We have visited La Vallée des Singes three times now, and we’d go again and again because we love it so much!
It is such a special place, a zoo without cages. Most of the monkeys and other animals are completely roaming free. However, those too dangerous to roam among the general public are separated by a moat. You can follow feeding times which encourage the animals to come out of the trees so they can be seen.
There is such a serenity about it, you certainly feel it is a ‘back to nature’ experience. It’s particularly great if you can go out of season, when it is so quiet that you could almost be the only people there! Just wandering around, or sitting and watching the monkeys in a very natural habitat is such a privilege, and also very relaxing too!
You will find two great cafes on site, although only one was open when we visited in early June. The feedings were still taking place, where the keepers give information about their animals. The talks are in French, but many of the staff will speak some English if you are struggling to follow and have a specific question.
If you get a chance to visit Valley of the Monkeys or a place like it, I’d really recommend it. Our vlog below, which I made with my boys, will show you more. We hope you also like some of the photos we took too (see below).
Here are some of our lovely animal photos:
Next, some of my family favourites (do you like how I’ve had to distinguish between these and the monkeys?!):
Finally, the gorillas, such very special animals. Look at the expressions on their faces!
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