Baboons

baboons

Last week I was at Cape Point 2 days in a row. This meant that on the second day I knew exactly where to go to see animals and my client thought I was the bomb of an expert on game spotting! I enjoyed my day enormously because he was keen to see all the animals, flora and every corner of the reserve, instead of just zipping in and out as so many people do.  Despite the wind, we managed to find a sheltered spot for a quick picnic. I did warn him that eating from the back of the car was a better option than hauling everything out – because of the baboons. I’m very wary of the baboons at Cape Point because so many humans have fed them that they now associate humans with food. Given the size of their teeth, I’m not prepared to take the risk.

These 2 were highly entertaining. First the male sat on the roof of this car trying to open a sheet of canvas at the top and waving a small cooler bag around (the small red item you can see). The car’s owner returned from a hike to see the baboon entertaining a bunch of vehicles that had stopped to watch the show. Then came along a female – the male abandoned the canvas and cooler bag and began to try having his way with her. She turned on him very aggressively and he gave up. As I drove off they were lying on top of the vehicle picking at each others’ ticks or fleas.

Just another romantic moment at Cape Point.

cape point

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

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