action and she began taking in orphaned and injured animals for hand raising - particularly plains game species such as zebra, kudu and blue wildebeest. This one on one close contact with young wild animals and the success of her efforts to rehabilitate them to become independent, free-ranging wild animals awoke her silenced conscience.

Louise became increasingly empathetic to the animals caught up in South Africa’s wildlife industry and more and more she became an outspoken critic of the industry’s unethical and inhumane operators.

While still working for a game relocation company, she started taking in orphaned and injured animals for hand raising and veterinary care for which she paid privately. Rescued animals were treated and hand raised on a small 21-hectare property. The intake of animals slowly increased and also diversified to include all species of wild animals: birds, small mammals, reptiles and smaller predators. There was a great need for a formal rehabilitation centre and emergency response when wild animals found themselves in trouble.

One of the biggest challenges facing the small centre was a desperate need for a safe and protected release area. National Parks and Provincial Game Reserves were simply not interested in taking in rehabilitated or hand raised animals for release. This left Louise with only one option: privately owned game farms. Sadly, many of the privately owned game farms are being used a hunting farms and this most definitely did not present a safe option as a release site.

In a bold attempt in 1998 to secure the animals’ future that she had already saved, Louise signed a lease contract for a 960-hectare piece of land with the option to purchase it at a later stage. The small property on which the rehabilitation centre started was sold and the funds used to establish a small rehab centre on the larger property. In 2000, she founded the SanWild Wildlife Trust, a non-profit organisation whose main objective would be to raise funds to pay for the land, rescue injured and orphaned wild animals and to secure the animals’ long-term welfare and safety. For the first time in South African history, a wildlife reserve was being established that belonged to the wild animals themselves.

Sanwild Wildlife Sanctuary

SanWild is a wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Offering wonderful accommodation in the African bush. Do join us and "Be the Rightkind for WildKind"

Situated in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, approximately 60km's from the town of Tzaneen is the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary.

The SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary has introduced numerous rescued and rehabilitated wild animals including impala, kudu, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, waterbuck, common and mountain reedbuck, grey duiker, nyala, giraffe, zebras, steenbok, rhinos, hippos and elephants. Some very elusive and rare creatures like pangolin and aardvark have also chosen of their own accord to make this protected reserve their home.

Wild leopard and cheetahs roam freely and a pack of rescued African Wild Dogs will be introduced shortly. Many small predators like serval, caracal and civets can also be seen in the reserve and the Sanctuary’s large predator Cats’ Rescue centre is home to 19 lions rescued from South Africa’s sordid canned lion breeding and hunting industry.

Accommodation: Savannah Private Bush Camp consists of four luxury chalets with en-suite bathrooms and thatched roofs. Each luxury chalet sleeps 2 although more beds can be added for parents who want to keep an eye on their little ones. Satellite television is available in all the chalets.

The central facility is set in beautiful gardens with a rock pool where guests can escape the heat while keeping a close eye on a wide variety of wild animals drinking from the waterhole a mere 80 meters away. The camp is completely fenced to keep out SanWild’s large wild animals like elephants, rhinos and hippos.

A resident chef prepares scrumptious meals that are served in the dining room cum lounge that has a huge fireplace for those cold rainy days. A veranda under thatch leads off to the dining room and includes a small pub where guests can relax or socialize during the day. Some evenings are spent in the open-air boma area where meals can be prepared next to a campfire.

A maximum of eight people are accommodated in the Savannah Private Bush Camp at any given time. The camp is also available to groups or for corporate bookings.

Bukisa Safari Tent Camp: The camp consists of 4 safari-style tents each with an en-suite bathroom and electricity and a central facility consisting of a lounge, dining and pub area with a fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and rock pool. Undercover parking for guests also available.

The camp is available on a self-catering option at this stage. Game drives are included in our rates. The camp is also available to groups or for corporate bookings.

Activities: Morning or afternoon game drives. Night drives are done by special arrangement. Optional day or over-night trips to other tourist destinations such as the world famous Kruger National Park including the Elephant Museum, Mojadji Cycad Reserve, Mac-Mac Falls, Blyde River Canyon, Eco-Caves, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God Window, the Pinnacle, Cherry gardens or local tea and coffee plantations can be arranged. We do also, by prior arrangement, arrange helicopter flips to Blyde River Canyon.

