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 Post subject: Re: Are tents safe from Baboons
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:42 am 
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I use an army "trommel" (trunk) for al the food stuff. A bit bulky, but if you are driving a double cab bakkie (I think you call it a truck in the USA, like the Ford F250) there will be enough space to lock away almost all your food.

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 Post subject: Re: Are tents safe from Baboons
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At Mapungubwe in the Limpopo tented camp (permanent safari tents on platforms) we had an amusing monkey-related incident.
We put all the food in the fridge, turned round etc.
Our black boxes with everything else were put in the bathroom section.
All we left out was a cask of Tassies wine.
We zipped both the zips on the tent entrance, put chairs to weigh down the bottom of the flaps.
Well we got back to find the cardboard box, covering the foil bag containing the wine, chewed to bits!!!
Luckily they did not puncture the bag of wine!!

Also not KNP, but at Pilanesberg years ago we stayed in a tented camp.
The monkey problem was so bad that the adults in our group took it in turns to stay behind guarding the tents, while the others went on drives. One day I saw the monkeys absolutely trashing someone else's supplies - including the medicine box (and the wife's "Pill").
I remember lying on my bed, reading, and hearing the monkeys on the roof of the tent and then seeing them looking down at me through the door opening - just checking the place!

Reason I have mentioned these experiences is that if it can happen in other parks, it can happen in KNP - and from other posts, I think it does often happen.
Better to be safe than sorry - put everything out of reach - in locked boxes or in the car.
The monkeys are far more clever than we think!

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 Post subject: Re: Are tents safe from Baboons
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As I have said in other threads, one of those water-blaster thingys works well too. The monkeys do not like the jet of water and will move off. It does not hurt them - just discourages them (at least while you are there!).

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 Post subject: Re: Are tents safe from Baboons
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Much better than duct tape is a bungee rope or luggage strap - or even just rope tied round securely.

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 Post subject: Re: Are tents safe from Baboons
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I agree, EJ, luggage straps are great. They are adjustable, so can fit any fridge. I put one round the fridge part and one round the freezer part. As an added precaution I turn the fridge round a bit towards the wall. So far, it has worked. The straps are available at most large stores in SA (Hypermarket, Hyperama).

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 Post subject: Re: Are tents safe from Baboons
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Oneneeds to be cautious of monkeys and baboons at all times. Not just in camp/

A couple of years ago, we stopped at Nwamanzi, and not thinking, I got out of the car and left the window open. In a flash, and I mean seriously fast, a vervet jumped into our car and grabbed a larg packet of potato crisps. (Still sealed). My teenager saw this and grabbed the pack beck since he wasn'tfully out of the car yet.

So the thieving little basket, jumped into the back window and grabbed two suckers that were on the back windo sill. :big_eyes:

He then climbed into a tree out of reach and opened both. Licking forst the one, then the other.

Not long after, another crowd of people arrived and also left their windows open. Before I could even warn them, one of the other little partners in crime went bounding into the car and made off with a packet of Niknaks (a cheesy crispy snack much like crisps.)

When approaching monkeys and baboons on the road, close windos before you get there to prevent them jumping into your car to grab any snacks that might be lying around.

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 Post subject: Baboon and monkey gallery of shame
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They stole a jam jar at Berg n Dal camp site, climbed a tree then dropped it onto my wife's windscreen , shattering the jar .
Luckily no damage to car.

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 Post subject: Re: Monkeys and baboons at picnic sites
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One has to wonder what part of DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS they don't understand. :doh:


It's a terrible disease. Sufferers cannot see the first 2 words in any written sentence. So the sign saying DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS looks to the sick one to read FEED THE ANIMALS. :twisted:

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 Post subject: How did they stop baboons jumping up on cars?
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I remember quite a few years back that baboons jumping up on cars was creating quite a problem.
Breaking windscreen wipers (happened to me), dirty marks on cars and generally becoming a nuisance.
How did they stop this behaviour as nowadays the baboons seem to avoid cars.

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 Post subject: Re: HOW DID THEY STOP BABOONS JUMPING UP ON CARS?
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:D Seems to be a typical problem all over Africa and don't think there are any standard solutions.

While working in Tanzania I followed an old solution used for cats and dogs; finely grinded red chilly pepper brushed over the wipers and where the baboons normally go and touch and it certainly worked wonders. A little cruel but they learn that it burns to go and play with cars.

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 Post subject: camping and baboons / monkeys
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Good day all.
We will be camping at Berg en Dal & P/ kop during October 2011 ( Finally I got a booking! ) but is concerned about nature's uninvited guests!
Any advice / suggestions how to keep them away?

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 Post subject: Re: camping and baboons / monkeys
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Luclily your 2 camps are not bad with regard to apes.

- Watch your neighbours campsite when they are out...By caring and getting involved they will return the favour.
- Rubber snake or two placed in strategic places when out of the camp.
- Cable ties for the tent zips
- Lock ALL food in a trailer or in the caravan and in the case ofa caravan ..lock the windows and if you have a pop up roof drop it when you are out as Baboons can tear the thin fabric. Moral...no temptation. People get taken out who dont have experience what these guys can do.

Good luck and enjoy and then try camping further north at Balule, and or Tzendze


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 Post subject: Re: HOW DID THEY STOP BABOONS JUMPING UP ON CARS?
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We visited the park in January it was our 5Th visit and for the first time we saw baboons jumping on the cars we have never seen it before and it only seemed to be one particular troop

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 Post subject: Re: camping and baboons / monkeys
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Don't leave any food unattended even for a few moments - they will be watching, and once they get something they will persist in trying again.
Be especially careful when setting up and packing away....with cars doors open etc they will take any opportunity to raid. (Vervets especially)
Take a strong water pistol/water blaster with you to 'fire' at any monkeys that come too close. They hate the water and will go away, and you do not run the risk of hurting them with a catty or stone throwing (both of which could get you a fine too!)
If you have a camping fridge of any sort left in camp then make sure it has a secure catch or tie rope around it to stop them opening it.

Enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: HOW DID THEY STOP BABOONS JUMPING UP ON CARS?
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I think the ''Baboons'' inside the cars must be trained not to feed their counter parts :P

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