Apologies for the lack of posts. I never expected a paid for wi-fi to be so bad.
This weekend we’ve travelled 330 miles to Poole to visit my sister. We’ve never been on a long journey with Toby before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. In hindsight, I may have over packed the toys!
The journey down was relatively uneventful. Toby slept for half of it, attacked his elephant for some and played on the iPad for the rest. It might be controversial that I allowed my 4 month old to play on an iPad but as I’ve said before, if it keeps him occupied then I’m happy to break the rules. For anybody who is interested, we love Fisher Price’s ‘Peek ‘n’ Play’ app.
Once we got there, we checked our house into the hotel (who knew we would need to bring so much!) and went to bed as we were so tired.
On Saturday, we changed our plans last minute. Our initial plan was to go to Brownsea Island to see the Red squirrels but we felt that we would not have enough time to do it justice so we went to Monkey World instead.
For those who do not know, Monkey World is a 65-acre sanctuary for rescued apes and monkeys. The rescue centre is home to over 250 primates – chimpanzees, orang-utans, gibbons, plus more! The centre also has its own TV show, which I love, so it was great to see some of the primates in the flesh!
One thing I was surprised about was the size of the centre. I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting but it was a lot bigger than I thought. It was also a lot hillier than I thought too!
During our time there, there was plenty to see (and if we had older children there would have been plenty to do too). Here are 3 things we recommend that you do not miss:
- Chimpanzee enclosures – If you watch the TV show, many of these faces will be familiar to you. You need to catch these chimps at the right time as when we first went in many were lounging about and not doing a lot. As we were leaving, we walked back past the enclosure and were able to see chimps having fun swinging about, interacting with and chasing each other.
- Orang-utan nursery – My heart was melting! This was my favourite part of the sanctuary. Who doesn’t love seeing baby orang-utans?! The only downside to this enclosure is that there are so many people also trying to have a look that it is quite crowded.
- Lemur walkthrough – In this part you were able to go into the lemur enclosure and walk around. Most were in the trees out of the way of tourists but still, it was exciting to know you could get so close.
There are many other areas to see and I have only spoken about a small part. I was definitely glad we visited!
I have so much more to share from our jollies but to save the post from being far too long, I will update again tomorrow!
– Tee ????