Chacma Baboon troops on the Cape peninsula are the only protected
population of this species in Africa. They subsist on fruits, roots,
bulbs, honey, insects and scorpions. During the low tide they
may be seen
beaches, feeding on sand hoppers and shellfish,
behavior believed to be unlikely in primates.
One should be aware that
baboons are dangerous and are attracted by food. Visitors must not feed or
tease them. Baboons that have been conditioned to receive food from humans may
have to be destroyed.
The baboons are not confined to the Cape of Good Hope and indeed there is
a troop of them that lives on the
and that frequents
Kommetjie Main Road just above the
Lighthouse. These baboons
co-exist well the locals, most of the time. The baboons move out of the
way of joggers and bicyclers but get naughty and even aggressive when food
gets involved. These baboons have been living with humanity for hundreds
of years - they are very clever and sneaky snatchers if it involves
something to eat. The baboons are certainly fun to watch and safe as long
as one is sensible.
Peninsula Baboon Basics:
Do keep a
safe distance from baboons.
display food where baboons are visible.
Do not feed
Cape Peninsula Scenic Route Baboon Map provides accurate information on
the troops of baboons in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and in the
Cape Peninsula. An enlargement of this map is part of Virtual
Visitors Guide To Cape Peninsula Baboons.
Cape Peninsula Scenic Route Map is also a very a convenient road map of
the area. It stretches from Kommetjie in the West, Fish Hoek in the East
and includes the Cape of Good Hope. Click on the thumbnail left for an enlargement
of the map. Their is also a printer friendly copy of the map on the
Western Cape Maps page.