South Africa: Baboons & Monkeys

April 15, 2015

Sundowners quickly became something our group looked forward to each day. What’s a sundowner, you ask? On our afternoon drive, our guides would choose a picturesque spot for us to take a break and have some refreshments while watching the sun go down. However, there was one particular night we didn’t spend much time basking in the glorious sunset. This night was truly special…

We slowly approached the bottom of a mountainous ridge filled with what appeared to be caves in the side of the rock. With the engines turned off, there was an echoing sound that gradually became louder and louder. The sound came from hundreds of baboons as they scaled the side of the mountain, settling into the caves for the night. A few were still hanging out, enjoying the last bit of daylight, but as the sun set, more and more baboons made their way past us toward the mountain, their howls bouncing off the rock.
This was a feast for the eyes and ears.

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While the baboon-filled sundowner was a spectacular event, there was another group of primates who provided a much different form of entertainment… complements of the vervet monkeys. Our camp was home to a troop of vervets and they were fascinating to watch. Full of all kinds of antics, their minds so curious, watching your every move… they do not miss a thing. Let’s just say, they kept us on our toes.

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-Kevin & Sheryl

 
 
 
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