Community Baboon Sanctuary
Community Baboon Sanctuary
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
About
The Community Baboon Sanctuary is one of the first of its kind in the the world in terms of how it is set up. It is a Non Governmental,community base organization which is manage by the Women's Conservation Group(Local women from the area). The Community Baboon Sanctuary is home to more than 3500 howler monkeys and over 250 species of birds. A wide variety of other animals frequent the area..
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Mary M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible place
    This place is inspiring! It is truly an amazing work of conservation. Not only that, the accommodations were great. We were able to hike to see the howler monkeys but also much more because our guide was so knowledgeable. Come and see the howler monkeys here—you won’t be disappointed!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Elizabeth S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A “howling” good time!
    This small non-profit community sanctuary is a wonderful stop! Our guide, Robert, was informative and went above and beyond to ensure we saw the howler monkeys while we toured the area. The trust he has built over decades with these animals shows the commitment he has as a volunteer, dedicated to ensuring the preservation of the species and its natural habitat!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Maya M
    San Francisco, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Community Babon Sanctuary
    This howler monkey protected reserve is a true gem in Belize! The guides are knowledgeable and will help you get great photos of the howler monkeys. They also add a Tour of medicinal plant life within the habitat of the howlers! Were the trip!!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 September 2023
  • WengerKS
    67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Howlers and Fried Chicken (read to the end)
    The baboon (black howler monkey as we learned) sanctuary was a great experience. Note that it’s about 1-2 hours so don’t expect an all-day excursion. Our guide showed us the howlers plus shared lots of information about the local flora, very interesting. It’s worth a visit just don’t expect a big show, it’s educational and interesting but young children might expect to see more of the howlers, they are wild but used to the guides so might not be as close or easily seen as in a zoo. BONUS TIP: if you are there near lunch go down the road to a shack that looks very sketchy to American eyes and get some amazing chicken and coleslaw. We were seriously concerned when we saw it but so hungry we didn’t care, the food was awesome!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 February 2024
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cftjw
Midlands, England496 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a driver/guide that took us to this pre arranged visit.
The reception area had a challenging local drunk in it. The woman at the reception was unfriendly.
The guide from the sanctuary was pleasant, but showed us very random skulls etc.
The howler monkeys live in family groups and we saw them at what looked like a scrap yard, and the monkeys were in and out of a few trees there.
The whole place was an absolute mess.
Keep looking after the Howlers but sort this place out!
Written 13 June 2024
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DrSherrieND
Spanish Lookout, Belize60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Just do this. You will enjoy the hike to find the monkeys, the guides full of information and the artisans selling their wares. You may not, however, enjoy the long drive to get there! Just keep driving ... you WILL get there eventually!
Written 13 March 2024
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WengerKS
67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The baboon (black howler monkey as we learned) sanctuary was a great experience. Note that it’s about 1-2 hours so don’t expect an all-day excursion. Our guide showed us the howlers plus shared lots of information about the local flora, very interesting. It’s worth a visit just don’t expect a big show, it’s educational and interesting but young children might expect to see more of the howlers, they are wild but used to the guides so might not be as close or easily seen as in a zoo. BONUS TIP: if you are there near lunch go down the road to a shack that looks very sketchy to American eyes and get some amazing chicken and coleslaw. We were seriously concerned when we saw it but so hungry we didn’t care, the food was awesome!
Written 17 February 2024
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Ryan F
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Such a beautiful place — it’s so wonderful to see the howler monkeys thriving in their natural habitat. Would recommend for nature lovers!
Written 7 January 2024
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S M
Sandy Springs, GA208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Please note that there are no baboons in Belize. Internet hike to see black howler monkeys with amusing guy ode. Beware of bugs and monkey droppings.
Written 25 December 2023
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Maya M
San Francisco, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This howler monkey protected reserve is a true gem in Belize! The guides are knowledgeable and will help you get great photos of the howler monkeys. They also add a Tour of medicinal plant life within the habitat of the howlers! Were the trip!!!
Written 27 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Elizabeth S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This small non-profit community sanctuary is a wonderful stop! Our guide, Robert, was informative and went above and beyond to ensure we saw the howler monkeys while we toured the area. The trust he has built over decades with these animals shows the commitment he has as a volunteer, dedicated to ensuring the preservation of the species and its natural habitat!!
Written 29 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mary M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This place is inspiring! It is truly an amazing work of conservation. Not only that, the accommodations were great. We were able to hike to see the howler monkeys but also much more because our guide was so knowledgeable. Come and see the howler monkeys here—you won’t be disappointed!
Written 6 July 2023
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We visited here after leaving Altun Ha. The sanctuary is absolutely remarkable. It is easily accesible via fully paved roads and is about 1 hour drive from downtown Belize City or Altun Ha.

The sanctuary is entirely run by volunteers so the unpaid guides rely entirely on tips for their living. Don’t be that person who thinks they can abscond without tipping or anything.

The sanctuary is unique in that there are no cages anywhere. All the howler monkeys and their troops are completely free and live in the surrounding area that is designated a protected area. This is the closest you will get to seeing them up close but in the wild. They are endangered due to habitat loss and nothing else, i.e. human encroachment.

Parking located on site - the sanctuary is on the left side of the road when driving towards it from Belize City/the main highway (i.e heading west). Restrooms located on site. Entry cost is $10 USD/pp and includes a guided walking tour. Tour lasts about an hour, total time needed here is 1-1.5 hours.
Written 23 June 2023
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hartman_defender
Temecula, CA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is a very special place! I am in awe with how much the local villagers have shown care and love for the monkeys to protect their habitats. We need more people in the world like this to care for and conserve nature
Written 9 June 2023
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