The other day we received an email from a client who is about to travel to South Africa, with the question “how does one handle baboons?” Hahaha, yes how does one handle baboons…? Not at all, preferably. If you visit South Africa, you will probably see a lot of baboons, they are often seen along the roads so please drive carefully.
At Cape Point, for example, there are plenty of them, and here they have learned that there are a lot of people and a lot of food and here there can sometimes be a few close encounters. The advice we can give is to keep your distance, and hide all the food and even food bags. If you’re in a car, close your windows and enjoy watching them, they are fascinating animals!
When we visited the Kruger National Park in early August, we saw lots of baboons and they are really fun to sit and watch, in the safety of a car. We stopped at one of the rest stops to stretch our legs and here we got to see how cheeky baboons in these environments can be. Visitors who planned a nice lunch break, were literally robbed of their food bags only to see how the thieves parked just meters away to munch on all the goodies they managed to get.