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    We are looking at visiting Augrabies in April and would like peoples opinions about accommodation.

    We would prefer to camp there in the park but hear that baboons are a real problem. Is this fact or fiction?? We have seen a place called Avonsrus Guesthouse in Augrabies which is an alternative. Has anyone stayed there before?

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    Hi David, baboons are a problem from time to time in the camp site, and there have been reports of theft in the camp, evidently by other campers, as it isn't easy for outsiders to get in there at night.
    We were there in May and stayed in one of the chalets in the park - very, very nice, and if you can get one close to the gorge, they have fantastic views. Chalets 24 to 31 and 51 to 59 have the best views.
    But if you want to splash a bit of cash (R1800pn for two people) book Gorge Cottage which is deep in the park about 10km from the main camp and totally isolated, perched above the gorge. Spectacular: https://www.sanparks.org/parks/augra...2317&resort=27
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vengavamos View Post
    We are looking at visiting Augrabies in April and would like peoples opinions about accommodation.

    We would prefer to camp there in the park but hear that baboons are a real problem. Is this fact or fiction?? We have seen a place called Avonsrus Guesthouse in Augrabies which is an alternative. Has anyone stayed there before?

    Thanks

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    Was in Augrabies last week. Never saw a baboon in the camp. A number of vervets though.
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    They are a nuisance.

    DONT leave anything out or open ....


    We have not seen them to be aggresive. Though with our last visit you could not sit outside the restaurant as they would remove your food while were sitting there .... too tame and used to getting their way ..... HOPE this has not become the norm inside the camp area ....

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    MOnkeys can be a nuisance and sometimes muggies but the campsites are neat and serviced daily. We've stayed a few times and always enjoyed.

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    Stayed there two nights two years ago and they were not a problem then. They cleaned the front of my car of all the bugs we hit (lots of butterflies) and that was it. They moved off immediately when I came out. As always we close up and don't leave food out or available.
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    These photos were taken a few years back in the camping area -

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    Our rig. We had to keep everything closed at all times ....


    In 2018 we stayed in a challet, and twice could not sit outside the restaurant ....



    I doubt they are dangerous, but certainly was an annoyance.

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    We stayed outside in The Falls Guesthouse. Very nice but if I did it again would stay in the National Park to experience it early in the morning and late in the evening.

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    We have camped at Augrabies a few times and always enjoyed it.

    Baboons were not a problem but the monkeys are a real pain.
    They are at their worst when there are overlanding trucks in the campsite with lots of foreigners camping and who seem to think that part of the Africa experience is feeding the monkeys

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebras View Post
    We have camped at Augrabies a few times and always enjoyed it.

    Baboons were not a problem but the monkeys are a real pain.
    They are at their worst when there are overlanding trucks in the campsite with lots of foreigners camping and who seem to think that part of the Africa experience is feeding the monkeys

    Thanks Zebra and everyone else for posting. Baboons make it a real pain camping if you have to put everything away all the time.

    Still I don't blame the baboons its like you say, its people feeding them or leaving rubbish around the area.

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    Spent two nights at Augrabies in December in a chalet, the chalets were good and we had a great view, can't remember what number it was.

    Saw baboons from the chalet but they didn't bother anyone. On our way we met a couple at Witsand, they just returned from the park and the lady said the monkeys were terrible.

    I did take a drive through the campsite and there were plenty of monkeys around there, but no monkeys at our chalet through out the stay.
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    We camped there in August. Funny enough didn't see any monkeys and had quite an enjoyable stay there.
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    Whens the best time to go there?

    Also, is there any day of the year that isnt 40+

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    We normally work an Addo visit in with our Kgalagadi trip, usually around April / May. At that time the weather is not bad at all and no "muggies" as well.

    During our last stay there, we did encounter an arrogant baboon in camp which the workers had to chase away a couple of times, once they chased him with a Sanparks bakkie into the bushes.

    The monkeys are however the biggest problem around the campsite, not sure about the chalets, but we did find them around the swimming pool as well.
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    Were there in November 2018 - did see monkeys in camp; but they did not pose any threat.
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    Lovely camp site, but you are correct, the monkeys was a problem.

    Keep everything closed, at all times. They will grab food off a table next to you.

    We were lucky, the Baboons does not come to the camp, if it is grape season.

    Never saw them.

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    Default Re: Advice about Augrabies

    Augrabies Falls Lodge is another venue close to the Falls.
    They offer camping as well.

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