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Chimpanzees at Monkey Town in Somerset West (2016-11-06) Animal Attractions | Photo Gallery 28 JUL 2017

Sometimes I don’t particularly feel like driving very far when it comes to my weekend outings with the girls, and so invariably we end up at Monkey Town, situated a ridiculously convenient ten minutes down the road from me.

Founded back in 2000 by animal lover and habitual monkey rescuer Roseline Grobler, the Monkey Town Primate Sanctuary is a Somerset West based wildlife center for monkeys and apes with more than 230 animals split among 28 different exotic species, including Tammy, Ruby, and Sunny, Monkey Town’s famous chimpanzee sisters.

The sanctuary has an interesting layout as you essentially walk for large swathes of the park in a fenced tunnel, with monkeys moving about in the open all around (and above) you.

Although you are more than welcome to browse and work your way through the sanctuary on your own and at your own pace (strolls through Monkey Town don’t normally take much longer than an hour), it is recommended to rather join in on the frequent guided tours, primarily because that way you will learn a lot more about the animals running around in front of you.

Feeding time is quite the fun spectacle (for that matter, the chimpanzees never cease to amaze with both their catching and bottle opening skills), and if you want an even closer look/interaction with some of the smaller, fluffier critters, then there are a couple of encounter options eagerly awaiting your purchase.

The girls rather enjoyed this particular outing last year, with Jessica, as she invariably does on these outings of ours, taking quite a shine to our guide and pretty much never leaving his side for the duration of the tour!

These guys do a lot of great work in terms of taking in, rearing and caring for abandoned, captive-bred monkeys and are definitely worth supporting, meaning that if you have kids, then undoubtedly this is one of those visits that you can safely leave on your To Do list.

(Also, if the kids get bored, there is the kids play paradise of Cheeky Monkey right next door. In all honesty, I can’t really recommend them as a restaurant of choice, but they do have all the necessary equipment if you have kids with lots of energy to get rid of!)

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Monkey Town with the Girls (2014-12-29) Photo Gallery 30 DEC 2014

Yesterday I took Jessica and Emily for a quickfire (hour long) trip down to Monkey Town, where the two of them could happily take in all the monkeys that they could possible want to.

Which turns out isn’t all that many – Jess doesn’t appear to be too enthralled at this stage in viewing monkeys, in fact, she got the most pleasure from exploring what’s behind corners and doorways, and running up and down the ramps, rather than the actual monkeys themselves!

Nevertheless, it was good to get out of the house as always, so no complaints there.

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(And just to make sure we made the most of the day as a whole, once Chantelle arrived back home from work, it was off to Mondeor for some beer, food, and pink milkshake!)

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Photo Gallery: Monkey Town and Strand Beach (2013-08-18) Photo Gallery 01 SEP 2013

A recent Sunday saw Jessica, Chantelle and myself enjoy a pleasant family day outing that saw us first go for a trip to Monkey Town (which Jessica loved), followed by a playful lunch at McDonalds (which Jessica enjoyed), and rounded off by a walk on the Strand beach – which needless to say enthralled young Jessica given her love of beach sand!

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Photo Gallery: Monkey Town Visit (2013-03-21) Photo Gallery 21 MAR 2013

Thursday was Human Rights Day and although Chantelle was forced to spend the day working in the kitchen to churn out a humongous amount of cakes and cupcakes, that didn’t stop Jessica and me heading out for a morning adventure to Monkey Town. We were there last a year ago, and this time around Jessica was a lot older and could thus enjoy the monkeys, birds and all the other little critters a lot more than what she did the last time!

We got to see the monkeys feeding, the chimpanzees come out to play, and I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the couple of hours we spent wandering around the park, hand in hand, as if stuck by superglue! :)

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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… ;)

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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! :)