Sodwana Bay Revisited day 2
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!