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    Good morning. In two weeks time my wife and I are spending two nights camping in Augrabies Falls N P on our way up to Kgalagadi. Are the baboons still a problem/nuisance? We will be locking our tent zips when out and will keep all food stuff in the car but any other tips or advice on the matter would be appreciated. Regards, Don

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    Jip. Sjokstok en Kettie. En vat 'n rubber slang of 2 en sit dit op plekke . Ryg vislyn deur sodat jy dit nou en dan kan beweeg.
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    Mozzies can be a big problem but wait for the N Cape guys to reply.

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    Two weeks ago at Augrabies the little flies/midges were a big nuisance.

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    We were there at the end of August.

    Yes, the vervet monkeys and baboons are still a big problem. Especially a big male baboon is the gangster to avoid. He is very bold and dangerous in our opinion. He did show some respect for the sjambok we used to run after him. When the monkeys and baboons were around, we had absolutely no peace. They are lightning fast and very innovative.

    Another thing that got us worried and very uncomfortable was the fact that we were warned about not leaving valuables in the car, especially at night because there were a few robberies where the windows were broken and valuables stolen.
    Where then should one leave your valuables, etc. when going on a hiking trip? We always hide it in the car.

    The midges were becoming to be a pest as well.

    Although we always enjoy Augrabies, we were glad to to pack up and go.
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    The baboons the reason we will never visit again. Do not camp in a tent.
    I think there are much better camping around that area.
    Try Spitzkop closer to Upington

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    This couple were victims a couple of months ago, very sad to see a trip end like that:

    http://www.passthemap.com/on-getting...tting-over-it/

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    Ek het gelees van mense wat n fleecy kombers met n luiperd patron op oor n stoel gehang het voor die tent, die volgende oomblik het al die ape in die bome begin skreeu en gee pad. Hull het solank die kombers oor die stoel gehang het nie nader as 50 m van die tent gekom nie
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    Oh my goodness. Not very positive stuff. We've already paid in full for the two nights and have not been there before so I guess we'll still give it a go. Thanks for taking the trouble to send you comments. regards, Don

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    Question Perp MO

    Quote Originally Posted by odd1 View Post
    This couple were victims a couple of months ago, very sad to see a trip end like that:

    http://www.passthemap.com/on-getting...tting-over-it/
    Have a look at that window
    Job of a professional ( NO noise that is why they never woke up )
    Any one have any insight into the perps operating in that area ?
    Never took Northern Cape / Upington for a crime hot spot ?

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    Baboon advice - this was posted by a forum member a while ago:

    1. Any velcro only flaps (i.e. ones that can't be cable tied - such as the cable entry flap at the back of a Tentco dome tent) > duct tape + pepper spray.
    2. All zipped flaps cable tied.
    3. Double zip on front door padlocked

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    Upington is a hot spot - we never overnight there - go further north.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackMamba View Post
    Have a look at that window
    Job of a professional ( NO noise that is why they never woke up )
    Any one have any insight into the perps operating in that area ?
    Never took Northern Cape / Upington for a crime hot spot ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistral View Post
    Mozzies can be a big problem but wait for the N Cape guys to reply.
    i honestly dont think that the baboons would be worried by mozzies etc

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    But glad, now i have read further down about the hot spots , and would love the see the falls, but no overnighting close by. When are the falls really full of water?

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    Baboons can even tear a canvas tent open. I think the best would that leopard blanket, might help for a while. Or may be reasonable size rubber snake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witklipbank View Post
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    We were there in July and the baboons also raided my kitchen when we were gone. Luckily my 2 boys were the self appointed monkey monitors and managed to keep them away.


    Just lock everything away and you will be ok.


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    A further thank you for the additional comments

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