Lesson learned: Stay away from baboons!

Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2012

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Etosha National Park, Namibia to Waterberg Plateau Park, Namibia

We did another quick game drive on our way out of the park this morning. Nothing super exciting, just some more giraffes and zebras. We were heading out towards Waterberg Plateau Park. I had every intention this afternoon of taking it easy but of course felt bad because everyone was going on the hike up to the top of the plateau. We were told it wasn't a difficult hike but of course that wasn’t the case and we encountered many dangers along the way. We started off by going along the wrong path, which was completely covered in really spiky, sharp branches. Luckily, we found our way back to the right path. As we continued on our way up, we got really excited because we had spotted some baboons along the way. Unfortunately, as we tried to get closer to the group of them to take some pictures we didn’t realize there were a bunch of baby monkeys on the wall nearby. One of the big ones started growling at us and we backed away a little, but one of them actually charged us. Chris managed to get one of those "When Animals Attack" videos – we sort of see the monkey and then when it starts charging, all you see on the camera is grass as we are running away screaming. We continued to make our way up, being scared by a dead snake, a squirrel, and some noisy birds. The views of course were beautiful, but we needed to head back to camp before the sunset.

Tomorrow we head off to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. We lose 2 people that are currently on the tour and I think pick up a few more. Even though the camping in the tents hasn’t been a problem at all so far, I’m definitely looking forward to staying in a hotel tomorrow night! 
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Charged by a BABOON!!! OMG!!!!! Do you have the video?

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