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Sodwana Bay Revisited day 2

Updated on June 10, 2012
Grey headed Gulls together in flight
Grey headed Gulls together in flight | Source
Monster Sykes Monkey
Monster Sykes Monkey | Source

Sodwana Bay Revisited- The Battle of the Apes.

It is interesting that there are no primates in the wild in North America. That is except for a group who live in the Florida swamps, the remnants of escapees during the shooting of the Tarzan movies many years ago (so my guide book on our trip to the Tallahassee area told us). But now we are in primate country, and since our arrival in the Sodwana Bay/ iSimangoliso Wetland Park, we have been doing battle with the monkeys who live in the thick coastal forest that surrounds our campsite.

As we were unpacking our car, they made their first attack. I was taking things out of the back of our station wagon, when one climbed through the front window of the car, grabbed a packet of raisins and made off. With amazing speed, if you consider my age, I followed in hot pursuit while calling to Audrey for help. The packet broke open and the raisins were left in the sand.

Another of the monkey tribe used this opportunity to climb into our trailer that was now unguarded and grabbed a packet of food that we had purchased only a few hours before in the supermarket at Matubatuba. This again led to a hot pursuit chase until the monkey, realizing that he was outnumbered dropped it. Welcome to Africa!

Luckily I remembered to bring my “knobkierie” (a walking stick with a knob at the end) with and so now I keep it close at hand. To our further amazement, a tribe of about 20 mongooses of all different sizes came through the campsite and helped Audrey to reclaim the raisins that she was going to throw in the animal proof rubbish bins. The mongooses had no intention of such delicious food going to waste and so they enjoyed an unexpected snack!


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow I had no idea that there were primates in the Florida swamp. How interesting.. I would love to go there.. I used to live in Tampa.. that's how close I got to the swamps.. great hub


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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Animals will make the most of every opportunity, especially the monkeys, eh?

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      Gill Harris 4 years ago from South Africa

      Where these Sykes Monkeys as in the picture, or vervet? Very interesting about the monkeys in Florida!

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Sykes, the first time we have seen them!

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