Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park, a private wildlife collection set amidst lush landscaped gardens just 45 minutes north of Pretoria, is home to rare primates, exotic birds, tiger cubs and white lions. With over 38 species, this is the largest private primate collection in the country.

Did you know?

Chimpanzees and white-handed gibbons are 2 of the Big 5 of the primate world.

Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park is not only home to some of South Africa's many animal and bird species, but also such exotic species as tigers and sloths, as well as a wide variety of primates from all over the world.

Christa Saayman, owner and founder of Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park, started her collection with a pair of golden-handed tamarins. The collection grew quickly and was awarded zoo and sanctuary status.

This Limpopo wildlife park is the only venue in South Africa that has managed to breed in captivity the rare black and white Angola colobus monkeys and the South American bearded saki monkeys.

Take a two to three-hour guided walking tour, which gives you time to stop and admire the animals or watch them play. A special sighting will be the pair of rare golden oryx from Namibia, believed to be a sub-specie of the gemsbok, but the research jury is still out on that.

Everyone's favourites are the white lion cubs – Vicky and Marzan – and the tiger cubs – Zaza, Zandu and Zander – that you'll meet at the entrance to the park. Petting sessions with these irresistible little cats is a wonderful experience.

Although you'll be fascinated by creatures rarely seen outside their natural habitats – like the ruffed lemur found only in Madagascar, or the endangered white-handed gibbon from southeast Asia – take time out to view some of the amazing birds kept at the park.

Admire South Africa's national bird, the stately blue crane, as well as exotics such as the highly intelligent and talkative scarlet macaw, the Solomon Island's eclectus parrots, the Salmon-crested cockatoo, as well as colourful toucans of all kinds.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park
Tel: +27 (0)12 521 0335
Cell: +27 (0)82 566 4929

How to get here

Take the N1 from Johannesburg or Pretoria, take the Hammanskraal turnoff and follow the Rust de Winter signs. The park is 8km from Rust de Winter. GPS co-ordinates: S25º 12.635 E28º 31.551

Best time to visit

The Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park is open Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 16h00, including public holidays.

Get around

Walk, or take a one-hour guided game drive.

What will it cost

Adults R100, children R50, pensioners R80. There's an extra charge of approx R50 for 10 minutes playtime with cubs.

What to eat

The Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park's kiosk sells juices, cold drinks, snacks and ice-cream.