When photographers visit.

We had the pleasure of receiving a most wonderful email from Karel Vandersloten.  He came for a visit to the three SAASA Sanctuaries – Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.  Then as a bonus he send us a great email thanking us but it is us who should thank him for sharing these great photos with us.

When I showed this photo to some of the staff they could not believe that this was taken just out side Monkeyland.  This is actually a photo of the Monkeyland Farm, where we prepare food for the animals – this is seen by us as place where we work very hard.  Yet in the words of Khaya our receptionist: “Through the eyes of Karel this looks like an exotic place where you buy the postcards so you can show everyone how amazing it is”. I think that pretty much sums up this amazing photo:



Amazing right?  Well see below for more photos of Karel’s visit.

Herewith Karel Vandersloten’s photos of MONKEYLAND

Herewith Karel Vandersloten’s photo of BIRDS OF EDEN

Herewith Karel Vandersloten’s photos of JUKANI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 

Finland Bachelor in Garden Route, South Africa

The Finnish version of the reality romance TV series The Bachelor was shot in The Crags, Knysna, George and Wilderness on the Garden Route. The filming took place between the 20th of January and the 8th of February 2016.

Bachelor Add Finland

We at the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance was pleased to have the film crews visit two of our three sanctuaries = Monkeyland and Birds of Eden.

Our contact was Patrick Walton, the producer of Shoot Away Productions and the originator of Official South African Casting Association (OSCASA). Due to the way we run our sanctuaries with a NO Touch policy we are often skipped when Productions and Celebrities visit the Garden Route. However Patrick put us on the itinerary and we hope he enjoyed it as much as we did.

Patrick taking a moment to enjoy the scenery!

Patrick taking a moment to enjoy the scenery!

Patrick and the rest of the scouting team came to check out Monkeyland and Birds of Eden a few days before the actual shoot and on the day of the filming they showed up bringing the rain with them.  Lucky for the girls with their pretty hairdo’s – thanks to Marelize Earle of George – the rain stopped and the filming went down without a hitch….no pun intended!


The ladies looked beautiful and the Bachelor a tad bit nervous – one have to wonder was he nervous about the free roaming Monkeys and Birds or the ladies that he had to choose between.

At Monkeyland:



At Birds of Eden:


Thank you to Patrick for sharing these photos and especially to Anton Alberts Photography.  We hope to see more filming here at Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.  Please contact Lara Mostert on for any and all information on filming in our sanctuaries.

And to the Bachelor and the Ladies – we wish you only the best = love + luck + happiness!

The Bachelor Finland All the Bachelor Girls

Africa Media Visit

The Africa Media = = came to visit us and shared these amazing photos with us.

Die Sterreweg came to Smile at Us!

Die Sterreweg students came to Smile at Us!

Tamarin Windvogel part of the admin for Die Sterreweg Daycare Centre for children with special needs in New Horizon, Plettenberg Bay, contacted Monkeyland to find out the fee to bring some of their children that have never been to visit us. Without hesitation the Monkeyland and Birds of Eden management opened their doors for free to this Small school who does SO MUCH for those who are differently-abled.

Die Sterreweg Visit

Die Sterreweg Visit

On Thursday the 22nd of October they showed up to visit with us at Monkeyland and on Friday the 23rd they came back for their visit to Birds of Eden.
A big thank you goes out to the Orca Foundation Volunteers who showed up in full force to assist with pushing wheelchairs. I would also like to thank the Monkeyland and Birds of Eden teams who made sure to treat these differently-abled children as they deserve to be treated….like everyone else with respect and love.
I am not sure if they enjoyed it but if you look at those smiles…then I have to take a guess and say YES.

Die Sterreweg Visit

Die Sterreweg Visit

We hope Die Sterreweg will bring them for another visit so that they can also enjoy Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.

Thanks to Tamarin and her team for the work they do, the care and devotion they have for these kids is very obviouse and I take my hat of to you!

Please consider assisting this school if you have the means to do so.
You can contact the school on or +27 (0)44 533 2639

Heritage Day for South Africa







Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.  Somewhere along the line this day became BRAAI DAY (BBQ Day)


I have to say that this day means a lot to me personally!  How can you go forward if you do not know where you come from.  The one thing to remember is …. know where you come from but don’t stay there….take that knowledge…grow…move forward!

So I ask you this Heritage Day…look at your heritage and ask yourself….what am I leaving for generations to come!