Monkeying Around at Valley of the Monkeys

Lemur in tree
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La Vallée des Singes (The Valley of the Monkeys), can be found in 86700 Romagne, in the Vienne region of France. It is also situated very close to our holiday place, Châtaigne House and gîtes.

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).

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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!

You can see more of our photos on Instagram,  so please follow us there. We are going to be posting throughout the summer and beyond!

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45 Replies to “Monkeying Around at Valley of the Monkeys”

  1. I would never have expected to find a monkey sanctuary in France! What a wonderful place and I can see why you’d return again and again.

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I know, it’s amazing! Thanks for reading.

  2. Great video – loved it!

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thank you Lauretta x

  3. Your boys are fantastic in the video! Incredible that you can get so close to the animals.
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Nell, they are little starlets!

  4. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo says: Reply

    I’ve heard great things about this place and you only confirm that. My boys would love it, I hope we get there one day. Thanks for linking to #AllAboutFrance
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Call in to us for a cuppa if you do! We’re really close by, about 15-20 mins away x

  5. Oh wow! What an amazing place. We took the kids to London zoo at Easter and they have a walk through with the lemurs and the smaller primates where they roam free. But this really looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. Sarah #FabFridayPost
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Lemurs are great aren’t they? So chilled out!

  6. wow…looks amazing …also looks like you had a fab time x

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks, we did x

  7. Great concept and wonderful that it’s a place you’ve found and return to. The moat would be very useful judging by the size of the gorilla!:) I like my kids to have experiences like these and this seems up my street with the focus on the roaming as free as they can, the animals that is, not the kids!

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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Yes, the roaming free is definitely what makes it so special. Thanks for your comments x

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  12. Wow what a great adventure that must have been. So exciting. Love the photos, thank you so much for sharing them with us. #KCACOLS
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    1. Thanks Jen. I want to do it all again each time I look at them!

  13. oh my gosh it looks amazing, I loved the little monkey’s playing and was in awe of those lemurs how adorable are they. And then the baby animals I don’t blame Toby for wanting to take one home I would too! Loved the seesaw too, and my hubby would totally do the same thing. I really want to visit there with my kids now! #sharingthebloglove linked after you
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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments. I now, I really want to go back too!

  14. Wow, this looks so lovely! How amazing to be able to get that close to all the animals. I used to adore ring tailed lemurs as a child, I’d have loved to be able to see them so close and being able to roam around a lot more than in a typical zoo.

    Thanks so much for joining us again for #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. Thank you Katy, my boys are very lucky!

  15. What a wonderful way to experience wild life! I would absolutely love to take a visit there. I love how calm your boys are around animals. My kids would run away and cried at the same time! lol! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Su, I guess they are quite calm. They had to be reminded a couple of times though as it’s really exciting!

  16. How lovely to get so close to the animals, such a great experience. We went to a place recently that had some animals wandering around, it took a while to get used to them just wandering up to you. Thank you for joining us for #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x
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    1. It was lovely Laura, just hard to not touch them (which you’re not meant to do, except in the farm part)

  17. Alice Mills says: Reply

    Wow that is so cool!! Love the Gorillas, they look magnificent! Looks like you had lots of fun! #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Gorgeous aren’t they?

  18. Wow, this is so amazing! Your photos are absolutely breathtaking-looks like a wonderful experience. I’ve never been to a monkey sanctuary, but this definitely has me intrigued. I’ll bet it’s quite an experience to be able to watch these amazing creatures so closely <3 Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you, I loved taking photos of them! It is a great thing to do if you get chance.

  19. This looks so awesome! Monkeys are so fascinating, so this sounds like my kind of day out. 🙂 #KCACOLS
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      They certainly are. We loved it (you probably got that idea!) x

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  21. This sounds like a lovely place! Nice that the animals are all free! Great photos too!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thank you, and I certainly will!

  22. This definitely looks like somewhere Olivia would love to visit should we ever make it to France to somewhere other than Disneyland Paris! #kcacols
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Maybe we should swap next time as I’d love to go to Disneylnd again!

  23. What a great looking place (I have actually even heard of it!) I have a real soft spot for lemurs and both our local zoos have lemur enclosures you can walk through and this is such a good way for everyone to learn about our wonderful fellow creatures. Nice to see some monkeys on #AnimalTales
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    1. Thank you Rosie, and thanks for hosting xx

  24. My son would love it here, and so would I. I like the idea of no cages – when we go to Zoos, I do feel uncomfortable sometimes! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Ting, I’m sure you would love it. We certainly do!

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