Wildlife Rehabilitation & Rescue: Profits generated from the Savannah Private Bush Camp are applied on an equal basis to animal emergency rescues, resource management and the running of the wildlife rehabilitation centre.

Do join us and "Be the Rightkind for WildKind"

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Saving South African Primates

As the only monkey rescue centre in the Western Cape, this project is concerned with the rescue of vervet monkeys who have been orphaned and injured in the Western Cape. We are based in The Crags along the Garden Route. Our objectives are to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict between humans and other primates in South Africa, develop, publicise and advocate constructive methods to protect primate species and to work towards a safe and protective environment where these primates can be released.

The future for South African primates is certainly threatened; human development continues to encroach on their territories causing serious damage to troop structures and individuals. Primates are often shot, trapped or poisoned as a quick method to deal with human/animal conflict, instead of looking for harmonious methods to co-exist in the wild. Not only has this shown a progressive decrease in numbers but has impacted on troop structures in a manner that is passed on from one generation to the next.

Saving South African Primates

Learn to co-exist with baboons and monkeys.

Sierra Club

Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. We are the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.

Snow Monkey Park - Japan

Since 1964, Jigokudani yaenkoen loved by many people in all over the world. Jigokudani Yaenkoen as a place where the interesting the mode of life of the Japanese Macaque can be observed nearby, and as a place of Monkey’s Onsen. And many researchers and photographers coming too, and they leave their achievements lots. 

Jigokudani is located in a mountainous area in approximately the center of Japan. Jigokudani Monkey Park is located in the valley of Yokoyu-River that flowing from Shigakogen area of the northern part of Nagano-Prefecture. At 850 meters in elevation, it is a harsh environment where snow covers the ground for one-third of the year.

People called Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) because they could see the spectacle that looks like the hell that steep cliff, spring out boiling water from the surface of the earth. But this place is a paradise for monkeys. Two groups of monkeys are living here at present.

South African Endangered Wildlife Trust

Committed to saving the World's wildlife

South African National Parks, (sanparks)

South African National Parks, (SANParks), manages a system of parks which represents the indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage of the country. Of all the national parks, most have overnight tourist facilities, with an unrivalled variety of accommodation in arid, coastal, mountain and bushveld habitats.

National parks offer visitors an unparalleled diversity of adventure tourism opportunities including game viewing, bush walks, canoeing and exposure to cultural and historical experiences. Conferences can also be organised in many of the parks.

The national parks are: Groenkloof, Kruger, Table Mountain, Marakele, Golden Gate, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra, Addo Elephant, Garden Route National Park (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, & Wilderness), Bontebok, Agulhas, West Coast, Karoo, Namaqua, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld, Augrabies, Kgalagadi, Mapungubwe, Tankwa Karoo and Mokala.

We’d love to welcome you to one of these parks and challenge you to go wild as you take a walk on the wild side of SANParks – SA’s natural heritage.

Stichting Aap - Holland

AAP is a European sanctuary for exotic animals. De dieren die bij ons terecht komen zijn afkomstig van de illegale handel, proefdierlaboratoria, circussen, louche dierentuinen of rechtstreeks van particulieren. The animals that come to us come from the illegal trade, animal laboratories, circuses, unscrupulous zoos or directly from individuals.

AAP is gespecialiseerd in de opvang van apen en kleine uitheemse zoogdieren, zoals wasberen, stinkdieren en prairiehondjes. AAP is specialized in the care of monkeys and small exotic mammals such as raccoons, skunks and prairie dogs. Vaak zijn de dieren ernstig mishandeld of verwaarloosd. Often the animals severely abused or neglected. Bij AAP krijgen zij de professionele verzorging die ze nodig hebben om weer op verhaal te komen. At AAP they get the professional care they need to get back on story. Het uiteindelijke doel is om de dieren geestelijk en lichamelijk weer gezond te maken en ze daarna te herplaatsen in een meer natuurlijke omgeving, in de vorm van een reservaat of gerenommeerde dierentuin. The ultimate goal is to keep the animals mentally and physically healthy again and then to relocate them in a more natural environment in the form of a reputable sanctuary or zoo.

Stop Animal Abuse

Brazil: Youths Burns Puppy Alive - how sick and cruel can humans be??? This footgae is not only shocking - it is criminal, barbaric and so WRONG!

Stray Animal Rights

Give YOUR voice for the street animals of Europe!

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