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Re: safety of safari tents

Unread post by AndreaB » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:48 am

We currently staying in a river tent at LS. It is just fantastic!!

Came back 2 days ago to find a crack squad of SAS baboons raiding all the tent bins. We chased them away and they strategically retreated to a nearby tree. We however had the last laugh when a leopard climbed into their tree and all hell was let loose.... :dance:
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Re: safety of safari tents

Unread post by Dupacc » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:42 am

lion queen wrote: :lol: :lol: :lol: must be leopard security services!!!............ :thumbs_up:


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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by lion queen » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:10 pm

Tim, some of the camps have cages around the fridges, like this in Satara

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Other wise do what Hugh has suggested.......... :thumbs_up:
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by Hugh » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:15 pm

Thebi Notice I used the word Might not But we actually keep a lot of the foods that dont need cooling in the car with us !!!. Those cute little creatures have brains...
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:44 am

We have just stayed at Olifants and Satara and both the bungalows we had, had the cages built around them, so as long as you keep them firmly closed, no more monkey problems!
What we also used to do before then was place our heavy, tightly closed grocery box against the fridge door, no ways could they open the box or move it! :wink:
The main problem this time was when you were moving into your bungalow and unpacking the car, unless you were very vigilant and one of you either stayed with the car the whole time or you closed the boot lid/doors they were in in a trice!
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by Nkulu » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:26 pm

Water pistol - chase monkeys away - add rubber snake to table decorations :twisted:
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by Carol g » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:55 pm

While staying at LS, we got back from our afternoon drive to find our fridge raided and a monkey sitting with our holder of sugar eating handfuls of it.we chased him but he took the Tupperware with the sugar with him, we never saw either again. Well had to go and buy more sugar. :D

Since then we are very careful with the fridge and keep all supplies locked away :D
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:38 pm

Be vigilant at picnic spots as well. I have seen them steal from plates under people's noses at Orpen Dam.
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by Hugh » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:33 pm

We have a rubber snake called cedric and also a spray bottle filled with mainly water but with about an 8th vinegar
The spray must have a straight spray and direct it onto their coats
When they lick their coats you should see their expressions .. and after that just having the bottle on the table or holding it in the air makes them go and bother someone else
Its harmless and wont hurt them.
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by DavenJan » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:39 pm

Had lots of fun with vervets over the years.
stayed in one place in Satara where you had to turn the fridge, only problem it was on a stand not much bigger than the base of the fridge, cost me two beers when the door came open whilst turning.
The ladies next door couldn't manage to turn the fridge so they piled all the patio furniture in front.
Seemed to work too.
Last year stayed in the ones at the front which have a cage.
Regularly every afternoon the vervets came on patrol, its amazing how many people close the fridge cage but still leave other things out, or in the cupboards which they can open easily.
The lady next door summed it up, 'they even took the banana I left for the birds'. :big_eyes:
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by hilda » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:16 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: They should have marked the banana "For the birds only" DavenJan! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by DASSIEDELIGHT » Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:25 pm

Everyone has to be careful about leaving stuff out as these monkeys will take ANYTHING and it is not just inconvenient to the visitor but also could be dangerous for the animal.
At least the new big recycling bins can stop raids on open kitchen ones however I think the monkeys have also learnt that this means they get no freebies.
I was putting our rubbish in one at Croc Bridge and a male Vervet stood there and growled at me as though he knew he was being cheated.
I do admire them though as they are so intelligent.

Our next trip is back to KTP so at least no monkeys -just lions and snakes at picnic sites!!

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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by Carol g » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:29 pm

One morning while having breakfast at afsaal , a vervet came past me at the speed of lightning and in passing grabbed my toast off my plate,one cannot believe how quick they are :D
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Re: Fridges and monkeys

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:54 am

On my last trip to Lower Sabie the tent next door to me was raided. They were relatively new to the Park and left a few things on the table while they popped down to the shops to purchase a few missing items. I heard some pretty choice language once they returned.

Monkeys are not too concerned about cleaning up the scene of crime. In this case, one of the items was a packet of sugar.

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Re: safety of safari tents

Unread post by Anna-MarieSA » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:52 pm

We love the safari tents especially Tamboti's tents and it is really great the service of the monkeys helping you to unpack, unfortunately your goodies do not end up in your tent but all over camp so father-in-law is the dedicated car guard with his walking stick! :dance:
This also is a cause of great amusement for us watching and listening to him yelling and swinging his stick like a professional golfer.
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