I LOVE monkeys. For as long as I can remember, I have absolutely adored them. Whenever I go to a zoo or a monkey sanctuary, I could literally sit there for hours watching them. They completely fascinate me. I don’t know exactly what it is, whether it’s because they are so human like, or the way they play and swing around from branch to branch. They just captivate me, completely.
When we were on holiday recently in the Isle of Wight, we had the opportunity to visit the Monkey Haven. Of course, I jumped at this opportunity. What better way to spend a morning than in the company of my favourite little primate friends.
The Monkey Haven is a home for rescued animals and they can be found in Newport, near the centre of the island.
Many people are dubious about visiting animals in captivity, and this is understandable. But these monkeys have a great life. They have loads of space and as they are rescued from a life previously that was most likely awful, this really is a sanctuary for them.
There are many different types of monkeys from lemurs to gibbons and there are so many personalities within in the park. We had such a lovely morning wandering around between them all and listening to the talks that the staff give you on their history and the stories about the familes of monkeys.
There is lots to do for the kids too. With a nice little trail for them to do, a lovely play area and a gift shop that even I was tempted by! The coffee shop is also a great area to go and relax in after you’ve finished your visit, or even if you want a rest before going to take a second look around.
I really can see why the Monkey Haven are an Awards For Excellence winner. What a lovely place.
If you are visiting the Isle of Wight anytime soon, I really recommend you take time out to visit this fantastic little haven. I will definitely be going back next time we holiday there. Which won’t be long. I miss it already.
Take a look at the Monkey Haven website for more details.
Have you ever been to the Monkey Haven? What did you think? Do you love monkeys as much as me? Let me know in the comments.
*We were gifted entry to the Monkey Haven in return for an honest review. All thoughts, words and opinions are my own. Big thanks to the Monkey Haven for having us.