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Chimpanzees at Monkey Town in Somerset West (2016-11-06) Nature and 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!

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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 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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Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Trip – Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (The Crags, Plettenberg Bay) (2009-11-21) My Life | Photo Gallery 21 NOV 2009

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary situated at The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, was another one of the fantastic wildlife-themed stops on our awesome honeymoon road trip. The sanctuary takes the form of a huge open enclosure, through which you are guided and get to witness the various monkeys and lemurs up close and personal, without the usual fencing between you and the primates!

Highlight of the tour had to be the awesome suspension bridge we needed to cross!

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