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Photo Gallery: Jessica and Daddy go to Butterfly World (2013-12-30) Photo Gallery 30 DEC 2013

With Chantelle less and less mobile towards the end of her pregnancy, it was pretty much just Jess and I going out on all of our excursions, and this particular one happened to be our daddy daughter holiday trip to Butterfly World.

As per usual, Jess was super excited in seeing all the butterflies, guinea pigs and marmosets once more, whilst I was left wondering just how many more times in a year I would be forced to trudge through the same attraction over and over again.

(No not really. Secretly I enjoyed the outing – as per usual)


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Monkey Town with Jessica Jessica | My Life 10 JAN 2012

I tried really hard to get out and about with Jessica as much as possible over my December vacation period, and one of the trips we managed to go out on was to Monkey Town, literally down the (National) road from us, and a place that neither Chantelle nor I had been to in at least three years!

Pleasingly, despite the fact that it doesn’t seem like anything has changed at all in those three years gone by, Monkey Town remains an awesome experience for the little ones (and to an extent the adults), and Jessica for one certainly enjoyed it!

For a change, Chantelle was available to join us for our little excursion, and so late morning after all the naps and feeds were dispensed with, we drove out to Monkey Town where Chantelle twisted my arm that first order of the day should be a light lunch at the pub/restaurant situated adjacent to the Monkey Town facility, overlooking the cool family braai, swim and play area that sprawls out in front of it.

After enjoying our food, next stop for the pram was Monkey Town reception, where we handed over our money, convinced the cashier that Jessica still made the cutoff for free entrance (instead of the R10 required for children over a year), grabbed a map and listened to the helpful instructions from the girl welcoming everyone in.

As luck would have it, feeding of the small monkeys had just recently taken place, meaning that all the food troughs in the massive enclosures with full of fruits and whatnot, meaning that the legion of squirrel monkeys, capuchins and lemur had been drawn out of the shade and into full view of the multitude of spectators that had braved the scorching heat in order to come monkey watching!

Jessica love being up so close and personal with the playful little monkeys, and eventually we managed to drag her away (there was no way she was going to stay stuck in the pram to watch all of this!), past the rutting tortoises, and just in time to see the handlers lure the chimpanzees out of their shady enclosure and into the outside play area island for some yummy snacks and drinks (which come in normal Energade bottles which the chimps open themselves and drink out of!).

After this it was pretty much straight into dawdle mode whilst trying to get Jessica to make monkey noises, and after a quick return to the start point to give Jessica her bottle and for us to grab something to drink, it was back along the walkways, taking in the various monkeys and lemurs that were on display in the variety of enclosures that make up Monkey Town.

To be frank, the selection of monkeys isn’t particularly huge at Monkey Town, but there are enough to be interesting and like I said before, the kids absolutely love the furry critters, meaning that even if there are a 1000 squirrel monkeys to take in, they’re certainly not going to complain!

One of the sights which I did in particular like was the up and close with the emus which Monkey Town has acquired (I think I counted about five). The male makes the most peculiar of noises when a human man (i.e. me) walks past, sounding almost like the beat of a drum! Guess I was a little bit too threatening or close to him? He certainly didn’t mind the ladies walking by, that’s for sure!

We spend a good hour and a half to two hours ambling around with Jessie and her pram, before Chantelle’s time was finally up and she needed to return to work, marking the end of our enjoyable little excursion with the carpet crawler/finger nibbler!

And based on that, I’ve got a good feeling that Monkey Town might be seeing a little more of the Lotter Clan from now on… ;)

(For more photos, visit the gallery here)

Related Link: http://www.monkeys.co.za/

Photo Gallery: Monkey Town Excursion (2011-12-28) My Life | Photo Gallery 28 DEC 2011

Chantelle and I took Jessica for an outing to Monkey Town, the first time the two of us had been there in absolute years, and most definitely the first time for miss Jess. Needless to say, she enjoyed all the monkeying about! :)

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Photo Gallery: Mouille Point Lighthouse (2011-05-11) My Life | Photo Gallery 11 MAY 2011

Taking full use of Touchwork’s new policy of getting the day off on your birthday, Chantelle and I was intent on making the most of it by going up Table Mountain for the day – only problem was, it turned out the weather wasn’t going to play along with us at all! So we spent the day driving around, shopping at Canal Walk, and going to Sea Point, where we stopped alongside the Mouille Point Lighthouse to enjoy some delicious cinnabuns for nourishment! :)

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Photo Gallery: Easter Outing to Pringle Bay and Sunset Spur (2011-04-23) My Life | Photo Gallery 23 APR 2011

It was a beautiful sunny day, so no wonder Chantelle, Jessie and I so enjoyed our Easter outing to Pringle Bay, followed up by a compulsory visit to the Sunset Spur! ;)

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