Slide1If your guest house is located within a baboon home range you and your guests need to be aware of basic precautions that need to be taken if there are baboons in the area and how to act if confronted by a baboon. Keeping distance between humans and baboons is for you and your guest’s well being and that of the baboons.

In the best interest of your guest house you are advised to:

  • Secure your waste at all times and baboon proof your property

In the best interests of your guests you are advised to:

  • Place baboon educational material at reception and in each room for your guests. Brochures can be obtained by sending an sms or calling 071 588 6540 with a request for delivery of brochures to your guest house.

  • If your guests plan to take a walk:

They need to be made aware that there may be baboons along the route;

Guests are advised not to carry food or eat in the vicinity of baboons;

If confronted by a baboon it is best to remain calm, move away slowly and walk away in the other direction.

  • If confronted on your property:

If confronted in the grounds or inside the guest house remain calm, move away slowly and give the baboon an escape route;

If you are taken unawares and have food in your hands throw it to the ground immediately and move away;

If you approach a baboon it will feel threatened so keep your distance for your own safety.

  • If travelling along the tourist route:

Your guests should remain in their vehicle with windows closed and doors locked, if there are baboons in the vicinity and take photographs from their vehicle if they choose to.

Baboons are wild animals and should never be approached.

  • Please never ever feed baboons-it is a death sentence for them.

  • Vegetable patch for your kitchen

If you grow vegetables, the area must be secured so baboons cannot gain access to them. Otherwise baboons will return time and again.


Please contact the Baboon Hotline if you have any concerns: 071 588 6540

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Help us keep our Baboons Safe and Wild

Chacma baboons form part of the Cape Peninsula’s rich biodiversity and are protected under conservation law. When visiting natural areas and nature reserves in the region please adhere to guidelines when encountering these animals. Please respect that baboons are wild and unpredictable creatures with a set of canines that are bigger than a lion’s in comparison to body weight and size.

Encountering Baboons

  • When encountering baboons on the road, slow down. Lock all doors and keep windows and sun roofs closed. Baboons are highly intelligent and have learned to open doors. They may also enter a car through the windows to snatch food! Enjoy the baboons from the safety of the vehicle.
  • Pack bags and food items in the boot of the vehicle (trunk) or under the seats. Food should never be visible through the windows.
  • Stay in your vehicle! At all costs, avoid close contact with the baboons.

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What NOT to do

  • Don’t feed baboons. Feeding baboons is punishable by law! The baboon may become aggressive in its efforts to get more food from you. Feeding baboons also teaches bad habits that will ultimately lead to its death (euthanasia).
  • Do not get out of the vehicle when there are signs that baboons are in the vicinity – at times red feather banners will be placed to indicate their presence.
  • Do not throw items out of vehicle windows.
  • If a baboon steals your bag, never chase the baboon or try to grab it back. The baboon will search the bag, take what it wants (which is food) and leave the rest. When the baboon moves away, you can retrieve your bag.
  • Avoid interaction with baboons. Never try to touch a baboon – you cannot predict how it will react.
  • Do not interfere with the work of the Peninsula’s baboon rangers. Their job is to keep the baboons outside the urban edge and prevent raids in town.

Visiting Camping or Picnic Sites

  • Watch out for baboons when picnicking. If they are in the vicinity, pack up and leave the area.
  • Only place waste in a baboon-proof waste bin. If one isn’t available or too full, take your waste home with you. Baboons raid dustbins and become habituated to human food.
  • When camping, store your food in a lockable trunk and camping fridge. Remember, baboons are intelligent and some may be able to unzip or unclip items. Food in your tent is not secure!


Please take note of and adhere to signage posted along various routes on the Peninsula. Your co-operation is in the interest of the baboons and for your own safely!

Anyone caught feeding baboons may face a fine of up to R10,000 and/or two years imprisonment.


Baboons are fascinating animals and entertaining to watch, but feeding them can be a death sentence for these animals. When baboons become familiar with human food they are more likely to raid dustbins and homes to find it. Baboons are opportunistic by nature and will automatically be drawn to areas that offer ‘easy pickings’ for them.

Do not feed baboons or make food available for them!

The Dangers

  • Baboons may become aggressive in their search for food. More homes are subject to raids once baboons are in town. Baboons receive an unfair reputation as ‘raiders’ and may be cited for euthanasia under the Raiding Protocol.
  • Baboons are also at greater risk of injury due to human interaction.
  • The baboons are motivated to split up to bypass rangers or face ranger aversion methods in a daily battle to enter town.

Important Points

  • If you go on a picnic, drive through a known baboon area or visit a game park, keep all food out of sight. Place bags inside the boot of the car or under the seats. If baboons see food in the car they may try to get in. Always keep the windows closed and doors locked when baboons are near. Baboons can be aggressive, so stay well away from them!
  • If no baboon-proof bins are available (or they are full), take your litter home. This prevents baboons from finding snacks in dustbins and becoming used to eating human food.
  • Do not get out of your vehicle when there are signs indicating that baboons are in the vicinity.
  • If a baboon does succeed in snatching food from you, never chase the animal or try to get your food back. If a baboon steals your bag, it will go through the contents, remove any food and leave the rest. When the baboon moves off, you can safely retrieve your bag!

Feeding baboons is illegal and punishable by the law!

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The Safety of Your Clients and that of the Baboons is Paramount

Enjoy the baboon experience but keep in mind they are wild animals and are unpredictable. You can see them close up but keep your distance.

Follow These Guidelines

Please brief your clients on the do’s and don’ts when encountering baboons. Various media to assist with this is available for download below.

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Help Us Keep Our Baboons Safe and Wild

  • Please keep the doors locked and windows closed .Some baboons have learnt how to open vehicle doors!
  • Please do not eat in the vehicle. Place bags and food items in the vehicle boot (trunk) when travelling through a baboon home range.
  • When driving through a baboon home range please adhere to the speed limit and put on your hazard lights if you spot baboons. Give the baboons time to cross the road. They have no road sense and may dart into the road when least expected.
  • Pull over to allow your clients to take photos of the baboons from the vehicle, but then move on as quickly as possible to allow the next vehicle the same privilege. Never allow your clients to hang out of open windows.
  • If you enjoy a picnic en route, please take your waste with you if there are no baboon-proof bins in the vicinity, or they are full.
  • Should a baboon confront your group or climb into your vehicle, instruct your clients to remain calm, leave the vehicle and move away. Open all doors and give the baboon a change to escape.
  • Please ask a baboon ranger if you need advice or assistance or contact the Baboon.


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Never allow your clients to throw food at the baboons. Feeding baboons is illegal and carries stiff penalties.  It also goes against the Tourist Guide Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Report any baboon feeding to the Baboon Hotline on 071-588-6540.



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