After a long break, it’s time to dust off the keyboard and get busy again with pixels and posts.
There was the usual influx of visitors swelling the numbers on the roads and tourist venues along the far southern Cape Peninsula over the festive season. The queues into the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve had tail-backs all the way to Partridge Point, the worst we’ve seen in years. The scenic route along this southern stretch winds and climbs along the coast right through the home range of the Smitswinkel Bay troop of baboons. There is always some hold up or panic when they are foraging alongside the road; this year there was a change of habit and on a couple of occasions they appeared inside the park.
There they were minding their own business, chilling in the shade when along came the visiting human hordes, intruding into their peace. As usual there were the visitors who ventured too close to get photos; fortunately the baboons ignored all the fuss and eventually crossed the road and disappeared into the fynbos (vegetation).