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Posted on: Friday, 25 January 2013

A Trip To Monkey Town

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If you are mad about monkeys, then Monkey Town is the place to visit. Situated near Somerset West, it is a large wildlife centre which is home to more than 230 animals and 28 different exotic species.

When you arrive at Monkey Town you expect to be walking around looking at smallish cages with monkeys inside, but what you will actually find is that it is you who are in fact walking through a caged tunnel through their large, spacious enclosure.

A Trip To Monkey Town: I first spotted the squirrel monkeys with their mischievous ways, playing with each other among the branches. As I walked along the path I came across some very lazy and tired spider monkeys lying on the roof of the cage above my head. You are not allowed to put your fingers through the cage, but there was a spider monkey with his arm hanging through, I reached up and gently touched his hand, he looked at me and grabbed onto my fingers, holding onto them. I was so excited, this was amazing, he was so gentle, I reached up with my free hand and gave him a back scratch which he seemed to enjoy! I eventually let go of my newly found friend and continued along the maze among the monkeys. There are divisions among the enclosure with certain species and each section has a plaque telling you what kind of monkey is inside and a little bit about where it was rescued from and why.


Walking down the path I noticed a Capuchin Monkey who was playing with a stick against the fence on the floor, I crouched down to get a closer look. This sneaky monkey pushes the stick through the fence as I get there, so naturally, I picked it up and stuck it part way through for him, he snatches it back and pushes it through again, but if you try pick it up again he grabs the other end and pulls it really hard so you can’t take it from him.

After much entertainment watching and playing with him, I read the plaque on his cage and this poor guy was rescued from someone who had allowed him access to alcohol. I had never before heard of an alcoholic monkey… that explained why he was so grumpy! It is very sad to read about what some of them have been through but at the same time you are also really please that they are in such a great place being looked after and are happy.


The Chimpanzees were very amusing and playful, I arrived at their enclosure just as it was feeding time. The Monkey Town staff throw fruit onto their island, some rush to grab it while others lie on the grass staring at all the spectators. They are also thrown juice bottles which they were all very keen on. These bottles were launched from quite a distance and it was great to see the fast reactions and fantastic catching skills the chimpanzees had.

There are so many different types of monkeys to see here as well as a variety of birds, a large koi pond and a mini farmyard that you can go into and interact with your favourite barnyard animals. It is a fantastic place to go as a family or with your friends for an interesting and very enjoyable day out.

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Michelle Rawlinson


Michelle has a huge love for all things aquatic, particularly marine life. Her main passion lies with Great White Sharks, although she is interested in all marine species and their well-being. She volunteers at the Two Oceans Aquarium in her spare time and would spend all her time by the sea or surrounded by nature if possible. After spending 7 years in the United Kingdom, she has returned back home to Cape Town to be nearer to her family and to her ‘favourite place in the world’. She enjoys camping, fishing, watching rugby and going out with her friends and family to try out new restaurants and bars.

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1 comment about A Trip To Monkey Town
  1. June 20th, 2013 at 02:51
    Ernst says:

    i would like to know the directions to monkey town and if there is facilities to occupy children if it rains