Review 2014: Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World

Monkey World

Monkey World is about 2 hours drive from Basingstoke and would be less, except the traffic is pretty horrendous as the roads are busy at all times.

We had a fantastic time at Monkey World when we went although I’m sure that the weather helped.

Play

I was really surprised to see how much is on offer at Monkey World.

The park is really well laid out, despite being quite hilly, and it’s easy to walk around and see all of the monkey’s.

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Miss NHM found some of the larger monkeys a bit intimidating, but she really liked the small monkeys and we spent a lot of time looking at them.

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We spent a lot of time watching the Chimpanzees but Miss NHM wasn’t too impressed as they were quite large and intimdating

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There is a really good play area at the beginning of the park, with swings

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and even a swing for a wheelchair!

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We spent a lot of time looking at the smaller monkeys

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We also went up the tree house, which gave fantastic views across the park.

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We accidentally stumbled across the Woodland Walk which was lovely and peaceful and had a lovely area to sit in, next to a Buda.

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093Towards the bottom of the park there is a really big picnic are and events field.

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There is a fantastic play area at the bottom of the park.

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However, make sure you read the sign first, which says that only 8 year olds should use this equipment. Opps!!!!

We didn’t see this so all of us spent about 30 minutes clambering over the equipment. Not great parenting! lol.

Tips

I probably wouldn’t visit Monkey world on it’s own as a day trip from Basingstoke. It’s too far for us to drive with Miss NHM for a day’s outing.

However, if you are visiting near Monkey World or are on holiday, then it’s completely worth a visit.

It’s very hilly. So take a pushchair if your little one doesn’t walk too far.

We don’t use our pushchair anymore so Miss NHM had to walk and at 3.5 years of age, she did walk the whole way round, but she was very tired that evening.

There are lots of picnic tables dotted throughout the park, and a cafe and play area half way round.

There aren’t many covered areas if it rains.

Food

We took a picnic with us, so we didn’t try the food on site.

However, we did have hot drinks and they were what you would expect.

Facilities

Were ok but clearly needed an upgrade. They were clean though, but definitely needed a bit of love.

Baby Facilities

Were ok.

Parking

Is free and there is loads of it!

Prices

Very reasonable considering you are helping a very worth while cause!

Rating out of 5

I would give Monkey World 4.9 out of 5, only because the toilets weren’t great.

However, we had a brilliant day and if we were down that way again, we wouldn’t hesitate to visit again.

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