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“Visited with rock tour”
Review of Apes Den

Apes Den
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Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Trip from Costa del Sol
Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

Visited in December during one of the official rock tours which we picked up right at the border crossing. Would not have wanted to drive or walk up to this ourselves. You see monkeys along most of the nature reserve, at the caves, along the road, etc but the den is where their water bath and feeding area is, a nice jungle gym to play on and where you will find many monkeys together lounging and playing. Safety tips: treat the monkeys like strangers - would you try to pick up a stranger and hug it? Take photos with it? Pet it on the head? Try and pick up a strangers child and play with it? You can get close to them if you don't pose any danger to them. They have also been at this tourist attraction longer than you have and know a thing or two about where you might have something of interest, so some warnings: they have learnt that you keep your snacks for your kids in plastic bags, so if you are carrying a plastic bag with some souvenirs they will try and go for it thinking it is food. They also know you keep snacks in backpacks - so leave that in your car - they are pretty swift at jumping on your back and opening zippers.

Thank vbrown11
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Reviewed November 16, 2014

I guess I didn't do my research....but had not heard of the Barbary Apes. We visited St Michael's Caves and the apes were quite enjoying themselves among the cars. They jumped from van to car roof.....hung over and peered in the windows...posed for pictures....and looked us over. It was fun to see them...they seemed to enjoy the attention....but you need to be careful....they don't bother people, unless they or a baby is threatened. The tour guides will tell you what is safe.

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Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

I think we are more fun for the monkeys than they are for us. They seem to enjoy our coos of delight and revel in the attention. But beware: they have a cheeky side to them, too. One especially brave ape jumped onto my shoulder and stole a bottle of juice from me.

Thank agfoxx
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Reviewed November 8, 2014

Watch your bag the monkeys love to steal them. we saw quite a few of the pack at apes den they seemed well and cared for, My partner had a shock tho as two of the younger monkeys decided to jumped on his back v funny but they do bite so do be wary

Thank caroleblakeley
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Reviewed November 4, 2014

Too many people tend to think that these animals are tame but they are NOT. They are genuine wild animals and as such they are unpredictable. Visitors who do not treat them respect often get bitten quite badly and this can result in serious injuries. Please take the trouble to see them but be careful.

Thank Megamiff
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